Marijuana State of State assembly to take place as John Hickenlooper makes his own speech

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Miguel Lopez.
Today, as Governor John Hickenlooper delivers his State of the State address at the Capitol, cannabis activists will gather at nearby Lincoln Park for what they're calling the Marijuana State of the State Rally.

The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to (naturally) 4:20 p.m. and feature speakers aplenty. Organizer Miguel Lopez gives us a preview.

"As the governor addresses members of the Senate and the House, the voices of the people are abandoned and ignored," Lopez says. "There's a conglomeration of big business and marijuana that refuses to acknowledge small business survival. But first and foremost, we want to speak for the patients and marijuana victims who are continually disparage, as it's business as usual at the Capitol."

Speakers range from Dr. Robert Melamede to police beating victim Alexander Landau; see the full release below. And while activities are planned throughout the day, despite the chilly weather, Lopez notes that the first addresses will get underway at around the same time Hickenlooper takes to the podium. "One year when Bill Ritter was governor, the moment he mentioned the word 'marijuana,' we could be heard outside the Capitol chanting, 'Marijuana power,'" he recalls. "The idea comes from black and Chicano and other social-movement groups who were able to show that they had voices and power as well."

Here's the aforementioned release:

2012 Colorado Marijuana State of the State Rally January 12th 2012 Lincoln Park, Denver, 100 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO. 10:30 a.m. -- 4:20 p.m This year as Governor Hickenlooper (a.k.a. Chickenlooper) gives his State of The State Address, The 2012 Colorado Marijuana State of the State Address will be held. We will rally on the conditions of the state and how they continue to affect our communities. We will also be addressing this year's oppressive session, challenges and priorities will be. Topics include changes to marijuana law. It's "Reefer Madness" over regulation and what effects this will have on the communities residences, and businesses.

We will also be discussing the Governor & Law Enforcements biased, financed and scientifically unfounded campaign for marijuana D.U.I. criminality.

We are also including issues like ending the continued criminal punishment of felons from job or business opportunities since they are the victims of disproportionate numbers of the war on poverty and drugs. This assembly is organized by The Denver 4/20 Rally.


Dr. Robert Melamede, Ph.D., Former Chairman of the Biology Department at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Travis Simpson, Associate Attorney with Robert J. Corry & Associates: will discuss the recent rejections and denials of medical marijuana registry cards by The Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment and the steps he and Rob Corry are talking to protect the patients and doctors who have been affected by the CDPHE arbitrary policy preventing physicians assistants and nurse practitioners from performing examinations for medical marijuana evaluations

Jose Guerro and Eli Lynch , as seen on HBO's Brave New Voices: Both are 20 year old poetry slam artists.

William Chengelis: Chairman of the US Marijuana Party.I-40

Alexander Landau

Chloe Villano, Clover Leaf Consulting

Laura Khriho Legalize 2012

Sean McAllister, Attorney at Law with McAllister, Darnell & Associates, P.C. Attorneys at Law

Cultural Musical Entertainment by Lyrical Lords: Evident, Purgatory & Travistie.

**Defense for petty charges of possession & distribution provided by Robert J. Corey Attorney at Law.**

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More from our Marijuana archive: "Pro-marijuana candidate Miguel Lopez to challenge John Hickenlooper for Democratic guv nomination."

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It is baffling to me why marijuana is illegal while alcohol is legal. Marijuana by fact is a much safer drug than alcohol. If anything marijuana should be legalized and alcohol should be made illegal. I believe that hard core drugs like cocain, meth, heroin, etc, should all stay illegal, but marijuana is not a "hard core" drug. Alcohol is much worse than marijuana and we have legalized it. Here's some facts to support my statement.

There are thousands of alcohol overdose deaths each year, yet there has never been a marijuana overdose death in history.

-Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States and is associated with multiple adverse health consequences, including liver cirrhosis, various cancers, unintentional injuries, and violence.

-Almost half of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related.

(20 percent of alcohol-related traffic deaths involve blood alcohol concentration levels below .10 percent.)

-In 1991, a subway motorman was drinking just before his shift and derailed a train carrying hundreds of passengers, kill five and injuring more than two hundred.

