I've enjoyed reading progressive articles about cannabis (kaneh
bosm/marijuana) lately in The Aspen Times but can't get Shelley
Evans' letter ("Facts about Amendment 44," Sept. 30) out of my mind.
Evans is out of touch with reality on every government-parroted
reefer-madness point. Example: Marijuana cannot contain more
cancer-causing chemicals than tobacco smoke, since there isn't one
dead body to prove it in over 5,000 years of documented use. Tobacco
kills over 1,000 Americans daily.
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ASPEN - A community safety officer for Aspen's police department is
presenting Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis with one of his most
significant re-election challenges in two decades in a campaign that
has renewed disagreements over drug enforcement.
Braudis, whose last real challenge came in 1986, said he expects to be
re-elected. But his opposition to the national "war on drugs,"
stemming from a view that undercover drug work erodes trust between
law enforcement officers and residents, and his belief that substance
abuse is fundamentally a health issue have caused divisions in the
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Marijuana has been illegal for the better part of a century now, and
the time has finally come to remove it from the hit list. There are
many reasons why it has been made illegal, all of which have been
based on false propaganda.
Have you ever seen the 1936 movie "Reefer Madness?" It's been a few
years, but if I recall correctly, there are a handful of teenagers
that get together after school, start smoking weed, and end up
throwing wild and crazy parties, where they dance uncontrollably to
the "satanic jazz and swing music." Eventually they all start going
mad, turning into homicidal psychopaths, rapists, and deranged
lunatics. I seem to remember one gal going nuts and throwing herself
out of a whatever-story window. Intended as a scare-movie, this film
unrealistically portrayed the effects of becoming addicted to the
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White House Official, State's Attorney General, Clash With Pro-Pot Forces
Will Colorado become the "pot capital of America"?
Is marijuana the safer alternative to alcohol?
And who paid for a press gathering Thursday in a conference room at
the Doubletree Hotel, where federal, state and local officials urged
voters to reject a pro-pot initiative on Colorado's November ballot?
The last question became the topic of a heated exchange between
Amendment 44 campaign director Mason Tvert, Scott Burns, deputy
director for state and local affairs for the White House's Office of
National Drug Control Policy, as well as Colorado Attorney General
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The war on drugs is a failure and a waste of public resources. This
amendment to state statutes would free law enforcement from chasing
petty offenders who possess an ounce of marijuana or less. The growth,
sale and public use or display of pot would remain a crime, as would
driving under the influence.
We are troubled by a provision of Amendment 44 that appears to allow
adults to share their pot with children as young as 15. Opponents have
pounced on this provision and claim that 44 will hurt children.
Proponents argue that such behavior would still constitute
contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Since this amendment would
only affect state statute, and not the Constitution, we hope the
Legislature will clear up this portion.
The bottom line is that cops have more important things to do than to
bust adults for marijuana possession. Vote Yes on Amendment 44.
I continue to contemplate which candidate for governor I'm going to
vote against. Ritter doesn't support a woman's right to an abortion.
When Ritter was Denver's district attorney, his office approved a
misguided search warrant against a bookstore (as I discussed
previously). He has indicated that he'd try to further politicize
medicine and restrict the right to bear arms. While Ritter has
admitted to using marijuana, he favors keeping legal penalties for
possession of under an ounce of the plant by adults over 21.
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Issues Aren't Addressed in Ballot Measure That Would Legalize
Much the way marijuana stays in a person's system for an extended
period, expect some fallout to linger in the halls of government well
after the Nov. 7 election if Amendment 44 passes.
The reason is because the wording of the ballot measure is so simple,
even the most ardent stoner could understand it. But that is also its
curse because it leaves so many issues unaddressed.
Amendment 44 seeks to allow adults over 21 to legally possess up to an
ounce of marijuana for their own personal use.
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Amendment 44 Backers Seek Gramnet Records
The campaign director for a Denver-based group leading the charge for
pro-marijuana legislation said his organization "anxiously" awaits
the response from a local drug task force that may have violated
state campaign laws.
So far, that response hasn't come.
"Our response to that is 'no comment,'" said Dusty Schulze, task
force commander of the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team.
In late September, GRAMNET released a statement urging residents to
vote against Amendment 44 -- a question on the November general
election ballot that, if approved, would legalize the possession of
up to one ounce of marijuana for anyone 21 or older. The eight-page
release, which included information titled "The Truth about
Marijuana," was attributed to eight officials in Moffat and Routt
counties, including the sheriffs from both counties and the district
attorney, who prosecutes cases in both counties.
