It would be vital for us to understand first the laws regarding marijuana use in Colorado before reviewing Congressman Polis views. The Colorado state allows adults aged 21 years and above to possess only 28 grams of Marijuana or THC. This applies to both residents and non-residents. Also, non-residents would not be able to purchase more than 7 grams in a single transaction. The operating hours of marijuana stores according to the state is from 8am to midnight, however, cities have the power to set their own hours but within those allowed by the state. One is not allowed to consume marijuana openly and publicly. It’s also an offence to drive under influence of marijuana, transporting and exporting marijuana, and to possess marijuana in federal land. Adults can only grow 6 marijuana plants [C].
That said, I was privileged to schedule a meeting with the Congressman Polis to discuss more on the matter. As per the policies I conversed with the congressman through e-mail at first, where he agreed for a face to face interview at the Fort Collins Office [A].Polis would like Marijuana to be removed from the Controlled Substance Act and make it to be regulated the way Alcohol is regulated. Polis bold move to legalize marijuana is inspired by the following major factors. First, marijuana is known for its medicinal value. However, on this matterfurther scientific research needs to be done to examine its long-term effects.
Polis also argues that, there is substantial evidenceproving that by regulating marijuana just like alcohol would keep away marijuana from our children. Also, this means cartels and criminals would be out of business, hence growing the state’s economy through the various taxation levies. According to Polis the existing prohibition policies have failed to address the needs of citizens and regulation of marijuana like alcohol is the way