Rockies Ski Town To Vote Tuesday on Legalizing Pot
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Rockies Ski Town To Vote Tuesday on Legalizing Pot
Posted by CN Staff on November 02, 2009 at 04:08:06 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Breckenridge, Colo. -- Voters in this Rocky Mountain resort town will decide Tuesday whether to legalize pot for all adults at a time when the movement to allow medical marijuana is gaining steam around the country.A measure before Breckenridge voters in a municipal election would legalize possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana along with bongs, pipes and other pot paraphernalia. Supporters of the measure say it would inch the whole state closer to full legalization.
Other cities around the country have taken similar action in recent years, including a measure in Denver that decriminalized possession.Local ordinances to allow some recreational marijuana use have passed in Seattle, San Francisco and other cities, though in all those places the law is considered symbolic because it conflicts with state and federal laws. Alaska allows possession of up to 4 ounces of marijuana in one's home, and advocates in California want to ask voters in next year's election to legalize pot.Advocates say the Breckenridge proposal goes further than others because it allows paraphernalia as well."I don't think there's anywhere else in the country that has legalized paraphernalia," said Bruce Mirken, a spokesman for the Washington-based Marijuana Policy Project.As in most states, drug-paraphernalia possession in Colorado is considered a petty offense. Though "head shops" selling bongs and pipes are common in Colorado, the wares are ostensibly for smoking tobacco. Paraphernalia charges are usually only filed along with possession charges. Both are misdemeanors punishable by a $100 fine and court fees.The penalties aren't serious, but about 100 people a year in Breckenridge are cited for possession of either marijuana or paraphernalia, often both. Supporters of the effort say it's not right to leave small-time pot smokers with a criminal record."We don't want to spend our tax dollars prosecuting this, so we're saying, let's just stop it," said Sean McAllister, a Breckenridge attorney who proposed the ordinance.Supporters include a member of the town council and the Summit Daily News, which printed an editorial backing the idea.Its prospects are strong. In 2006, a statewide ballot measure to make marijuana possession legal failed 59 percent to 41 percent. But among Breckenridge voters it won almost 3-to-1.McAllister's attempt to put the legalization measure on ballots needed 495 signatures. He collected more than 1,500.Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman has opposed the idea, saying the measure just sets up a conflict between town and state law.Pot possession would still be a state crime, but Breckenridge police officers would have to take users to the Summit County Sheriff's Department to be cited if the measure passes.Critics also point out that Colorado already allows marijuana for medicinal use — though debate rages because pot shops aren't regulated by the state and are proliferating.This week, Summit County imposed a 120-day moratorium on new medical-marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas so it can figure out how to regulate them.The debate is playing out around the country as states struggle to figure out how to regulate and enforce medical-marijuana laws.The federal government complicated matters earlier this month when the Justice Department told federal prosecutors that targeting medical-marijuana users who comply with state laws was not a good use of their time.Nancy Skaj, a clerk at a Breckenridge grocery, said the measure could be a boon for ski tourists who don't have clearance for medical marijuana."With all the injuries people get skiing up here, instead of popping pills, they should just be doing this. It's a lot more natural," she said.Backers have one main worry — the measure's timing.Turnout for off-year municipal elections is often extremely light among Breckenridge's 3,300 or so voters. Election Day falls during the quiet weeks before the ski business picks up.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Kristen Wyatt, The Associated PressPublished: November 2, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Associated PressCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on November 04, 2009 at 06:56:17 PT
Good grief. Those apps you mention are horrible. I don't understand why anyone would want them. I also don't understand why a person wouldn't understand the danger to a personality, a soul, in apps like that.I know why the leaves make me nervous... I've read enough probable cause stories and don't want to get anyone riled up into a "save them from the weed" episode. Don't want to set off the busybody or drug warrior.But to think someone seems to think that pictures of the leaves might lead to something untoward and the same super "sensitive" people allow the images of cruelty, sheer wickedness, violence, and killing of the applications you mention is some sort of wickedness in itself. It's very disturbing to consider the mind and the "rules" behind all that.I have no iphone and I don't care for games... but Happy Cat is the coolest game character I ever saw. Firedog, did you create him from the ground up? Black cat and then accessorize him? That image ought to go viral. He's too cool.In the words of Janis Joplin, "Did you ever want a cat? ..."
