Gov. John Hickenlooper made Amendment 64 official on Monday, signing a proclamation that puts it into the state constitution.
In a nutshell, here’s what that means: that it is now legal, in the eyes of the state, for people 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana. In coming months, lawmakers are charged with crafting a regulatory framework for manufacture and retail facilities.
Here’s what it doesn’t mean: that pot users are free to light up wherever they want and that they can foist their habits on the unsuspecting without fear of penalty.