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Marijuana: Amendment 64 is a social-justice issue, says NAACP

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Harris Lytle.
At 10:30 a.m. today, the NAACP's Colorado/Montana/Wyoming conference will formally endorse Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Rosemary Harris Lytle, communications director for the local branch, who's among the speakers at the event, taking place in Denver's Five Points neighborhood, says the NAACP sees the measure as a social-justice issue and much more.

"Our conference actually voted to endorse Amendment 64 at our meeting on April 21 in Pueblo," Harris Lytle says, "and since then, we've been working to educate ourselves about the so-called war on drugs before our official endorsement today.

"Why are we doing it?" she asks. "Not to fight for the perceived quote-unquote right to smoke marijuana. Instead, we're endorsing Amendment 64 because we believe that in ending the prohibition against adult use of marijuana, we might impact the mass incarceration and disproportionate impact of drug policy on communities of color in Colorado -- specifically African American and Latino communities, and even more specifically, African American men. We're convinced this is a civil-rights issue, and the right thing for the state conference to do."

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An image from the NAACP's Facebook page.
Over the past several months, Harris Lytle goes on, NAACP representatives have "looked at data from the FBI. Now, we know that African Americans account for less than 4.5 percent of the population in Colorado -- but African Americans account for nearly 9 percent of marijuana possession arrests and 22 percent of arrests for marijuana sales and marijuana cultivation. And the disparity is even more obvious in Denver. African Americans account for less than 15 percent of the population in Denver, but account for more than 30 percent of marijuana arrests. So we see Amendment 64 as one way to end an unfair and damaging system of marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated in the same way that alcohol is regulated" -- one that allows adult use but restricts access to children.

Harris Lytle notes that the endorsement is very much in keeping with the policies of NAACP nationally. "This failed drug war is primarily waged against African Americans and Latinos. Those populations suffer the harshest consequences. People of color are much more likely to be searched, much more likely to be arrested, much more likely to be prosecuted, much more likely to be convicted, and much more likely to be incarcerated for a drug-related offense than non-African Americans or Latinos."

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Why aren't there any attractive, single,  women in these blogs ???...

I'd dress better and lie a bit, maybe.......

IcePick
IcePick

"Right now, there are as many African American men under the control of the government -- i.e., in prison, on probation or on parole -- than were enslaved in the year 1850."

 

 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I believe this to be one of the most racist groups in the nation.

NAACP has an extremely dark agenda at ALL times !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The african american inmates, serving a sentence following a drug conviction....

Hmmmmm.........

RARELY is it marijuana when referring to blacks and felony convictions.

Most, in Colorado, are incarcerated for cocaine...

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

Black prisoners today outnumber slaves in 1850. The drug war primarily effects people of color, and primarily non-violent marijuana users. Breaking up families, destroying futures. Why? Because of unauthorized relaxation and giggle inducing recreational choices? This makes sense to who?

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

Black prisoners today outnumber slaves in 1850. The drug war primarily effects people of color, and primarily non-violent marijuana users. Breaking up families, destroying futures. Why? Because of unauthorized relaxation and giggle inducing recreational choices? This makes sense to who?

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

Black prisoners today outnumber slaves in 1850. The drug war primarily effects people of color, and primarily non-violent marijuana users. Breaking up families, destroying futures. Why? Because of unauthorized relaxation and giggle inducing recreational choices? This makes sense to who?

Peace Will Win
Peace Will Win

Yes, because minorities are less likey to be found carrying drugs and arrested at a rate 2 X plus that of members of dom culture, the drug war is killing black america, and a threat to all, esp minoroties

Peace Will Win
Peace Will Win

Yes, because minorities are less likey to be found carrying drugs and arrested at a rate 2 X plus that of members of dom culture, the drug war is killing black america, and a threat to all, esp minoroties

Peace Will Win
Peace Will Win

Yes, because minorities are less likey to be found carrying drugs and arrested at a rate 2 X plus that of members of dom culture, the drug war is killing black america, and a threat to all, esp minoroties

Monkey
Monkey

I agree, marijuana laws are racist. Remember, marijuana makes Mexicans rape white women, that's how they instilled fear in whitey. I'm not convinced the one ounce limit will keep minorities from being harassed, because I'm not sure anyone gets in legal trouble for less than an ounce without other violations in play. It makes me wonder how the probation system in Colorado will treat marijuana use/possession if A64 passes. I believe parole or probation violations related to marijuana use/possession are a big factor in our current system. If minorities will be allowed to use/possess weed while on parole/probation without repercussions, I might change my opinion of A64 as being meaningless.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Would the NAACP support a partial de-segregation initiative, that only applied to "some" Blacks who were over 21 years old?

