Press Release

Colorado Makes History When Marijuana Legalization Law Goes Into Effect on January 1

Teleconference: Everything You Wanted To Know About Marijuana Legalization in CO and Beyond

<p>Contact: Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Art Way 720-288-6924</p>

Colorado will make world history on January 1st when commercial sales of marijuana become legal for adults. New Year’s Day marks full implementation of Amendment 64, the Centennial State’s ballot initiative ending marijuana prohibition. Colorado and Washington both voted to tax and regulate marijuana in November 2012, and the Colorado law is the first to go into full effect. At the global level, Uruguay last week became the first country to adopt a marijuana legalization law.

How will the new laws work? Who can purchase marijuana where? What impact will marijuana legalization have on drug arrests? How much time and money will be saved in police and judicial resources? What impact have Colorado and Washington had on the marijuana legalization debate? What states and countries will be next to reform their marijuana laws?

Find out the answers to these and more questions when leading drug policy experts from Colorado and the nation participate in a teleconference on Thursday.

What: Press Teleconference

When: Thursday, December 19th  Noon. ET, 10 a.m. MT, 9 a.m. PT.

Location: Please contact Tony Newman for call-in information.


  • Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance
  • Art Way, Senior Drug Policy Manager in Colorado for the Drug Policy Alliance
  • Jack Finlaw, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper
  • Moderator: Sharda Sekaran, Director of Communications for the Drug Policy Alliance
Marijuana Legalization and Regulation