Kirk, thank you for removing the comment. Siggie has a long history of personal and malicious attacks whenever he disagrees with someone, which happens quite often. I appreciate the articles written by the Indy reporters. They are fair, balanced, transparent and accurate. It is refreshing to have a news source such as the Indy that is not afraid to investigate and report stories in a honest, thorough, an unbiased manner which may not always appeal to the readers and public officials. Keep up the good work!
so it seems that tt prefers that conversations be taken over by the simple minded conservatives that spend all their time on this site spewing hate and put-downs. get a life!
Any discussion about dope on these pages gets quickly taken over by the dopes who smoke it and it becomes an insane and inane conversation.
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.
Eye-opening and a great interview. I respect Josh Fox for what he's doing. Keep up the good work!
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…)
"And it's a stand-and-be-counted moment. For the president, for all the other elected officials that are involved in this debate, I urge them, please, we are here to work with you, we want you to work with the people. And not with the fossil-fuel industries who had their way with so many at such great expense. These are human rights issues. These are issues of democracy, and that's what the new film speaks to." Well said Josh. Meanwhile there are a number of us trying to sit down with city council members to offer solutions in the form of robust and strict regulations that have been adopted by other communities. Many of these groups will be present at the screening. Please reach out to us and get involved so your voice can be heard!
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.”
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