Group Forms To Oppose Colorado Marijuana Stores
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Group Forms To Oppose Colorado Marijuana Stores
Posted by CN Staff on March 16, 2013 at 10:21:16 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- A citizens' group opposed to a large-scale recreational marijuana industry in Colorado has hired two powerhouse lobbyists in preparation for the state legislature's coming pot fight.Smart Colorado formed as a nonprofit group within the last several weeks, group leader Doug Robinson said. After collecting donations, Robinson said the group has hired former congressional candidate Mike Feeley and longtime Capitol lobbyist Sandra Hagen Solin to represent it as legislators write the laws for the forthcoming recreational marijuana industry.
It will be the first time in the last several years that a citizens' group devoted to restricting marijuana will have such high-powered representation at the Capitol. While medical-marijuana businesses have had lobbyists for awhile, anti-marijuana lobbying has often been done by law-enforcement groups or a disjointed collection of advocates.Robinson said members of Smart Colorado ó whom he described as "basically, a bunch of moms" ó decided they needed to be better organized and represented to make a difference. Though Smart Colorado shares a name with the campaign committee opposed to Amendment 64, the measure passed in November legalizing limited marijuana possession and sales, Robinson said the two groups are separate."We have organized for one reason, and that is to keep Colorado the best state in the nation," Robinson told lawmakers on Friday during a meeting of a special legislative committee drafting the bill on recreational marijuana. "We are deeply concerned that the way 64 is implemented could threaten this."SnippedComplete Article: The GCWSource: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: March 15, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by John Tyler on March 17, 2013 at 18:44:56 PT
voted last November
Didnít Smart Colorado get the news? The people of Colorado voted to legalize cannabis last November. Are they thinking they can somehow talk the legislators into a repeal? That would not go over well at all. They are wasting their money. The cannabis industry is coming in whether they like it or not.  
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 17, 2013 at 15:29:29 PT
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on March 17, 2013 at 13:44:29 PT
Happy St. Patrick's day, everyone!
Today we remember the time when St. Patrick threw all the snake eating potatoes out of Ireland.
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on March 17, 2013 at 13:40:36 PT
Just them or justice?
Justice is not a gift or a trust. Justice must be fought for and held with jealous might or it will be taken from us. 
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on March 16, 2013 at 17:44:36 PT
Let the lips flap and the bucks fly!
Moms my eye! just a bunch of rich old hides clucking and squawking. This will amount to nothing, but thanks for the show, gals!
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Comment #3 posted by Swazi-X on March 16, 2013 at 15:51:16 PT
Moms Hire High-Powered Lobbyists?
Right - this whole opposition group is "basically a bunch of moms" and these "moms" are well-off enough to hire high-powered lobbyists to oppose cannabis?[Insert common term for bull feces here]. The old saying, "Follow the money" certainly applies - if you could see the real sources of funding for this "grass roots" campaign, you'd see money from prosecutors, law firms, alcohol producers and retailers and wholesalers, prison guard unions, drug testing companies, and every government worker who's livelihood depends on arresting/prosecuting/processing or putting into prison all those who use cannabis."Moms" know better - the ones who can read, anyway - and with just a little research they'd realize that cannabis is as been recently put, an "Exit" drug away from soul-and-liver-killing alcohol and many currently accepted though proven deadly pharmaceuticals.All they need to understand is that you don't have to get high to benefit from the miracle of cannabis - just start adding fresh (never dried, fresh from the plant) leaves to your smoothie or - much better - fresh popcorn buds. Since it's not been dried (decarboxylated) the THC and CBD is still in acidic form and not psychoactive at all but they retain all the health benefits. Truly a game changer - especially for those who still suffer from "euphoranoia" or the fear of euphoria. Now *that's* a terrible disease...
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on March 16, 2013 at 13:21:29 PT
Let The Games Begin...
This is so fun! Opposition to pot? Good luck, ha ha ha.Nobody can stop this!
Hemp Clothing
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Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on March 16, 2013 at 12:41:14 PT
Name change
Dumb Colorado, or dumb in any aspect, the point is: dumb people can hurt any person.
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