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Legalizing Marijuana Would Aid Organized Crime, John Walters Says
The nation's top anti-drug warrior came to Colorado Springs on
Wednesday to denounce a statewide ballot measure to legalize
smallscale marijuana possession.
U.S. drug czar John Walters called marijuana use a "disease" and said
Amendment 44 would result in more drug use among adults and teens.
If it passes next month, Colorado would be the first state to legalize
marijuana possession through a ballot measure.
Walters' visit, which also included stops in Denver and Grand
Junction, shows the measure is attracting high-level interest from far
beyond the state's borders.
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This election year, Colorado voters have the opportunity to decide
whether or not to make it legal to possess up to an ounce of
marijuana, reducing the penalty from a petty offense to nothing.
Opponents of this measure, Amendment 44 on the November ballot,
contend that legalizing dope would have a negative impact on
Colorado's children. Implicitly, they argue that the increasing costs
associated with marijuana usage will only rise should the law pass.
So, what are the human costs of marijuana use relative to other
controllable "bad habits"? According to a 2004 article in the Journal
of the American Medical Association, the leading cause of death is
tobacco followed by obesity and alcohol, accounting for 18 percent,
17 percent, and 4 percent of all deaths, respectively, in 2000. Last
on the list, after firearms and auto accidents, is illicit drug use,
about 0.7 percent of all deaths.
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Ongoing debate regarding drug-law enforcement, and an Aspen Times
online poll on that very subject, has generated plenty of online
comment of late.
The aspentimes.com poll asking: "Do you think Sheriff Bob Braudis is
too lax when it comes to drug enforcement," provoked several comments
In my opinion, it is not that Braudis is too lax on drugs. With great
vision, he does not believe in or support the ongoing failure of "the
war on drugs" mentality. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Dept. does not
hesitate apprehending those caught breaking the law including drug
violations. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
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Possession of an ounce of marijuana by adults will be legal if
Colorado's Amendment 44 wins. On one side are legalization activists
fresh from a victory in Denver; on the other is the federal Drug
Enforcement Agency, mobilizing Coloradoans to resist. The voters stand
between in what may be the most important issue on this fall's ballot.
Amendment 44 is about more than marijuana: It's about civil rights and
"Yeah, the '60s are over with," the man growls, "but they forgot to
tell them that up in Boulder." Or, apparently, in a good portion of
Colorado. Today, hippies aren't supposed to exist; yet, look around,
and there they are, the majority of whom had yet to be born when the
'60s ended. I'd estimate that nationally, hippies comprise about 10
percent of the population; in Colorado, that figure is probably higher.
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DENVER -- Amendment 44, if voters approve it, would make it legal
under state law for anyone age 21 and older to possess up to one
ounce of marijuana.
Marijuana possession is now a Class 2 petty offense under Colorado
law, punishable by a fine of up to $100.
The legalization measure is being promoted by SAFER, an organization
whose name assert that marijuana is a "Safer Alternative for
Enjoyable Recreation" than alcohol.
SAFER spokesman Mason Tvert has said alcohol abuse "contributes to
social problems light fighting, sexual assault, property damage and
domestic abuse" but that "marijuana has never been linked to these
types of issues."
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The White House drug czar will announce a multi-million dollar grant
to Colorado school districts and community agencies Wednesday.
The money is earmarked toward prevention and treatment programs, and
toward helping school officials and medical staffers identify and
refer people with drug problems.
Although the White House two years ago sent a team to Denver to tell
school officials how to get around legal challenges to random drug
testing of students, these grants apparently aren't going to be used
for that purpose.
"The main focus is going to be on emergency rooms," said Liz
McDonough, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Much of the money will be used for surveys to find someone's
propensity for addiction, and help find the right treatment option.
Legalizing Marijuana Doesn't Make Sense
Just say no to Amendment 44, which would legalize possession of up to
one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 or older.
In the first place, the language of the amendment, sponsored by Safer
Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation, contains a major loophole. It
leaves open the possibility that an adult giving marijuana to a child
or young adult between 15 and 20 "appears to be legal," according to
Mason Tvert, SAFER's campaign director, speaking for those who favor
the amendment. He says another law, contributing to the delinquency of
a minor, "covers" the loophole.
