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Marijuana activists turn in Colorado petition

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
In this Dec. 8, 2011 photo taken at the Department of Motor Vehicle office in Littleton, Colo., volunteers Emmett Reistroffer, second from left, and Justin Dreyer, second from right, collect signatures on a petition to legalize marijuana in Colorado. Marijuana advocates say they're days away from turning in signatures to put a question on legalizing pot for recreational purposes on ballots next fall. Then, organizers say, they'll turn their efforts to persuading voters marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol while raising money for an all-out campaign push in the fall to see Colorado become the first state to end marijuana prohibition. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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DENVER – The campaign to make marijuana legal in Colorado chose women activists to turn in petition signatures seeking a ballot question to challenge federal drug law on marijuana.

The Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in some 160,000 signatures Wednesday in favor of the ballot initiative. The measure would make pot possession legal in small amounts for adults over 21, without a doctor’s recommendation.

Women who talked up the measure argued that marijuana is not as harmful as alcohol and that adults should be allowed to use pot recreationally.

The state has 30 days to certify signatures and decide whether the pot measure will be on ballots. If approved, the marijuana question would be the first cleared for Colorado’s 2012 election.


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