Should the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana be legalized
in the state of Colorado? Proponents of Colorado Amendment 44 say
"yes." They believe marijuana should carry a similar relationship to
the law that alcohol does, in part because they believe marijuana is
less harmful than alcohol.
Opponents of Amendment 44 disagree, and worry that legalizing
possession of marijuana would make pot more accessible for those under
the age of 21.
But come Nov. 7, it will be up to voters on the issue that has already
been given a big "nay" by members of the University of Colorado
Intercampus Student Forum (ICSF).
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If Coloradans vote to legalize marijuana statewide next week, it will
be almost entirely because of the efforts of a pudgy, clean-shaven
24-year-old University of Richmond graduate.
Mason Tvert, campaign manager for Safer Alternatives for Enjoyable
Recreation, has pushed Colorado to the forefront of the marijuana
movement, first with his successful 2004 Denver campaign and now with
the statewide Amendment 44.
The amendment would allow people 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce
of marijuana for personal use. If approved, it would make Colorado the
first state to decriminalize marijuana.
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Coloradans appear ready to ban gay marriage while endorsing legal
benefits for same-sex couples, but a new poll shows the state is not
willing to legalize marijuana.
Residents also support requiring school districts to spend 65 percent
of their budgets on instruction that directly affects students, the
With the election just nine days out and early voting already
underway, the poll of 625 registered voters gives a glimpse of how the
state is likely to vote on four of the more contested ballot questions.
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Backers of 44 Lose Control
Amendment 44 backers would like your vote to legalize possession of up
to an ounce of marijuana. And if you disagree, they expect you to shut
up about it.
That, in a nutshell, is the message that members of Safer Alternative
for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), who back Amendment 44, dispensed
Friday at the Capitol when they tried to shout down some of the
state's top law enforcement officers and the governor.
The group that included Gov. Bill Owens, Attorney General John Suthers
and Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener had a permit to gather on the
west steps of the Capitol to oppose the marijuana initiative. But that
wasn't good enough for SAFER. Its members became progressively more
raucous as the event went on, until by the time Suthers spoke his
voice was nearly buried in the din.
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They weren't mellow or takin' it easy when Gov. Bill Owens talked on
the Capitol steps Friday morning in opposition to a statewide ballot
measure seeking to legalize marijuana possession.
About 50 people of all ages shouted him down as he and Attorney
General John Suthers cited statistics declaring pot dangerous.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is a sad day for Colorado," Owens said.
And then he had to repeat what he said over the chant, "What do we
want? A safer choice. When do we want it? Now."
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DENVER - Legalizing small amounts of marijuana in Colorado will lead
to increased drug trafficking in the state, law enforcement officials
That, at least, was the message Pueblo Police Chief James Billings Jr.
and other ranking officers from across the state conveyed at an
anti-Amendment 44 press conference on the west steps of the Colorado
Because the initiative on this year's ballot would allow Coloradans to
possess less than an ounce of marijuana - but would still leave it
illegal to grow, purchase or sell - means people would have to break
the law in order to possess the weed.
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The scene might've been something Gov. Bill Owens would envision in a
bad dream - or in this case, maybe a bad drug trip.
Protestors of all ages - most dressed in green, waving signs and
chanting loud enough to drown out what he said - stood on the capitol
steps Friday morning to support the legalization of marijuana while
The Republican governor lined up with Attorney General John Suthers
and about a dozen law enforcement officials to explain why they
thought the statewide ballot measure was a bad idea.
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Last week we all received the "little blue book" from the Legislative
Council for the state of Colorado. This allows us to thoroughly study
the ballot issues prior to going to the polls on Nov. 7.
In the process of reviewing all of the ballot issues, I learned some
about Amendment 44 -- Marijuana Possession. What I would like to know
is: Who is responsible for writing this proposed amendment?
Taking a look at the details, I learned the following from the text
out of the "Analysis of the 2006 Ballot Proposals":
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Local youths participate in essay, poster contests in honor of Red
Red Ribbon Week poster, essay contests
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition hosted essay and poster contests
this week at Craig Intermediate School and Craig Middle School, in
honor of Red Ribbon Week.
The campaign is designed to steer America's children away from drug
and alcohol abuse.
Here, we've included the work of the local contest winners.
