Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012: Mason Tvert on petition drive launch

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Update below: At 2 p.m. today, backers of the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 will stage a press conference formally launching a petition drive to land the measure on next year's ballot. Read it below and get more details from Mason Tvert, part of a group hoping to make history a year from November.

"We believe a majority of Coloradans agree that it's time we regulate marijuana and tax it similarly to alcohol -- that we stop wasting our limited law enforcement resources and start generating significant tax revenue," Tvert says.

"In terms of timing, we're still at the beginning stages of the initiative process," he adds, "but we're looking forward to starting to talk with voters about the issue as we collect signatures throughout the state. Our goal is to have a very comprehensive and serious discussion about the issue over the course of the next year, and we felt it was imperative that we get the campaign started and get that discussion going."

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Mason Tvert.
Hence, today's press conference, in front of the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock. Tvert is scheduled to speak at the event, as are petition drive coordinator Emmett Resitroffer and Brian Vicente, who, like Tvert, prefers to be identified simply as an initiative proponent. Why? To emphasize that the act isn't simply a product of Tvert's organization (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation) or Vicente's (Sensible Colorado), but a proposal conceived and supported by a broad coalition of activists and just plain folks.

Not that every marijuana advocate is on board. Legalize 2012, featuring representatives of the Cannabis Therapy Institute, disagree with the act's concept, as was made clear at the contentious Great Legalization Debate last month. Yesterday, Legalize 2012 organizers sent out a press release asserting that the Colorado Title Board had removed the phrase "similar to alcohol" from the acts title in response to a "citizen complaint" and also took out the word "legalization" at the request of its authors, in order to avoid confusing voters. Thus, Legalize 2012 maintains that its forthcoming measure will be the only one to offer true marijuana legalization.

Tvert's take? He says the word "legalization" was never in the act "because it's such a subjective term. After all, won't it still be illegal to sell marijuana to someone who's fifteen? Won't it be illegal to cart it out of state and start selling it?" Moreover, he points out the "similar to alcohol" phrase was suggested by the title board, not the coalition. And since groups are able to refer to initiatives by any name they'd like, Tvert and company will still promote theirs as the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. "We feel that's entirely accurate," he stresses.

In order to get the act on the ballot, its proponents need to gather approximately 86,000 valid signatures -- "so our goal is to collect upwards of 140,000," Tvert says. They'll be using an army of volunteers who'll fan out across the state. Proponents have six months to complete this task, and Tvert expects they'll be able to do so well before the deadline.

Of course, a marijuana decriminalization measure wound up on the 2006 ballot and was roundly defeated, generating just 41 percent support. What's changed since then?

"Several internal and public polls over the past year have shown between 48 and 54 percent support for the concept this initiative is based on," Tvert maintains. "And support for this type of initiative keeps growing. It's usually 1 percent each year in the United States, and in Colorado, it's been accelerated by all the work that's been going on here over the past five years. In Denver, we had 53 percent support in 2005, and in 2007, we had 57 percent support."

Besides, he continues, "this initiative is very different than the one in 2006. That one would have solely removed penalties of adult possession. This measure not only does that, but it also establishes a system of taxation and regulation similar to alcohol, which is traditionally far more popular among voters."

Update, 12:21 p.m. July 7: After this item was published at 9 a.m., I received an e-mail from Legalize 2012 asserting that the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 had not been "approved or certified" by the Colorado Secretary of State's office, making this post, and the petition-drive announcement, "premature." Turns out the truth is more complicated. Secretary of State's office spokesman Rich Coolidge says, "They have a set title. It's the question that will appear on the ballot if they get enough verified signatures, and it's what will appear at the top of the petition." However, the petition form still needs approval, and to Coolidge's knowledge, one has yet to be submitted. This process isn't complicated and can generally be wrapped up in a single day, particularly if organizations coordinate with elections division personnel, Coolidge says. But it needs to done before actual signature collection can begin.

Page down to read the final version of the initiative.


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PR420
PR420

Apparently they are unaware that 1 to 2 pounds per plant is completely plausible indoors so 3 - 6 pounds is a serious felony. 

COLORADO LAW ON POSSESSION

"Possession of more than 8 oz Felony Penalties include 1-3 years in jail and fines of $1,000- $100,000 with an $1,125 surcharge."

