Marijuana Votes Loom
Denver, Colorado —
In five days voters in two statesArkansas and Massachusettswill decide if they want to legalize marijuana for medical use.
We begin two evenings of special reports focusing on Colorado, one of the first states to vote to allow cannabis as a medical option.
Colorado voters said yes to medical marijuana back in 2000.
But like Arkansas voters, they too have a marijuana issue on the ballot next week.
Brian Vincente is a Denver attorney who has found a niche in the legal professionfighting marijuana battles in court.
But for several months he has been taking his fight into the court of public opinion, campaigning for Amendment 64.
"We've had a medical marijuana law for 12 years now and we're now looking at broadening that to allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess marijuana and use it in a way very similar to alcoholprivately in their homesand it will be taxed," says Vicente.
Washington and Oregon voters will also be deciding whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
They are three of 17 states that have legalized marijuana for medical usealthough the drug remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government.
"I think once more states like Arkansas start coming on board and when we get to maybe 25, 26 statesI think we'll see some major congressional changes and it really takes the states leading on this issue in order to change the federal policies which just don't make sense," surmises Vicente.
Thursday night at 10:00 we'll hear what law enforcement has to say about the growing use of marijuana in Colorado and we'll show you how it is grown and sold to card carrying Coloradans.
Air date: November 1st, 2012