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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: CannaBiz

Re: “Federal Judge strikes down lawsuit against recreational marijuana

Prohibitionists, you owe the rest of us answers to the following questions:

#1. Why are you not concerned with the fact that we have all been stripped of our unalienable rights, leaving us totally subordinate to a corporatized, despotic government and a heavily armed and corrupt, militarized police force whose often deadly intrusions into our homes and lives are condoned by an equally corrupt and spineless judiciary?

#2. Why do you wish to continue to spend $50 billion a year to prosecute and cage your fellow citizens for choosing substances which are not more dangerous than those of which you yourself probably use and approve of, such as alcohol and tobacco?

#3. Do you honestly expect the rest of us to look on passively while you waste another trillion dollars on this ruinously expensive garbage policy?

#4. Why are you waging war on your own family, friends and neighbors?

#5. Why are you so complacent with the fact that our once 'proud and free' nation now has the largest percentage of it's citizenry incarcerated than any other on the entire planet?

#6. Why are you helping to fuel a budget crisis to the point of closing hospitals, schools and libraries?

#7. Why do you wish to continue spending precious resources on prohibition related undercover work while rapists and murderers walk free, while additionally, many cases involving murder and rape do not even get taken to trial because law enforcement priorities are subverted by your beloved failed and dangerous policy?

#8. Why are you a supporter of the 'prison industrial complex' to the extent of endangering our nation's children?

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Posted by malcolmkyle on 01/27/2016 at 4:43 AM

Re: “City adopts penalties for underage possession of paraphernalia, D-11 releases marijuana offense stats

Judging from their actions, I would say that City leaders have no intention to honor the democratic process or the will of the voters in C. springs...... Other places are legalizing, decriminalizing, while this town recriminalizes. And Republicans like Gaebler are heading up the suppression effort, they all have "reefer madness" big time. Fortunately there is not much opportunity for them outside of El Paso County.......

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Posted by prairie chix on 01/25/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “City adopts penalties for underage possession of paraphernalia, D-11 releases marijuana offense stats

Ridiculous. Focus on the physically addictive drugs and the newer, less known synthetic drugs. Stop putting kids in an unescapable system over something that we, citizens&taxpayers, voted as legal. All this is about, is money.and control.

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Posted by malayzia on 01/24/2016 at 8:05 AM

Re: “City adopts penalties for underage possession of paraphernalia, D-11 releases marijuana offense stats

Jill Gaebler.. I'm sorry that common sense did not prevail on this. It may have been well intended, but goes way to far. As I read this, a teen in possession of a flower pot or potting soil would be a victim of the council's "reefer madness" paraphernalia ordinance.

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Posted by underdog6 on 01/21/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “City adopts penalties for underage possession of paraphernalia, D-11 releases marijuana offense stats

Or gum wrappers, Bic pens, rolls of aluminum foil,...

Nothing brings out creativity like pot and nothing to smoke it with. Education on why they should wait until later in life to smoke cannabis would be money and effort better spent. I guess when the only tool you know how to use is a hammer every problem looks like a nail.

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Posted by Paul Weber on 01/20/2016 at 7:46 AM
Posted by Fradycat5 on 01/20/2016 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Cannabis clubs take organizing steps, solicitor general weighs in on suit

our great nation was founded on life, liberty, the constitution and the bill of rights.

cannabis clubs deserve the sames rights as other private social clubs to exercise those rights: privacy, peaceful assembly and in Colorado the right to consume cannabis as an adult.

these rights shall not be infringed. it seems clear that some bad apples have soured the city administration, city council and the current executive branch.

but the wrongs of few shall not condemn the rights of many.

"The Bill of Rights lists specific Prohibitions on Governmental Power. One of the many points of contention between Federalists and Anti-Federalists was the Constitution’s lack of a bill of rights that would place specific LIMITS on government power."

no government has the RIGHT to deny peaceful assembly, private gatherings, expression and in CO cannabis consumption.

do NOT let government take the rights that we fought so hard for away.…

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Posted by on 12/24/2015 at 8:48 AM

Re: “City considers penalties for minors, Representatives scold DEA, and more.

>>>"the city does not levy its own penalties for under-18 drinkers, despite the health risk."

This seems problematic. - Given that alcohol is clearly addictive and destructive to health while marijuana has no significant harms, why would we push teens toward destruction with this great legal imbalance?

All teens survive their marijuana use. - Some teens don't survive their alcohol use, and if they do, they can set their lives on a deadly course.

Penalties for marijuana should never be more than penalties for alcohol.

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Posted by JohnThomas on 12/03/2015 at 2:18 AM

Re: “City considers penalties for minors, Representatives scold DEA, and more.

Secret courts,Loyality purges? The D.E.A. and F.D.A. have become the U.S. equivalent of Gestapo S.S.. The D.E.A. was a bad idea to start with and has only gotten worse ever sense. States are able to do their job. They don't need the D.E.A. I don't need the D.E.A. You don't need the D.E.A. .Nobody needs the D.E.A. They are misappropriating and commandeering billions of dollars of public funds that America can no longer justify..Their funding needs to be cut by,at least, ninety-five to ninty-nine percent and all need to be restructured to a much smaller and much more restrained gang of Authoritarian sociopaths.. This is a group of renegade law enforcement completely out-of-control .and way over-the-top.They are using the war on drugs as a smokescreen and a ruse to subvert our Civil and Human rights and increasingly more as a ruse to seize cash and property in their war on the American people.Also, through gross incompetence, have made it nearly impossible for a pain sufferer to get treatment without being thrown in jail.
mismanagement and unwise misuse of their responsibility has,nearly, completely destroyed the science and research of anything they don't approve of. If society is to survive these people must go. The drug war is just a ruse for an Authoritarian power grab. Other country's that allow easy access to pain medication do not have a major drug problem. It is these government villains here who are orchestrating this farce.

