Photo: Marijuana billboard welcomes Barack Obama to Colorado

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In Grand Junction circa mid July, advocates for Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, launched an electronic billboard message featuring televangelist Pat Robertson, who'd spoken positively about the measure. Robertson subsequently asked that the message be removed, so it's now been changed to feature an even more famous person: President Barack Obama, who speaks in Grand Junction later today. Here's a first look.

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The slogan this time around goes beyond Amendment 64 to the question of whether the Obama administration is cracking down on the medical marijuana industry.

As noted by Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, U.S. Attorney John Walsh recently sent closure letters to ten dispensaries said to be within 1,000 feet of schools -- the third batch of such missives, which were initially sent out earlier this year and have already resulted in the shutdown of nearly fifty centers. In Smith's view, such actions violate the previous Obama administration policy of deferring to state law in states that have approved medical marijuana.

In a tightly contested swing state like Colorado, Obama will need every vote. So the billboard is a way to remind the President that there are tens of thousands of MMJ patients who can either vote for him, as most likely did in 2008, or turn against him if they think he's turned against them.

According to Smith, the new billboard was illuminated a short time ago and will remain in place for the next six days -- "although today," he says, "it should have the biggest impact."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana: Ten dispensaries targeted in third wave of U.S. Attorney closure letters."

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Pat Comiskey
Pat Comiskey

Congress needs to change the federal drug laws to clarify that they should not apply to marijuana, medical or not. Obviously, congress is also a mess and it is unlikely that they will do anything meaningful.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Livefyre is choking big time today ... the Facebook interface = epic fail

 

 

 

Daniel Marsowicz
Daniel Marsowicz

Anne, Obama thinks the States' have no sovereighty? Um...what? What in god's name makes you think that? He already said that if a state has medical mj, etc, he would NOT prosecute them. If that isn't upholding States' rights then I don't know what is. Also, show me where in the Constitution it says we need an ID to vote? Voter fraud is statistically NOT a problem. Every study has shown this. Mittens is an empty suit and he, thank god, is going to lose. I only hope it finally ends a political career that should have ended years ago.

Anne Freeman
Anne Freeman

Arlie...you are delusional. Prison, it's a F'n ticket. Stop the fear Mongering. Romney is not my first choice but he defends the sovereignty of the states. Obama doesn't, so if you want to be afraid, be afraid of that. Do you have a job Arlie? Then u r one of the lucky ones. ECONOMY!!! That's what we are voting for, not pot dispensaries. LMAFAO!

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

I can't get behind either of these clowns now. I'm still voting for Ron Paul

Anne Freeman
Anne Freeman

If 64 passes, it will change the Colorado Constitution, making it legal to smoke recreational dope. Problem is that it's still a FEDERAL CRIME...and as far as Obama is concerned, the States have no sovereignty and he and his clown posse, Holder leading the pack, will end up SUEING the State of Colorado, like they have every other state in the union for laws they don't agree with. Like requiring ID TO VOTE CUZ AFTER ALL HE DID TAKE AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION...but not if it keeps illegals and dead ppl from voting for him.

Stuart McMillin
Stuart McMillin

I'm voting for him out of fear of romney but in all reality I'm disgusted with that dude.

Echa Schneider
Echa Schneider

I don't approve of the dispensary raids, but that certainly will not keep me from voting for the President's re-election. Obviously things would not be any better for patients under a Romney presidency.

Arlie Kendall
Arlie Kendall

If Rmoney takes the office, there'll be no medicinal marijuana for those who need it and those 'privatized' prisons will fill up with even more low-wage workers. 6 million not enough for you, Pat?

Pat Comiskey
Pat Comiskey

If this idiot gets re-elected, we are all going to need marijuana.

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Ryan Donaghy, Chairman of the Board Donaghy Sales, LLC Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

 

Ron Fowler, Immediate Past Chairman Liquid Investments, LLC Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

 

Tom Reyes, Vice Chairman Crest Beverage, LLC; Gate City Beverage Distributors-San Bernardino; Harbor Distributing, LLC-Anaheim, Gardena, Santa Ana Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

 

David “Duke” Reyes, Chief Financial Officer Crest Beverage, LLC; Gate City Beverage Distributors-San Bernardino; Harbor Distributing, LLC-Anaheim, Gardena, Santa Ana Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

 

Peter Heimark, Secretary Heimark Distributing Co. Triangle Distributing Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

 

Terence Fox, NBWA CA Director M.E. Fox and Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

 

Travis Markstein, NBWA CA Director Markstein Beverage Co. Sacramento; Markstein Beverage Co. San Marcos Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

 

Cherisse Alford, CBBD PAC Chair Alford Distributing, Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

 

Jeff Jordano, Management Committee Member Pacific Beverage Co. Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

 

T.J. Louderback, Management Committee Member Anheuser-Busch In Bev Sales Inc. of Pomona and Antelope Valley, Alcoholic beverage distributer, steadily funds anti-marijuana efforts

etc. etc. etc.

 

http://1anonymouslegion.com/narcowarriors/

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Welcome to Colorado!

 

Home of 87 year-old Patient-Voters who grow over 400 plants in their backyard!

