CSU begins archiving materials related to legalization of pot

FORT COLLINS — Colorado State University officials announced Thursday that the school’s library archive has begun collecting materials related to the passage of Amendment 64 and the legalization of marijuana use in the state.

The new collection will focus on gathering text-based materials, photographs, ephemera, film and audio interviews documenting all aspects of the passage of the legislation, CSU Libraries associate professor and coordinator for Archives and Special Collections Janet Bishop said in a release from the school.

The collection will also document agricultural and scholarly research related to marijuana and hemp.

“We are interested in materials related to production, regulation, media coverage, business, tourism, public and scholarly opinions — both pro and con — as well as medical and social justice issues,” Bishop said.

Oral histories from people directly involved in the political process leading up to the legislation will be one particularly unique aspect of the 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.