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Ryan Demasky is fromand can’t believe how prevalent even medical marijuana is here in now.
“It’s a lot more noticeable, we go into magazines and we see coupons and everything like that,” he said.
Pot supporters have now filed eight initiatives with the state aimed at legalizing marijuana completely. All of the initiatives would ask voters in 2012 to legalize both the use and possession of marijuana, which some are for.
“I really do believe that it should be legalized at that point, I strongly agree with people’s decisions on drinking and smoking. Why wouldn’t we use that its more of a helpful product to the body and the mind?” Demasky said.
But some aren’t sure.
“It’s hard to see. I can see as a parent I’m not too thrilled with it, but I can see as adults they would want to use it, so I’m kind of right on the line. I’m not quite sure what would be the best way,” said Stacey Knuckey.
The initiatives would allow those 21 and older to posses an ounce or less of marijuana, if approved by voters, the initiatives also would allow people to legally grow up to six marijuana plants. The initiatives all specify, however, that they would not permit the public consumption of marijuana.
All of the initiatives would allow the state to set up a regulatory structure for retail sales of pot, potentially turning current MMD’s like Organic Alternatives in Fort Collins, into a marijuana store, where all you would have to do is show an I.D. and not a medical marijuana card.
“ I think it would be great to take the medical aspect out of it. But that’s not to say that the medical aspect is not completely legitimate and necessary for some people,” said owner Steve Ackerman.
Some versions of the initiatives specify that a 15 percent state excise tax would be imposed on wholesale transactions of marijuana, something supporters estimate would generate up to $35 million a year. One initiative would even earmark the revenue for public school infrastructure.
“My guess is that they would reap some large rewards in revenue,” Ackerman said.