If the officer decides your dealing a.k.a a scale any where and or sandwich bags in your kitchen. (go figure)

"Any amount with payment received Felony Penalties include 2 to 6 years of jail time and fines ranging from $2000-$500,000 with a $600 surcharge."

Worse yet your accused of providing cannabis to a minor. Billy gets a hold of your stash without your permission. But the cops think other wise.

"Transfer to a minor Felony Penalties include 8-24 years in jail and fines ranging from $2,000-$500,00."

Leaving the CSA is a HUGE mistake and is in no way like alcohol. Marijuana isn't legal with the CSA in place. Distribution charges at 8 ounces need no proof other than possession. Given the way druglaws are disproportionately applied to disadvantaged communities this is a granny pitch to drug task forces.

Children can and will be removed from homes "manufacturing a dangerous drug" the same way it has been applied to "legal" MMJ patients. Part of the CSA as well. Just like many laws once there is the false perception of total legality (alcohol) people will stretch the limits. Difference is with alcohol they don't result in being a drug felon. Most drug felons cant qualify for jobs, education and or housing. 

Mike P
Mike P

As a non-pot smoker I think that this is a great law and I hope like hell that it gets passed.  The war on drugs is a freeking joke and pot is no worse than alcohol.  Nobody ever got high and went home and beat their wife.  I say legalize pot nationally and take a huge bite out of the Mexican/South American drug runners profits (from what I've read its still their biggest profit).  Plus think of the tax income.  Also you could get those poor bastards rotting in prison for selling a weed back into productive society where they belong.  Think of the increase in profits that Frito Lay alone would experience!  It would be the new economic bubble!  

Sarah
Sarah

When Federal Marijuana Prohibition ends, patients' medications will be paid for by insurance.  Those who wish to use the herb in recreational ways can buy it at State stores (like liquor stores, for example.  However, I believe that maintaining separate retail locations is preferred.  Putting alcohol and Marijuana in one location sends the wrong message.  Providing retail locations exclusive to MJ/Accessories, etc. is clearly preferred, in my opinion.)

But, first... 

We need ALL 50 States to pressure the Administration to put a sensible end to Marijuana Prohibition as part of an important, growing movement of Harm Reduction Approaches in America.  It is clear that the current Abstinence-based approach has failed.  We need now to act in more progressive ways, and furthermore, to adjust paradigms about the realities of Cannabis use in America.  When Prohibition was enacted, Marijuana did not disappear, it merely went into the black market.  The time is now to remove Marijuana from the same Schedule 1 Drug Classification list that prohibits the use, manufacture, possession, or sale, of Heroin and LSD.  

Harm Reduction Advocates of Washington @FB.

James McVaney
James McVaney

This initiative does not legalize marijuana in Colorado. It is sentence reform and profit prohibition. The initiative does not remove marijuana from the controlled substance act in Colorado. It only allows the possession of one ounce. Imagine only possessing one six pack? If you had more than one six pack you would be subject to arrest???? All the felony criminal charges for marijuana remains. So essentially your only able to be a limited customer under this language. All others are still subject to arrest. In my personal opinion this is a mistake to place in the constitution. It's an awkward half step that will invite federal intervention. If we are to put medical access at risk I for one want better clearer language. The risk reward ratio on this initiative isn't good enough for me to support.

Chimpydork
Chimpydork

Never happen (passing in an election)

Why?

Quote:"Some pot activists say the measure includes too much regulation and plan to propose a rival suggestion."

As an interested card-holder, and someone who would vote for decriminalization / legalization (though the 'medical' ruse is currently working just fine to end prohibition) - 

I have watched some of these dysfunctional local cannabis "leaders" feud and fuss with each other, as opposed to sitting down, getting their act together, putting their egos aside,  and instead putting together a logical, intelligent and UNITED front behind a well thought out piece of legislation.

And for these same stupid reasons listed above, along with the Denver Post's non-stop anti-cannabis propaganda,they will probably fail yet again, just like 2006, and just like California.

Wish I was wrong.Bets?

Sebastian
Sebastian

I'm currently 17, soon to be 18, and am a pro-legalization advocate. However there is no way on earth I would support this initiative.Why?Quite simply it is wrong to restrict a substance less dangerous then alcohol, to the same standards as alcohol. After all Mason Tvert wrote an entire book on it, way to be a hypocrite.  I'll hold my vote till a more legitimate opportunity presents itself, specifically one that doesn't involve Tvert's hypocrisy in it and sets the age limit to an appropriate 18.

