Marijuana legalization: Brian Vicente mending fences with locals over 2012 initiatives filing

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Last week, a group led by Mason Tvert and Brian Vicente filed eight initiatives to legalize marijuana in 2012 in what Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho saw as a unilateral move that short-circuited input from grassroots locals.

Rather than further fueling this spat, Vicente has extended an olive branch.

In a new e-mail blast to those on the Sensible Colorado list, Vicente outlines the process by which the initiatives were assembled, emphasizing various outreach efforts along the way. He then stresses that the process is far from final and encourages those with concerns or questions to contact him. The bottom line: "It remains our sincere hope that supporters of reform across Colorado will feel comfortable with the final product, become part of this growing coalition, and work together toward our shared goal of ending marijuana prohibition."

Read the entire release here:

2012: An Update on Legalization

As you might have read or heard, a broad coalition of organizations that includes Sensible Colorado has submitted language for a 2012 statewide legalization initiative in Colorado.

The yet to be finalized measure would remove penalties for private marijuana possession and limited home growing, and establish a legal and regulated marijuana market for adults 21 and older.

We went through an exceptionally exhaustive five-plus-month process to produce the filed initiative language, which we believe is incredibly strong and presents the best route to ending marijuana prohibition here in Colorado. We coordinated with dozens of organizations, attorneys, activists, patients, marijuana business owners, and other stakeholders, both in Colorado and around the country. We also solicited comments from the public via our organizations' lists of thousands of Colorado reform supporters, magazine ads, and events around the state.

We are still engaged in the process of fine-tuning the initiative, so please do not hesitate to reply to this e-mail if you have any specific concerns or questions, which we will take into strong consideration and address as quickly as possible.

As you can imagine, it is incredibly difficult if not impossible to produce initiative language on which everyone will agree entirely. But it remains our sincere hope that supporters of reform across Colorado will feel comfortable with the final product, become part of this growing coalition, and work together toward our shared goal of ending marijuana prohibition.

Please reply to this e-mail or give us a call to participate in this process: 720 890 4247.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana: 137,556 patient applications received, 69% of approved applicants are male."


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Wonderin'
Wonderin'

SAFER sent out an email on 5/24 saying only "slight changes" could be made "if necessary". Not much of an olive branch.

"Several versions with very slight variations were submittedin case we encounter unexpected objections from the state during its approvalprocess.  During this process we willhave the opportunity to continue to communicate with the community about thelanguage and make slight changes if they seem necessary."

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

Jesussaid to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us wouldwant our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators for using a littlemarijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s homeconfiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants toease their aches and pains. It's time to stop putting our own families in jail. No bill is perfect; let's get behind something that (1) is an improvement over the current prohibition and (2) has a good appeal to the general voting public. Together, we can make some progress in the near term and work for even better laws in the long run. Divided and fighting amongst ourselves...? The prohibitionists love to see it. Let's promote something that can help people this election cycle, and then plan ahead for even better things in the future.

Also, check out http://www.northpoint.org/  if you’d like to see some more very positivematerial about Jesus at work in people’s lives.

  

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

We all must understand that in order for this bill to pass, it must appeal to the broader spectrum of voters.  The kushCONs, mmcs popping up everywhere, and the bus ads have pissed a lot of voters off.  This is just a start to the bill process, so don't get your panties in a wad just yet.

Guest
Guest

HB 1284 seems to have divided the once united efforts in colorado.  Just because somebody helped write HB 1284 doesn't make them an enemy.  There were many drafts of HB 1284 and I doubt anyone on the pro-marijuana side were submitting the unconstitutional and questionable text that many take issue with.  You can be against portions of HB 1284 and at the same time collaborate with those that helped write parts of HB 1284.  Please put your personal feelings aside and start working together.  We're all on the same team.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Good.  I can't wait to see Brian at the Constitutional Debates there we can all educate and defend our proposed language to the people of Colorado, so the people of Colorado will have the best, strongest, most freedom expanding constitutional language to vote on.

Robert
Robert

No changes other than those brought up before the Initiative Title Setting Review Board can be made to the initiatives already filed.  Any substantive change would require the filing of a new initiative.

Robert
Robert

No, that is wrong.  HB10-1284 struck directly at caregivers and our Constitution.  No one who uses cannabis or understands the toll of Prohibition should support legislators who voted for any of SB10-109, HB10-1284, or HB11-1043, unless they apologize for their vote.

Guesty
Guesty

Corey - Its good to hear your opinion. After all you have been doing this for 2 months now and know everything. Thanks a'gain.

Guest
Guest

Hopefully that language is something they will actually vote on . . .

Robert's Mom
Robert's Mom

Why do you care what this initiative says? The your friends, the anti-semitic group CTI, are going to put out their own initiative.

Or did you guys drop that plan in favor of attempting to hi-jack the SAFER initative?

Guest
Guest

Ok, Robert, so is that you offering to step away then? I accept the offer.

Thank you for your service. Make sure to tell your Grandkids the stories. Adeu.

Guest
Guest

The majority of politicians supported those bills and you're basically telling them to piss off unless they apologize. Rofl.

The "divide" I was referring to was the "grass roots" supporters turning on anyone involved in hb 1284. I take issue with aspects of the laws above but turning potential allies into enemies is counter productive.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

I don't see why they wouldn't, people like freedom.

Robert
Robert

I made no such offer; you may have a problem with reading comprehension.  "Grandkids" -- why capitalize it?  As for "adieu", it will have to be "à demain" instead.

Robert
Robert

Anyone who voted for those bills is a declared enemy of Colorado's Constitution, or at least Section 14 of Article XVIII, though they might be rehabilitated.  Your observation that most of the General Assembly voted for the bills is correct.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

No the people want everything you listed. It's the government that has become the impediment to these freedoms.  That's exactly why we need a strong constitutional amendment to protect the citizens from the governments tyranny.

Guest
Guest

Unless it involves freedom for gays, immigrants, or drug users . . .

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