Monday, September 10, 2012

Marijuana: Argument over blue-book wording draws lawsuit

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the proponents of Amendment 64, the coming ballot question that will decriminalize set amounts of marijuana, have filed a lawsuit in Denver district court seeking the roll back of changes that were made to the amendment's language in the so-called voter's blue book.

Here's more from a press release:

Specifically, the campaign is seeking a Preliminary Injunction asking the court to direct the Legislative Council Staff to reinsert the deleted arguments. It also filed to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order over the weekend to prevent the Legislative Council Staff from sending the blue book to print with the improper modification.

At a hearing last Wednesday, in what the evidence clearly shows was a misunderstanding, the Legislative Council removed some of the strongest arguments in support of Amendment 64 without the knowing support of two-thirds of the committee required to modify the final draft of the blue book prepared before the hearing by the Legislative Council Staff. State law requires the guide to include the major arguments in support of each state issue that will appear on the ballot. The deleted arguments were: Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol; the consequences of a marijuana offense are too severe; and law enforcement resources would be better spent on more serious crimes.

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