Guest
Guest

Perhaps the complainers would prefer "Regulate Marijuana Like Prescription Narcotics" ??? ... lol ... didn't think so. Sorry...but marijuana isn't going to be regulated like herbal medicines...we're talking about a drug/medicine that the feds still have listed in schedule 1. Some progress is better than no progress.

Tampatony20
Tampatony20

Cannabis is nothing like alcohol. There is literally not one medical use of this poison, unlike cannabis. And stop calling it marijuana, that is the "legal" name American government gave it, and quite frankly it's disrespectful. Cannabis is a new age culture, there is much more to it then solemnly getting "high". Medical use has been proven, as well as aroma therapeutic uses. Let's stop comparing it to the downfall of america in which is alcohol and start appreciating it and realizing that Other than it's "illegal" , it is ok.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

I feel this would be a step in the right direction towardmaking Pot work to help our damaged economies. Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user asopposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, andaffects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds onreforming pot laws.  I drew up a verycool poster for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...  Drop in and let me know what you think!

Guest
Guest

Do petition signers have to be registered to vote? If not I hope that getting the signers registered to vote will be combined with collecting signatures. Checking the box for permanent mail-in ballots would probably increase voter turnout with the younger crowd...it is good that colorado offers this voting option to everyone.

Confused Voter
Confused Voter

This is an attempt to put HB1284 into the Constitution, giving all regulatory authority to the DOR, just like mmj. Some said Am. 20 was a "good step", and now we have a database and video surveillance of every mmj patient in the state, available to law enforcement on demand.  That is progress towards a cannabis police state, not towards legalization. Brian Vicente was a major supporter of 1284 and a member of the elite DOR mmj advisory committee, which had numerous secret sub-committee meetings to draft the new mmj regulations. He now runs a compliance consulting firm, teaching mmj providers to comply with all the new laws he helped create. How convenient.

Remember, 1284 was written to shut down 80% of dispensaries in Colorado. With over a $10 million budget and over a year of time, the DOR has NOT ISSUED ONE LICENSE! Why would SAFER trust the DOR to do a good job when they have failed so miserably and ruined so many lives? Why would they model their system off of a system designed to put people out of business?The SAFER init. also gives preferential treatment to MMCs. Clearly, it was written to ensure the monopoly of these businesses and those with deep enough pockets to comply with the DORs ever-changing regulations. *** It will be interesting to see who is funding this language. ***No one in the state had a chance to comment on the final version of this language before it was set in stone. Did you? Even the legislature gives us time for public comments and public hearings. No such transparency from SAFER or SENSIBLE.This initiative stinks. Don't let any more bad marijuana laws get put into the constitution. The SAFER sales taxes will be used by the DOR to buy more handcuffs for those "bad pot smokers" that have more than one ounce or six plants. Why set up the situation where "good pot smokers" pay to have "bad pot smokers" punished?Two ounces is a petty offense, and an mmj doctor's note gets you an affirmative defense for ANY AMOUNT. How is the SAFER init. one ounce limit better than this?

This initiative stinks. Don't let any more bad marijuana laws get put into the constitution. The SAFER sales taxes will be used by the DOR to buy more handcuffs for those "bad pot smokers" that have more than one ounce or six plants. Why set up the situation where "good pot smokers" pay to have "bad pot smokers" punished?

Two ounces is a petty offense, and an mmj doctor's note gets you an affirmative defense for ANY AMOUNT. How is the SAFER init. one ounce limit better than this? Back to the drawing board, Mason, your init. stinks as much as 1284 did!

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Marijuana is legal.  Ask the plant + God, no harm done.  Thats out voting the prohibitionist by default 2 - 1, ignore the prohibitionists and their laws and pot's legal.  Nuff said, is it 420 yet? 

Also, medical marijuana and marijuana are cannabis, just different flavors.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

This is a good step for MMJ and MJ users.  It is nice to see an organization moving forward along this front.  While full legalization is the ultimate goal, we must take steps and not leaps to achieve it.  If you push too hard, most voters will vote against it.  We must be realistic and united in this effort.  The us vs. them mentality is what destroyed California's efforts.  

The petty name calling and other personal attacks must stop as it only destroys credibility and turns people away, as we all witnessed or heard about at the "Legalization Debate 2012."  

As a leader in this industry, we must show other States what we can accomplish together and set an example.  

