Pot Smokers Urged To Take Action in Colorado
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Pot Smokers Urged To Take Action in Colorado
Posted by CN Staff on April 20, 2010 at 17:10:32 PT
By Colleen Slevin & Kristen Wyatt, AP
Source: Vail Daily
Denver, CO -- Marijuana activists urged throngs of pot smokers to mark Tuesday's High Holiday 4/20 rallies with a round of political lobbying as Colorado lawmakers debated tougher rules for pot shops.But just across the street at the state Capitol, strains of jam music in the air provided the only sign there were 20,000 marijuana smokers outside demanding change.
"You have to get involved in the politics of legalization," urged Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, a Washington-based marijuana advocacy group.Marijuana groups were hoping pot smokers would swell the Capitol's halls as the state House gave initial approval to regulations on marijuana dispensaries, which have mushroomed in recent months. However, there wasn't much lobbying going on as House members backed tightening the proposed rules, which include a requirement that dispensary owners undergo background checks.Outside, most of the political messages coming from speakers on a stage were lost on the crowd. Instead, people toked up, played Frisbee, joined drum circles and shopped for glass pipes.Protest-goers said they supported legalizing marijuana even for recreation use. But many seemed uninterested in calling a lawmaker to talk about it."It should be legal for recreational use. It should be sold like cigarettes  weighed, taxed and kept away from minors," said Brandi Dunn, a 41-year-old Denver resident attending her third 4/20 rally. Asked whether she'd ever gotten involved with political activity to promote that idea, Dunn grinned. "Um, no," she said. "I don't see the point."Inside the Capitol, lawmakers joked about considering pot rules on a date marked by many marijuana smokers as a day to celebrate the drug."If you start getting the munchies, it's lunch time. It has nothing to do with the bill," quipped bill sponsor Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs.Under the bill, the state would license marijuana dispensaries, growers and people who make snacks with cannabis. Dispensary owners would have to undergo criminal background checks that would bar anyone with a drug felony; the House removed a provision to ban anyone with a misdemeanor drug conviction.The House also made allowed city councils to put a ban in place on dispensaries in addition to asking voters to decide. Even in cities with bans, people would be able to grow and supply up to five people with medical marijuana, a reduction from the 16 previously allowed under the bill.The House also voted to bar people from smoking or eating food containing cannabis in dispensaries because of concerns they would drive home impaired.Brian Vicente, executive director of Sensible Colorado, a medical marijuana patients' group, said that will hurt people who live in federal housing and aren't allowed to have medical marijuana there, as well as parents who might not want to have the products in their home.Vicente, who watched the debate, said his group will push to roll back some of the changes in the Senate while it also prepares to move ahead with a measure asking voters to approve less restrictive regulations in case they're not successful.The rules approved Tuesday still must pass another vote in the House before they'll be sent to the Senate.In Boulder, about 5,000 pot smokers assembled on the campus of the University of Colorado to mark the day with an unauthorized smoke break. And in Durango, evening concerts were planned to raise money for an effort to put to ballots a question of decriminalizing some marijuana possession. Source: Vail Daily (CO)Author: Colleen Slevin and Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press WritersPublished: April 20, 2010Copyright: 2010 Vail DailyWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on April 22, 2010 at 04:36:17 PT
Happy Earth Day! I don't understand how Cannabis can still be an issue with so many politicians. I do believe we are making progress. I do believe many people are opening their eyes and learning that cannabis isn't bad like they thought. Change is coming from the bottom up. We must keep our eyes on the prize and not look back and we will win. We are winning. I really wish we would see more progress in the southern states. That really bothers me.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on April 22, 2010 at 03:51:23 PT
Thanks, FoM
Good morning.I was just thinking about 4-20 and prohibition and prohibitionists.You know how they are always saying things like "Why not just legalize murder or theft?" and all that kind of baloney?Cannabists have selected and celebrate their own holiday. There are millions of cannabists. They gather to celebrate and socialize by the thousands some times. How can prohibitionists compare an activity like that to real crime like murder and theft?Prohibitionists are the ones in deep denial of reality.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on April 21, 2010 at 18:27:57 PT
Hope a Correction
The documentary wasn't from the UK but Australia. I read it in my California MMJ group I get. I don't want to be wrong on something like that. There I feel better.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 19:57:56 PT
The UK
I can imagine.*sigh*I'm reminded of the old saying, I think they've probably tried to employ, as prohibitionists so often do, in their efforts to keep prohibition rolling on and on and on. "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with B... S...".
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 19:47:08 PT
Hope Videos From Today
I'm sorry you won't be able to watch Jon Stewart. The man is so funny and so darn good at what he does. It was a documentary from the UK. URL:
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 19:37:07 PT
Oh man...
I hope someone watches it! We need to know what they're saying. Schizophrenia, for one thing, I'm sure. And probably beating up on George Soros and maybe Peter Lewis, too. Probably talking about how "organized" (as in organized crime?) and "well funded" reformers, I mean "pro-drug" people, are.Maybe Pete will write a comment on it.I won't be able to tune in to Comedy Central either.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 19:30:59 PT
We changed the channel. It was really weird. I think Jon Stewart might do something on marijuana because of it being 4/20 and I saw a picture that they were out in California last week I think. That's on at 11 on Comedy Central. That CNBC program was like Marijuana Inc. so we changed the channel too.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 19:30:54 PT
Oh I forgot about those great smoke cloud pictures
from last year. Where there any of those today?
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 19:23:54 PT
Well thank goodness
I can't watch it. You'll will have to tell me about it.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 19:04:10 PT
Documentary Channel: Messing with Heads
This is going to be a reefer madness documentary it looks like. It is on Channel 263 on DirecTV.10:00 PM Duration 1:00Rating TV-14Think smoking pot is harmless? Cannabis is the most popular illicit drug in the world but according to research can cause numerous disorders.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 18:56:37 PT
John Tyler
We had a wonderful 4/20 but it was outside mowing and goofing around with our dog. 
Playing With Our Rottie Picture
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on April 20, 2010 at 17:58:48 PT
I have to watch Lost. I hope they replay it later.
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Comment #2 posted by John Tyler on April 20, 2010 at 17:56:55 PT
420 Bob
I just saw a Youtube replay of a clip from the Price is Right where one of the bidders kept bidding everything at 420. Im going with 420, Bob.I hope everyone has had a wonderful 420.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 17:56:47 PT
Friendly Reminder: CNBC Marijuana in America 
It will be coming on at 9PM ET in a few minutes. 
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