(DENVER) — Rocky Mountain High will take on a whole new meaning now after Colorado on Monday officially made the use and possession of marijuana legal for residents 21 and older.
Colorado follows Washington state, which formally legalized the drug last week. Both states did so after voters approved measures in November.
Ironically, Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the law while at the same time opposing it.
He warned its proponents that lawmakers still haven’t figured out how to square legalized marijuana with federal laws that still consider possession and use of the drug a crime.
Still, Hickenlooper’s signature means casual use of the drug and limited home growing means Coloradoans don’t have to fear getting in trouble with the police, that is, unless they do it in public.
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