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Marijuana measures in Oregon, Washington won't hurt Colorado campaign, advocate says

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Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, has arguably received more attention than any other pro-pot ballot measure in the U.S. But there's a similar proposal in Washington, and one could soon be approved for this year's election in Oregon. Could these efforts hurt fundraising for Amendment 64? A campaign spokeswoman isn't worried and sees the initiatives as more evidence that change is needed here and beyond.

"I think that along with ample other evidence, this demonstrates that across America, people understand that marijuana prohibition has failed," says Betty Aldworth, representing Amendment 64 proponents. "It's time for a new policy where we can regulate marijuana in smarter and more sensible ways."

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Photo by Kim Sidwell/MMJ
Parents at the recent unveiling of a marijuana billboard by Mile High Stadium.
Amendment 64 certainly hasn't wanted for out-of-state dollars thus far. By this time last month, the campaign had already collected almost $2 million, most of it from beyond Colorado. That includes $500,000 from the Marijuana Policy Project and $50,000 from hemp-industry leaders.

Meanwhile, two marijuana-related initiatives have made news in Oregon. One that would have embedded the right for adults to smoke marijuana in the state's constitution (a Texas group largely funded it) was rejected by Secretary of State Kate Brown; its primary backer, Robert Wolfe, has filed a lawsuit challenging her edict. But a separate measure to legalize the growing and sale of marijuana by state-licensed businesses is widely expected to win ballot approval. The frontman for the latter is Paul Stanford, who has used money earned from a chain of medical marijuana clinics to pay for the petition drive.

Should Brown give Stanford the go-ahead, his campaign will no doubt attract dollars from places other than Oregon in addition to local bucks -- and that's perfectly fine by Aldworth.

"As much as marijuana prohibition has failed in Colorado, it's failed even more miserably in plenty of other places around the country," she allows. "When I say that, I mean people in some places are being imprisoned for choosing to use a substance that's objectively safer than alcohol -- and in many states, those punishments are much harsher than those in Colorado. So seeing more initiatives across the country is obviously a good thing. If we can end marijuana prohibition in Colorado, and regulate it in a manner that's similar to alcohol, there's no reason we can't do that in all fifty states."

Regarding 64 fundraising, she stresses that "this is not a zero-sum gain. There is more public support for ending marijuana prohibition than ever before, and these states are poised to do just that this November.

"This is an opportunity to make history, and people are becoming increasingly excited and enthusiastic to be a part of it," Aldworth adds. "That could very well translate into a heightened interest in contributing to these efforts among existing and new supporters."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Photo: Marijuana billboard features dad saying, 'Please, card my son.'"


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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So if it is HARMLESS, why REGULATE, RESTRICT and CONTROL IT like DEADLY ALCOHOL ??

Geoffrey Hogue
Geoffrey Hogue

READ IT BEFORE YOU COMMENT ON IT. MY BET IS YOU HAVEN'T EVEN READ THE PROPOSAL

Geoffrey Hogue
Geoffrey Hogue

IT IS HARMLESS and actually beneficial to those who use it (Me for one).  Besides the by-products of hemp far outweigh  the negative aspects if there are any. My bet is that it will be legalized in Oregon and that will get the ball rolling. FIBER, FUEL, FOOD, and MEDICINE are what the plant gives us. Criminalization gives us more ruined lives, PRIVATE PRISONS (I wonder if they would go out of business), MORE JOBS for government agencies to waste MORE MONEY on a war THEY CAN'T WIN, ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE??? Of course THEY would be AGAINST LEGALIZATION...and spout unsubstanciated BS about something they obviously KNOW NOTHING ABOUT!                    

