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  Pot Legalization Headed To Colorado Ballots
Posted by CN Staff on February 27, 2012 at 17:09:49 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 

cannabis Denver -- Colorado voters will decide this fall whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use when the state becomes the second in the nation to put such a proposal on ballots this year.

The Secretary of State’s Office said Monday that supporters of the legalization initiative collected enough signatures to get their measure before voters, meaning Colorado will join Washington state in putting a recreational pot question on November ballots.

Voters will be asked whether adults older than 21 should be allowed to use marijuana even without a doctor’s recommendation. The measure would allow adults to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana or six marijuana plants. The proposal also allows for commercial pot sales, though cities and counties would have permission to ban marijuana sales if they choose.

The plan would also direct state lawmakers to put an undetermined excise tax on pot, with the proceeds going to education.

Colorado considered and rejected recreational pot legislation in 2006. And, more recently, California voters turned back a similar plan in 2010.

But activists say that Colorado residents have since become accustomed to medical marijuana and are more willing to consider full legalization.

“The people of Colorado are ready to end marijuana prohibition and begin taxing it and regulating it like alcohol,” said Mason Tvert, head of Colorado’s Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

The campaign needed two tries to make the ballot.

Last month the initiative backers fell just short of the required 86,000 signatures when tens of thousands were deemed invalid. But officials said a second attempt allowed under Colorado law left the campaign with more than 90,000 valid signatures.

Compared to Washington state, Colorado officeholders have been slow to embrace recreational legalization.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has backed recreational legalization in Washington state. But no current Colorado elected official was scheduled to join legalization activists at a news conference Tuesday.

“I don’t know whether I’ll support it yet,” said Republican Sen. Tim Neville. “I’m not a huge fan of the results of our war on drugs, how it’s going currently, but the devil is always in the details. I’ll need to look at it.”

The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police was less circumspect.

“We haven’t come out with a formal position yet, but you can guess where we’ll come down,” said John Jackson, Greenwood Village police chief who runs the legislative committee for the state police chiefs association. The chiefs opposed the 2006 measure.

Despite the chilly reception from public officials, marijuana activists say the time is right for legalization.

The measure would set up a direct federal showdown over drug laws, but Colorado and 16 other state already buck the federal government by allowing marijuana for medical use.

“This could be a watershed year in the decades-long struggle to end marijuana prohibition in this country,” Art Way, Colorado manager of the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement.

Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Author: Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press
Published: February 27, 2012
Copyright: 2012 The Associated Press

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Comment #29 posted by MikeEEEEE on March 01, 2012 at 19:16:46 PT
afterburner #14
I AGREE

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Comment #28 posted by FoM on March 01, 2012 at 17:25:44 PT
runruff
How right you are or should I say correct.

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Comment #27 posted by runruff on March 01, 2012 at 15:58:17 PT
Animated automaton's arrogant atrocities!
Religious zeal is the same a wearings information blinders that force one to see only strait ahead in a very narrow view of the universe.

Mormons are very clean minded. Are re-laundered weekly. Their thoughts have been spoon fed to them right along with their pablum since infancy. Mitt does not know how to use his brain holistically. He is like one of those old WWII searchlights who's beam shoots high into the sky lighting a narrow column of light to nowhere. His little beam is engulfed by a universe he knows nothing about.

This is exactly the type of man or woman who would have the hubris to think they know what is best for all or they do not care what is best for all but only for them and theirs.

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Comment #26 posted by FoM on March 01, 2012 at 15:21:58 PT
Afterburner
Thank you. Romney doesn't even know what Hemp is and is against medical marijuana. They both really pander to the religious right.