The essay contest for Moffat County High School students has been
extended a week. For more information, call Kiniston.
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EDITOR: The Analysis of the 2006 Ballot Proposals, printed, published
and distributed by the Legislative Council of the Colorado General
Assembly, contains a very blatant fabrication, which is obviously
intended to mislead the Colorado voting public.
On page 27 of the "analysis" it reads, "It would also include
transferring up to 1 ounce of marijuana to another individual 15 years
or older as long as there is no compensation."
This is absolutely untrue. Amendment 44 would not enable anyone under
the age of 21 to have anything to do with marijuana. This
misinformation is intended to sway voters who would approve legal
possession for over-21-year-olds, but would not approve of younger
persons having anything to do with it. There is s a lawsuit in process
because of this lie. But, in spite of the lawsuit, the Legislative
Council of the General Assembly has continued to print and distribute
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DENVER -- Supporters of Amendment 44 outnumbered the state and local
law enforcement officials who gathered Friday on the state Capitol
steps to detail their opposition to that marijuana-legalization initiative.
"This is a sad day for Colorado," Gov. Bill Owens said after the
pro-44 demonstrators heckled and chanted during the anti-44 news conference.
Owens, one of the featured speakers at the news conference, complained
he'd never before seen a news conference where a legitimate debate by
organizers was "shouted down."
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I just read the (letter) by David Cox. I couldn't agree more with his
thoughts. One thing I want to add is that those who live among us that
smoke marijuana and can provide positive input about the drug can't.
Anyone who speaks of their experience and admits using marijuana is
automatically guilty of a crime. I think the time has come to regulate
the drug just as we do liquor and nicotine, which in my opinion are
the two real gateway drugs in our society.
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Impact in Colorado Springs Could Be Equivalent to $80 Million in
Retail Sales, Account for 1,100 Jobs
On Nov. 7, Colorado voters will decide whether to legalize the
possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by any person over 21.
Initiative 44, which is modeled after an ordinance that Denver voters
approved in 2004, is seen by both supporters and opponents as a first
step toward comprehensive legalization and regulation of marijuana.
Eliminate the legal, social and moral arguments, and one thing
becomes very clear: even without Initiative 44, the marijuana trade
in El Paso County is a major contributor to the local economy.
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With early voting already underway and Election Day in less than two
weeks, evidence indicates that Colorado's young voters could decide
the elections. Organizations are working to make sure Denver voters
get out and vote, even if that means a limousine ride to the polls.
Data suggests that at least 29 percent of Colorado's 18- to
29-year-olds will vote in the upcoming elections, according to
Maryland-based The Center for Information and Research on Civic
Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). That number comes from analyzing
data from the most recent midterm election in 2002.
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Pot proponents unveiled their second Denver billboard yesterday, which
revealed a bikini-clad woman who touts the relative benefits of
marijuana over alcohol.
"Marijuana: No hangovers. No violence. No Carbs," the billboard
states above the sprawled out bikini model.
The billboard will appear at two locations in Denver -- 1381 W.
Alameda Ave., and a separate location which was not immediately
The billboard serves in support of ballot initiative Amendment 44,
which would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana
for adults, 21 years of age and older.
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Regarding Josh Nichols' Oct. 13 column:
The drug war is in large part a war on marijuana, by far the most
popular illicit drug. Marijuana prohibition has done little other than
burden millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens with criminal
records. The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Study
reports that lifetime use of marijuana is higher in the U.S. than any
European country, yet America is one of the few Western countries that
uses its criminal justice system to punish citizens who prefer
marijuana to martinis.
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Before stepping into the voters' booth, it's important to understand
the number of referenda and amendments on this year's ballot, which
range from defining marriage to term limits for judges.
We are disheartened that our legislators have again sought to make
changes to the state constitution rather than to deal with issues
through statutory change. We believe the Constitution is not the place
for legislating change. You will see that belief influences several of
The Summit Daily News endorses:
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Amendment 44 would legalize personal use of marijuana under Colorado
law. Marijuana previously was sold over the counter in one ounce
packets for headaches and insomnia and in Brown's Sedative tablets and
Lilly's One Day Cough Cure. Cocaine and morphine were also sold in
drug stores. The big problems began when the drugs were made illegal.