Guest
Guest

After reading your posts and all others it is clear your personal motives and likely experience with cannabis. You got stoned years ago and weak  minded individual you are went where  your warped mind couldn't handle. Alcohol, cannabis. make your choice the stimulant, in some amplify the subconscious  thoughts and intentions of the individual using it. Did it make you paranoid Donkey? Make you suicidal?  Posting your own fears based on personal experience not logic or reality . For the majority of us our sub conscience minds are as stable as our conscience state. . I would bet your a bad drunk. We have all had the displeasure dealing in life with your type. I can only thank God in heaven you have the sense to prohibit the use of any stimulant making you worse than your conscience state of anger and unhappiness. Donkey how fitting a name for for a true jackass. I am a diabetic and pay close attention to my diet. It would be insane if I went on a crusade to force everyone to follow my diet. Get a life jackass.    

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"[A64 is full of] unnecessary limitations and regulations" -- Robert Chase

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

As PRO-Law Enforcement and Anti-Marijuana as A64 is, it wouldn't surprise me if it were written by ALEC.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So which is it, Little Eichmann, am I a Religious Jew, a Cultural Jew or an Ethnic Jew?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

A64 doesn't end Prohibition. Not even close.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

A20 didn't legalize marijuana. Neither does A64. What part don't you comprehend?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So if your marijuana is as harmless as you claim, why do you fools want to REGULATE, RESTRICT and CONTROL it like DEADLY Alcohol ?

Pschkqitzsough
Pschkqitzsough

Hey Donkey more like a typical response from a uptight irrational mind of someone who believes alcohol is safer than marijuana.  Considering marijuana is less intoxicating, less addictive, and less dangerous than alcohol I wonder which metric you government tools are using to determine alcohol is safer?  I bet you can't name one..  Poor fools

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Spoken like a true Cheese-eating Surrender Monkey, eh Neville ? A64 = "a regime of unnecessarily harsh or restrictive regulations on the use of cannabis" -- Robert Chase

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Dear Greg, As you well know the supply has not reduced only the sellers have changed.  There are hundreds of thousands of square feet of indoor grow in Colorado, far more than there have ever been in the past and this new group of producers keeps dropping the price.  This is as opposed to the historic weed selling drug dealers who kept the prices high.  There is more competition and the price is dropping and it will continue to do so as these major producers improve their efficiency.   

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Nope, I got you this time.

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Greg, that's no way to talk.  

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

I didn't even go to AmKon.net, Greg.

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

The IRS has NEVER used a gun to collect my taxes and I've been paying for decades.  All they need to do is set a date and like a little lap dog I submit my papers (and a check).  

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Because he is paid to provoke us.

Malcolm Kyle
Malcolm Kyle

Donkey is a prohibitionist. Any confusion concerning his status is intentionally created by himself.  

Malcolm Kyle
Malcolm Kyle

We have legalized consumption and sales of alcohol, also known as regulated consumption and sales of alcohol. What is it you don't understand about that?

Malcolm Kyle
Malcolm Kyle

Yep, he probably consumes alcohol every day, a drug that's clearly more dangerous than cocaine. The only difference between him and a crack-head is the time-period we live in. He's also the same type of ignorant person who cheered in 1919 when federal alcohol prohibition was introduced. And most probably the same type of person who opposed it's repeal in 1933.  According to DrugRehabs.Org, national mortality figures for 2009 were: tobacco 435,000; poor diet and physical inactivity 365,000; alcohol 85,000; microbial agents 75,000; toxic agents 55,000; motor vehicle crashes 26,347; adverse reactions to prescription drugs 32,000; suicide 30,622; incidents involving firearms 29,000; homicide 20,308; sexual behaviors 20,000; all illicit drug use, direct and indirect 17,000; and marijuana 0. Researchers led by Professor David Nutt, a former chief drugs adviser to the British government, asked drug-harm experts to rank 20 drugs (legal and illegal) on 16 measures of harm to the user and to wider society, such as damage to health, drug dependency, economic costs and crime. Alcohol scored 72 out of a possible 100, far more damaging than heroin (55) or crack cocaine (54). It is the most harmful to others by a wide margin, and is ranked fourth behind heroin, crack, and methamphetamine (crystal meth) for harm to the individual. 

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