Marijuana community divide on Amendment 64 deep, wide, often nasty
Update below: Think everyone in the marijuana community is behind Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act? Think again. The measure has pitted advocates against advocates, frequently in online combat of the sort that recently turned the Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights Facebook group into a combat zone.
"People need to be able to express their own opinions instead of being harassed," says Audrey Hatfield, C4CPR's president. "And they need to have a little more respect."
Right now, Hatfield says, the Facebook group boasts 580 members, with many of them having contrasting views about Amendment 64. Some feel it's the best chance the state has for historic marijuana reform, while others, like Hatfield, have problems with some of the provisions in the measure.
"A lot of people on the 'Yes' side are touting this as legalization, and it's not," she says. "My feeling is, if marijuana is going to stay on Schedule 1" -- the most serious DEA designation, which doesn't acknowledge any medical uses -- "and if you're going to have limits on how much you can have, that, to me, is still prohibition."
She's also fearful that hemp will be treated as marijuana under Amendment 64 even though it has no psychoactive ingredients, and believes the measure offers no protection for users when it comes to federal law. Moreover, she's uncomfortable with the idea that flaws can be fixed afterward.
"Some people are like, 'Oh well, let's put it through and deal with the language afterward,'" she maintains. "Well, look what happened with 1284," the state law that regulated the medical marijuana industry -- and which continues to be controversial among many in the MMJ scene.
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