Officials Believe MJ Laws Will Ease Nationwide
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Officials Believe MJ Laws Will Ease Nationwide
Posted by CN Staff on April 04, 2010 at 04:49:27 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post 
Denver, CO  -- Local, state and federal political figures told a crowd at the Colorado Cannabis Convention on Saturday that they believe marijuana laws nationwide will continue to become less restrictive, with full legalization a real possibility. But, the politicians said, marijuana activists will need to be both patient and persistent to make that happen."Don't expect the legislature to solve all of these problems in one year," said state Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. "Don't expect every piece of legislation to be perfect. The law usually moves in baby steps over time."
The legislative panel  featuring Steadman; state Rep. Joe Miklosi, D-Denver; Denver Councilman Chris Nevitt; and the district director for U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.  was one of the main events of the convention's final day. (Another was a better-attended autograph-signing session by the marijuana-infused hip-hop group Cypress Hill.)Organizers had predicted the convention could attract as many as 100,000 people; attendance was steady Saturday, but no official head count was available. Event organizer Michael Lerner, a California media magnate whose properties include Kush magazine and, said he was pleased with the event."Phenomenal," he said. "Completely incident-free."Polis had been expected to speak at the legislative panel but had to cancel at the last minute. Nonetheless, Polis district director Andy Schultheiss told the crowd that Polis is supportive of marijuana activists and said the congressman from Boulder has signed on as a co-sponsor to a bill that would give full protection from federal prosecution to the medical-marijuana industry and another that would legalize marijuana altogether for adults.Polis also is a co-sponsor on a bill that would allow defendants in medical-marijuana states to raise a medical defense in federal court. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: April 4, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 04, 2010 at 09:23:46 PT
"moves in baby steps over time." 
Nixon's CSA was enacted right after the supreme court jesters ruled against the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. A case brought to the Jesters by Tim Leary in around 1970.Ron Raygun and his buddy, "Pappy Bush" enacted the war on drugs with a declaration of a war on drugs!Baby steps over time he says?The public is not taking "baby steps" and it will not happen over time. We have had 40 years, that is enough time to get it right or say goodnight!
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