Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A coffee-shop conversation about legalizing marijuana

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

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Marijuana legalization is all the rage these days in the Centennial State, and another group has joined the fray: CItizens for Responsible Legalization. In fact, the group will test a new TV ad in Colorado Springs for about a month; see below.

Brian Vicente, the group's attorney — whose organization, Sensible Colorado, is also backing The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcoholtold the Gazette, "We’re just going to kind of see how it goes in Colorado Springs. This is a reasonably sized city, with a lot of common sense.”

We contacted Vicente ourselves to get clarification on the roles of the different organizations.

"Citizens for Responsible Legalization is an organization — comprised of Colorado citizens — formed to conduct a limited public education campaign on the benefits of the regulation, taxation, and legalization of marijuana," he writes in an e-mail. "Citizens for Responsible Legalization is a separate entity from Sensible Colorado or the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. However all three groups support exploring alternatives to marijuana prohibition in Colorado."

Our partners at KRDO are reporting the local response has been mixed, while one MMJ advocate doesn't see anything he likes.

"If we treat it like alcohol and it passes, everything we worked for and fought for may come crashing down upon us," said KC Stark, with Go Green Cross. "Because at that point, the Supreme Court will have to act."

Stark said he believes that if Colorado tries to sell marijuana that's not medical, the federal government will shut down the entire industry.

"We have a model that works, it's called medical marijuana in accordance with Amendment 20," said Stark.

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