 

Would the NAACP support a partial Negro Suffrage initiative, that only allowed some Blacks the right to vote, in no more than 6 (six) elections, with only 3 (three) votes actually counting?

 

A64 does NOT legalize marijuana -- not even close

 

A64 = a Continuation of Criminal Prohibition against Marijuana use, possession and cultivation for 99.9% of the real-world marijuana smokers/growers.

 

A64 = a giant FRAUD.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick ...  and the pathetic puny limits of A64 would not help a SINGLE ONE of them.

 

A64 = a dysfunctional retrograde FRAUD.

IcePick
IcePick

 @Won_Leg I believe you represent the most racist group in the world, white men.  As a white man forced to deal with the repercussions of the hatred you spew I am appalled.  You are a racist pig.  

IcePick
IcePick

 @Won_Leg Do you have facts to support this position or is it just unabashed hate?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @Monkey 

This group adding it's name, I see it as damaging in a prominently white state.

A completely unsupported arrogance and living in a wishful, STILL promising future that does NOT exist nor likely will in this man's lifetime.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey

 

Standard Probation Agreements/Contracts require that the probationer obey ALL laws, local, state and FEDERAL, or be in violation. They also can and do add additional limitations on behavior such as No Alcohol, Area Restrictions, No Weapons, etc.

 

Probationers / Parolees are under the care and supervision of the Government's Criminal Industrial Complex and their behaviors and freedoms are restricted, severely.

 

And, as you know, the Watkins and Beinor rulings have made it clear that there is no "right" to use marijuana.

 

A64 will have NO effect on reducing Probation / Parole violations.

 

None whatsoever.

 

A64 is a FRAUD -- and the NAACP's endorsement of it is inept and misguided.

 

 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @DonkeyHotay 

We are writing about a group that freaked over Biden's 'chains' comment,

while every other word out of their mouths begins w/ a 'N' !

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay I want to pray to God right now. Jesus Christ, who I love so much, more than anything in the whole world, I am begging you, please... pass A64 so that I may come back to the westword and laugh In Donkey's stupid hippie face also, if you have time send a hit man to the United States of America to kill DonkeyHotay . Thank you. I love you, God. I'll do whatever you say if you just make that come true.

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay 

 

"Would the NAACP support a partial de-segregation initiative, that only applied to "some" Blacks who were over 21 years old?"Because the NAACP understands that there is no way they will ever see a 18+ clause on a Marijuana Bill that stands any chance of getting on the ballot.Still trying to argue for the 18 + clause  that you are never going to get .The legal age to get high in America is 21 deal with it  !"A64 does NOT legalize marijuana -- not even close"A person 21 and over can go into a store that sells cannabis with the sole purpose on wanting to enjoy Cannabis recreationally aka getting high for fun no need to fake an illness after A64 Passes.Sounds good enough to me !I don't get why you are freaking out Donkey I'm sure you are "SICK" and have your medical card.  7) Medical marijuana provisions unaffected.  NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED: (a) TO LIMIT ANY PRIVILEGES OR RIGHTS OF A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT

DonkeyDealsDope
DonkeyDealsDope

 @DonkeyHotay    You can read Amendment 64, or listen to this idiot  lie to you. Donkey is a drug dealer who stands to lose his whole business if A64 passes.  A64 allows for possession of one ounce, and/or 6 plants. A "pathetic puny" 28 grams he keeps crying about is 3-4 weeks worth for a daily smoker. 

 

Donkey= a hateful and lonely drug dealer. 

 

Yes on 64 will end his game. 

Yes_A64
Yes_A64

 @IcePick  @Won_Leg  IcePick, I think you have made a mistake. Look at the photo, Won_Leg is a older lesbian.  I think you should apologize to her. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @IcePick 

Yes.