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In the past two months since the tasing death of my nephew, Ryan
Michael Wilson, the actions of the law-enforcement community in its
efforts to deal with suspected drug offenses have boggled my mind. As
citizens of Boulder County, you should be concerned as well.
Your law enforcement officials seem to have no established, consistent
method of engaging drug suspects. I will outline three notable
incidents which have occurred within just the last 60 days. Pay
attention. Your loved one or someone you know might be the subject of
a future news event just like these.
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He's got long hair, is wearing a black cowboy hat, and the word
"wasted" in gleaming silver makes up the belt buckle holding up
And yet, Kevin Blewitt - yes, his real name - said he's not sure which
way he leans on Amendment 44, the statewide ballot measure attempting
to make possession of an ounce of marijuana for those over 21 legal.
The anthropology student at the University of Northern Colorado said
he grew up under the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, the
federally-funded anti-drug program that preached to children in
schools the risks of marijuana, cocaine and alcohol. Until he started
college, he was "pretty anti-drug usage" himself.
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Bill Smits, 22, of Greeley stands next to his truck that has a sign
in the back of his window with a saying that saved his life. When
Smits was a teen, he had constant chemotherapy, which made him vomit
everything he ate. He lost 84 pounds in a month. Medical marijuana
was the only thing in the beginning that helped him keep food down.
You would think, just by seeing his pickup truck, that Bill Smits
would favor the ballot initiative in the upcoming election that would
legalize marijuana possession in Colorado.
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There's more to, "Pot, Truth and The DEA," (Sept. 29, 2006), where You
expose "DEA facts" as an oxymoron.
Historically, prohibitionists claim cannabis is the devil weed, but the
devil never had any powers of creation. In fact another reason to
re-legalize cannabis (kaneh bosm / marijuana) that doesn't get mentioned 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).
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BOULDER - A 22-year-old man who died after a police officer shot him
with a stun gun had appeared to be grabbing a knife clipped to his
pants, Lafayette police said.
Ryan Wilson died Aug. 4 after running more than a half-mile from
officers responding to a tip that marijuana was being grown in a field
Boulder County Coroner Thomas Faure concluded Wilson died of an
irregular heartbeat caused by a combination of exertion, the stun-gun
shock and a heart condition present since birth.
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Amendment 44 Is Bad Policy
There must be hundreds of things that sensible Coloradans believe
would benefit this state, but surely one of them is not an infusion
of more illegal drugs. Yet here we are, thanks to Amendment 44,
poised as a state to vote on whether we should make it easier to get
high on marijuana.
It's an atrocious idea and deserves a resounding defeat.
Amendment 44 would legalize under state law the possession of up to
one ounce of marijuana for adults who are 21 and older. But of course
federal laws involving marijuana would remain in place. And it would
still be illegal under a variety of statutes to buy or grow marijuana
(except for medicinal use), so the only way someone could "legally"
possess the substance would be by breaking other laws.
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I support cannabis (marijuana) legalization and Amendment 44 which is
on the Nov. 7 election ballot. This is a chance for citizens who use
or don't use cannabis to help change an ignorant anti-Christian law.
It is a chance for parents and mothers to help protect children from
prohibitionist society and its harms. It is a chance to guide police
toward serving and protecting, rather than maintaining a misguided
It's a chance for true conservatives to stop government from
unsuccessfully spending more money to control what people put in their
bodies. It is a chance for DARE graduate students who've been lied to
to speak out.
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If it is anything, the work environment at Boulder Weekly is fiercely
tolerant. Of course, like any ethical business, we're prepared to
bring employees into our circle regardless of their age, gender,
religion, nationality, color or sexual orientation. But our level of
tolerance goes far beyond that. We've been known to hire individuals
who shop at Wal-Mart, wear Nike shoes, eat at the Cheesecake Factory
and even root for the New York Yankees (gasp)-so long as they can make
a positive contribution to our mission of saving the world, one
Thursday at a time. And, yes, we even tolerate employees who smoke
weed-so long as they do it on their time and it doesn't affect their
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I often read, hear and see on TV the words "Amendment 44 would
legalize marijuana in Colorado." This is simply not true and again
uses fear and misinformation to "stir up" the public.
To quote one of the sentences in the overview of the amendment
proposal, "Judges have discretion when assessing fines, and the
maximum fine is not levied against all offenders." Under current law,
police in Denver can charge offenders under state law instead of city
law. In this context, marijuana is not legal. If it were completely
legal, one would be able to smoke it anywhere or have a bag of pot
sitting on a restaurant table without fear of retribution.