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Comment #17 posted by firedog on November 03, 2009 at 21:28:52 PT
The Apple Rating System
In rating my app, I was curious to see what I had to do to get it rated 17+ as opposed to 12+. Turns out that they'll allow all kinds of violence and profanity in a 12+ app but the minute you introduce marijuana it's an instant 17+ (if it gets through at all, that is.)To be fair to them, they've also allowed through an app that allows you to find your nearest medical cannabis provider, if you live in one of those states. It's cool that they have that app... but Apple is pretty inconsistent in terms of what they allow and what they don't. And they reverse themselves a lot.In other news, the free version of the game is now on the App Store too. I've put links on that take you to the App Store (for both the free and 99 cent versions), so if you have an iPhone and like the Pac-Man style of game, check it out! I am planning an Android version for the near future, too.
Sky High Games
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Comment #16 posted by BGreen on November 03, 2009 at 19:47:05 PT
What the heck is wrong with Apple?
They have an app available for iPhone that allows you to use the camera function to get someone into view and push a button to make the "kill," with the screen splashed and then covered with "blood."They had an app available (until the obvious outcry that led to it's removal AFTER it was approved) that allowed you to take out your frustrations by shaking a virtual "baby."With that kind of crap allowed, what the heck are they thinking in putting these kinds of ridiculous restrictions on firedog?What the heck is wrong with some people?The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #15 posted by Richard Zuckerman on November 03, 2009 at 19:32:19 PT:
I am presently applying for law school, am hoping to completely move out of The Soprano State of New Jersey to begin the school around September 2010, when my sublet lease expires. I'd like to move to a State more for humanity rather than as a novel social and economic experiment of overpopulation. 
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on November 02, 2009 at 20:30:12 PT
Go Happy Cat ... Go!
That's great, Firedog.I hope it's very successful.He's the cutest little fella.And he doesn't make me feel kind of nervous*... like that many beautiful leaves did in the first version. Great idea.*Feeling nervous... "Paranoia strikes deep. Into your heart it will creep. There's a man with a gun over there... telling me I've got to beware. Stop. Listen. What's that sound. Everybody look what's going down."I've learned over the years that a little paranoia can be a good thing.:0)
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on November 02, 2009 at 20:22:01 PT
Comment 9
That's an amazingly complete update.Amazing situation. It's amazing that Mr. Herer got that power of attorney thing done when he did. Amazing. 
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Comment #12 posted by observer on November 02, 2009 at 19:58:00 PT
The Adventures of Happycat! is finally available in the app store.Whoa! Nice work. .. congrats on getting your software placed there! 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on November 02, 2009 at 19:03:15 PT
Thanks great. I don't have an iPhone but good luck to you.
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Comment #10 posted by firedog on November 02, 2009 at 19:00:00 PT
Happycat! now decriminalized
So... after a couple of rounds of rejection, discussions with Apple, and lots of graphics rework, The Adventures of Happycat! is finally available in the app store.The original version had links to the Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, even Cannabis News, as well as a call for people to get involved with ending prohibition. But I had to take all that out. I also had to take out the statement that 5% of the profits will be donated to the MPP. (But I'll still do it.)This link below is for the premium (99 cent) version. The lite version should make it through in the next couple of days I think! Check it out if you have an iPhone!
The Adventures of Happycat! (for iPhone)
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on November 02, 2009 at 16:19:44 PT
Jack Herer: A Man Well-Loved is Saved Again
November 2, 2009URL:
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Comment #8 posted by EAH on November 02, 2009 at 15:04:36 PT:
This half way measure has been the "best we can hope for" standard for years.
