Marijuana: George Soros link to Amendment 64 claimed, disputed
As for the implication that the Regulate act is being imposed on Colorado by outsiders, Way stresses that "the initiative is a natural response to the past ten years of marijuana reform that's taken place in Colorado, and the two proponents of the initiative" -- Mason Tvert, executive director of Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), and Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente -- "are the primary reasons that we're in the place we are now.
"Denver's already decriminalized marijuana -- that was voted on by the people," he continues. "The state legislature decriminalized anything under two ounces, making it a petty offense. And Colorado has some of the more robust medical marijuana regulations in the country. So this initiative is based on the progress Colorado has made over the years," as opposed to being an agenda being forced upon the state.
As for the Drug Policy Alliance, Way points out that "marijuana reform is not our only issue. We engage in broad criminal justice reform and harm reduction principles to be implemented in various states and local jurisdictions." Example: a 911 overdose bill that became law earlier this year.
As such, Way sees Smart Colorado's efforts to make Soros an issue in the Amendment 64 fight as a campaign tactic.
"It's standard politics to always claim that carpetbaggers are somehow involved -- that people who aren't involved in the local politics are behind certain initiatives," he says. "I know that's probably been the case on certain occasions, but it's not the case here. This is a continuation of the reform Colorado is leading the country in implementing. Brian and Mason have been at this for nearly a decade now, so this is homegrown reform. You can't downplay the work they and members of the broader reform movement here in Colorado have done."
Smart Colorado looks at the situation very differently. "Coloradans already oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use," Cohen's statement concludes, "and we are confident that the more they learn the facts, the more they will oppose this harmful constitutional amendment."
Here's the Soros letter.
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