Legalize 2012
Legalize 2012

"The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012" is an inaccurate and misleading title. These words do not appear in the language of the actual ballot initiative. Officially, in the language of the initiative, it is called the "Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana" Act. Mason and his attorney removed the phrase "similar to alcohol" yesterday at the Title Board hearing *voluntarily* because they did not want to "mislead voters".

All we're asking for is truth in advertising. If the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER proponents voluntarily removed the phrase "similar to alcohol" from the title because they agreed it would be misleading to voters, why do they think it is OK to use the phrase in their marketing?

Similarly, if the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER proponents argued to have the word "legalization" taken out of their ballot title because, as init. author Steve Fox from Wash DC said, "It would be inaccurate to call this legalization", why does Mason still think that voters are not going to call him on his disingenuous marketing? He still has a banner on his website that says "Legalization 2012", yet they agree that their language is not legalization. Who are they trying to fool?

The MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER is sentencing reform, nothing more, and minor sentencing reform at that. Why can't they be honest about their language?

Join the True Legalization Ballot Initiative campaign:http://www.legalize2012.com

Michelle LaMay
Michelle LaMay

I am against incorporating and enshrining [any] “regulations,” complex and always subject to change, into the Constitution of Colorado. The Constitution should only be changed to protect Colorado citizens from tyranny, i.e. the Tabor Act protects us from the 135 legislators freely over-spending our tax dollars on their own and/or their favorite lobbyists’ agendas. For at least two legislative sessions the governor and the legislature got away with “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” taking $ from the Medical MJ Registry to balance the budget, for example in HB10-1284. Nobody cared! The complexity of the issue in this [first] MJ initiative approved yesterday, I think, will doom it.

Why would any business person want the regulations of their industry in the constitution? Thousands of lobbyists strive to keep restrictive regulations at bay, not support a law(s) set in stone. Within a few months of the passage of such a law, I predict, even maybe before November 2012, business owners may find they don’t want to be locked into specific ways of doing business that do not reflect their customers or the market etc. There is little room for commercial growth in an over-regulated industry, much less one protected or [is it] restricted by the Constitution. Just ask those who’ve gone out of the Medical MJ business lately!

And are other “industries” so equally protected? Believe me, other industries would flee from such an initiative and rely, very successfully, on expensive lobbyists to protect them from legislative zealots. It makes me wonder about the motive behind the initiative.  Maybe it is as simple as just a few non-profit administrators having to doing something to keep their self-generated employment?…Shine A LightMichelle L LaMay M.A., the Dean & CEOCannabis University™ Inc of Colorado1-303-886-7998

www.cannabisuniversityinc.comwww.Twitter.com/CannabisUwww.youtube.com/user/CannabisU... 

Sebastian
Sebastian

Did you just really just insinuate that LSD is comparable in risks to Heroin? LSD, just like marijuana does not deserve the schedule 1.

Jamesmcvaney
Jamesmcvaney

 I can only imagine that Correy Donahue or Rico Calibri are posting as me. Both of them don't care for me.

However, I wish them the best of luck.

The Real James McVaney
The Real James McVaney

 HOLD UP!!! I am James McVaney and I DID NOT post the prior comment.

I was sent an email informing me that someone was impersonating me. And low-and-behold....

While it is kinda flattering that someone thinks so much of me that they want to be me.......PLEASE USE YOUR REAL NAME - NOT MINE!!!

Jake420
Jake420

Not true buddy! This initiative will legalize an ounce of marijuana for every adult - something that has never been done before in history!!!!! Do you like adults getting arrested for small amounts of marijuana? Come on!

Ecodude
Ecodude

Pretty much all social and political reform throughout all of history has come in half steps.  Reform movements by definition seek to make gradual change by design.  The only other option is a rapid, fundamental shift, which is the definition of revolution.

Study your history.  The American Labor Movement, Women's Rights Movement, Civil Rights Movement, Educational Reform - any successful social shift (other than those caused by violent, bloody revolution) has been actualized by an incremental reform movement.

I honestly think one of the problems is that we now live in a society that is totally addicted to instant gratification.  Microwaves, fast food, instant messaging, remotes controlling 300 channels - sorry, social change doesn't happen that way. Never has.  Never will. This is a game for the patient and the diligent, two qualities that are often lacking in the MJ legalization movement, especially with the younger activists.

