(CNN) – Colorado’s state legislature passed a pair of measures Wednesday regulating the sale of legal marijuana, becoming the first state to pass bills dictating how the now-legal drug will be taxed and sold in stores.
The votes come roughly six months after voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order in December to officially legalize the personal use and limited growing of marijuana for those 21 or older.
(CNN) - Obama will continue his call for gun violence legislation on Wednesday, including expanding the scope of background checks, at the Denver Police Academy.
The academy is located just miles from the Aurora movie theater where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded in a mass shooting in July.
The White House released these excerpts of his remarks, which are expected to begin around 5 p.m. ET:
(CNN) - Colorado's governor, who this week signed some of the nation's tightest gun control measures into law, said Sunday he couldn't fathom why the son of one of his close friends would decide to shoot his state's prisons chief - also a friend - to death.
"I felt like I was caught in a nightmare I couldn't wake up from. All these things were happening to people that I loved. And they didn't seem to be connected in any way," Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said on CNN's "State of the Union." He added his own security was being bolstered in the aftermath of the crime.
(CNN) - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday signed three gun-control measures into law, including one that will require universal background checks for gun sales.
The measures also will make buyers pay for their own background checks and limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.
The Colorado laws go into effect July 1.
CNN's Jennifer Feldman and Matt Smith contributed to this report.
(CNN) - A Colorado state lawmaker apologized Tuesday for a remark on rape he made during a debate over gun control laws.
State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat, said the comment did not make his point, which was that a young woman who is in danger on a college campus would be better served by police call boxes, "safe zones" and whistles than a gun.
During the legislative debate, he said, "Because you just don't know who you are going to be shooting at," Salazar said. "If you feel like you're going to be raped or if you feel like someone's been following you around or if you feel like you're in trouble and when you may actually not be - that you pop out that gun and you pop - pop a round at somebody. And you might have just made a mistake."
(CNN) - Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, became the latest governor to call for more gun regulations as he reflected on last year's deadly movie theater shooting in his state and said Coloradans "have an obligation to prevent similar tragedies."
As the heated debate continues over firearms following the Newtown elementary school massacre, Hickenlooper told elected officials Thursday in his State of the State address that "our democracy demands this type of debate."
He then made his own proposal.
(CNN) - Violent video games and a "culture of violence" found in the media could be contributing factors to mass shootings, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Sunday.
"There might well be some direct connection between people who have some mental instability and when they go over the edge - they transport themselves, they become part of one of those video games," Hickenlooper said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Perhaps that's why all these assault weapons are used."
(CNN) - The recreational use of marijuana officially became legal Monday in Colorado, a little more than a month after voters in the state passed an amendment in favor of the measure.
"Voters were loud and clear on Election Day," Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in a statement, as he signed an executive order to officially legalize the personal use and limited growing of marijuana for those 21 or older. Amendment 64, as it's called, is now a part of the state's constitution.
(CNN) - Three states voted on referendums Tuesday on legalizing marijuana for recreational use:
Colorado passes marijuana legalization, but there's a catch
Colorado voters have approved a referendum that supports the legalization of marijuana on a recreational basis.
Johnstown, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan, a Roman Catholic, asked a priest he met at a restaurant Monday to bless a rosary he carries with him.
The Republican vice presidential nominee was in the middle of a five-state battleground blitz through Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin, the day before Election Day when he met Father Greg Ames prior to his second rally in Johnstown, Colorado.
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