Colorado election results certified, including marijuana law

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DENVER (AP) -- Election Day was a month ago -- but the results aren't official until Colorado's secretary of state certifies the results.

The certifications were expected Thursday, with the formal designation from Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

One certification in particular is making news today. Gessler will certify the marijuana amendment, which bucks federal drug law and gives people the right to smoke pot without a doctor's permission. Gov. John Hickenlooper has 30 days once the vote is certified to declare the amendment part of the state constitution. Hickenlooper doesn't get veto power over the voter-approved amendment.

That means marijuana legalization will be in the state constitution by Jan. 5.

Marijuana legalization in the state of Washington was taking effect sooner, on Thursday.

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