A group of former police officers, prosecutors, and a judge is joining the campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol
They announced, Thursday, their support for Amendment 64.
Ending marijuana prohibition, they say, will benefit law enforcement in Colorado.
Those backing Amendment 64 want to redirect limited resources toward preventing violent crime.
Mesa County's District Attorney, however, is very opposed to Amendment 64 and says he doesn't know any current law enforcement in support of legalizing marijuana this way.
“Certainly we in law enforcement have other crimes to focus our attention on,” District Attorney, Pete Hautzinger, said. “If I could focus all my energies on rapes, meth dealers, and murderers that would be great, but that doesn't mean that legalizing marijuana is the best thing for our kids or our community. I’m still going to be opposing it.”
Amendment 64 will be on November’s ballot.
If passed, it will make it legal to grow, transport and sell marijuana for recreational use.
For anyone 21 and older, it'll be legal to possess and consume up to one ounce of the drug.
Federal law will continue to ban the production, manufacture, transportation and distribution of marijuana in Colorado regardless of the voters' decision on Amendment 64.