Colorado Voters Face Key Choice on Marijuana Law

Colorado Voters Face Key Choice on Marijuana Law
Posted by CN Staff on October 01, 2006 at 15:29:06 PT
By Todd Engdahl, Perspective Editor 
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Depending on your point of view, Coloradans have the choice this election between being trendsetters on marijuana law or protecting young people from drugs. Amendment 44 on the ballot would change state drug law to allow people over 21 to possess an ounce or less of marijuana without legal penalty. If the measure is passed, Colorado would join Alaska, now the only state that has no penalties for personal possession of a small amount of marijuana. 
(Nevada voters also face a decriminalization proposal in November.) Amendment 44 is a statewide replay of the marijuana legalization measure approved by Denver voters in 2005, and it's backed by the same group, Safer Alternatives for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER). The group takes an interesting and narrow approach to the issue, arguing that since state law allows adults over 21 to use alcohol, it also should allow the same people to use marijuana if they choose. SAFER also argues that smoking marijuana is safer than drinking.  Snipped:Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Todd Engdahl, Perspective Editor Published: September 29, 2006Copyright: 2006 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum Related Articles & Web Sites:Safer Choice Colorado Threatens Drug-Use Decline of Pot Object of Amendment 44 Proponent Stumps 44
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on October 01, 2006 at 20:56:17 PT
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World Premiere of 'Johnny Appleweed' The New Great American Political Satire and Musical Comedy***October 1, 2006ST. LOUIS, Mo., Oct. 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- New Line Theatre will open its sixteenth season of provocative, adult, alternative musical theatre with the world premiere of the hilarious, subversive, new musical comedy JOHNNY APPLEWEED, a new American myth for a New Century, with book, music, and lyrics by Scott Miller. The show runs October 12-November 4, 2006, at the ArtLoft Theatre in St. Louis, as part of the St. Louis Political Theatre Festival.Fiercely funny and outrageously original, "Johnny Appleweed" is a fearless satire of America in the new millennium, guaranteed to outrage while it amuses, and the first musical ever to make a serious case for the spiritual, existential, and psychological properties of marijuana. Through the lens of this pot-friendly worldview, the show takes comic aim at hot-button issues like American religious fervor, American party politics, the War on Terror, the American culture of violence, gun control, sexuality, and lots more, all through the eyes of the laidback, neo-mythic purveyor of pot Johnny Appleweed, an itinerant philosopher- stoner, who argues that only through the mind-expanding properties of marijuana can we see the Larger Truths, so we can finally solve our problems and move our civilization forward. The show has been described as a heady mix of Hair, The Daily Show, Waiting for Godot, The Wizard of Oz, and the movies of Kevin Smith. Over the course of the first act, Johnny meets up with a Republican closet-case, a lesbian performance artist, Jesus Christ himself, and a perky former televangelist. In Act II, this gang of five travels to Washington DC to meet the President, and they set about trying to convince him to change his political ways. For more info on the show, go to The "Appleweed" cast includes Aaron Allen, Brian Claussen, Ember Hyde, Alice Kinsella, Matthew Korinko, Kimi Short, and John Sparger (as Johnny), with direction by Scott Miller, lighting by Kenneth Zinkl, costumes by Russell J. Bettlach, and sets by G.P. Hunsaker. Scott Miller, author and composer of Johnny Appleweed, has written nine musicals and two plays, all of which have been produced. His play "Head Games" has enjoyed successful runs in St. Louis, Los Angeles, London, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Miller has also written five books on musical theatre and is the artistic director of New Line Theatre in St. Louis. His latest book, "Strike Up the Band: A New History of Musical Theatre," will be out in late 2006.New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of innovative, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of the musical theatre. New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts & Education Council of Greater St. Louis. For more about New Line, go to: JOHNNY APPLEWEED runs October 12-November 4, 2006, at the ArtLoft Theatre, 1529 Washington in downtown St. Louis, less than two miles east of the Fox Theatre, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. October 12 is a preview. Tickets are on sale now through all Metrotix outlets, or by calling 314- 534-1111. "Johnny Appleweed" contains adult language and content. All programs are subject to change.To: National Desk, Entertainment Reporter Contact: Scott Miller of New Line Theatre, 314-773-6526 or newchaz64 aol.comCopyright: 2006 U.S. Newswire
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Comment #2 posted by freewillks on October 01, 2006 at 19:49:55 PT
OT: Sugar linked with mental problems
"There was a strong association between soft drink consumption and mental health problems among Oslo 10th graders," they wrote in their report, published in the American Journal of Public Health.If this is true then the DEA must take control of soft drinks. The poor children being seduced my billion dollar drug cartels Pepsi and Coke. DAMMADD should pay for research to determine if it is also a gateway drug. This posses some kinks in THC and mental health problem debate. Did the researchers factor in other invironmental factors such as softdrink useage? are cannabis users more prone to eating sugar or drinking soda pop? What is Mr. Suthers daily sugar intake? Did Bev Kinard supply her children with mind altering sugar based drinks? How many children are hooked on Sugar? is Dare educating our students about the dangers of soda pop? How do we stop our children from getting the devils drink? 
Sugar linked with mental problems
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 01, 2006 at 15:44:48 PT
News Article About Idaho
Marijuana Initiative Gets Idaho High Court's Go-Ahead ***Sun Valley - City officials had rejected the petition, which proposes that residents can grow, sell and use pot. 
Sunday, October 01, 2006BOISE -- An initiative proposal that would allow residents to grow, sell and use marijuana within Sun Valley's city limits can move forward, the Idaho Supreme Court has ruled. Two years ago, Ryan Davidson turned in a sample petition on the marijuana initiative to Sun Valley city officials so it could be checked for the format required by the city's rules. Snipped:Complete Article:
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