My reasons for voting against it:
- My default stance on all initiatives is "NO" - I am one of those weird thinking types who ignores all advertising and media hype. I have been reading and voting on Washington state initiatives all my life - and the number I have actually voted for doesn't even occupy one hand's worth of fingers. Almost all of our initiatives read like they were written by someone in about the 8th grade -- leaving loopholes or legal questions big enough to guarantee they will eventually be overturned or spend so much time in court that they are effectively overturned. I don't know about Colorado, but our marijuana item was a typical Washington state initiative -- very poorly written by extreme partisans with an axe to grind. Supposedly it had the advice of some ACLU lawyers - but I guess that just means you don't want to let any old lawyer write laws.
- The initiative didn't really 'legalize' marijuana per se...it left all of the current laws in place, and attempted to carve out certain 'exceptions' here and there -- anyone involved with the law in any professional capacity will tell you that is a terrible way to make law...and it guarantees years of confusion among law enforcement, and a long and tortuous road through many courts before the meaning is finally determined.
- There is at least a one-year period now where possession of small amounts is legal....but there is currently no way to legally obtain marijuana until the state government "figures it out".
- There is no legal standard or test for when someone is impaired enough to be a danger driving, so there in essence will be no enforcement of impaired driving, boating, or anything else.
- Finally, overlay on all that the fact that marijuana possession is still a federal offense. Law enforcement officers take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the state AND the US Constitution. Just what are they supposed to do? Particularly with an unhealthy number of ultraconservative Tea Party types in the House of Representatives, I don't look for any tolerance or relief from the feds anytime soon...in fact there may be a concerted federal effort to make a show out of Colorado and Washington (translation...millions of taxpayer dollars spent defending in courts anything done or not done under the guise of the law - at a time when there are certainly PLENTY of those to go around).
BTW, since Colorado passed their "medical" marijuana initiative, there are now more retail "medical" marijuana dispensaries in Denver than Starbucks and McDonalds combined. They obviously "forgot" something in their "medical" marijuana law....I wonder what this so-called 'legalization' will bring?