Pot Backers Aim for Legalization Vote in '12
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Pot Backers Aim for Legalization Vote in '12
Posted by CN Staff on May 19, 2011 at 17:37:19 PT
By Tim Hoover, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Pot backers have filed eight initiatives with the state aimed at legalizing marijuana. All of the initiatives would ask voters in 2012 to legalize the use and possession  an ounce or less  of marijuana for those 21 and older, and all would allow the state to set up a regulatory structure for retail sales of pot.If approved by voters, the initiatives also would allow people to legally grow up to six marijuana plants. The initiatives all specify, however, that they would not permit the public consumption of marijuana.
"I think people in this state have come to understand that marijuana is not the dangerous substance that law enforcement and the federal government have made it out to be," said Brian Vicente, executive director of Sensible Colorado, which supports legalization.Coloradans in 2000 passed Amendment 20, which eventually led to the state's present system of medical marijuana dispensaries and grow facilities. Critics have said the system is a nudge-nudge, wink-wink way to legally sell and use pot for those who are not truly ill or suffering from pain.In 2006, voters shot down a ballot measure to legalize pot with 59 percent of voters opposed.While 14 states and the District of Columbia now allow medical marijuana, no state has voted to legalize the substance. Even left-leaning California voters shot down a legalization measure last year.Mike Turner, a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said he didn't know what the DEA would do if marijuana were legalized in Colorado. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Tim Hoover, The Denver PostPublished: May 19, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on May 19, 2011 at 18:10:29 PT
>>>>State Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, an outspoken critic of medical marijuana and a three-decade career police officer, doubted Coloradans would vote for legalization. They voted in favor of Amendment 20 because they wanted to help chronically ill people who were suffering, not legalize recreational pot, King said."I honestly believe that when Coloradans go to the ballot box," he said, "they're going to vote no to dope in Colorado." "no dope" in 2012? Then I guess you'll have to retire! 
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