The two methods of public policy that can be compared and contrasted are the new legal marijuana policy project and the tobacco policy. Voters in Denver, Colorado voted in November 2012 for Amendment 64, which was to legalize marijuana and regulate it in the same manner as alcohol. The organization MMP (Marijuana Policy Project) funded this new amendment in 2012. Congress approved the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), and the President signed the bill and it became law June 22, 2009.
Before the implementation of Amendment 64, the Governor of Colorado organized a task force to help identify what the policy, procedures, and legal issues would be for legislating and regulating this amendment. The Task Force assisted by several Working Groups, provided extensive policy recommendations to the Colorado General Assembly. (“Permanent Rules Related,” 2013). After reviewing recommendations, the Colorado General Assembly decided to adopt three bills in 2013 for the implementation of Amendment 64, which lead to the Governor signing a bill for this amendment.
Emergency rules were also established to regulate the retail of marijuana throughout the state. Working groups were appointed to brainstorm and provide input and ideas regarding retail marijuana and medical marijuana. Issues such as having licenses on the premises, tracking and keeping accurate records, adequate storage, transportation, and product safety along with marketing were brought before the Department of Revenue. The rules were set to promote safety and comply with the terms and goals set by the citizens of Colorado according to Amendment 64 and Colorado’s House Bill 1317.
In 2009, the President signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), which was passed by Congress. These Laws are usually enforced through executive branch agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (“About Tobacco Laws and Regulations,”2014). Regulations were implemented with restriction in mind to discourage any type of cigarette and tobacco sales to teenagers.
Federal regulations laws can be passed by the executive branch after Congress has authorized them. States can also introduce regulations...