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I think that legalizing all currently illicit drugs, at the very
least, marijuana, would go a long way towards eliminating the crime
connected with it and the terrorist activity in the world today, and
By making some drugs illegal, this, by its very nature creates a black
market in them, as there are some people who WILL use, REGARDLESS of
whether or not those drugs are illegal.
Because there is a cash incentive, run-of-the-mill criminal types will
always be attracted.
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Re: "Amendment 44: The Marijuana Initiative," Oct. 1 pro-con Perspective
Mason Tvert's pro-Amendment 44 column trumped Thomas Gorman's scare
tactics. Tvert is right that the opposition can't explain why there
should be a double-standard between pot and alcohol. Gorman's response
that there are more alcohol users proves nothing. I'd suggest a deeper
reason for the double-standard: It's about who is using a particular
Gorman makes it pretty clear he has a low opinion of marijuana users,
that these people are destroying "Colorado's future leaders." That's
prejudice in that it stereotypes marijuana users as unmotivated
losers. And when he argues Amendment 44 will "attract drug users as a
new tourist base or residents," that's bigotry.
In Marc Carlisle's recent column ("A little advice before early
voting begins," Sept. 27), he said Amendment 44 "purports to legalize
the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but does nothing of the
sort, since state law cannot supercede [sic] Federal law."
While it is true that marijuana possession would technically remain
illegal under federal law if Amendment 44 passes, the federal
government has never arrested people for simple marijuana possession,
and they have even acknowledged in recent weeks that they would not start now.
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BATTLEMENT MESA - Methamphetamine use sent his little brother to
jail, and Richard Mumby of Grand Junction hopes his co-workers in
the natural-gas industry realize how addictive and disruptive the drug can be.
Mumby works for Nabors Drilling and attended a day-long
methamphetamine awareness presentation Wednesday in Battlement Mesa,
organized in part by EnCana Oil and Gas for employees of their 500
contractors and subcontractors.
Mumby told the crowd of approximately 250 people that his
30-year-old brother was due to be released from the Moffat County
Jail in Craig next month. He served time for methamphetamine use and
distribution, Mumby said.
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Other Commissioners More Reserved As $446,000 Funding Request Is Made
BOULDER -- Boulder County Commissioner Tom Mayer is so enthusiastic
about the proposed creation of a drug court that Commissioner Ben
Pearlman joked that he should be pitching the plan.
Boulder County District Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin on Tuesday led a
group of county social service and law enforcement leaders before
the commissioners to make a case for funding the proposed Integrated
Treatment Court to the order of $446,000.
The three-member board is in the middle of budget hearings for the
2007 budget year.
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We're indebted to Mason Tvert and his work, re-legalizing cannabis in
my lifetime (Pot Fliers Flap Shrouded in Haze, Sept. 28, 2006),
placing Amendment 44 on Colorado's election ballot Nov. 7.
This is a chance for citizens to change an ignorant, anti-Christian
law. It is a chance for parents and mothers to help protect children
from prohibitionist society and its harms. A chance to guide police
toward serving and protecting, rather than maintaining a misguided
prohibition. A chance for true conservatives to stop government from
unsuccessfully spending more money to control what people put in their
bodies. A chance for DARE graduates who've been lied to to speak out.
And it's a chance for Christians to acknowledge what it means when
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).
It's time to stop caging and persecuting people for using what God
says is good.
The Rocky Mountain News appears to have taken a road similar to the
government bureaucrats who tell only one side of the story and call it
unbiased, like in the Blue Book voters' guide. The News runs big
articles on the Drug Enforcement Administration and prints their
ridiculous quotes as if it is the only truth, while completely
ignoring groups like Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) who
also have truths that tell a different story.
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You recently published several "taking points" put forward by
opponents of Amendment 44. They say that 62 percent of teens in drug
treatment had a primary marijuana diagnosis, and that more young
people are in drug treatment for marijuana than for all other drugs
What they don't say is that most of these teens enter treatment
because they have been ordered to do so, not because they need it.
Amendment 44 opponents also claim that "Amendment 44 would make
Colorado the No. 1 drug tourist destination in America" and that
"Amendment 44 would have a negative economic impact on every Colorado
citizen." Which is it?
