"The initiative has been drafted. It's ready to be proposed to City Council," said Slaugh. "This is a great opportunity to create 1,000 jobs and also the opportunity to bring in millions in revenue."The group will hold a meeting tonight at 7 at The Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery where input on ballot specifics will be solicited.
"It could be the saving grace to have pot for potholes."
First of all, you're a dick! Also, I don't know if your name is actually Reginald or "Reg-Nuggets" the name you kept referring to yourself by. What I do know is that my friends and I were in Colorado for an awesome ski vacation and everything was going great. All of our flights were on time; we all met outside of DIA and hopped into our Marriot bus, and had drinks in our hand celebrating our yearly reunion an hour later. After many more drinks, some hilarious tear inspiring stories from our youth, feelings of utter happiness, a desire to try some of Colorado's famous marijuana crept over all of us. Into the night with a werewolf like focus we searched (on our smart phones) for a dispensary open past 9:00PM only to find out no such place existed. Franticly my friends and I walked 16th street searching for someone who could provide us with a bag of Colorado magic. After about 30 minutes of asking shady looking individuals to help us out with our quest in getting ourselves on track to travel "three sheets to the wind." That's where you appeared out of nowhere "Reg-Nuggets."
You invited me and one of my friends to follow you into an alley to check out the weed you had for sale. While you held up the sandwich bag of weed my friend and I tried to inspect the quality of your product in the darkness; your hand holding the product darted erratically like a cat chasing a laser pointer. Your movements became even more jittery when my buddy put his cell phone camera light to the bag. Desperate to complete the final chapter of our quest we handed over $50 for the weed and at the exact moment the cash touched your hands you shouted "cops!" and fled off into the darkness that you arose from.
Demonstrating how marijuana is no longer a strictly partisan issue, the two states considered likeliest this year to follow Colorado and Washington in outright legalization of the drug are Oregon, dominated by liberal Democrats, and Alaska, where libertarian Republicans hold sway. ...
At least 14 states — including Florida, where an initiative has already qualified for the ballot — are considering new medical marijuana laws this year, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, which supports legalization, and 12 states and the District of Columbia are contemplating decriminalization, in which the drug remains illegal, but the penalties are softened or reduced to fines. Medical marijuana use is already legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
An even larger number of states, at least 17, have seen bills introduced or initiatives begun to legalize the drug for adult use along the lines of alcohol, the same approach used in Colorado and Washington, but most of those efforts are considered unlikely of success this year.
The guidance issued today by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Treasury only reinforces and reiterates that banks can be prosecuted for providing accounts to marijuana related businesses.———ORIGINAL POST———
“In fact, it is even stronger than original guidance issued by the Department of Justice and the Treasury,” said Don Childears, president and CEO of the Colorado Bankers Association. “After a series of red lights, we expected this guidance to be a yellow one. This isn’t close to that. At best, this amounts to ‘serve these customers at your own risk’ and it emphasizes all of the risks. This light is red.”
Bankers had expected the guidance to relieve them of the threat of prosecution should the open accounts for marijuana businesses, but the guidance does not do that. Instead, it reiterates reasons for prosecution and is simply a modified reporting system for banks to use. It imposes a heavy burden on them to know and control their customers’ activities, and those of their customers. No bank can comply.
"Law enforcement will now have greater insight into marijuana business activity generally," FinCEN said in a news release, "and will be able to focus on activity that presents high-priority concerns."
Banks currently must file a suspicious activity report any time they suspect a transaction has a drug connection. Under the new guidance, banks would have three tiers of SARs specific to marijuana businesses dependent on levels of concern. ...
The marijuana-specific reports are either "marijuana limited," "marijuana priority," and "marijuana termination," which identifies the business as operating normally or having some measure of truly suspicious activity.
Like other trespass cases, to prosecute a violation of any of the City facility provisions, City prosecutors will prosecute the act of remaining on or refusing to leave the facility once a person is found to have marijuana in their possession or is found to have attempted to bring it past the notice signs as contraband and then refuses to return it to their vehicles or remove it from the premises. This will happen just as the City prosecutes other trespass cases. It will be the person’s act of refusing to leave or trying to secretively possess the marijuana on the facility property after being informed that they can’t possess it on that property.
“AS PERMITTED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO ARTICLE XVIII SECTION 16(5), SHALL THE CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES AS DEFINED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO ARTICLE XVIII SECTION 16(2) BY ENACTING AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE MANITOU SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE, LEAVING INTACT THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS AND PRIMARY CAREGIVERS PROVIDED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF COLORADO ARTICLE XVIII, SECTION 14?”Haas says the group, which has raised $1,360 to-date, needs 287 signatures to place the question on the ballot.