I get what you are saying, believe me.  I'm totally sympathetic to your view.  I would love nothing more than to be able to flip a switch and legally grow an acre of buds in my backyard tomorrow.  But I am also a realist and I paid attention in history class.  I'll take all the half steps I can get.  Add them up over time, and we'll have traveled 1000 miles.

Etidorhpa
Etidorhpa

I agree Chip. uggg I wish you were wrong too.

oliverclark
oliverclark

It'll take  one step at a time buddy. This better than what we have. Grow the fuck up.

Jake420
Jake420

come on dude really? This measure will legalize an ounce of marijuana, six plants, and everything you grow! How can you oppose this? Do you want adults to be arrested for possessing an ounce or growing six plants?

Scott
Scott

But dont ruin it for the rest of us youngster :-) 

OhSoStoney
OhSoStoney

Jesus Fucking Christ!

While I personally adhere to the " who the fuck cares what one does" policy, I also know that the most important step is the first one. Colorado needs a law that directly challenges  the authority of the Federal government. I don't care what the semantics of any act, policy, or bill reads, I care that it challenges the Federal policy of Prohibition. EVERYONE should understand that if this passes (regardless of semantics) it is (one of) the biggest middle finger(s) to the Federal government in our national history.

Hold your vote, then spread your cheeks and lift your sack; because that is what is in your future if you allow petty differences to stop you from voting for one of the most progressive challenges to authoritarian rule in our Nations history.

 

Guest
Guest

yes...alcohol is toxic/lethaland...marijuana is non-toxic/saferbut...alcohol and marijuana are both psychoactivesalcohol is legalmarijuana is medically legal but otherwise illegal

...this initiative would regulate marijuana similar to (or like) alcohol is regulated. marijuana is clearly a safer psyhoactive substance than alcohol with many proven health benefits...and responsible adults should have safe access to it. please stop complaining and start supporting progress.

Jake420
Jake420

The SAFER initiative is better because it applies to adults who do not need medical marijuana!!!!  I heard that CTI had the the initiative for a month and never made a single comment! I made comments  on the initiative because I saw their article in Kush 5 months ago!

Ecodude
Ecodude

I think most passionate advocates for any cause forget that moving any legislation forward requires support from the majority of the electorate.  While some would argue that MJ should be freely sold in farmer's markets like basil, chances of the majority vote supporting that are little to none at this time in history.

Further, I support any proposed legislation that moves towards ending the senseless war on drugs that has been waged on American citizens, no matter how incremental.  

For instance, California SB 1449 that passed last year decriminalized possession of up to one ounce, reducing simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.  It's now treated like a traffic ticket.  No court and no arrest record.

Now I would prefer that there be no penalty for adult use of MJ at all.  Anywhere.  Anytime.  But the new CA legislation is at least:  1) a small step, 2) in the right direction.  I celebrate that.

Do I agree with every minute thing in Tvert's proposed amendment above?  Not remotely.  Do I think it is a move in the right direction?  Sure.  Anything that states marijuana use should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older is better than what the law states today, and we can always petition to change the details once any law is passed.  Laws regulating alcohol are constantly being debated and changed year after year.

My main interest is does it have a chance to pass by majority vote?  Honestly I don't have an opinion on that yet.  Let's see how fast the signatures come in and how large the final count is.  That will give you the answer.

anonymouse
anonymouse

Join me in refusing to give the CTI and its parasitical offspring (legalize2012 and the rights litigation project) another penny.

ColoradoMidnightRider
ColoradoMidnightRider

I don't understand WHY intellectuals and lawyers at yesterday's title board hearing don't realize the SEC. of State TITLE BOARD remove the words "regulated like alcohol" from ballot initiative wording, yet come out with a campaign of Mis-Information like this?? This ballot initiative WOULD make a new law called "Diving under the Influence of Marijuana", penalty and method of proof of violation unwritten (apparently Mason Hopes the police and Judge can 'Make it Up' as they go about prosecuting and convicting those who violate the law!