We're repeating the same mistakes of alcohol prohibition. After 24
years of the war on drugs and wasting tens of billions of dollars,
it's obvious sale and use of drugs can't be stopped. These drugs cause
transient pleasurable feelings and there is a continuing demand.
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ASPEN - Online bookies are taking bets on whether the amendment to
legalize possession of marijuana in Colorado will pass in the Nov. 7
election, and they say the odds are against it.
"Everybody has an opinion," said Mickey Richardson, chief executive of
BetCRIS. "Now they can put their money where their mouth is."
BetCRIS (www.BetCRIS.com) is an online booking agency based in Costa
Rica. The company, Richardson said, takes recommendations from clients
and turns "water cooler talk" into wagers. In the past, he's given
odds on everything from presidential races to whether Jimmy Hoffa's
body would be found.
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As Officials Debate the Merits and Dangers of Marijuana, a Poll Shows
a Third of Voters Last Month As Undecided on Amendment 44.
If Amendment 44 passes Nov. 7, Colorado could become the first state
where voters have approved marijuana for recreational use.
Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation launched the campaign to
legalize pot after a successful initiative in Denver last year.
"Law enforcement should not have to worry about a person smoking a
joint in their own house," said Mason Tvert, SAFER's campaign director.
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I might accept the Camera's position against Amendment 44, (editorial,
Oct. 10) if you didn't get so many basic facts wrong.
You describe Amendment 44 as a "push to decriminalize possession of
less than an ounce of marijuana," but according to Colorado state law,
this is already decriminalized, with a maximum fine of $100. Amendment
44 would merely eliminate the $100 fine.
The myths that 1) cannabis is much more potent today than 30 years
ago, 2) cannabis is a "gateway drug" and 3) legalization will increase
use by minors have all been thoroughly debunked. You only need a few
minutes of Internet research and a level head. Start with LEAP (Law
Enforcement Against Prohibition) or the Drug Policy Alliance.
Boston and Boulder (the two cities with the highest per capita
marijuana use) are great places to live, and they'd be even better if
law enforcement were directed toward important public-safety issues
like drunken driving instead of reefer madness.
Amendment 44, which would legalize possession of a small amount of
marijuana, should be rejected. It's a national issue, not a state one.
It's the shortest proposal on this year's statewide ballot, but
Amendment 44 touches on a host of thorny legal, social and health
issues and has garnered a fair measure of national attention. If
passed, it would change state law to allow people over 21 to possess
an ounce or less of marijuana without legal penalty.
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They'll Help Decide Fate Of Amendment 44 After Backers' On-Campus Push
The ballot was a long, strange trip for Lauren Vogel, a 19-year-old
Colorado State University student taking part in the first day of
early voting on the campus.
But when it came to Amendment 44, she didn't hesitate.
"I voted no," she said simply.
No matter, according to Mason Tvert, the campaign director for the
ballot measure seeking to legalize possession of up to an ounce of
marijuana for adults 21 and over. Monday was the day he got a chance
to reap the rewards of working the campus hard to register young
people to vote in an effort to spur the initiative to victory.
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Amendment 44 Would Let People Possess Less Than an
Among the many things voters have to consider Nov. 7 is a measure
that, if passed, would make Colorado the first state in the nation to
allow adults to possess small amounts of marijuana.
Amendment 44, which is similar to a law passed by Denver residents
last year, would make it legal for adults over the age of 21 to
possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Opponents say it will lead to
increased marijuana use among children.
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Dana Jurich's column, (Time To Un-Demonize Marijuana, Oct. 13) forgot
to mention the first Bible was written on hemp paper. Cannabis (kaneh
bosm/marijuana) couldn't be the "devil weed" because the devil never
had powers of creation. In fact one reason Christians should support
Amendment 44, legalizing small amounts of cannabis is because it is
Biblically correct since Christ God Our Father, indicates He created
all the seed-bearing plants saying they are all good, on literally the
very first page (see Genesis 1:11-12 and 29-30). The only Biblical
restriction place on cannabis is that it be accepted with thankfulness
(see 1 Timothy 4:1-5).
It's time to stop caging humans for using what God says it
When civilians encounter police, the best thing they can do is remain
silent, said Jason Savela, a Boulder civil defense attorney.
"By saying nothing you are saying no to questioning," he said. "If you
have the opportunity to say no, say no."
