State's Proposal To Legalize Pot Gets Big Push
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State's Proposal To Legalize Pot Gets Big Push
Posted by CN Staff on April 16, 2012 at 17:11:07 PT
By Matt Ferner
Source: Huffington Post
Colorado -- On Monday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that the Colorado Democratic Party officially endorsed Amendment 64 at its state convention and assembly in Pueblo over the weekend.In a press statement, Cindy Lowery-Graber, chair of the Denver County Democratic Party, said this about the Democratic support of pot legalization:
This is a mainstream issue. Polls show that more than 60 percent of Democrats and a solid majority of Independents believe marijuana should be treated like alcohol. A broad coalition is forming in support of Amendment 64 and I am proud to say that it now includes the Colorado Democratic Party.The support should come as no surprise, earlier in March, after the Democratic Caucus, the Denver County Democratic Party released a document outlining the planks of its current platform which stated a support of not only "well-regulated, taxed, medical marijuana facilities" but also the decriminalization of marijuana, "allowing its sale, regulation and taxation similar to alcohol, subject to local control."Amendment 64 seeks to legalize marijuana for recreational use for adults and will appear on Colorado ballots this November. This will be the second time Coloradans will vote on recreational pot legislation -- state voters considered and rejected a similar recreational pot legalization initiative in 2006. But Mason Tvert, co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, told The Huffington Post that Colorado has come a long way since 2006:More Coloradans than ever before are aware of the fact that marijuana is not as dangerous as they have been led to believe and is actually far less harmful than alcohol. They have also seen firsthand via our medical marijuana system that it is possible for the state and localities to regulate and control the production and distribution of marijuana. They have read stories that quote law enforcement officials acknowledging that it has not contributed to crime or caused any significant problems. The environment here has changed dramatically. While the feds continue their crackdown on medical marijuana shops in Colorado, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is on a bit of a roll. Prior to Colo. Democrats announcing their endorsement, fifty-six percent of the delegates at the Denver County Republican Assembly voted in support of Amendment 64. Tvert's group also put up their first billboard in Denver to raise awareness of the issue. The billboard depicts a smiling woman with the quote, "For many reasons I prefer... marijuana over alcohol. Does that make me a bad person?"The support from both Republicans and Democrats appears to echo the findings of a December 2011 poll released by Public Policy Polling which showed that a large group of Coloradans believe that marijuana should not just be legal medically, but fully legalized. From the Public Policy report:Coloradans are even more strongly in favor of legalizing marijuana, and they overwhelmingly believe it at least should be available for medical purposes. 49% think marijuana use should generally be legal, and 40% illegal. But explicitly for medical use, that rises to a 68-25 spread. Just five years ago, a referendum to legalize simple possession by people over 21 failed by 20 points. On the medical question, Democratic support rises from 64% for general use to 78%; Republicans rise from 30% to 50%, and independents from 54% to 75%."In just the past couple months, support for Amendment 64 has been expressed by everyone from Pat Robertson to Howard Stern and from the Colorado Democratic Party to a majority of Republican county delegates in Denver," Tvert went on to tell The Huffingotn Post. "We expect the list of supporters to continue growing as we move forward, and with such a broad base of support we are confident we can make history in Colorado this November."Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Matt FernerPublished: April 16, 2012Copyright: 2012, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Richard Zuckerman on April 19, 2012 at 04:11:15 PT:
URL correction: 
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Comment #6 posted by Richard Zuckerman on April 19, 2012 at 04:07:30 PT:
The other legalization Initiative petition:
Signatures are being collected for another Marijuana legalization Initiative, with the web site, which would prohibit a defendant from being fined or sentenced. This one would be better than the Regulate like Alcohol because it does not entail heavy taxation and no big-money-interests are involved in this particular petition! I believe the deadline for collecting enough signatures to put this particular one on the ballot is some time in July 2012, making it kind of iffy.Signatures are also being collected for a different Marijuana legalization Initiative,, but this one may have less chance of obtaining enough signatures in time. 
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on April 16, 2012 at 21:18:39 PT
...Update, 1:56 p.m. April 16: Just received a call from Matt Inzeo, communications director for the Colorado Democratic Party, and he says the claim that the CDP has endorsed Amendment 64 is technically inaccurate despite the actions in Pueblo this weekend.According to Inzeo, a formal endorsement can only come from the state central committee, not the state convention and assembly. As such, the votes that took place over the weekend "indicate support, but not an endorsement," he says.In other words, this is a matter of semantics. With that in mind, variations on the word "endorse" that appeared in this item's headline and text have been changed to "support."FROM:WESTWORDMarijuana: Colorado Democratic Party convention supports Amendment 64
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on April 16, 2012 at 20:45:57 PT
What can I say?
Thank You.Regulate Cannabis Like Alcohol A sane or moral argument to perpetuate cannabis prohibition and extermination simply doesn't exist.I'm very pleased with the Colorado Democratic Party.Thank You.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on April 16, 2012 at 18:48:34 PT
The mountain that roared!
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on April 16, 2012 at 18:17:08 PT
Rocky Mountain High!
Yeah baby!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on April 16, 2012 at 18:16:02 PT
Houston, we got a problem here...
"Call in the Feds, we can't have legal mari-ju-ana on order of good ol' Rocky!"Well, I've got news for you! The Poll lines in favor of, and against, just crossed, it's the American people vs. the Feds, Colorado is our battleground!Game on! Mason you the man!
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