Online petition started asking White House to support states' right to legalize marijuana


— Now that the We the People petition website is front and center, another online petition has been started to ask the White House to support a law respecting the rights of states to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.

Colorado voters recently approved the legalization of marijuana for recreational use for those 21 and older with the passage of Amendment 64. Amendment 64 passed with support from 55 percent of voters statewide.

The petition was started by Denver-based radio host David Sirota.

The text of the petition is as follows:

Citizens in Colorado and Washington overwhelmingly voted to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in similar fashion as the more hazardous substance, alcohol, is already legalized, regulated and taxed. We request the president support a federal law requiring the federal government to protect - rather than undermine or overturn - these state laws and similar laws that other states pass in the future. Specifically, we request the president to support a pending congressional proposal that would amend the federal pre-emption section of the Controlled Substances Act (section 903) to exempt from the act any state provisions "relating to marijuana."

The We the People website saw an increase in its visibility this week after a number of people filed petitions asking for certain states to be allowed to secede from the union, including Colorado. The We the People platform for petitioning the White House does not promise action on any item, only a "timely" response if the petition gathers 25,000 signatures within 30 days.

Via HuffPost Denver


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