When Colorado voters approved a state constitutional amendment repealing Marijuana Prohibition last November, the next step was to draft laws regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. For practical reasons, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the new marijuana regulations into law on May 28, 2013, despite having been an opponent of the re-legalization of marijuana. I never thought that I would find myself taking issue with any legislation re-legalizing an unjustly demonized plant species, however, I simply cannot agree with a law, which more tightly regulates cannabis than alcohol.
Marijuana legalization, or more correctly stated, re-legalization, appears to be inevitable, due to simple demographic math. Each year, more supporters of legal marijuana reach voting age, while more aging prohibitionists die off. A 2013 Pew Research Center Poll revealed that for the first time since the question was asked, a majority of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana. A whopping 65% of 18 to 32 year olds now support ending Prohibition. Thus, the question is not if, but rather, when and under what circumstances marijuana will be legalized.
It appears inevitable that marijuana policy will radically change at both the state and federal levels in the near future. A recent Pew Research Center poll reveals that for the first time since marijuana attitudes have been measured, a majority of Americans now favor legal marijuana for recreational purposes. Much like the gay marriage issue, public opinion is changing quickly. The biggest factor correlated to one's attitude towards cannabis is age, and as crass as it is to say, each day more marijuana prohibitionists die, only to be replaced by 18 year old voters who are overwhelmingly in favor of legalization.