I have so missed you! Moved to Phoenix a while back and you would find TONS to write about down here! I will guarantee you one reader and I don't mean Sheriff Joe! Keep writing, Rich!
Hey that's me!
Welcome back John. I was worried about the lack of tongue in cheek reporting I am so fond of. To much serious stuff and not enough tom-foolery. But you forgot the marijuana franchisees.
Fortunately the "over 65" disapprovers are dying off.
Also, if I were a MJ business person, I would use the logo and tell the state to gfys. A nice court challenge or two is what they need to set them straight.
Are you out of your fugging mind?
I think C4C/G is all fine and nice - but the infrastructure of Colorado Springs is shot. All of these visions of grandeur for the city don't give a rats ass about the unemployment issue, piss poor public transportation and the homeless, among many other issues. These are all ignored - hey if we build a bunch of stuff people will come and spend their money here - R I G H T! Where are all these people with extra money to gamble away going to come from?
Actually, I think C4C is a ludicrous idea - unless it's COMPLETELY funded by private investors. You say that it will cost $250 M before the interest payments? I'll bet dollars to donuts the ACTUAL cost, when all the overruns, dishonest contractors and other shady folks take their "cut" of the deal, it will probably run double that price tag, if not more.
Count me out of all of it.
AGAIN- WHY IS CS NOT DEVELOPING A HEMP INDUSTRY HERE?
XTRM Cannabis Ventures to Grow and Process Medical Marijuana and Hemp.
Don McCullin, you defend Michael Savage by comparing him to Ed Schultz, David Letterman, and Julianne Malveaux. You conclude, "For liberty and freedom you must stand with the people like Michael Savage..." To make this point perfectly clear, "for liberty and freedom" one "must stand" also with Ed Schultz, David Letterman, and Julianne Malveaux, as you yourself contend they are "people like Michael Savage."
Nevertheless, you are forgetting, or deliberately neglecting, the most important person in this discussion, Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger is the only person mentioned who actually was the victim of government censorship and blacklisting, and it is a testament to his strength of character that he was able to overcome.
Therefore, "for liberty and freedom" one must stand, above all, with Pete Seeger.
I guess Hemp and Hemp Products as supported by the new Farm Bill do not get to use the logo and program either? What about businesses that get busted for Federal law violations? EPA, Labor, Safety...Do they automatically get excluded and the list updated? This might be an interesting lawsuit, news story follow-up and public interest story.
Does the health board of El Paso have scientific proof with a preponderance of evidence of what they just published as fact without public meetings on the subject? Do they understand and why are they not publishing the same as alcohol standard of basis and also the UNDER 21 standards of practice? The basis of what they did with this is very legally suspect if someone proves standing if not pure constitutional in core basis.
I was called and told to take the new logo down from my web site...because of the word "cannabis!" I said, "Gladly!" I have had 500 people come from other states and visit, paying all the "tourist" taxes! …Shine A Light
Michelle L LaMay M.A., the Dean & CEO
Cannabis University™Inc of Colorado & Illinois & Michigan
"John, I'd like you to write a column about Aimee Cox, and make it extremely positive. I need help with this homeless initiative. Thanks. - Steve Bach"
Just kidding. John H. is completely objective when it comes to women. But, either way, Aimee Cox is worth her salt. So, I agree with you, John. - and Mayor Bach.
Gurordori, the current drug testing methods are really messed up, especially in a state where people have MMJ, leaving the RMJ issue alone. I think that will change sooner rather than later. As for the no-knock thing -- yeah, that hasn't been working out too well lately. That needs to go too.
RMJ & MMJ are still a Schedule I Narcotic just so the feds have the right to NO KNOCK and break down the door of ANY citizen in the USA with probable cause as an excuse.
It also prevents updating of employment laws like the one on my job where even MMJ patients can be fired just for not passing a drug test and using during work hours, but if I am arrested for DWI with alcohol, my job doesn't have the right to fire me because there is a law against firing someone just cause they got arrested.
Gina - your vehicle doesn't have a channel selector? Feel free to use it freely but don't even think about touching mine! Do you hear any "right wing whackos" calling for the idiots on MSNBC to be shut down? No, you don't because free speech means they get to spew whatever they want, too. I'll see your Savage and raise you an Ed Schultz.
...and the industry pushes forward like a steamroller. There are already companies that specialize in supporting the new industry like http://yourgreencontractor.com. They build green facilities in Colorado for growing it and dispensaries to sell it. The entire scenario looks to be an economic boost like the marijuana-specific tourism companies that are also sprouting up.
"First of all, [deciding] what is and isn't a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress," Funny, in a sensible world that would be job of scientists. Pot is not a narcon.
Thanks, Gary, for questioning Cope's very questionable job numbers. Another leading proponent for C4C, county commissioner Amy Lathen, wrote a 2.7.14 guest opinion in the Gazette which deserves robust questioning as well.
Lathen writes, (1) "C4C proposes that within an established urban renewal area, a portion of State sales taxes collected . . . " One might think that Lathen is referring to the designated URA blighted area just south of downtown where the proposed stadium/museum complex is to be built. But in fact, this URA extends over 90% of COS and includes the "blighted" area of UCCS and the AFA. The C4C proposal states that ALL sales within 90% of COS will be subject to having a portion of the sales tax collected diverted to make bond payments. (2) Lathen writes, "there is no request for new taxes", which is true, and yet untrue. New sales tax revenue - ALL of which the proponents say will be a result of out-of-state tourists coming to visit the C4C venues - will be diverted to pay down the C4C bonds which means that this diverted sales tax will then not be available to pay for known essential city/county services and currently unknown needs that WILL require city/county govt to go to the people for a tax increase. (3 ) Lathen writes, "the bondholders assume the risk, not the taxpayers . . ." Lathen is less than forthright in her risk assessment since the bondholders WILL be paid. If sales tax revenue is insufficient, payment will have to come from some other source. Perhaps from issuing additional bonds, or going to the taxpayers for authorization to dip into the city/county general funds, or to raise taxes, or from El Pomar Foundation or other philanthropists, or from selling the stadium/museum complex and passing the debt onto the new owner. Or COS can declare bankruptcy and a court can then compel the bondholders to accept less than what their bonds entitle them to receive. Lastly, (4) Lathen praises the "successful endeavors in our past, including the World Arena and Pikes Peak Center". She, unaware of history, should read Hazlehurst's 2004 article to temper her enthusiasm and put her on guard against the forseeable pitfalls C4C presents. http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/worl…
Great article, Mark!
I've had the pleasure to work a bit with Aimee when I was volunteering with the HOT team. My impression of her is that she is one that will make it happen. She's really dedicated to helping the homeless in our community.
Bach is going to have a short run, along with the council members that stated that they would "support the will of the voters" in regards to marijuana. They have failed to uphold their pre election commitments and are now holding a ticket for the next bus out of office.
Us... the voting majority, will certainly remember Bach's attitude toward cannabis and the community in general, there will be NO second term. City Council…you're next.
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