Haven't we reached the point where we can also demand that supply be "decriminlized too"? It shouldn't be that hard to get that concept understood.
I mean, what's the response, "What?! You also want to obtain it legally too? Impossible."
The paradox acts as a Catch 22 that the Prohibitionists love. You can have it legally but you can't get it legally. Despite being a baby step for our side it really works in their favor to keep the whole thing de-legitimized.
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Comment #7 posted by observer on November 02, 2009 at 14:44:44 PT
pot supply paradox
EAH: "It seems that this paradox never occurs to those advocating for reform."Interesting take on it. Instead, though, what I've noticed over the years is that people say such is a half-way measure. As in, half a loaf is better than none. A political compromise. A way to get to there from here. An evolution of policy. A "bridge" measure. A way to test the political waters. The best that could be done in the circumstances? A way to get some relief, though, admittedly an imperfect arrangement. Better than the situation that preceded it, especially for the patients, at least. (Etc.)But, if you're saying that growers and sellers of cannabis should be treated like beer brewers and sellers, then, I'd agree with that. Amen: should be at least as legal as beer, for adults. 
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on November 02, 2009 at 14:02:23 PT
Blog Post From Iowa
White House Drug Czar To States Considering Medical Marijuana: Look at Problems in California November 02, 2009 DES MOINES – The White House’s drug czar said Monday that Iowa officials should look at the problems California has seen after allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes as they consider the idea here.Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, specifically cited problems regulating the clinics in the Los Angeles area that dispense medical marijuana.Kerlikowske recounted going to Venice Beach and seeing people holding signs advertising marijuana and ads in newspapers.He also pointed to reports of robberies and assaults that have occurred in and around medical marijuana dispensaries in the Los Angeles area.“I would say that the recommendation for any state that’s considering moving to medical marijuana is to look very closely at what’s been occurring in California,” Kerlikowske said.Kerlikowske, the former police chief in Seattle, reported better results for the medical marijuana law in Washington State.“It was not as significant a problem for law enforcement as it was in, as it is in, Los Angeles,” Kerlikowske said.Complete Blog Post: URL:
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Comment #5 posted by EAH on November 02, 2009 at 12:17:10 PT:
complete the circle
"it's not right to leave small-time pot smokers with a criminal record."It's not right to do it to growers or sellers either. It's an Alice in Wonderland concept that you can possess an oz but the grower or the seller are still exposed to prosecution. It seems that this paradox never occurs to those
advocating for reform. 
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Comment #4 posted by schmeff on November 02, 2009 at 11:19:20 PT:
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Legal
Go Breckenridge!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 02, 2009 at 09:59:24 PT
Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, ‘Legalize Marijuana’
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 02, 2009 at 05:48:22 PT
Step By Step
Slowly we are seeing change in the marijuana laws. I hope to see more partial legalization initiatives happening all over the USA. My state changed the laws back in the 70s and it would be great to see that happen everywhere.
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Comment #1 posted by RevRayGreen on November 02, 2009 at 05:21:43 PT
BRING IT Breckenridge !!!!!!!!
Look for my call from DSM IA, then listen to the wacko from Walnut Creek.....have a good day.Record your thoughts on marijuana legalization efforts in California at 1-510-495-1442We want to hear readers' thoughts on marijuana legalization in California, given the current status of the medical marijuana industry and recent and upcoming efforts on legalization. As Angela Woodall quotes longtime advocate for cannabis legalization Stephen DeAngelo: "We are seeing the first stages of this industry that has been in the shadows come into the light. A legal cannabis industry would be a huge economic benefit."Call 1-510-495-1442 to comment. Your recording may be posted on this web site or published in the newspaper.Please try to keep your comments under 30 seconds.If you have a microphone attached to your computer, you also may submit your comments by clicking on the widget below......By bay Area News Group staff
Posted: 11/01/2009 07:39:15 AM PST
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