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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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Tom Gorman, a former undercover narcotics detective from California,
said drug use in America is on the decline and voting to legalize an
ounce or less of marijuana in Colorado would drive it back up.
Gorman, local director of the national High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area organization, brought that message to Pueblo last
Even though no one attended the night event at Pueblo Community
College, Gorman, who now lives in Denver, discussed with Pueblo
Police Chief Jim Billings what he sees as the problems of Amendment
44 which seeks to legalize possession of small amounts of pot.
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One on Hand...
Amendment 44 poses a simple question: Should the adult possession of
up to 1 ounce of marijuana be legal under state law? Or, as our
campaign prefers to phrase the question, should adults be punished for
making the rational choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol, if
that is what they prefer?
On its face, there seems to be no logical reason to oppose this. What
we have are two recreational substances. The difference is that
alcohol is more addictive and more toxic. It is also associated with
aggression and violence, which means it is far more likely to lead to
the harm of someone other than the user.
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And on the other hand...
Let's start with good news about marijuana and other drugs of abuse.
The percentage of people using illicit drugs in the United States has
been reduced approximately 50 percent from its peak in 1979. Among our
teenagers, from 2001 to 2005, drug use, primarily marijuana, has
dropped by 20 percent. In fact, only about 6.8 percent of youths
between the ages of 12 and 18 report using marijuana.
Now the bad news: People such as the proponents of Amendment 44 are
playing roulette with our youth and adults by trying to legalize
marijuana, which will reverse this downward trend.
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Amendment Would Make It Legal to Possess an Ounce or Less of
DENVER - Mason Tvert is standing in front of City Hall with a whole
lot of beer.
The leader of the marijuana-legalization initiative says he's ready to
go "hit-for-chug" against two of the state's most prominent people to
prove that marijuana is safer than alcohol. His targets are Denver
Mayor John Hickenlooper - a Democrat who founded the Wynkoop Brewery -
and Pete Coors, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate
and serves on the board of his family's brewery.
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Depending on your point of view, Coloradans have the choice this
election between being trendsetters on marijuana law or protecting
young people from drugs.
Amendment 44 on the ballot would change state drug law to allow people
over 21 to possess an ounce or less of marijuana without legal penalty.
If the measure is passed, Colorado would join Alaska, now the only
state that has no penalties for personal possession of a small amount
of marijuana. (Nevada voters also face a decriminalization proposal in
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Title: Why should adults be able to use marijuana instead of alcohol?
Type: TV ad
Sponsor: Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation, supporters of
Amendment 44, which would legalize pot for recreational use.
Message: The ad gives statistics about the dangers of alcohol in an
attempt to show that marijuana is a safer alternative. A narrator
says that two-thirds of all spousal-abuse cases are alcohol-related
and that nearly three-quarters of all college rapes occur while a
female is intoxicated by alcohol. The commercial continues, "Do we
want our daughters growing up in a society where the only legal
substance for recreation is alcohol? Not if we love them."
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The Drug War Against Local Control and Parental Responsibility
Not long ago, about the time Republicans became a majority in
Congress, many conservatives considered the biggest threat to family
values to be a powerful and activist central government. There may
soon come a day when conservatives wonder how federal laws passed to
perpetuate the ever-failing drug war became a proxy war on parental
authority and local government decision making.
As an example, on Sept. 19 the House of Representatives passed H.R.
5295, the "Student and Teacher Safety Act of 2006." The act requires
"each state, local educational agency, and school district" to
implement a federal mandate deeming reasonable and permissible "a
search by a full time teacher or school official, acting on any
colorable suspicion based on professional experience and judgment, of
any minor student, on the grounds of any public school, if the search
is conducted to ensure that classrooms, school buildings, and school
property remain free of all weapons, dangerous materials, or illegal
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Thank you for covering the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners
endorsement of Amendment 44, an initiative which would make the
possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults in
Colorado. It is great that your readers were informed about this
Assuming this will not be the last time you cover this issue, I just
wanted to clarify one point you made in the article. You said, "Even
if Amendment 44 passes, however, adult possession of marijuana would
be illegal under federal law."
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A majority of high-country citizens agree with The Aspen Daily News
endorsement (PitCo High On Pot Initiative, Sept. 28, 2006) of
Another reason to re-legalize cannabis (kaneh bosm/marijuana) that
doesn't get mentioned 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, 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 is
(Re: "High On Hypocrisy," letters, Sept. 20.) Letter writer Cord
MacGuire's astute summation of the utter failure of the Drug
Enforcement Administration in Afghanistan is worthy of supplement
considering the DEA is actively working to oppose Amendment 44 on the
basis of being "experts on drugs."
