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Marijuana: Majority of Denver Republican Assembly supports Amendment 64

In the past, Democrats were more likely to support regulating marijuana for recreational use, while Republicans felt otherwise. But growing evidence suggests this may no longer be the case. Take the Denver County Republican Assembly, a majority of whom appear to support Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol act.

According to Mason Tvert, one of Amendment 64's main proponents, 56 percent of the delegates to the assembly supported a resolution to endorse the sort of regulation approach taken by the initiative.

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Mason Tvert.
That wasn't enough of a mandate for this policy to become part of the party's 2012 platform; it takes a two-thirds vote for that. However, the group adopted a different cannabis-related resolution, declaring that medical marijuana is a 10th Amendment issue -- meaning states, rather than the federal government, should determine the laws governing it. In doing so, assembly members raise symbolic questions about efforts like U.S. Attorney John Walsh's seizure-threat letters to 23 dispensaries near schools. This week, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, a Democrat, did the same thing in a missive sent to Walsh.

The results of the assembly's resolution votes are on view below. Note that a resolution to support the concept of personhood -- the subject of a Colorado Personhood Coalition petition drive that launched this week -- garnered only 47 percent support.

Other prominent conservatives are also speaking in favor of measures like Amendment 64, including televangelist Pat Robertson. That's significant, Tvert believes.

"On the heels of the Pat Robertson endorsement of Amendment 64, it is great to see increasing support for regulating marijuana like alcohol across the ideological spectrum," he writes via e-mail. "It is impressive and encouraging that a majority of some of the most active Republicans in Denver voted to endorse the initiative.

"As more and more Colorado citizens see their friends and neighbors voicing their opposition to marijuana prohibition," he adds, "we expect support for the initiative will continue to grow."

Here are the results of the assembly's votes:

Denver County Republican Assembly Resolution Vote Results

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Muzzy Lu
Muzzy Lu

Just legalize marijuana! How about just $2.99 for great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints. 

Kevin Hunt
Kevin Hunt

Donkey hates George Washington, too.  As we all know, George grew cannabis sativa.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

LOL!

Well, if Repuglykans, the Dept. of Revenue Criminal Enforcement Division and Pat Robertson support it, then it must be good for The People ....

LOL!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Amendment 64 is not enough, but it is a start.  It benefits from anti-Obama, anti-Federal sentiment, but ending Prohibition and the Gulag-state are sound public policies that all Americans should support regardless of party.  The fascist enactments of the SCOTUS which deny our constitutional rights must be repudiated if America is ever to be the land of the free again.  Give no aid or comfort to the most dangerous criminals in America -- those running the criminal injustice system.  Take every single criminal case to trial until American liberty is restored!

PhilDeBowl
PhilDeBowl

I will attend my county republican caucus in a week,there I will advocate that ALL Ron Paul supporters write him in,neither romney,sanitorium.or grinch are for legalizing MerryWanna.

RichDream88
RichDream88

Michael, as a '420 Conservative' myself, I am both pleased and encouraged by the emerging trend of growing Conservative support for 420 legal regulation not only locally, but nationally as well.  Colorado is the first state to assign an entire section of its Department of Revenue to oversee and regulate legal medical 420 activities. The successful models being demonstrated by the Centennial State continue to demonstrate the forward thinking approach and its benefits for the state's citizens and economy. 

I think that Conservatives in general appreciate and respect the capitalistic aspect of the emerging industry, regardless of how they might feel about it ethically or morally.  In my own experience, I've seen conservatives, moderates & progressives set aside ALL political differences in the greater interest of working together toward the goal of legal 420 regulation here in Colorado. And the countless hours of hard work and execution by movement pioneers like Mason, continue to inspire and enlighten the rest of us.

Its been really refreshing to not only find an issue that unites politically passionate people from across the spectrum, but also to know that in our ideologically bombastic society today, everyday, common people can still work together on a grass roots level to affect change and progress for the better.

As always, thanks for the excellent updates and keep up the great work, my friend.  

esotericknowledge
esotericknowledge

In My Opinion: Still trying to laugh loud and hard enough to drown out the fact that you can't win a debate, demon?

Kevin Hunt
Kevin Hunt

This is bad news for the Obama Administration, who has reversed their pro-MMJ stance. Prohibitionists are getting "boxed in" now that prominent conservatives are endorsing legalization. I can see independent voters and even some Democrats defecting to the Republican Party.  It must suck to be on the wrong side of a failed policy, Mr. Donkey_Hotay, or should I call you "Ted Nugent"?  Please tell me why alcohol should be legal, and marijuana illegal. Also, please provide me some stats on how many people have died from an overdose of marijuana.

Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

Do you only hate Abe Lincoln, our Men in Blue, and God - or does your hatred extend to Mom and Apple Pie?

Regulate cannabis like Donkey_Hotay!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Rich, thanks for the post. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"Ted Nugent" ?? ... ouch! ... I've been called plenty of vile epithets online, but that one has to be the most repugnant.

How many people have died from an overdose of LSD or Psilocybin ?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Mom's alright ... her apple pie, not so much.

**** Legalize Marijuana Like Apple Pie !! ****

Guest
Guest

Why do you hate LSD and Psilocybin ?

esotericknowledge
esotericknowledge

In My Opinion: "How many people have died from an overdose of LSD or Psilocybin ?"  Translation:  I'll throw out a red herring and I hope no one will notice that I didn't think about nor answer the question posed to me.

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