Oh, and any study done by the government will be biased. The government has been lying to you about marijuana for 80 years. They just can't quit lying. They need to continue the lie to keep their funding.
Marijuana has been and always will be a part of our society regardless of any prohibition. 50 Billion Dollars a year in drug war expenses has done nothing to deter our citizens desire to smoke marijuana. The prohibition has destroyed millions of lives, while the plant has not been the cause of a single overdose, ever. You can't even say that about water.
Since sales will continue regardless of legal status, it seems that there is question before us now. Do we continue to fund the black market and cartels through underground sales, or do we regulate and tax it like alcohol? The latter is what the citizens of Colorado, and more specifically Colorado Springs voted for.
We can either do it now, or do it through a citizen driven initiative. We are fairly sick of our elected representatives that fail to represent.
I attempted to read the mess of a blog Pete K. recommended above regarding Waldorf education. My sister is a Waldorf teacher trained in Boulder, CO. She has worked in both public and private schools and believes the Waldorf schools she has been associated with offer a more humane approach to becoming a life-long learner than what the factory-assembly-line public education provides. Children are not one-size-fits all and should not be treated that way!
Jeez, gimme a break already -- what a joke, considering that the legal recreational marijuana we're talking about here is for ADULTS and if regulated the same way that alcohol is (the way WE voted for it btw) concerns about teen usage remains the same as it always has. Wish there were a requirement that our elected officials have some sort of cognitive thinking skills instead of just pushing forward with their own emotional fear-spewing and unfounded agendas.
So, what did Mayor Botch smoke that caused him to lose his scruples?
The Mayor should stick to "politics"
, he's no Doctor, but he plays one on TV and at council meetings...
WOW!!! SMH ******BACH IS A PROPAGANDA MACHINE... Now I know where granny is getting the garbage, do some research. ya Dolt. Our society is better with MMJ, and MJ !!!
mayor Bach should be more worried about what kind of pollution is wandering around in the area he wants to make into something. Benzene and such are far more dangerous to health (and memory) that a little Colorado Sinsemilla.
Thank you Indy for looking into this.
People in the private sector are given sick days to say we understand you might get sick, so don't freak out when you can't come to work because you have the flu, and as a matter of fact don't come in and infect the rest of us.
If they don't need to use their sick days, they don't get a bonus, they are simply lucky not to have been sick...and it certainly doesn't roll over into a $50,000 windfall by accumulating year after year.
This is the worst case of government disregard for the struggle of tax payers, and the worst use of our money of which our government claims never to have enough I have ever seen.
I am offended and have lost all respect for local government and its employees...they are stealing us blind. Nothing but a bunch of thieves from top to bottom. They have shamed themselves and their work.
As top republican leaders in town are saying, it didn't take long for reformer Bach to get sucked into the system and become offender Bach.
Next up in the "Refer Madness" hysteria:
BS Kirk,. it represented the truth. The hypocrisy and duplicity of the loony left never ceases to amaze. Perhaps you should censor all of the "personal attack" articles written about Mayor Bach (or anyone conservative) since you are now into censorship.
Thanks for commenting. It would have been nice to have a response from the city in the actual story, but this will have to do.
Those other quotes you cited include qualifiers about side effects from use over time. Our mayor said all teens who partake "are at risk of losing their memory for life." It's unknown whether or not he meant instantly, upon first puff, but either way: No, they're not.
As mentioned in my email to you earlier today, I removed your comment because it constituted a personal attack, which is against our comments policy. (You can read that policy here: http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/User…)
Pam, I don't see my post written just a shade after 9:00 this a.m. Are you that insecure?
Bryce, leading experts, such as Ruben Baler of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, have also voiced concerns about marijuana-related memory loss in young people. According to Mr. Baler, in a recent interview with USA Today, “THC hijacks and corrupts the natural process of endocannabinoids, a key family of chemicals that help guide the brain in proper maturation. These chemicals play key roles in memory formation, learning, and decision-making. One of the main contributors to worse outcomes (of marijuana use) is the age at which you start. So we are particularly worried about young people who are using the drug."
Mayor Bach’s comments are also in line with comments made by other elected officials, including Governor Hickenlooper. The Governor mentioned this concern during a speech in January to the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. Below are some additional quotes from the Governor:
The Denver Post 9/23/12
"Repeated pot smoking does affect [adolescents'] ability to hold on to information. If that's true — and that seems to be a pretty factual basis — what kind of leaders are we if we tell them that that's okay?"
The Calgary Sun 3/28/13 (during speech while in Canada to discuss the Keystone XL Pipeline)
“When it comes to modern, ‘high octane’ pot, some scientists believe it impairs long term memory when consumed exclusively by younger teens. Your memory’s such a huge part of your existence, so we have to make sure we regulate it very tightly and keep it out of the hands of kids.”
I knew Sam. I first heard his voice on the radio in my home state. I remember moving to Colorado and hearing him on the radio there. It was like hearing a piece of home again. I called the station and asked if he was Sam Stock from Indiana, we spoke for a bit and later became good friends. He was one of my first friends in CO.
We went out once your twice years later. He was very sweet and kind but something was definitely not right. Years later he called me to applogize as part of his 12 step program. He admitted that he had drug and alcohol problems and that he needed to reach out to people and confess as part of his recovery. He was messed up, but was always kind to me and very apologetic when he called. I told him not to worry about it, that I never felt anything but friendship for him, even with his strange behavior. I told him good luck with his sobriety and wished him well. I left the state about a year later. I went to look him up on FB and found this all these years later. Its so sad. He had great potential. I cant believe he died almost a year to the day he called me. R.I.P. Sam. No matter what these women said here, you were a decent person - just a little lost. You are missed.
Let's not forget Councilwoman Martin that you were part of these decisions with the previous City Manager form of government, for it was the City Manager that did the hiring and offered the pension packages that we see today! It also was you and your former Council members that AGREED with the City Managers and approved their policies, SO WHO IS TO BLAME when these packages come to light and these people leave??
America the corporation, not so beautiful... and we have developers running the city now, greaaaaat!
Yo! Bach! Grow a set. If you were really concerned, have the entire city stop selling them. Count the tax revenue you will no longer have, and deduct it from your salary. As it has NEVER been about peoples health of any kind. It is about the God Almight Dollar, as you well know. So stop play games. Ca Ca or get off the Pot.
For Yahweh's sake, Bach, smoke a bowl already and chill.
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