-If an alcoholic suddenly withdraws from alcohol, he or she may suffer delirium tremens. D.T.s sometimes end in death.

-Many people who apparently die from overdoses of sleeping pills (barbiturates), actually die from a combination of alcohol and the medication.

-One quarter of all emergency room admissions, one-third of all suicides, and more than half of all homicides and incidents of domestic violence are alcohol related.

-Between 48 and 64 percent of people who die in fires have blood alcohol levels indicating intoxication.

-Alcohol is abused by some 14 million Americans and contributes to the deaths of 100,000 each year.

-According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 65 percent of fatal drunk-driving deaths involve drivers whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .15 or higher.

-The risk of hemorrhagic stroke is three times higher among heavy drinkers.

-Very large amounts of alcohol (such as a quart if drunk in five to thirty minutes) may occasionally cause death by anesthetizing the brain center that controls breathing.

-About 20 percent of those people who commit suicide are alcohol abusers, according to the National Mental Health Association.

-About 20 percent of suicide victims are alcoholics.

-Alcohol is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support a direct intoxication-violence relationship. Cannabis reduces likelihood of violence during intoxication... Source: Hoaken, Peter N.S., Sherry H. Stewart. Journal of Addictive Behaviors. 28, pages 1533-1554. Drugs of abuse and the elicitation of human aggressive behavior. Dept. of Psychology, University of Western Ontario. Dept. of of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University.

There are some physical health risks, particularly the possibility of damage to the airways in cannabis smokers. Overall, by comparison with other drugs used mainly for 'recreational' purposes, cannabis could be rated to be a relatively safe drug. Source: Iversen, Leslie. Current Opinion in Pharmacology. Volume 5, Issue 1, February 2005, Pages 69-72. Long-term effects of exposure to cannabis. University of Oxford, Department of Pharmacology.

The latest and most comprehensive research on marijuana has concluded that it does not contribute to the development of lung cancer. Source:

There has never been a documented case of lung cancer in a marijuana-only smoker, and recent studies find that marijuana use is not associated with any type of cancer. The same cannot be said for alcohol, which has been found to contribute to a variety of long-term negative health effects, including cancers and cirrhosis of the liver.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

BREAKING NEWS: It's official, the Feds have begun sending letters to dispensaries to shut down in Colorado.

2012 legislative sessions related to marijuana gonna be hilarious! Gonna get mad high listen in and laugh my ass off at all the pot clowns.

Michael Novak
Michael Novak

i don't really see it one way or the other people who are using it for recreation are still getting the medical benefits, and people who only want it for its medical benefits can make that happen as well by monitoring dosage and using it different ways. and for those who want both well that needs not be brought up basically already explained that one. point is there really isn't any need to differentiate especially when it is allowed for recreational use. but NO adding stuff to it to get us hook and kill us off, NO pricing it to high to where only rich basts can buy it, and I'd prefer dispensaries with lots of varieties instead of small corners at 7-11 in packs with like 3 choices. And anybody complaining about the smell get over it, personally i think it smells good and besides people can buy edibles and im not entirely sure but i think vaporizing helps prevent the smell.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

It's interesting that the CDPHE has not yet released the Statistics for the number of registered patients as they usually do at the beginning of the month.  I don't think they want to say how much more the number of registered patients have dropped.

NORML last week agreed with my statement that medical marijuana is the biggest road block to real legalization.  The whole process of lying to your doctor and dealing with the CDPHE is downright degrading and must stop.  Let's face it people we want to get high and have fun, let's put an end to the medical marijuana bullshit and get real finally.  Only when the medical advocates throw in the towel will the general public believe in real legalization without regulation and put the voters over that 50 / 50 voting hump of yes's and no's that we are currently stuck in.  Medical marijuana is a rut my real smokers, let's get out of the rut in 2012!


Great, get out there and have your voices heard. The elected trash has ignored the citizens of this country for far too long.

William Breathes
William Breathes

the delay in getting patient data out is nothing new whatsoever for the CDPHE.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

No, Legalize2012 is lead by Laura Khiro it aims to legalize cannabis, not further regulate cannabis.  I think what really sold me on the idea is that it takes the power away from the Department of Revenue pot clowns and their army of goons.

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