Colorado Ski Town Decriminalizes Weed
In Breckenridge, 72 percent of voters in early returns voted to make up to 1 ounce of marijuana legal for adults over 21. The measure is largely symbolic - pot possession is still against state law - but supporters said they wanted to send a message to local law enforcement to stop busting small-time pot smokers.
"We believe this a signal to the state of Colorado and the nation as a whole," said Sean McAllister, a Breckenridge lawyer who pushed the decriminalization measure. Denver approved a similar decriminalization in 2005.
The Breckenridge vote came as communities nationwide are struggling with how to enforce pot laws at a time when medical marijuana has surged in popularity, especially in Colorado and California.
McAllister said the vote shows people want to skip medical marijuana and legalize pot for everyone.
"They're saying, 'We've seen this drug war, and it has failed,"' McAllister said.