With election day fast approaching, many Colorado residents are still familiarizing themselves with amendments on the ballot, especially one of the more controversial issues… Amendment 64.
Amendment 64 is definitely one of the heated issues on the ballot this year for Colorado residents and it seems that most people have a strong opinion.
"There’s a lot of interesting conflicts and philosophies about it” said Lynn Armstrong, a supporter of Amendment 64.
Amendment 64 is getting the attention of many people across the state, and throughout the country. If it passes, it would legalize recreational use of marijuana for anyone over the age of 21. Most people have strong opinions about it, and supporters say that it would help people with their medical conditions.
"I have a lot of close associates who use medical marijuana for their health and well being and it's very important to them and I see people standing in the way of people being able to take care of their own medical situations" said Armstrong.
But, opponents worry that marijuana use will contribute to more problems on the roadways and make things tougher for cops.
"Law enforcement is almost entirely against this. We’ve seen that we already have got 10 percent of fatalities on Colorado highways directly related to marijuana use" said Diane Cox, Member of the Safe and Healthy Mesa County.
Politicians are speaking publically about the amendment as well. Libertarian Tim Menger says that hemp could be a new industry for farmers in Colorado.
"Industrial hemp is a very good wood product. Anything you can do with wood you can do with hemp. It’s a product that can be grown easily on farms and ranches" explained Menger.
Meanwhile, republican Jared Wright strongly opposes the measure and says that passing this amendment would be sending the wrong message to our children.
"Most kids in high school see that it’s illegal and that's enough to prevent them from using it. But the moment that it's legal, we're sending the message that 'you know what guys, it's not that bad', and it's going to create problems" said Wright.
It was clear today that both sides of the issue feel very strongly about it and it's a close race that we'll be following up until election day.