Monday, November 1, 2010

Money, mandates and medical marijuana

Posted By on Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:20 PM

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Though the elections are almost behind us, there's still time to look at the battle over Question 1A. Some updates:

Recent filings with the Colorado secretary of state's office show Citizens for Safer Communities has raised another $1,500. That brings the group's total to roughly $18,500, confirms Tanya Garduno with the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council.

Denver offered the biggest recent donors, with $400 coming from MMAPR (Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of the Rockies), and $500 from Jerry Brennan of Cornerstone Business Resources which, among other products, sells credit-card processing and point-of-sale systems.

• A news release from CFSC says that, though the campaign lost the legal fight to have the county's question pulled from the ballot, and then to have voting results ignored, the county may still be on the hook for monetary relief if the ban passes.

When Judge Timothy Simmons declined the plaintiffs' requests around the ballot question, he did not fully dismiss the case — a key difference, says lead attorney Bob Hoban in the release:

"Our clients only want what every other small business owner in El Paso County wants: They seek the right to continue operating their businesses with the same authority they were granted by their government when they first opened their doors. The county’s actions here reflect an unconstitutional attempt at a regulatory taking. They can’t say 'yes' to such business, take our clients money, and then reverse course on a whim."

• The Gazette heard from Steve Wind, of Let Us Vote COS, on why a ban of "pot shops" is critical. Have to give the man credit — he's nothing if not constantly on message:

Banning pot shops will NOT drive marijuana usage into neighborhoods as the opposition keeps claiming because it is already there!

... my children didn’t have to grow up with pot shops in their community and my grandchildren shouldn’t have to either.

And finally:

The pot shop proliferation is nothing but an end around to legalizing marijuana. California is facing the same scenario this November—first the medical marijuana next the legalization. Colorado will surely face the same thing in 2012. Big money George Soros is at the head of the effort to legalize pot so he can destroy America!

Is Wind from the future? Hard to tell, but he's certainly right about a legalization push, as today the Cannabis Therapy Institute sent a release stating its 2012 initiative to legalize marijuana will begin Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Best Western Boulder Inn. See here for more.

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