The CSU chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy on Thursday
night in Clark C142 sponsored a screening of "Busted: A Citizen's
Guide to Police Encounters."
American Civil Liberties Union and the advocacy group Flex Your Rights
created the 45-minute video to provide tips about the rights of
citizens when dealing with police. It portrayed several situations
where officers bullied citizens into incriminating themselves. The
situations ranged from a traffic violation to a house party gone awry.
Each skit showed the right way, and the wrong way, to handle
ill-tempered police officers.
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One candidate, the challenger, is a police officer who is also an
artist. The other, the incumbent, is a long-serving sheriff who is
writing a book about his close friend Hunter S. Thompson, the late
Only in Aspen.
On Nov. 7, voters in this posh mountain town will choose between
five-time incumbent Sheriff Bob Braudis, 61, and Rick Magnuson, a
police officer who is 20 years his junior and whose main issue is that
the sheriff is too easy on drug users.
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That's a preview of the strongest argument opponents of Amendment 44
- - the Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative - will put forth in
the last two weeks of the campaign.
Don't expect an open and honest discussion about the merits of making
marijuana possession legal for adults. Instead, expect every possible
scare tactic related to children you can imagine. Before our
opponents are done, you will think we are trying to make marijuana
part of the free lunch program at elementary schools.
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Think Tank Study Finds News, Post Toe the Establishment Line
You can call the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post a lot of
things, but one thing you can't call them is "fair and balanced."
When the Colorado establishment lines up on one side of an issue, the
News and the Post go along. Consider, for example, how the Denver
dailies have covered this year's marijuana initiative (Amendment 44)
and last year's Referendums C and D (increased spending and borrowing).
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The proponents of Amendment 44 base their assertion that possession
of marijuana should be legalized on the premise that it is a safe
alternative to alcohol. That message is both incorrect and
irresponsible and I hope the voters of Colorado will reject it.
Our American society is plagued by moral relativism, and the campaign
in support of Amendment 44 is a classic example of it. They suggest
that society should condone the harm brought on by marijuana
intoxication because, in their view, it is surpassed by the harm
brought about by alcohol intoxication. That is an irresponsible
message, particularly for our children.
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During my 18 years of police service near Lansing, Mich., I went to
zero calls for service generated by the use of marijuana.
As I focused on the deadly threat of DUI drivers, too many of my
colleagues like Tom Gorman (editorial, Oct. 10) spent their shift
trying to find a baggie of marijuana.
Please end marijuana prohibition and allow my colleagues to focus on
DUI, child molesters and other public-safety threats.
Howard J. Wooldridge
YES to Amendment 44: Marijuana possession. This is a proposed
amendment not to the Constitution but to state statutes that would
legalize possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for people 21 and
older. All arguments for or against this amendment are superfluous
when considering the fact that alcohol - a statistically much more
dangerous substance - is legal while marijuana is not. Cops should
spend their time doing other things besides hassling people in
possession of such a relatively benign substance. This will not change
federal law or how federal law enforcement agencies view marijuana
possession. But it eliminates a nominal fine and sends a message about
what should be this nation's priorities.
If it wasn't for Summit County Commissioner candidate Doug Malkan's
political activism, the Frisco peninsula would already be misused.
For years there's been developments in Summit County creating and
preserving open space lands. It compromises work and credibility of
open space lands if we then take land designated for parks and
recreation and turn it into commercial usage. It's surprising
politicians again try developing the peninsula. The peninsula
location is controversial, like no other. We're not losing CMC, it is
going to be built somewhere; just not where it doesn't belong.
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(Re: "Polk hits pothole," Stew's Views, Oct. 5.) The issue of a Boulder
City Council member's arrest for marijuana possession and driving under the
influence brings several important points to the forefront.
Firstly, no one should drive while under the influence of a substance,
which can alter your perceptions. Even if some people can "maintain,"
as Stewart suggests, under the influence, these laws must be abided
by-for the overall safety of our community and society as a whole.
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(Re: "Amendment 44," Vote 2006, Oct. 12) Hats off to Boulder Weekly for
acknowledging the truth about cannabis. Marijuana isn't harmless, and the
proponents of Amendment 44 do not claim that it is. However, pot's relative
risks to the user and society are less than those of alcohol and do not
warrant the continued arrest of more than 780,000 Americans on marijuana
charges every year.
