The same people who have sponsored pro-marijuana legalization petitions at CU and CSU are bringing their drive to Denver, where they plan to get a measure to legalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana on the November ballot. No, if the thing passes it doesn't mean we're going to turn into another Amsterdam -- as people are rushing to point out, possession and distribution will still be illegal under state and federal law. (In fact, I'm not sure Denver even has its own laws criminalizing marijuana.) I'm sure there will be the usual combination of scare tactics and ridicule directed at this measure. I'd like to see it pass. As people repeatedly pointed out during the new jail debate, marijuana prohibition is a failed policy. Both major parties have been guilty of using macho tough-on-crime posturing instead of actual thinking on the drug issue. It has taken non-political leaders, like Colorado's U.S. District Judge John Kane, to vocally oppose our current drug policy. Local measures like this, by passing or even doing better than expected, can help make it clear that questioning the "war on drugs" need not be political suicide. (Heck, if the Dems embraced marijuana decriminalization the Libertarian Party would probably lose half its voters overnight.) It will be really interesting to see how Hickenlooper handles this. He has governed with a refreshing absence of transparent pandering. Will he put his credibility on the line by trotting out the same old anti-drug rhetoric? My guess is that he will choose to ignore the measure, which is about as good a position as proponents could hope for.