Legalizing pot: Insights from Colorado

Posted at 1:16 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 16:19:41-04
DENVER -- Come November, an important decision you'll have to make is whether California should legalize recreational use of marijuana.
Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative (also known by supporters as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana will also be on the ballot in four other states - Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada.
In Colorado, where it's already legal, it's created a $1 billion industry and is generating roughly $140 million in tax revenue.
10News Anchor Steve Atkinson is in Colorado to explore first hand how the legalization of marijuana is impacting that state to get an idea of what might be in store for California if voters pass Proposition 64.
Watch the video for his report -- it's a topic he'll be covering closely between now and Election Day.
California's Current Law
In California, the possession or use of marijuana for recreational purposes is illegal. The passage of Proposition 215 in 1996 legalized medical marijuana. Although the Obama administration's Department of Justice does not prosecute most individuals and businesses following state and local marijuana laws, both medical and recreational marijuana are illegal under federal law.[2][3] Proposition 64 would make recreational marijuana legal in California state law. (courtesy