MJ Ballot Measure Favored By Colorado Voters
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MJ Ballot Measure Favored By Colorado Voters
Posted by CN Staff on August 10, 2012 at 20:37:23 PT
By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post
Source: Huffington Post
Colorado -- A new poll released this week by Public Policy Polling shows that likely voters in Colorado are in support of Amendment 64, the ballot measure that seeks legalization and regulation of marijuana similar to that of alcohol -- and that support appears to be growing.The survey of 779 likely Colorado voters conducted between the dates of August 2nd and 5th shows 47 percent would vote for Amendment 64 if the election were held right now and only 38 percent would vote against it. 15 percent of those surveyed were "not sure."
Read PPP's full report and see the question's wording here: poll also suggests support is growing for Amendment 64 in the Centennial State. Back in June, PPP conducted a similar poll and those in favor of the legalization measure narrowly outpaced the opposition 46 percent to 42 percent. Now, two months later, that support has grown to 47-38. The reason for this, according to PPP, are the independent and young voters who are increasingly in favor of legalization. From the PPP report:This movement is entirely because of independents, who were already in favor of the amendment by a 49-40 margin; they now support it by 30 points, 58-28. Democrats are still slightly more in favor (59-22) than Republicans opposed (26-61). Voters under 45 support it by a 58/30 margin, while those over 45 oppose it by a 44/39 margin.This is the highest percentage of Colorado voter support for Amendment 64 that a PPP poll has shown to date. The survey also showed growth in general sentiments about marijuana legalization with 50 percent of those surveyed in favor of marijuana usage being legal and 42 percent in opposition to marijuana legalization (8 percent were "not sure"). This percentage is also slightly up from June's support at 49-43.However, Amendment 64's opponents at "No on 64" say that this percentage of approval is simply not high enough to pass. From a press release:Ballot measures usually require a much higher level of support at this point in an election cycle because the default position for most voters is no, especially when it comes to amending the Colorado Constitution. In October 2008, a Mason-Dixon poll found Amendment 59, a school funding proposal, at 41% approval. It failed 55%-45%. An October 2010 poll by SurveyUSA for The Denver Post and 9News revealed that 20% of polled voters supported the “personhood” Amendment 62, while 56% were opposed and 25% were undecided. Amendment 62 failed 70%-30%. Another 2010 ballot measure, Amendment 63, an attempt to undercut the Affordable Care Act, also failed 53%-47%.But survey results often rely on question wording and marijuana legalization has seen other higher poll numbers recently. PPP's survey follows a June Rasmussen poll of 500 likely Colorado voters which showed 61 percent were in favor of legalizing marijuana if it is regulated the way that alcohol and cigarettes are currently regulated.Coloradans are getting ready to vote on Amendment 64 and will decide whether Colorado should legalize marijuana this November -- a vote that some say could affect the presidential race in a state where marijuana dispensaries in Denver alone outnumber the Starbucks throughout the entire state, The Denver Post first reported in 2010.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, believes that Colorado has come a long way since 2006, he recently told The Huffington Post: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.The marijuana legalization initiative also recently received support from both Republicans and Democrats -- in March, 56 percent of the delegates at the Denver County Republican Assembly voted to support the legislation, and in April, the Colorado Democratic Party officially endorsed Amendment 64 and added a marijuana legalization plank to the current party platform.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Matt Ferner, The Huffington PostPublished: August 10, 2012Copyright: 2012, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on August 13, 2012 at 23:08:06 PT
Chris Isaak. Nice way to end a nice day.
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on August 13, 2012 at 22:37:07 PT
Thank you very much. It was a very happy, happy, happy day.
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on August 13, 2012 at 22:35:19 PT
was so unimaginable then. you, Sensimilla. A lovely point of view.
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on August 13, 2012 at 22:26:11 PT
A Day in the Life
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on August 13, 2012 at 22:22:39 PT
And one I just enjoyed from seeing it on PBS.
Some old time rockabilly. With Jeff Beck.
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Comment #20 posted by afterburner on August 13, 2012 at 22:10:35 PT
Happy Birthday Hope!!!
Got homeIt was rainingLeft my gear in the carWatched AlphasFell asleep[Violins climb to crescendo]Woke up rolled out of bedMoved the carUnpacked my gearLogged onSaw your Birthday messageAdd my best wishes!The rhythm is a bit rough, but you can almost sing it to The Beatles- A Day in the Life - YouTube
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on August 13, 2012 at 20:33:39 PT
Thank you, all. It has been a fine day.
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Comment #18 posted by museman on August 13, 2012 at 20:10:42 PT
Happy Birthday!
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Comment #17 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on August 13, 2012 at 16:28:56 PT
Happy Birthday, Hope!
I'd get you a cottage on the Isle of Wight, but it's too dear for me. I scrimped, but couldn't save.
