As a student and daily reader of the Collegian it deeply disturbs me that on the front page of an issue of your paper that an (article) would be completely false and nearly devoid of fact. And that the writer of the (article) obviously did not research this as well as it should have been.
The city of Anchorage, Alaska as well as the whole state of Alaska would be the first to legalize possession and use of marijuana in 1975, a decision by the state Supreme Court. It was re-criminalized in 1990 but recently overturned, making pot legal. On a lesser note several other cities have de-prioritized possession of marijuana essentially making it legal to possess. Those cities are Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland, Calif.; Amherst, Mass.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Madison, Wis., among other places.
This can all be verified here: http://www.inorml.org/news_stories/national_news092003.htm
While Denver's law is a monumental step for marijuana advocates, it isn't the first and shouldn't be sensationalized as such.
Editor's note: Denver was, in fact, the first city in the nation to fully legalize the possession of any amount of recreational marijuana. The city of Anchorage, Alaska did not legalize the drug. Rather, the state of Alaska legalized possession of up to 4 ounces of marijuana for recreational use. The decision was handed down in a state court located in Anchorage.