When Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, they sent a clear message to law enforcement officials that adults 21 and older should not be made criminals for using marijuana. Yet, in Denver, where the bulk of the state's marijuana arrests occur, and where the city's voters previously passed initiatives to make adult possession legal and establish it as the city's lowest law enforcement priority, prosecutions are still taking place.
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey defied voters' wishes on both of those occasions, but now that voters statewide have joined in the call for an end to the prosecutions, we cannot allow him to defy them again. He has the ability to stop prosecuting cases of adult marijuana possession, and there is no good reason why he or any other prosecutor should continue seeking criminal penalties for conduct that will soon be legal. In fact, county prosecutors in Colorado and Washington, where voters adopted a similar ballot initiative last week, have already begun to dismiss hundreds of pending cases of adult marijuana possession.
Please join us in asking District Attorney Morrissey to respect the will of Colorado voters by dismissing all pending cases – and no longer filing cases – in which the sole charge is possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by an adult 21 or older.
You defied the wishes of Denver voters when they approved initiatives to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana possession and establish it as the city's lowest law enforcement priority. Now that voters statewide have joined them in the call for an end to prosecutions for adult marijuana possession, we hope you will not defy them again.