Monday, August 9, 2010

Hickenlooper supports MMJ

Posted By on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 8:15 PM

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Gubernatorial candidate and current Denver mayor John Hickenlooper has previously come under fire from medical marijuana supporters.

After the capital city passed laws classifying marijuana enforcement as its lowest legal priority, a committee was convened to figure out what the hell that meant. On that committee was one Lt. Ernie Martinez, who was president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association. In late August 2006, he wrote a letter stating, "Those who want to legalize drugs weaken our collective struggle against this scourge of our society. Like a cancer, proponents for legalization eat away at society's resolve and moral fiber."

Though MMJ isn't a question of legalization, members of its community felt betrayed by Martinez's presence on the committee, calling on Mayor Hickenlooper to cut him loose. He resisted, saying in a statement that "Lt. Martinez is [just] one voice on the panel," and the lieutenant served out his time.

All this to say, we were curious if Hick the Candidate, as opposed to Hick the Mayor, had anything more to share. Here's candidate spokesman George Merritt's e-mailed take:

“John supports Colorado voters who passed legislation allowing sick people access to medicine. He hopes that the bill signed into law this month strengthening medical marijuana regulations will solve many of the abuses surrounding dispensaries in Colorado.”

He's presumably talking about House Bill 1284, actually signed into law in June, but either way, there you have it.

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