I am GUILTY of being white.

Does this justify crimes against me by african americans ?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @IcePick 

I do NOT rep the white male race.

That's Romney's job.....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @IcePick 

Many facts.

I don't speak w/o support.

What are you referring to ?

IcePick
IcePick

 @Won_Leg  @Monkey The civil war ended one hundred and fifty years ago gramps, didn't you hear?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Won_Leg  So far the Insane for A64 Campaign has targeted the whack-job fundaMENTAList Babble-thumpers via a fabricated endorsement from Pat Robertson, the Soccer-MILFs who are breaking bad for the first time since their divorce, the Pro-Tax, Big-Government Nanny-staters and now the Colored People ...

 

... everyone EXCEPT the ACTUAL MARIJUANA USERS and GROWERS.

 

Next they'll be targeting the Midget Latina Lesbian constituency.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Won_Leg He is and has been the most incoherently stupid poster on these blogs since he arrived ...

 

... and that's quite an accomplishment.

IcePick
IcePick

 @Won_Leg  @DonkeyHotay Just say it, nigger.  Don't pretend that you are some special kind of person who refers to it as the "N" word when what you mean to say is that you "hate niggers".

 

You're voting for Romney, obviously.  Your moronic hatred of people based soley upon the color of their skin is hereby noted you troglodyte.

 

Please do us all a favor and for your next appendage removal pick your head.

IcePick
IcePick

 @Gary_Bowlmen  @DonkeyHotay Donkey is the opposite of a hippie.  He is ex-military, like many early rebels, but that's as far as it goes.  Donkey, aka Jerry, once worked intelligence as in black-ops.  As you can see by his constant need for attention he was not very good at his job when they let him go.  Now he lives in Wyoming with several dogs and several assault weapons and spends his time shouting at the world though few will listen after learning what and idiot he is.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @Gary_Bowlmen  @DonkeyHotay I, too see this as baby steps in the right direction. That it even MADE the ballot is an accomplishment in itself....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen " there is no way they will ever see a 18+ clause on a Marijuana Bill"

 

You keep ignoring the REALITY that the CURRENT LAW in Colorado that decriminalized marijuana applies to ALL ADULTS age 18+ ... and that law was passed by the conservative state legislature ... the same legislature that in 2010 went so far as to DOUBLE the decrim amounts of marijuana to 2 (two) ounces ... again for ALL adults age 18+.

 

You really are a pig-ignorant imbecile, aren't you Gary Blowmen a.k.a. Cody Burton ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @DonkeyDealsDope What dope dealer only sells 1 (one) ounce or less, and only to those over 21, eh numbnuts?

 

 

IcePick
IcePick

 @Juan_Leg  @Monkey See, Juan, you are the exact reason they made inbreeding illegal. Once you learn how to read go do some research and you will learn that the soldiers in the north (including my great great grandfather) used Springfield and Enfield Muskets.  The Spencer rifle was used by very few, mainly cavalry.

 

Learn to read and do research before you speak you uneducated racist scum.

IcePick
IcePick

 @Juan_Leg  @DonkeyHotay  @Monkey If you were my child I'd abort you, I don't think it's too late.  I'm pretty sure in Colorado you can kill adult children with serious brain impairments, you've demonstrated yours.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @IcePick  @DonkeyHotay 

I would take a bullet in the head before I voted for Romney !

You need to run along !

You are CLUELESS in these blogs.

You ARE A POSTER CHILD for the

"N" word, 

if it in FACT,

is defined as ,

'IGNORANT' !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @IcePick  @DonkeyHotay 

Isn't there a crack hit on Colfax w/ your name on it ???

Go Bubba !!!!!!

Forest needs you !!!...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @IcePick  @Gary_Bowlmen  @DonkeyHotay 

I volunteered on Obama's 1st campaign as I am currently working w/ NOW !!!!

Who in the hell are you ????

I NEVER hide !!!!!

Always out in public !!!!

I post my photo,

you IGNORANT !!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Won_Leg  His real name is Brian, he graduated high school in 2003, and he changes his online names more than he changes his underwear.

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