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Comment #25 posted by afterburner on March 01, 2012 at 12:34:15 PT
FoM #12
Rick Santorum’s Stance On Marijuana is Absurd. Posted February 27th, 2012 by Johnny Green & filed under Politics. http://www.marijuana.com/news/2012/02/rick-santorums-stance-on-marijuana/ [with videos]

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Comment #24 posted by The GCW on March 01, 2012 at 05:50:18 PT
Ending cannabis prohibition doesn't cost: it saves
US CO: Getting marijuana initiative on Colorado ballot cost a bundle

Webpage: http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_20075437 Pubdate: 1 Mar. 2012 Source: Denver Post (CO)

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Comment #23 posted by Hope on February 29, 2012 at 20:21:33 PT
Marc Emery
I grieve over what's happening to Marc regularly. It does him no good, but I grieve for what he's going through and try to keep up with what's happening to him.

I thought and worried for Runruff day and night. I don't think about Marc that much, but his situation really bothers me. Of course, before they imprisoned Runruff, I spoke to him nearly every day for years.

It's very painful for me to think of people being treated like they have been and are being treated... imprisoned... persecuted.... robbed of so much... and for what?

They offended some really nasty people.

I admired Marc in many ways for a very long time. Even before I learned of, much less, used the Internet.

These guys are putting themselves out there. They risk so much and I think they're a little crazy, but I know they're heroes, too.

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Comment #22 posted by FoM on February 29, 2012 at 19:18:10 PT
Hope
I worry about everyone that has stepped out into the open. Look at Marc Emery. I am so glad we don't have Walters anymore.

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Comment #21 posted by Hope on February 29, 2012 at 18:20:23 PT
Yes.
It is very sad.

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Comment #20 posted by Hope on February 29, 2012 at 18:19:43 PT
The fee...
The papers he sold. People knew it was a straw to grasp, but better than nothing and it made a statement of something that is very real to some people. Some people see it as a miracle plant, a gift from God. A sort of aloe vera for the soul. That's just a fact, but why hate them so for that belief? Why?

Historically, collector wise, those papers may be very valuable someday.

It just makes me sad that our government has done this hideous thing to these people who are not evil dangerous people. They did not deserve what has come down on them.

The long arm and iron fist of a merciless, tyrannical government bent on injustice at all cost has come down upon him and his. Hard.

Is that righteous? It doesn't seem so to me, and I'm sure not to a lot of people.

Of course they got themselves noticed. They took the risks. Perhaps this terribly entrepreneurial attitude towards this plant by some people is getting them in serious trouble. They're ambitious. They're risk takers. They're heroes. Maybe they are foolish or they are brave. Maybe they are greedy.

That's not so bad as to be broken down and tortured and ruined though.

Many people were and are being harmed over this... but it wasn't by Roger Christie or his cohorts.

I'm not saying the ministry wasn't "illegal". I'm saying why is it so hideously important other than it disturbs some freaking little tyrants?

But it no doubt is a big seizure/robbery deal by the government. Obviously.

Oh.

I guess that's why it's so important.

The money.

They didn't bust him until he had something to seize.

Looks like.



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Comment #19 posted by FoM on February 29, 2012 at 18:16:01 PT
Hope
It's very sad. I wish I knew what to say.

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Comment #18 posted by Hope on February 29, 2012 at 17:54:10 PT
Actually
he tried to protect people, in his own way, for a small fee, as I recall.



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Comment #17 posted by Hope on February 29, 2012 at 17:49:30 PT
Destruction
Why do this to people? What's so important about it?

Why break people down like this over a plant?

Why destroy them mentally and financially, and inflict great misery upon them? That is horrible.

What is so horrible about this plant that government and it's agents should do that to people?

The government is doing this to forbid the use of a plant.

How can it possibly be important enough to cause this kind of inhuman behavior and treatment of people by agents of government over the use of a plant?

Sure he pushed them. Sure he got in their faces. But he didn't steal... maybe conned a little, but he didn't steal or kill or kidnap or terrorize anyone. He didn't even threaten anyone with harm.

But to break men down like this and torturing them with grueling and frightening misery.

http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v12/n160/a01.html?397

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Comment #16 posted by FoM on February 29, 2012 at 09:42:29 PT
Off Topic But Good News
North Korea Agrees To Nuclear Moratorium, IAEA Inspections

URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/29/us-korea-north-usa-talks-idUSTRE81S13R20120229

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Comment #15 posted by afterburner on February 29, 2012 at 09:34:24 PT
The GCW #11 & FoM #12&13
I know Romney and Santorum would be worse than Obama.

