Colorado Measure To Halt Marijuana Sales Dies
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Colorado Measure To Halt Marijuana Sales Dies
Posted by CN Staff on May 07, 2013 at 04:15:18 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Marijuana advocates late Monday fought back an effort that could have halted Colorado's plans for legal marijuana shops, ending a debate that swept through the state Capitol like a dust devil for a little more than three hours.The proposal, Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, would have put two separate constitutional measures before the voters in November. The first would have asked voters to approve special sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana. If that measure failed, a second measure would have asked voters whether they wanted to suspend recreational marijuana sales.
The resolution was introduced at about 6 p.m. on the third-to-last day of the legislative session  the absolute last moment it could have been formally proposed. It was sponsored by two dozen senators, including Senate President John Morse. And it cleared a Senate committee less than an hour after it was introduced.But facing a midnight deadline for initial approval in the full Senate and a handful of lawmakers committed to defeating it, Morse adjourned the Senate for the night at about 9:30 p.m. without taking up the resolution. Under legislative terminology, the newly introduced resolution was suddenly "dead on the calendar."SnippedComplete Article: HopeSource: Denver Post (CO)Author:  John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: May 7, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on May 07, 2013 at 12:54:45 PT
Colorado legislature gives final OK to marijuana driving limit
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on May 07, 2013 at 11:42:28 PT
great news
wow! it's amazing how quickly politicians come around when they're faced with embarrassment. They'll do anything to prevent it. Putting these referendums on the ballot would have looked incredibly silly from outside the system. They must have realized that. the people just voted on this a few months ago!in this state we saw something similar on gay marriage. The legislature swung from a veto-proof margin against gay marriage to being in favor by 2 to 1 in just 18 months. Nobody wants to play the sore loser. In that example, the judiciary had changed the law. In CO it's the people. Inertia is critical, once "critical mass" is reached, it's all over.
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