Data released this week by the U.S. Department of Justice report that
nearly one in eight drug prisoners in America are behind bars for
marijuana-related offenses. This means that an estimated 45,000 state
and federal prisoners are now behind bars for pot. Incarcerating these
individuals costs U.S. taxpayers more than $1 billion annually.
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I recently read your Oct. 10 editorial and was disappointed with the
author's choice to overlook the real issues behind Amendment 44.
There is absolutely no denying that marijuana is safer than alcohol. I
am a 21-year-old female who was kicked out of CU-Boulder for several
alcohol tickets. I am a chronic alcoholic. I have two DUIs and face
years of jail time for my most recent one, where I injured two
innocent people. I have been hospitalized countless times for alcohol
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Amendment 44 Would Legalize Small Amounts Of Marijuana
Almost a year ago, the Mile High City passed Initiative 100, making
Denver one of the first cities in the country to legalize possession
of less than one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older.
Or so they thought.
Since that time, local authorities have continued to arrest marijuana
users in Denver, claiming that state laws trump the city's ordinance.
Currently, possession of less than an ounce of cannabis is a class two
petty offense and carries with it a fine of $100. However, the debate
continues over whether or not the police are required to enforce this
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Talk about a wedge issue.
Thursday was all about the weed here in the Grand Valley.
First, we had the pro-Referendum 44 folks passionately touting the
importance of legalizing the bud in a billboard-unveiling press conference.
That was followed by a press conference hosted by the anti-Referendum
44 crowd, stressing how the bud is the root of all that's bad in our community.
After that, Scott M. Burns, deputy director for state and local
affairs in the White House Drug Policy Office, stopped by the Free
Press office. He too, said legalizing bud was bad.
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Things have definitely become strange in Pitkin County when sheriff
candidate Rick Magnuson, who champions tougher drug enforcement, ends
a debate by quoting Hunter S. Thompson.
"'It should be noted at this point in the platform that any sheriff
in any county in Colorado is legally responsible for the enforcement
of all state laws regarding drugs - even those he disagrees with,'"
Magnuson read from Thompson's book "Better Than Sex." The excerpt
came from Thompson's platform during his failed bid for Pitkin County
Sheriff in 1970.
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DENVER -- Colorado and Nevada could become leaders in the movement to
legalize marijuana, when voters decide Nov. 7 whether to remove all
penalties for adults 21 or older possessing up to an ounce of the drug.
Alaska is the only state that allows penalty-free possession of
marijuana, the result of a court decision in August striking down part
of a state law that made it a misdemeanor for adults to have less than
1 ounce of marijuana.
In addition to the two statewide ballot measures, at least five cities
are letting voters decide whether to direct police to make enforcement
of marijuana laws a low priority. Those towns: Missoula, Mont.; Eureka
Springs, Ark.; and three California communities -- Santa Cruz, Santa
Monica and Santa Barbara.
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BOULDER - The District Attorney's office Tuesday said it won't file
criminal charges against a Lafayette police officer in the Taser
death of a man, but made the point that this doesn't necessarily
mean the officer acted appropriately.
Ryan Wilson, 22, died Aug. 4 shortly after he was chased from a
marijuana field by officers, ran for a half-mile and was hit by the
prongs of a Taser X26 fired by Officer John Harris.
The Lafayette police had said Harris fired the Taser because he felt
threatened when Wilson reached for what looked to be a knife, but
turned out to be a box cutter.
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LOVELAND -- After spending Monday talking about methamphetamine with
a room full of law enforcement officers, counselors, social workers
and others, Frank Lancaster decided to speak with his teenage son.
"This is going to be our dinner conversation tonight," Lancaster
said, illustrating that he had heard the officials, who, during the
daylong meth summit, stressed the importance of family in preventing
As a district chairman for the Boy Scouts, he plans to continue
working on ways to provide youngsters with positive alternatives to
drugs -- something many at the Larimer and Weld County Meth Summit
said was key to beating the drug.
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Multiple, easily-accessible chemicals melded into one substance has
created a drug of choice that has led to many social problems.