Romney turned his back on a medical cannabis patient in a wheel chair who asked if Romney would arrest him for using his medicine in the 2008 election. An elephant never forgets.

Santorum toes the GOP party line that there is no such thing as medical "marijuana" (sic).

[Obama said,] "I want it prescribed in the same way that other painkillers or palliative drugs are prescribed.” — November 24, 2007 town hall meeting in Iowa.

This is code for Sativex.

Part 07: The Cannabis Legalisation Campaign is Being Railroaded http://www.jayelle.mondialvillage.com/trojanhorse/part07.html

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Comment #14 posted by afterburner on February 29, 2012 at 09:16:48 PT
MikeEEEEE #8
Those politicians most likely own stock in private prisons, or someone else in their family does. Full disclosure!!!

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Comment #13 posted by FoM on February 29, 2012 at 09:09:45 PT
Obama Quotes
I wish I knew where Obama has raided just medical marijuana users in states that have medical marijuana.

Everyone says he said things about dispensaries but I can't find anything. He isn't doing anything different then what he said in my opinion.

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“My attitude is if the science and the doctors suggest that the best palliative care and the way to relieve pain and suffering is medical marijuana then that’s something I’m open to because there’s no difference between that and morphine when it comes to just giving people relief from pain. But I want to do it under strict guidelines. I want it prescribed in the same way that other painkillers or palliative drugs are prescribed.” — November 24, 2007 town hall meeting in Iowa

“I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It’s not a good use of our resources.” — August 21, 2007, event in Nashua, New Hampshire

“I don’t think that should be a top priority of us, raiding people who are using ... medical marijuana. With all the things we’ve got to worry about, and our Justice Department should be doing, that probably shouldn’t be a high priority.” — June 2, 2007, town hall meeting in Laconia, New Hampshire

“You know, it’s really not a good use of Justice Department resources.” — responding to whether the federal government should stop medical marijuana raids, August 13, 2007, town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire

“The Justice Department going after sick individuals using [marijuana] as a palliative instead of going after serious criminals makes no sense.” — July 21, 2007, town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire

URL: http://www.gazette.com/articles/promises-117589-campaign-marijuana.html

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Comment #12 posted by FoM on February 29, 2012 at 08:48:21 PT
The GCW
I checked the article but they don't say who they will vote for. I don't think Romney or Santorum will be better.

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Comment #11 posted by The GCW on February 29, 2012 at 08:27:24 PT
In the Register Guard in Oregeon, today.
GUEST VIEWPOINT: Cannabis activists are ready to say ‘no Obama’

By Jim Greig

“...rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.” — Thomas Jefferson

-0- (gotta love that bull's-eye from Thomas J.) -0-

A movement in drug policy circles is afoot in this election season that so far has flown under the media’s radar but holds the potential to be a game-changer.

The movement? A challenge to President Obama from millions of cannabis activists and consumers that simply states, “No change, no vote, no Obama!”

As a candidate, Barack Obama pledged that his administration would not interfere in the state’s medical marijuana policies. As president he said in a 2009 memorandum on scientific integrity, “The public must be able to trust the science and scientific process informing public policy decisions. Political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings and conclusions. If scientific and technological information is developed and used by the federal government, it should ordinarily be made available to the public.”

The chasm between scientific integrity and U.S. drug policies is one that humbles the Grand Canyon. The president may be able to carry a tune, but he plays the fool in not moving toward the real science of cannabis.

Cont. (plenty more)

http://www.registerguard.com/web/opinion/27661223-47/cannabis-obama-medical-drug-president.html.csp

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Comment #10 posted by Hope on February 29, 2012 at 07:37:19 PT
What the politicians and prohibitionists want
They want to criminalize and incarcerate our "children" ... for profit.... is what they really want.

