CSU Libraries hosts event looking back at passage of Amendment 64

The 2012 passage of Amendment 64 to the state constitution kept Colorado in the forefront of regulating the use of marijuana, for recreational as well as medicinal purposes, and also permitted agricultural production of industrial hemp in the state.  Historical documents and oral history interviews related to the amendment now form the basis of the Colorado Cannabis Collecting Initiative of the CSU Morgan Library’s archive.

“While there are certainly divided opinions on the issue in Colorado and nationally, as the state’s land-grant university, it is our responsibility to provide insights and information on pressing issues facing society, and we believe this collection can assist in that important role and work,” said Patrick Burns, dean of CSU Libraries.

In recognition of the fifth anniversary of the passage of the amendment, CSU Libraries is hosting an event at the CSU Denver Center, 475 17th St. (17th and Glenarm), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. A group of distinguished speakers will look back at how the 2012 initiative was drafted and implemented along with the regulatory challenges and the business opportunities it created.


Mason Tvert co-directed the successful 2012 ballot initiative to regulate marijuana in the same manner as alcohol in Colorado. Tvert currently serves as vice president for public relations and communications at VS Strategies, and he is a co-author of “Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?”

Wanda James, CEO of Simply Pure in Denver, is the first African-American female cannabis dispensary owner in Colorado. She also serves as president of the Cannabis Global Initiative, a specialized public relations and marketing firm that consults on the legalization of marijuana both in the United States and worldwide.

Barbara Brohl is the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. She co-chaired the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force and helped develop legislation and rules around regulatory and enforcement for the marijuana industry, which has become known as “the Colorado Model.”

Join the Libraries for an informative, inside look at Colorado’s pioneering legislation and implementation of recreational marijuana use. Register for the event here.

For more information, contact Linda Meyer at the Libraries at (970) 491-4692, or linda.meyer@colostate.edu

Questin mark graphic Amendment 64
Mason Tvert portrait

Mason Tvert

Wanda Jones portrait

Wanda James

Barbara Brohl portrait

Barbara Brohl