An initiative to decriminalize up to an ounce of cannabis for adults 21 years and older in Colorado will be up for a vote this election season, as the Secretary of State confirmed today that the over 129,000 signatures gathered are sufficient under state law.
The group that gathered the signatures, Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), successfully passed a similar measure in the city of Denver last year, and will now campaign to have it extended to the state level in a vote that could make history and set a precedent for the future.
Currently, no state has successfully decriminalized cannabis-a drug declared illegal under federal law. And, while Republicans and Democrats alike have come out criticizing the measure, SAFER claimed at their last press conference that support did not come solely from the more liberal Denver-Metro region, but from cities like Colorado Springs.
About 68,000 signatures were needed to get on the ballot this year.