Marijuana becomes legal in Colorado January 5

Secretary of State certifies vote Thursday

DENVER - Colorado will become the second state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on Jan. 5.

Last month, Colorado voters approved the bill to decriminalize and regulate the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana by adults over 21.  But the results aren't official until Colorado's secretary of state certifies them.

 

The certifications are expected Thursday, with a formal declaration from Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

The measure calls for setting up state licensing schemes for pot growers, processors and retail stores. 

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is planning a marijuana task force while the state awaits federal response to a vote last month to allow recreation use of the drug.