Governor John Hickenlooper declared marijuana legalization officially part of the Colorado Constitution.
Hickenlooper, a Democrat, opposed the measure but had no veto power over the voter-approved amendment to the state constitution. He tweeted his declaration Monday and sent an executive order to reporters by email after the fact. That prevented a countdown to legalization as seen in Washington, where the law’s supporters gathered to smoke in public.
“Voters were loud and clear on Election Day,” Hickenlooper said in his statement. The law allowed him until Jan. 5 to declare mariju
Adults over 21 in Colorado may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, or six plants. Public use and sale of the drug remain illegal.