- The Washington Times - Friday, May 10, 2013

Colorado is on its way to becoming the first state to regulate and tax the sale of recreational marijuana, as a bill passed by lawmakers earlier this week is on the governor’s desk, awaiting signature.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has already signaled his support for the measure., the Los Angeles Times reported.

The new laws would allow for anyone over the age of 21 to buy up to an ounce of the drug at a time from special pot shops. Voters will then be given a chance to decide in a special November ballot whether or not to impose hefty taxes on these sales, the L.A. Times reported. And additionally, drivers will have a new DUI law aimed at regulating the level of marijuana they can have in their bodies and still operate a vehicle.

“This is a true game-changer for our state,” said Sen. Mark Scheffel in the L.A. Times. “And so I think it is important that we do our best to implement the right regulatory environment and fund it.”