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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

For Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, how about a billboard with Jesus refusing Barack entrance to heaven with the caption:  "Barack, I never knew you"?

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

@DonkeyHotayMaybe you're a police officer, a prison guard, or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime pay, the many kickbacks, and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid, and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? 

 

Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem. 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase 

 

How about a billboard with a GIANT ZERO in the middle of it ...

 

... representing the actual number of people over 21 who have been arrested in Colorado for possessing 1 ounce or less, or growing only 3 flowering pot plants, which are the laughably pathetic limits of A64.

 

 

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @DonkeyHotay Racism?? God, you are the dumbest ass person Ive ever had the misfortune to interact with. WHERE do u see racism in these articles. If someone exposes obamas faults and his campaigns lies.....somehow its racism?? Why? cause hes black?? I dont care if he was purple, this shit is real jackass hotay

Derp
Derp

Only closet cases repost trash like this.  Do you like fish sticks, rockies fever?  Do you put them in your mouth?  Do those tricky contractions get you down?  What's with the photo?  Hiding a bald head with a greasy hat and trying to compensate for your shortcomings with those stupid tats?  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

eswenson1967
eswenson1967

 @DonkeyHotay Complete decriminalization at the Federal level. People are tired of our "nanny state" and want the Feds off our backs, out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms and personal decisions.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @my2cents "most folks" couldn't pour water out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel.

 

 

my2cents
my2cents

most folks figure if the government can tax it, they are more likely to accept it

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen "This guy really thinks that one day will get a bill on that ballot that does not tax Cannabis sales !!! "

 

Surrender Early ... Surrender Often ... it's the Slackers Credo

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen  Damn boy, you are one stump-stupid stammering simpleton.

 

Agricultural Commodities are NOT taxed in Colorado.

 

Pharmaceutical Medicines are NOT taxed in Colorado.

 

What kind of dipshit would beg the Government to REGULATE and TAX anything they actually cared about, especially when you incessantly claim that it is "a harmless plant" -- agricultural commodity -- with myriad pharmacological benifits -- medicine ?

 

 

 

Derp
Derp

 @rockiesfever "Some people with inferiority complexes overcompensate by becoming shy and engaging in self-diminishment, while others may become aggressive, attempting to overcome their psychological distress by dominating." 

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay Yes, that's right i want to pay taxes on Cannabis ! I want cannabis to be treated the same as glass of wine or any other legal, regulated commodity.  We pay taxes on vegetables and we will pay taxes on cannabis.Get over it !   

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay This guy really thinks that one day will get a bill on that ballot that does not tax Cannabis sales !!!   

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever Thanks for the offer, but I don't need any more love interests at this time. 

 

Try the X Bar if you need some love.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen If your precious pot is actually "a harmless plant that never killed anyone", why would you beg the Government to REGULATE, RESTRICT and TAX the shit out of it?

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @DonkeyHotay @DonkeyHotay I just want to make sure Im understanding what you are trying to say. The Marijuana that  DonkeyHotay would write:* No Taxes on Cannabis * No possession limits * 18 + consumption age* Basically No Rules what so ever.. Is that about right ? *Be sold and consumed anywhere  

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @DonkeyHotay ya im sure any female that comes near you is thrilled with your shit talk you love to say over the internet, but i was just inviting you to give it a go in person.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever Have another Beer while you sit on your fat ass spectating other people's activities, Repug.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @DonkeyHotay sorry im not a junky and could care less about drugs....why dont u go smoke another joint and leave the politics up to sober adults.. k thanks

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever And you think a Multi-Millionaire Mormon Repuglikan will be more liberal on recreational drug use?

 

LOL! ... they don't even allow Tobacco or Caffeine !

 

Grow a brain.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@rockiesfever"denver post censored me. they are far left liberal"    

 

Behold the delusional psychosis suffered by the average Teabagger.    

 

Denver Post = "far left liberal" ...   

 

LOL!

 

 

Derp
Derp

 @rockiesfever You must like fish sticks.  I bet you love to put them in your mouth.  I'd meet you, but I don't swing that way, thanks.  I'm flattered, but  you're not my type.  My type knows how to use a shift key and isn't a blithering Teabagging idiot.

Derp
Derp

 @rockiesfever They're probably censoring you because you're an illiterate douche.  

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @DonkeyHotay and just for the record the denver post censored me. they are far left liberal, so if theyre censoring you its probably because you babble

 

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @Derp trash? as if its not true? sorry to play down your liberal messiah, and honestly other than that, your stupid reply made no sense...what does my hair, hat, tats, or fucking fish sticks have to do with anything i said?? You and donkey bitchass should stick to your video games and facelessly talking trash to people. My pic is up cause i stand by what i say and if u want to put a face to your weird crap you just said tell me where we can meet

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Derp 

 

 @rockiesfever is a typical Repuglykkkan Neanderthal who recently escaped from the bigoted, racist, hate-mongering Denver Post forums where the gutless cowardly DP censors will remove and ban any rational counterpoint to the vile hate and ignorance they foment.

 

 

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