Monday, October 1, 2012

Another marijuana debate tonight

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

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Tonight brings the second local debate over the coming marijuana question, Amendment 64. Hosted by the Students for Sensible Drug Policy, it will be held in the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' Upper Lodge at 6 p.m. Speaking for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will be co-director Mason Tvert, while El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa will represent the opposition.

As a preview, here's what Tvert said at a Littleton debate last week, as reported by the Denver Post (with a retort from a familiar face).

"We should have an honest debate," said Mason Tvert, one of the initiative's proponents, at the Littleton debate. "And honest debates begin with evidence. There just isn't any evidence of problems associated with marijuana laws as they change." ...

Ken Buck, the Weld County district attorney, said the federal government could crack down if Colorado legalized marijuana. But, even if it didn't, more liberalized marijuana laws would hurt the state's reputation.

"Our brand will go from business-friendly and healthy to Rocky Mountain high," Buck said.

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