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Posted by Richard K Price on 12/02/2015 at 3:34 PM

Re: “MMJ moratorium, outdated DEA views, and more

When voters state-wide approved medical marijuana, a previous city council worked to ensure a fair panel would be established to guide the process and draft regulations that would be a good mix to ensure public safety and also not to impede the medical marijuana business anymore than necessary as the industry was forming up locally.

This council has put together a 'regulation review panel' with 13 members to draft new regulations to govern new facilities. Having failed to find a legal means to shut this industry down, the new panel - features 14 members: three who would be in support of medical marijuana and 10 totally opposed.

Initial appearances would indicate that this new panel was assembled to set the stage to regulate the legal business totally out of existence through excessive regulations that would make it almost impossible to be able to operate a business.

Not really giving a damn that local voters also approved the measure - this is an industry that does not agree with the views of many of the members on council and many of the local self-appointed leaders - so, screw the public, we will do what we want because we can.

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Posted by Staci6 on 11/28/2015 at 6:23 PM

Re: “MMJ moratorium, outdated DEA views, and more

Uh how much more in depth do you need. THERE WONT BE ANY MORE APPROVED FOR 6 MONTHS. That's the depth of it.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 11/28/2015 at 4:58 PM

Re: “MMJ moratorium, outdated DEA views, and more

Please go more in depth about the moratorium. I don't care about the other stuff you wrote

Posted by shgdkjjj on 11/28/2015 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Stark pulls out of A64, will help other states

Join the party. Tuesday-Saturday with new hours 10am-Midnight @ America's Original Cannabis Club: Your home for cannabis rights, politics, parties and more.

Posted by on 11/16/2015 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Stark pulls out of A64, will help other states

Keep fighting the good fight KC! I'll add, thats a great logo on your shirt ;)

Peace and love,

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Posted by Herb HealthSys on 11/05/2015 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Stark pulls out of A64, will help other states

KC For President! ;) good luck on your new adventures!

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Posted by Nataya Gantz on 11/04/2015 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Stark pulls out of A64, will help other states

After 990 days, I leave Studio A64 in the hands of my fellow patriots and partners, Capt. Abner "Voodoo" Marrero, Janine "J9" Lee Choung, the new managing partner, Ambur Rose.
I will depart for a national tour to work with legislators, activist, and fellow patriots to end cannabis prohibition across this great nation.

Studio A64 was founded by cannabis rights advocate, KC Stark, and singer songwriter, Greg Benson. Studio A64 opened its doors on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th, 2013 in the historical downtown district of Colorado Springs.

Studio A64 quickly became a hub for artists, musicians, comedians, poets, politicians and advocates to meet, practice their art, and petition their government for a more perfect union of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It was not easy.

Studio A64 faced over 79 years of reefer madness and local threats from those in power that didn’t see cannabis consumers as equal. “If we are separate - we are not equal, therefore, we must have a place where Americans can gather and enjoy cannabis.” KC Stark
Over the next few years, Studio A64 and its members faced two public hearings; "I’m not here to beg for your acceptance — I demand it," KC Stark told Council, adding later: "You cannot take away my right, period. You are overstepping your authority.”

Studio A64 went on to win the appeals with planning and zoning (7-2) and city council approval (5-3.)

"On April 22, 2014, the City Council heard and denied the City of Colorado Springs Administration's appeal," wrote Peter Wysocki, the head of Planning. "The Notice and Order [to cease and desist] has been overturned and Studio A64 is no longer required to comply with the stipulations set forth therein."

Together, we did the impossible! Winning against all odds in historical fashion Studio A64 become America’s 1st licensed and approved Cannabis Club!
On September 22, 2015, Colorado Springs’ City Council passed a moratorium on new cannabis clubs in Colorado Springs (7-2) and and therefore grandfathering Studio A64 into the history books once again.

Today, I salute you! Without you, this would be for not. You, me, and we the people that make this nation great. Thank you for joining us.

Welcome to the Benevolent Order of the Buffalo, Studio A64.

America’s Original Cannabis Club - Inhale Responsibly!

B.O.O.B. L.L.P.H.

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Posted by on 11/04/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Stark pulls out of A64, will help other states

thanks for the memories. it's been a long time in the making. soon, we shall end prohibition and set this nation on a new path of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Posted by on 11/04/2015 at 9:56 AM

Re: “City pot moratorium, and state sales tax figures

I was half-listening to this last night, I was under the impression they removed the portion concerning MMJ and strictly put a moratorium on cannabis consumption clubs?

Posted by Jalopie on 09/23/2015 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Cannabis clubs get serious, questionable polling, limits on home-grown, and more

The County Commissioners are against marijuana and have no reason to be working against it. There appointments to the County Health Board are all anti marijuana. They seem to be silently working against the citizens vote.

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Posted by TruB on 09/05/2015 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Cannabis clubs get serious, questionable polling, limits on home-grown, and more

great article. thanks. the times are a'changing.

Posted by on 09/02/2015 at 1:28 PM

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