Marijuana activist Miguel Lopez moving on after dropped Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol beef

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Miguel Lopez.
Update: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act proponent Mason Tvert decided this week not to pursue an official complaint against activist Miguel Lopez for allegedly snatching a signed petition from a Regulate volunteer in July.

We've spoken with Lopez, who says he is happy to move on from this incident.

According to Lopez, he is looking forward to building stronger relationships within the community "on a positive note on things that are fair to all."

But he also urges voters to question all legalization and decriminalization proposals to ensure they are fair to every cannabis user.

"People should be engaged directly with people, face to face," he says. "We need to make sure that we create laws that make equal business opportunities, not create ones to inflate certain people. That's hypocrisy. I'm not a Catholic or anything like that. But there is a saying from Gandhi: 'I like Christ, but I don't like Christians.' The thing with that -- what I'm trying to say -- is that I like everything around us, but the biggest thing I can't stand is hypocrisy. And that includes myself. I tell people at my rallies all the time, don't just question the authority, but question me, also."

Lopez notes that he's already working on organizing next year's 4/20 rally, which he's trying to build to a two-day event.

Look below for our earlier coverage.

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Mason Tvert.
Original item, 12:24 p.m. August 3: Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act proponent Mason Tvert says he isn't going to go through with an official complaint against activist Miguel Lopez for taking a signed petition away from a volunteer last month. At least not yet.

However, he's quick to point out that there is an eighteen-month statute of limitations on filing initiative petition tampering charges and that the Regulate team could always change its approach.

Tvert has released saying that his organization plans to put the matter behind it so long as Lopez avoids similar confrontations in the future. The decision was made in part, Tvert says, because the penalties could have been "severe" for Lopez.

"We aren't interested in spending time or resources on fighting with activists or any other negative actions," Tvert said. "We want to get this on the ballot and move on."

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Miguel Lopez
Lopez admitted to taking the petition last week, but said he did so to prevent it from being destroyed by other activists. He also maintained that the volunteers brought the incident on themselves by "physically interrupting" a July 17 cannabis rally that Lopez had organized.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012: Mason Tvert on petition drive launch."

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Highmesa
Highmesa

Why is our Cannabis illegal when the Fed's are in bed with the cartels opening our borders and promoting the cartels business in the USA ?http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011...How can Big Brother put us in jail for what they are putting on our streets ?Big Brother is the biggest drug dealer i know !

CR
CR

Good luck to all the marijuana reform activists and their petitions.  Everybody is entitled to voice their opinion on how far we should take reform and then the People of Colorado will decide in November 2012. 

Forest
Forest

2012 is doomed, we need are A20 rights back in full force!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The two issues are separate, but all the people waging war against our Constitution, cops, judges, and other officials who defy the Law should be sent to Hell.

Guest
Guest

Oh come on Robert! No spelling or grammar corrections for people whose opinions you like?

KaDargo
KaDargo

If I can have an unlimited amount of the toxic poison known as alcohol in my home, then I should be allowed to have an unlimited amount of the nontoxic substance known as cannabis in my home.  Fuck limited amounts.  Instead we should be limiting alcohol amounts.  Alcohol kills.

mmjbrewer
mmjbrewer

I don't want to change one prohibition for another.  Why don't we just allow people to put whatever they want in their bodies after all it is their bodies and not the governments.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

We (society) should..  We (the electorate) are unwilling.  I (an advocate and voter) will try.

What can we do to to reverse the criminalization of private conduct?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Initiative #30 would allow unlimited possession of cannabis in your home.

"Should", meet political reality -- there are still hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who still want to put us in cages because we have any cannabis.  Despite my disgust with the way the initiative was drafted and the exclusion of grassroots activists from the process, I consider that the measure would be a major improvement in the laws regarding cannabis.  Should a better initiative make the ballot, I would certainly vote for it in preference to Initiative #30.  Michelle LaMay's Initiative #40 only addresses possession, but its language is much cleaner than Mason & Co.'s

For criticizing the "so that driving under the influence of marijuana shall remain illegal" inititiative, grassroots activists have been subjected to an ongoing smear campaign and even false arrest.  I read that I oppose Initiative #30 and am a "stoner against legalization" in NORML hack Russ Belville's blog (among other recklessly false canards and lies there).  Now, I will undoubtedly get shunned by activists who do not understand that politics is the art of compromise.  I do not believe that we will win re-legalization in 2012, but that does not invalidate the attempt.  Let a thousand flowers bloom!

Jake Browne
Jake Browne

Way to take the "high" road, guys! I'm proud to circulate your petition.

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