Marijuana prohibition's end would unite police, community, advocate says
LEAP backs Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, and the organization's release about tonight's get-together also mentions the possibility of other cannabis-related measures reaching the November ballot. In Franklin's view, the success of any of these initiatives would have a far-reaching impact.
"All you've got to do is look at the history of other social changes -- other policies that have changed this country," he says. "Look at marriage equality starting in one state and moving to another and another and another, until eventually it's on the national stage. Or look at the repeal of alcohol prohibition in the 1930s, which went from state to state as they refused to enforce federal policies. That's why the election is absolutely critical.
Franklin and other LEAPers on the road in Washington.
"If Colorado moves forward in November, there's no doubt in my mind that you'll see other states follow suit. Washington state is poised to do the same, and I think Oregon may also be in that position; I think they're going to meet the number of signatures they need. But I think Colorado stands the best chance. It's where the polling is the best. And the citizens of Colorado are just freer thinking people."
Such measures go well beyond simply allowing adults to smoke weed, Franklin argues. "It's time for the citizens of this country to literally take back the country," he allows. "This is supposed to be a government by and for the people, but we've kind of lost sight of that. So this is our opportunity to make a statement, in addition to doing something that needs to be done to better our neighborhoods, and our communities."
Franklin's presentation, entitled "Let's Talk About Marijuana: A Discussion Series, Vol. 1," takes place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cleo Parker Robinson's Dance Studio, 119 Park Avenue West. For more details about the gathering, which will also feature Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente, attorney Hans Meyer, psychologist Dr. Erika Joye and the Drug Policy Alliance's Art Way, click here.
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