Kenneth Cleaver 

Consumer Correspondent

Kenneth Cleaver

P.O. Box 1034

Colorado Springs, CO 80901

April 16, 2004

Medical Marijuana Registry

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


4300 Cherry Creek Drive South

Denver, CO 80246-1530

Dear Medical Marijuana Registry:

A few months ago, the Rocky Mountain News published a statistical abstract showing that Colorado has slipped behind Maine and Vermont in its marijuana use.

After absorbing this news, I made a point of keeping my ear tuned to the pulse of the Colorado street. I thought I'd encounter fermenting rage or at least traces of a burgeoning anti-New England sentiment. Sadly, I've yet to witness sufficient indignation.

I can't stop asking myself: Who stole our dignity?

Vermont I can forgive, but how can a self-respecting Coloradan cede the mantle of toke to a state whose literary giant is Stephen King, a state where it's perfectly reasonable to use the term chowderhead in casual conversation, a state that boasts of being the backup vacation spot of our current president?

I don't expect pat answers to my questions, though I certainly wouldn't scoff at them. Perhaps you might be able to provide me some sort of insight or solace. I can't live with third place and I can't be the only one.

Your support in this critical hour for Colorado is most appreciated.


Kenneth Cleaver

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