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Comment #16 posted by schmeff on August 13, 2012 at 15:41:59 PT
Getting Old Is Our Reward For Living Well
Happy, Happy, Happy!Hope.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on August 13, 2012 at 12:54:56 PT
Happy Birthday! Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64!
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Comment #14 posted by runruff on August 13, 2012 at 12:30:43 PT
Big silly grin,
acting all coy. Yeah, I know you.Happy Birthday Sweetie.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on August 13, 2012 at 11:45:55 PT
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Comment #12 posted by runruff on August 13, 2012 at 10:04:42 PT
Excuse me, but...
do we know you?
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on August 13, 2012 at 09:04:10 PT
I so love the C-News crew.
And I'm so grateful that you'll welcomed me enough that I've wanted to hang around... and you've let me. I've learned so much here. Including about love and friendships of the human spirit. Pretty danged cool.And "Will you still love me ... when I'm 64?"Because I am.... today.Happy Birthday to me. I nearly missed it. I'm glad to have gotten this new lease. Whoo hoo!
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Comment #10 posted by ekim on August 13, 2012 at 06:55:50 PT
sure thing Hope 
so much cancer going around-- thanks for all your efforts over the years to help educate the people.
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Comment #9 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on August 12, 2012 at 16:55:05 PT
I can't either. But since the mug is called "Marleyboro", I think that must be the "brand".If you consider buying anything, shop around the site. They've added a whole bunch of stuff in the last week or 2, and a lot of the items are cheaper than the 1st ones they put up were. The Marleyboro Mug is 20 bucks on one page, but you can now find them labeled as Support Marijuana, I think, in 2 sizes at about 11 and 12 bucks.You can find t-shirts for as cheap as $10 now, and standard campaign yard signs at about $16. I'm glad I had been procrastinating.
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Comment #8 posted by MikeEEEEE on August 12, 2012 at 14:25:33 PT
Oops! missed one
For profit prison system.
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Comment #7 posted by MikeEEEEE on August 12, 2012 at 14:23:25 PT
good riddance
The drug war will not be missed, except by the extreme right, religious nutjobs, brain-washed sheepie, alcohol, tobacco and big pharma. Did I forget anybody? 
Oh...I watched on CNBC how Mexicans are really suffering from drug war related volience.
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Comment #6 posted by ekim on August 12, 2012 at 10:09:04 PT
as the globe heats and the ozone thins
we will have to talk about crops that will withstandthese climate changes.As the drought get worse and corn prices are risingethanol is getting a bad rap.Check out this report on a new cellulose ethanol plant
being built in Iowa. A lot of study has been going on
in Tenn. Listen to the short clip.The makers of this new facility want to license it all over the world.When will the news programs start asking questions as to
how many gals can be produced from what plants at what cost.
And how many jobs will be created.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on August 12, 2012 at 09:48:10 PT
Comment 1
Thanks, ekim.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on August 12, 2012 at 09:45:51 PT
Man! Is it my vision?
I can't read what it says on that cigarette package.
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Comment #3 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on August 11, 2012 at 14:41:58 PT
Gary Gets It!
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a presidential candidate who is making marijuana legalization a centerpiece of his campaign - campaign yard signs, t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise emblazoned with a theoretical pack of marijuana cigarettes with the logo "Gary Gets It.", along with the Gary Johnson 2012 emblem.
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Comment #2 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on August 11, 2012 at 14:24:51 PT
Jim Gray Supports 64!
August 9, 2012, Denver, CO — Visiting a Denver medical marijuana dispensary Thursday, Libertarian vice presidential nominee and retired Superior Court Judge Jim Gray urged passage of Amendment 64, the statewide initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol that will appear on this year’s ballot.Judge Gray was also critical of the Obama Administration’s interference in Colorado’s state-regulated medical marijuana system. Last week, the Justice Department issued letters to 10 state-legal medical marijuana facilities demanding that they shut down. Fifty-seven total businesses have now received such letters.Judge Gray is running for vice president on the Libertarian ticket with presidential nominee and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. Johnson has expressed strong support for Amendment 64.“Marijuana prohibition has been just as ineffective, harmful and wasteful as alcohol prohibition,” Gray said. “Regulating marijuana like alcohol will take marijuana out of the underground market where it is supporting drug cartels and other criminal enterprises, and it will allow the state and localities to redirect their limited law enforcement resources toward serious crimes.“Amendment 64 presents a responsible new approach, and I am proud to lend it my full support.”“It is frankly surprising to see the President coming to Colorado to garner support for his campaign less than a week after his administration demanded the shutdown of 10 more state-legal businesses,” Gray said. “When it comes to many of these state-legal medical marijuana businesses in Colorado, it can be said with certainty that President Obama didn’t build them — he killed them.”“The federal government has no business interfering in states’ efforts to regulate and control marijuana, and I can assure you it would not do so under a Johnson administration.”
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on August 11, 2012 at 12:31:02 PT
for those that would like a update on Howard
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