Colorado Marijuana Legalization Campaign:
Cannabis Re-Legalization Act of 2014
SUMMARY OF THE CANNABIS RE-LEGALIZATION ACT
The amendment propsed for 2014 will eliminate the problems with
Amendment 64. It is called the "Cannabis Re-Legalization Act",
and it amends the Colorado Constitution with a new article that
re-legalizes cannabis for all uses in Colorado for any citizen 18
years of age and older. It removes all criminal penalties and gives
control of cannabis to the people through an independent commission.
The goals of this
article are to:
(1) Create a fundamental right to personal cannabis use in Colorado.
(2) Allow personal cannabis use by adults without punishment or
(3) Allow commercial cannabis use without restrictions that are
onerous or burdensome.
(4) Repeal all criminal statutes and rules that punish or discriminate
against the personal and commercial use of cannabis, while leaving
other parts of those statutes in effect.
(5) Replace the racist words "marijuana" and "marihuana"
with the scientifically-accurate word "cannabis".
(6) Create the Colorado Cannabis Commission to implement this article.
(7) Prohibit the personal and commercial use of cannabis by persons
under the age of 18.
(8) Allow existing medical marijuana providers to stay in business.
(9) Require the commercial cannabis industry to self-regulate.
(10) Prohibit the federal government from enforcing federal marijuana
laws on Colorado citizens by:
(a) making cannabis a fundamental and absolute right in our Constitution;
(b) requiring the attorney general to file lawsuits against the
(c) prohibiting state resources from being spent to assist federal
(d) providing funding to the commission to, at their discretion,
assist Colorado citizens in their legal defense if the federal government
threatens to punish them for violating the provisions of this article;
(e) requiring the attorney general to notify the federal government
that cannabis needs to be removed from the federal schedule of controlled
(f) protecting a citizen's right against self-incrimination in federal
marijuana crimes as guaranteed by section 18 of article II of this
constitution and the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
(11) Require a 2% sales tax on cannabis to fund the commission,
require any other tax to be approved by voters, and limit total
taxes on cannabis to a maximum of 10%.
(12) Require and authorize the governor, attorney general, general
assembly and state agencies to implement this article.
(13) Investigate, impeach or remove from office any state official
that does not uphold and enforce this article.
(14) Allow only the use of evidence-based performance tests to be
used to determine impairment by cannabis.
(15) Create an affirmative defense to cannabis prosecutions.