Imagine if the four legged dogs were after our money and life essence too.... like the two legged ones.



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Comment #9 posted by FoM on February 28, 2012 at 16:57:49 PT
MikeEEEEE
I agree. Maybe that is why most of my life I never was interested in politics at all. Santorum is the type of Conservative that I always thought was what a Republican stood for and Romney he's just so rich he doesn't get it.

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Comment #8 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 28, 2012 at 16:32:07 PT
FoM
Dogs have more compassion than some of these clowns.

I'm not holding my breath, the industrial prison complex ha$ a $trong hold on policy. Of course, the politician$ $upport the industry, they want to look tough on crime. They tell families (note: larger numbers of voters) they want to protect their children, but most of us understand reality. Many of us know these ACTORS will say almost anything to fool the sheepie, and do not give a flying f... about anybody but themselves.

I'm still hopeful that common sense will become more common.

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Comment #7 posted by FoM on February 28, 2012 at 08:36:16 PT
Hope and Runruff
I understand my dogs but politicians I don't understand at all. And think of it a dog can't talk!

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Comment #6 posted by Hope on February 28, 2012 at 08:31:19 PT
Runruff
If she were President, we know she'd be on the job, day in, day out, every day. That's for sure.

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Comment #5 posted by FoM on February 28, 2012 at 08:30:30 PT
runruff
You're so funny.

I can't get over Romney and Santorum. What would make anyone vote for them?

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Comment #4 posted by runruff on February 28, 2012 at 05:29:54 PT
All DuPonts are inbred intelligent idiots!
Inbred? Yes. Check their family tree dating back to 1802. "The Nylon Curtain" DuPont bio has a complete family tree. At the end of the 19Th century the patriarch "Red" DuPont declared that there would be no more intermarriages at the punishment of banishment from the family and any portion or inheritance. Miscarries and idiots were about all that was being born to them. This was a practise they borrowed from the Egyptians practice of intermarrying to keep wealth and power in the royal family. This is one rich, sociopathic family.

I saw one of the DuPont's debate Dennis Peron on TV on the issue of mmj. Dennis was great. DuPont was a pompous idiot. He said that America would never accept a smoked cigarette as a medical delivery system. He, This guy who's family have not had a dose of reality in 2010 years is speaking"for the people"! He was arrogant and uppity, out of touch. What a jerk to think all he had to do was speak his reality and all of America would be staring at the tube blithely nodding in agreement.

I don't mind saying, If I were King for a day I would clean house of idiots like this one. I might even make Bill Maher president. No Howie Mandel, ha ha ha!

Better yet, FoM for president!

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Comment #3 posted by Paul Pot on February 27, 2012 at 19:47:33 PT:

still restrictions
I appreciate any reform that gets the cops out of my bedroom but please stop calling initiatives like this legalization.

Legal means legal. No regulations, stipulations, limitations, restrictions, permits and fees.

This is decriminalisation. We're allowed out of the cage but only with a leash around our necks.

And this obsession with taxing cannabis is ridiculous. Tax money, tax business, tax profit, tax income.

If someone is making money from cannabis, then tax the money the same as any business. Why is there any need to tax cannabis?

It should not matter what you are selling. If you make a profit then that's what you pay your tax on.

Taxes on things are discriminatory.

Remember the 1937 marijuana tax act.

Just tax money.

Cannabis belongs to all people because nature belongs to all people not governments and corporations and should be a cottage industry.

So i consider efforts like this to be a first step on the road to freedom.

End the war on nature. Support any state initiative you can.

Legalize! Apologize! Compensate! 2012

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Comment #2 posted by Christen-Mitchell on February 27, 2012 at 19:19:12 PT:

Sure Thing
- The 2006 loss was very close - After several remarkable years with legal medical, this should be a shoe in

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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on February 27, 2012 at 18:54:16 PT
Reality Check!
Cannabis would have never been illegal, if it weren't for the Rockefellers. And, Cannabis would be legal, if it weren't for the Rockefellers.

Are you listening? Rockefellers?

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