Then, there is the part of their ballot initiative which gives D.O.R. Department of Revenue Full authority to administer, sheesh! One look at how screwed up the current Medical Marijuana industry is, shows a very very bleak future....http://www.legalize2012.com

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Pants on the Ground
Pants on the Ground

you sound way bitter. and hyper-technical.  you claim, "The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012" is an inaccurate and misleading title. These words do not appear in the language of the actual ballot initiative."  yet in the initiative it clearly says "USE OF MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGAL FOR PERSONS TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND TAXED IN A MANNER SIMILAR TO ALCOHOL." and then again "MARIJUANA SHOULD BE REGULATED IN A MANNER SIMILAR TO ALCOHOL SO THAT:(I) INDIVIDUALS WILL HAVE TO SHOW PROOF OF AGE BEFORE PURCHASING MARIJUANA; etc.?  Quit wasting time bashing Tvert and this initiative, and try focusing on writing your own. sheesh.  

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Very interesting take, Michelle. Thanks for posting.

Sarah
Sarah

Touche`.  I think of any type of restrictions on behaviors that affect none but the person using are all arbitrations spawned by lobbyists. Your choice, your life. Same goes for us all.

Sebastian
Sebastian

Don't kill the widespread availability for me :.(

Sebastian
Sebastian

Why do we need to challenge the fed's authority? I agree that many of their policies are retarded. But it seems that your voting for it simply to flip off the feds, which is dumb.

Etidorhpa
Etidorhpa

This is why the founding fathers allowed amendments to the constitution . You have to start somewhere Stoney. At least your ballot may make it , unlike Sensible Washington's.

Robert
Robert

You heard wrong.  The people on the other end ignored our comments and drew up their initiatives in secrecy.  That I met Brian and Mason for the express purpose of discussing the intitiatives and working together for legalization immediately after Brian filed them without either letting slip that the initiatives had already been submitted may be taken as indicative of how collaborative they have been.  MPP's Steve Fox will make/has made the decision as to which of the eight versions they will use.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting take, Ecodude. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Jake420
Jake420

Dude, you obviously can't read. The initiative does not make a new law called driving under the influence. What's with all the grumpy marijuana activists opposing a measure that would make it legal for every adult in Colorado to have an ounce of marijuana?

CorryDonahue
CorryDonahue

Tim Tipton (aka ColoradoMidnightRider),

Please leave Colorado.  You have scammed many and are lucky that karma has not caught up with you.  Your involvement in this is why I and many other DO NOT SUPPORT CTI.  You are scum and should be in prison.  Google "Colorado MMJ Scam" to find out more about Timmy Tipton.  Keep looking over your shoulder.

Marc Myers
Marc Myers

While the words "SIMILAR TO ALCOHOL" may appear in the text, the actual regulations in the text treat it quite differently.  I can walk into a store and buy a case of Scotch and take it home.  If the SAFER/MPP initiative were to pass, I would be in violation if I possessed more than an ounce of cannabis.  I can't think of any other legal commodity that faces similar possession restrictions.

Cody Tallent
Cody Tallent

 Sebastian

Kid grow up !!! You really need to understand how politics work before you comment on this issue .

1.Let me start off by saying  I and many people who smoke cannabis agree with you that the cannabis consumption age should be 18+ ....... But thats where it ends.Really Sebastian think about it.......  Mason Tvert puts 18+ over on the bill.......OMG !!!!!!  This bill would become political punching bag for Politicians, Parent advocate groups,Anti drug, and Religious groups to beat on !!! I could just see it now... The headlines would read(in a deep reefer madness voice): Mason Tvert and SAFER want to give "Your Children" DRUGS. The bill would die and not go anywhere !!!!!!!

Here is the scare ad done by NO 19 (Prop 19 was 21+)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Notice the first thing they use to scare the crap out of parents. The #1 addiction for 60% of teens in drug rehab.  Now think about an ad if a pro marijuana legalization bill was made 18+

 The okay and overly loved (Dangerous ) Alcohol is 21+ What makes you think for one second that The Evil devil weed, Gateway Drug, Scapegoat for bad parenting everywhere "Marijuana" is going to be any different ???? The Legal age to get messed up in America is 21+ and that is not going to change anytime soon !! DEAL WITH IT ..

Guest
Guest

Erick, your probation officer is calling.

T A
T A

Cannabis isn't like percocet or morphine, nor do we sell those over the counter.  If it's to be treated like alcohol, then like alcohol, there should be no limitation on how much one buys at the store (I tried to find something limiting the purchase of alcohol but was unable) or possesses in the home or while travelling. 

Thomas Shannon
Thomas Shannon

No? What about Percocet? Morphine? What other legal commodity currently has a primarily black-market distribution system run mostly by an international crime syndicate?

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