The DEA is not just a failure internationally. Here in the United
States, save for persistent efforts to place obstacles between
state-legal medical marijuana patients and their medicine and other
programs aimed at impeding chronic pain patients from getting needed
prescription drugs, the DEA is likewise a failure. Few Americans who
want marijuana have trouble scoring. Nor do the users of other illicit
drugs, despite 35-plus years of ever-escalating drug war policies
headed by the DEA.
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City Councilman Erwin "Richard" Polk was arrested on suspicion of
driving under the influence of drugs just after 9 p.m. on Monday.
Officer Keith Steinman pulled Polk over after he observed Polk
driving unusually slowly and straddling lanes at the intersection of
15th and Pearl streets. When Polk rolled down his window, Steinman
reportedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from both the
car and from Polk. He put Polk through roadside maneuvers and
confiscated some pot, a pipe and rolling papers.
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(Editor's note: This letter was originally addressed to elected
officials in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties.)
I find it alarming that the Pitkin County commissioners unanimously
agreed to support Amendment 44, which legalizes possession and use of
non-medicinal marijuana for adults. Please do not follow suit. What
the commissioners failed to acknowledge are the extreme health and
safety risks associated with marijuana use:
Fact 1: Even low doses of marijuana tend to induce intoxication, which
includes alterations in thought formation and expression.
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The teachers' union that represents Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary
School teacher [Name redacted] said it does not condone [Name
redacted] alleged criminal behavior, but still will support her in
the event of termination from employment.
[Name redacted] , formerly known as [Name redacted] , 41, has
been arrested twice since October 2005. She was charged
with methamphetamine and marijuana possession after the 2005 arrest
and will face new charges from prosecutors Friday, following her
"This is a criminal case. The charges against this woman are outside
the scope of her employment," read a joint statement from the Mesa
Valley Education Association, the teachers' union for Mesa County
School District 51, and the Colorado Education Association. Neither
group is involved in the legal matters of [Name redacted] criminal case.
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America will witness the end of cannabis prohibition once women and
mothers organize and speak out ("Parent Group Announces Support for
Pot Measure," Sept. 19, Denver Daily News) the same way they did to
end the original prohibition [of alcohol] in the 1920s.
Another reason to re-legalize cannabis that doesn't get mentioned is
because it is biblically correct, since 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 placed on cannabis is that it be
accepted with thankfulness (see 1 Timothy 4:1-5).
It's time to stop caging and persecuting responsible adults for using
what God says is good.
Colorado will be voting on whether to legalize possession of marijuana
this November, and the Drug Enforcement Administration is not amused.
When Safer Colorado, the group sponsoring a statewide ballot
initiative to legalize the possession of small quantities of pot (up
to one ounce) for personal use, turned in petitions with 129,000
signatures last month - twice as many as necessary to make ballot -
the DEA sprung, or more accurately slithered, into action.
According to a story in the Daily Camera, DEA agent Michael Moore sent
out an e-mail to professional political consultants seeking a campaign
manager for the drive to defeat the initiative. The e-mail, which was
sent from a Department of Justice computer, claims that a group
opposed to the initiative has $10,000 to launch the campaign, and that
anyone interested should call him at his DEA office.
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The hot-button issues of legalizing marijuana and recognizing the
rights of same-sex partners drew the unanimous support of Pitkin
County commissioners on Wednesday.
With virtually no comments during its regular meeting, the
commissioners unanimously passed resolutions on six state ballot
issues coming before voters Nov. 7, including Amendment 44, which
legalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults. The
commissioners had debated the question at length at a work session
earlier this month, said chair Mick Ireland. At that time there was
some hesitation about what kind of message the board's endorsement
would send to kids.
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CSU reverses its decision to allow political fliers that depict a
marijuana leaf. Exactly why is it in dispute?
Backers of a pot-legalization measure were blocked from distributing
fliers that depicted a marijuana leaf on campus before the ACLU got
"How many lawyers does it take to be able to exercise your free
speech?" asked Seth Anthony, chair of the CSU Libertarian Party.
The CSULP and the CSU chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy
wanted to distribute fliers advocating Amendment 44, which would
legalize small amounts of marijuana for those 21 and older.
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