SB17-063 is a worthless sop to the industry from two of the legislators who voted to re-felonize cannabis in 2013 (and it will not pass). Not a single member of the General Assembly represents the interests of people who use cannabis, including those who use it! Fantasizing about tasting rooms and clubs at a time when dispensaries are about to be closed is crazy. Denver's silly social use pilot program is going nowhere fast (while both its proponents and the City do their utmost to invest its implementation with great importance); its whole impetus, the completely mistaken notion that cannabis is already legal in Colorado and all we need is a place to go smoke it. The General Assembly should rescind all the unconstitutional laws it has passed against cannabis from 2013 on (especially felony penalties which make all sales across most of the State felonies, the cultivation of seven planst for personal use a felony, and cannabis up to a level 1 drug felony) and prepare for the loss of perhaps $300 million in revenue and the simultaneous unemployment of many thousands. These are your putative representatives, Colorado; are you really as out of touch with reality as they are?
Lawsuit?!? Seize these felons and put them in CSP for at least twenty years! Be sure to include their superiors and everyone else involved in the filing of false criminal charges against the man they viciously attacked. Colorado Springs may not be viable.
Phyllis Windy Hope and Michael Reilly, you fascist dogs: dispose of your property in Colorado and get out now!
Yes, we know the author of the Gazette's propaganda, Christine Tatum, as a prohibitionist shill for the drug treatment industry -- her husband is anti-cannabis crusader Christian Thurstone.
Even as America's fascist judges extol the Rule of Law to the heavens, government is more and more an ad hoc affair driven by the whims of those in power.
The General Assembly (GA) of Colorado is at war with the People it supposedly represents. It just reinstituted all the felonies for cannabis and made some conduct involving it a Class 1 felony, like murder. The State has every intention of continuing to make felons of its citizens for exactly the same conduct it will license in dispensaries. No narcs are being fired or reassigned. The People of Colorado just declared in our Constitution that cannabis "should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol", and the gravest offense under the Liquor Code is a misdemeanor, but it may require another constitutional amendment to compel our government to take heed.
On another front, the idiots in the General Assembly also failed to send voters the excise tax we authorized last November; instead, they referred an initiative trying to grab an extra 15% (misrepresented as 10%) sales tax surcharge on top of the 15% excise. Not only are they denying voters the right to vote up or down the tax we did authorize, the surcharge is grossly excessive and wholly unjustified. Not to be outdone, Denver's City Council also wants to be able to raise up to another 15% sales tax surcharge (but it wants people to think it's only asking for another 3.5%).
Consider that both State and local governments have realized large increases in tax revenue from sales taxes on medicinal cannabis -- facing the certitude of multiplied revenues from sales taxes on general retail sales of cannabis to adults, the State and Denver are demanding far, far more. Effective retail tax rates on cannabis could exceed 33% statewide and 53% in Denver, which are high enough to provide robust support for the black market (which suits the Establishment fine, since they still want to keep arresting people for cannabis). The GA's proposed taxes are high enough to undercut the purpose of Amendment 64 that regulated trade supplant illicit commerce, and the sales tax surcharges will cut into the excise supposed to support school construction. Why not see how the General Assembly and Denver spend all the money they are going to make from existing sales taxes when they are applied to general retail sales first, before contemplating new, exorbitant, and extra-constitutional taxes? The Constitution directs the General Assembly to enact the excise by January 1, 2017; they failed to do so this year. While they have plenty of time yet, perhaps the People should initiate a referendum to apply a 15% excise on cannabis themselves, since the General Assembly cannot be relied upon to follow the Law.
VOTE NO ON AA (statewide), VOTE NO ON 2A (in Denver)!
The liars who claim that legal cannabis is a threat to public safety are themselves a threat to American Liberty -- generations of traitors to our founding ideals made and continue to sustain Prohibition. Those who turned the supposed "land of the free" into the world's leading jailer should be beyond the protection of our laws. They have done far more harm to our country than any other terrorists. How riddled with fascism must Colorado Springs be to elect the likes of Doug Lamborn, Dan May, and Steve Bach?
The sale and taxation of cannabis is a sideshow -- the main issue should be that the General Assembly completely failed to revise the criminal code to reflect the fact that the People Of Colorado just declared that cannabis "should be regulated like alcohol". Violating the Liquor Code (Title 12, Article 47 of the C.R.S.) is a misdemeanor, not the Class 5, Class 4, Class 3, amd even Class 2 felonies for conduct involving cannabis. While supposed activists obsessed about vertical integration and retail sales, the bill supposed to implement the criminal law recommendations of the A64 Task Force (SB13-283) was characterized as the consensus of the Task Force, amd only I testified against it when it first was heard in committee. That bill re-stated all the felonies for cannabis already in Title 18, Article 18 of the C.R.S. -- now, the bill just kicks the issue back to the ineffectual CCJJ for "study". Colorado is charging ahead to license the cultivation, distribution and sales of cannabis by next January while continuing to make felons of its citizens for those same activities, with no plans to stop! Every felony statute against cannabis remains on the books, though police, judges, and most especially, jurors should put a halt to all prosecutions for cannabis until and unless the General Assembly heeds the Constitution and removes felony penalties for cannabis from the Colorado Revised Statutes.
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