beware what you wish for...i support medical marijuana, but...
if anyone is paying attention one would find that A64 has the potential to provide a legislative victory (yea) - and a catastrophic failure for the Colorado MMJ industry, caregivers, patients and Amendment 20 (bummer.)
recent rulings by State and Federal courts have shown again and again that federal laws trump State when pressed in courts.
until now, the feds have been busy in Cali destroying what earlier lobbyist, lawyers, and city councils failed to do.
A64 is designed to create a retail market for 'marijuana' not 'medical' - but at what cost?
when interviewed the head of the MMED, was asked, "what about the FEDS?" the response... "we don't poke the bear."
A64 may pass, but it may be a short lived high followed by a federal crackdown that could easily destroy Amendment 20, patient's access, caregiver rights and centers.
i support decriminalization, however, i would suggest that if you want to protect Amendment 20, you may want to vote 'no' on A64.
recent court ruling suggest that if Amendment 20 get to the Supreme Court, it may not stand a chance:
with 1 letter and a stamp, the FEDS and Colorado's on DA have been able to shut down almost 1,000 small-businesses since Jan. 2012.
protect Amendment 20. protect caregivers. protect patients. VOTE NO on A64.
Ah yes, millions and millions. Just enough to dazzle the eyes and mind. I see no mention of the 44 cent solution? Or would that be a buzz kill?
Amendment 64 is a fine idea; however, it may actually be the beginning of the end of medical marijuana and the liberties the MMJ industry, caregivers, and growers have fought so hard to protect for over a decade.
Don't believe me? Look at what has happened in California? 800 centers are facing closure. Look at Colorado. Over 60 centers forced to close in the last 90 days.
A64 may pass, and Colorado may be the 1st to create retail recreational model for marijuana. Then what?
After the smoke clears, and the joints are out - the feds will come. Why? because they can. And all it will cost is a 44 cent stamp addressed to our landlords, our MMC's, our OPCs.
I support decriminalization; however, using Colorado as a testing ground for lobbyist and outside groups to further their own agenda troubles me.
If A64 passes, center owners, growers, opc's - watch your mailbox. The feds will come. I hope I'm wrong. But history has shown otherwise.
Protect Amendment 20, patients' rights, caregviers and centers - VOTE NO on A64.
Colorado District Attorneys and Sheriffs running for office THIS YEAR had better change their political strategy: voters aren't impressed anymore with your long list of prosecutions and busts that costs the taxpayers big money to the detriment of our public health, our schools and our roads; much less sheriffs spending stretched county budgets on new and improved toys, or DAs giving bumps for "convictions" to their legal staff. Enough damage to Colorado families (mostly black & brown people) for felony convictions for the possession of cannabis. Enough revenue spending on enforcement of the possession of cannabis, whose threat to the community is trivial compared to the costs of enforcement! Michelle LaMay, Proponent #1
dan may go away. you are not needed here in el paso county or colorado.
The money wasted in these trials is astronomical ! With the monetary difficulties faced by the state, forcing layoffs, cutting school budgets, raising college tuition, etc etc, you would think that the DA's office might reel in expenses a bit.
Spending our hard earned tax dollars trying to convict patients and caregivers that are in compliance of the law is a waste of our precious and dwindling resources. I am sorry that you personally can not accept the will of the CO voters Mr. May, but it's high time that you got over it!
Medical Marijuana is a constitutional right of the citizens of Colorado, accept it, endorse it, and move on to prosecuting actual criminals! There are plenty of them these days it seems. Spending our precious resources to support your personal agenda is wrong and will only serve to send you directly to the unemployment line.
Dan May is wasting your money. The MILLIONS he has wasted losing MMJ trials could have been put to use outfitting firefighters for the Waldo Canyon fire.
Dan May, why don't you focus on REAL CRIME?
$ 5,400 is the value the fed puts one each plant when they try to charge you with distribution!
That is the value per plant to be charged for from for loss.
Contact Chris Conrad in California for documentation on this fact.
Go get them Bob.
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Between the Crouse and Kappelmann cases and several other cases that weren't mentioned, the DA's office in combination with local police have spent $500,000 to $1,000,000 in "investigation" and prosecution attempts against compliant Medical Marijuana patients and caregivers!
How many teachers would that employ?
How many street lights could have been turned back on?