The problem of methamphetamine use has become so large in the region
that its abuse prompted leaders from Weld and Larimer counties to
gather Monday at The Ranch in Loveland to discuss the problem of the
drug's abuse in northern Colorado.
About 70 people participated in the day-long brainstorming session.
State, county and city government officials, law enforcement
representatives and people from local treatment centers in both
counties joined the discussions.
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The Daily Sentinel editorial urging voters to vote no against
Amendment 44 is disgraceful. Not because they oppose the issue, but
because they make a statement that is patently false in their
justification. Declaring that Amendment 44, "creates a loophole in
state law that would allow those over 21 to legally transfer up to an
ounce of marijuana to another person 15 years or older," is 100
percent false. If Amendment 44 passes, it will remain a felony to
contribute to the delinquency of a minor by such a transfer.
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Transferring Pot Was Already Legal
Despite the recent hoopla about Amendment 44's making it legal for
adults to give children marijuana, we might expect the editorial
staff of the Camera to actually read the law that now exists and
relay the facts (Editorial, Oct. 10). Colorado lawmakers created the
existing law in 2001. A part of that law states that anyone in
possession of marijuana can give it to anyone else and not be
committing a crime.
Possession is a crime and selling it is a crime, but giving it away
is not. Lawmakers were trying to stop filling the jails with people
who handed someone else a joint. They decriminalized possession of
minor amounts. Selling marijuana is still a crime, and 44 doesn't change that.
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Point No. 1. Regulation of marijuana would reduce organized crime and
access to adolescents just as the regulation of alcohol has.
Teens report they have easier access to marijuana than they have to
either alcohol or tobacco, according to a national survey released on
Aug. 20, 2002, by the national Center on Addiction and Substance
Abuse at Columbia University. The results marked the first in the
survey's history that adolescents said it was easier to buy cannabis
than cigarettes or alcohol. Similar to the failed prohibition of
alcohol, marijuana prohibition creates organized crime to respond to
the substance's demand instead of allowing law-abiding businesses to
create revenue for the county.
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Students at CU say they're quite satisfied with the outcome of a
voter-registration drive that ended last week that registered 2,500
"That's 10 percent of the campus," said physics and math major Daniel
McKinnon, 20, who volunteered with the voter registration drive. "We
were really psyched."
Many students say they think that is a strong showing for a mid-term
About 110 students collected voter registration forms as part of an
effort mobilized by the New Voters Project, a nonpartisan group under
the umbrella of the Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG).
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Initiative 44, legalizing cannabis, may well be the most important
election issue ("Hippie-hating and -baiting," Your Turn, Oct. 5), but
not just for hippies.
True fiscal conservatives will vote for it; cannabis prohibition is a
costly failure. Parents and mothers will support it; cannabis
prohibition is more harmful to youth than the substance being
prohibited. Police should support it; they've seen first-hand that
cannabis doesn't cause crime.
But most importantly, re-legalizing cannabis should gain support of
obedient Christians, since Christ God Our Father indicates He created
all the seed-bearing plants saying they are all good, on literally the
very first page of the Bible (see Genesis 1:11-12 and 29-30). The only
biblical restriction placed on cannabis is that it be accepted with
thankfulness (see 1 Timothy 4:1-5).
It's time to stop caging humans for using what God says is
Amendment 44 asks Colorado voters to decide whether or not to legalize
possession of less than one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 years and
older. If passed it would still be illegal to consume marijuana in
public, drive while under the influence, grow marijuana, sell it or
possess it if you are under 21.
This is an expansion of the initiative that was passed last year in
Denver. Currently, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a
petty offense in Colorado and carries a $100 fine.
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Colorado was the first state to vote to repeal alcohol prohibition in
1932, and we have the chance to be the first state to vote to repeal
cannabis (marijuana) prohibition with the passage of Amendment 44. In
1932, forward-thinking Colorado citizens put an initiative on the
ballot to repeal alcohol prohibition. It passed with 56 percent of the
However, in 1937, Congress enacted cannabis prohibition via the
Marijuana Tax Act. Cannabis prohibition created a new black market in
cannabis, which has led to the same violence and corruption seen in
the alcohol prohibition era. It also gave rise to government agencies
like the Drug Enforcement Administration, which not only uses your tax
dollars to arrest and imprison nonviolent cannabis users, but also
actively campaigns for cannabis prohibition in our democratic
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