How many parks could have been watered?
How many potholes could have been fixed?
How many more officers could we put on patrol?
We could have paid for 4th of July in Memorial park many times over... and for what?
THE DA HAS A PERSONAL BIAS AGAINST A PLANT!
Seriously, how far are they willing to go in order protect society from a plant that patients are legally using to treat cancer, HIV, MS, and many other conditions. There has never been even a hint of any of this Medical Marijuana in the black market. But the DA doesn't like it so we waste time and precious funds.
Holder will wind up resigning, and we'll be putting the massive pressure to put a pro-pot AG in.
Fight them with everything you have. When they lose enough of these cases and it is shown how many millions of dollars Dan May is wasting perhaps they will wise up. I estimate that police and DA's office spent a minimum of $250,000 on Kappelmann and the Beacon street raids. Not to mention the 6 days of court time used. Shocked that people don't realize the wasteful government spending going on here.
What did the tax payers get in return ? All of the growers are still growing, and the ones that took pleas get a 1 or 2 year deferreds. So, in the end, it's just the DA keeping the system in a job.
Honestly, I think that they have more pressing issues than harassing legit growers.
Okay, that's it. I've had enough. This Big Brother B.S. has got to stop! This herb has always been around and always will be. I don't smoke it but I'm damned sure going to vote to legalize. Now, who's with me?
Rabbit: I'm with you on legalization. However, if this is the biggest issue for you, I wonder about you, dude.
In a perfect world, the government would be 1/10 th its current size and clear headed Libertarians would govern. Unfortunately, we will never see it.
If this is how the Republican party is going to continue to treat us as American citizens, and a free nation, I think it may be time to change my vote, and my party affiliation.
Legalize marijuana for growing, selling, and consumption by adults now!
If Obama sends Attorney General Holder to Colodaro to oppose Amendment 64, he's really risking losing the swing state in the 2012 election.
PTSD treatment for Veterans found ineffective.
Eli Lilly made $65 billion on the Zyprexa franchise.Lilly was fined $1.4 billion for Zyprexa fraud!
The atypical antipsychotics (Zyprexa,Risperdal,Seroquel) are like a 'synthetic' Thorazine,only they cost ten times more than the old fashioned typical antipsychotics.
These newer generation drugs still pack their list of side effects like diabetes for the user.All these drugs work as so called 'major tranquilizers'.This can be a contradiction with PTSD suffers as we are hyper vigilant and feel uncomfortable with a drug that puts you to sleep and makes you sluggish.
That's why drugs like Zyprexa don't work for PTSD survivors like myself.
-Daniel Haszard FMI http://www.zyprexa-victims.com
The laws regarding cannabis were born on the wings of lies and pampered by propaganda such that now the tightly held belief systems are going to have to reckon with the desire of all humanity to live with dignity, free from the oppressive tyranny that ignorance and bigotry have spawned.
These laws subject our citizens to not only danger, but degradation. These barbarous acts have outraged my conscience and the conscience of many of my fellow citizens. I vow to NOT live in fear of the oppressive tyranny but to confront it at it's source. I will enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear.
Sincerely, Dan Richeson
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To Mr. Cordova, and those who think using cannabis/marijuana, in a fashion similar to alcohol for the mere pleasure of it, is abusing the plant I say hogwash. Stop thinking like this!!! If you have a couple of beers, a glass of wine or two, or some other alcoholic beverage is it abusing alcohol??? Then apply the same to cannabis/marijuana. The use of it, does not constitute abuse.
Marijuana is safer then most of the things we consume for medical or recreational purposes. The mindset that has been created by the lies we have been fed by our government, and anti-drug groups, needs to be dispelled, and changed to the truth.
Please take the time to read about all of the facts about marijuana on sites like:
Yes, you can find sites supporting both sides, but the majority of the sides against cannabis/marijuana are feeding you the same line of balderdash that has been purported to make criminals out of U.S. citizens, with people of color being the major target.
Don't believe me, look for the truth and you will find it.
If God is a crutch. What is mmj a full body cast?
I hear to hear when an MMJ shot gets shut down. I will have to say that the last time I visiting W Side Wellness the prices were sooooo high (no pun intended) that I never returned...
Still a blast to the MMJ community and the people W Side Wellness served.
I can tell you a few I'd like to shut down! Jus sayin....
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