Marijuana: Amendment 64 opponents dub Tony Ryan, decorated Denver officer, a rent-a-cop


Smart Colorado release:

FRONTLINE ACTIVE DUTY COLORADO LAW ENFORCEMENT OPPOSES AMENDMENT 64

Denver -- The campaign opposing Amendment 64 has issued the following statement from campaign director Roger Sherman:

"Today's endorsement by two out-of-state law enforcement organizations and a pro-pot rent-a-cop pales in comparison to the dozens of county sheriffs, chiefs of police, district attorneys and school resource officers that are publically opposed to Amendment 64. These men and women are on the front line and understand the serious consequences legalization presents to our communities. [See: http://votenoon64.com/endorsements.html for full list of endorsements.]

"Federal law will continue to ban the production, manufacture, transportation and distribution of marijuana in Colorado regardless of the voters' decision on Amendment 64. The U.S. Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that federal law supersedes state law in this area.

"After years of decline, marijuana-use rates among teenagers are rising rapidly. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) tells us that, by the time they graduate from high school, 42 percent of teens will have tried marijuana. Those numbers are staggering, and should serve as a wake-up call to all of us."

Amendment 64 would amend the Colorado Constitution and make it legal to grow, transport and sell marijuana for recreational use; make it legal for anyone twenty-one years or older to possess and consume up to one ounce of marijuana (about 60 joints and permit opening marijuana retail stores, growing facilities, manufacturing facilities and testing facilities in communities across the state.

Amendment 64 release:

Amendment 64 Campaign Demands Apology from No on 64 Leader for Smearing Highly Decorated 36-Year Veteran of Denver Police Department as a "Rent-A-Cop"

Lt. Tony Ryan (Ret.), one of first DPD Medal of Honor recipients, also received DPD Purple Heart for being shot while on duty and Merit Award for his immediate response to Columbine school shooting

DENVER -- The Amendment 64 campaign is calling on Roger Sherman, the head of the No on 64 campaign, to issue a public apology for demeaning the work of a dedicated and highly decorated public servant. In a statement issued yesterday, Sherman inappropriately and disrespectfully referred to Lt. Tony Ryan (Ret.), a 36-year veteran of the Denver Police Department, as a "rent-a-cop." During his service, Lt. Ryan was one of the first Denver Police Department Medal of Honor recipients, as well as a recipient of the DPD Purple Heart after being shot while on duty. He also received a Merit Award for being an immediate responder to the Columbine High School shooting, the Footprinter's Award for his outstanding performance as a Denver police officer, and DPD's Community Service Award.

Statement from Mason Tvert, co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol:

"While this smear is not surprising, given the No on 64 campaign's attempts to mislead the media and the public on every aspect of our initiative and our efforts, we cannot sit by quietly as an honorable and courageous member of law enforcement is treated with such disdain.

"Lt. Ryan should be credited, not discredited, for the fearlessness he has shown in speaking out against the policy of marijuana prohibition. As the No on 64 campaign has unwittingly demonstrated, the larger law enforcement apparatus is not open to a rational discussion about the merits of dedicating massive resources to enforcing marijuana laws. From their perspective, marijuana prohibition is an employment improvement program. As long as they keep arresting people, federal funds keep flowing to their departments. And by spending their limited time going after non-threatening marijuana users, they do not have to spend as much time preventing and investigating more dangerous crimes.

"The pressure to remain silent was evident last year, when Dan Hartman was removed as the head of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division after penning a column describing the benefits of a regulated medical marijuana market over an unregulated, underground market in the context of a local ballot initiative. Attorney General John Suthers, the state's chief law enforcement official, referred to this expression of an opinion as 'unethical.' Yet, we have heard nothing from Mr. Suthers over the past few months as sheriffs, drug task force members have proactively voiced their opposition to Amendment 64, despite the fact that their departments financially benefit from maintaining marijuana prohibition.

"Current and former members of law enforcement who have the courage to stand up to a powerful bureaucracy should be praised for advancing the public dialogue, not fired, intimidated or insulted. We hope that Roger Sherman will help move us toward a more tolerant and respectful society by publicly apologizing to Lt. Ryan today."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Amendment 64 camp on law-enforcement support, teachers union opposition."


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pitchman101
pitchman101

Glad to see common sense playing a part in the inevitable YES on 64.Some officers understand the blatant waste associated with the past failed war on drugs!. It will be legal in my life time. It would be a good start right here in Colorado. Yes on 64

ryan13636
ryan13636

Sounds like a prohibitionist tactic to me.  These people have nothing to stand on, except for propaganda, smears and lies.  

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

Let me make sure I understand the law in Colorado Colorado 1975 Colo. Rev. Stat 18-18-406(1)“Any person who possesses not more than one ounce of marihuana commits a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars.” C.R.S. 18-18-406 was amended effective August 11, 2010. The quantity of marijuana under possession that constitutes a petty offense was changed to “two ounces or less.”If A64 passes would it not still be a Class 2 petty offense for “two ounces?

tribune420
tribune420

Think about it, all the no side has, is dirty tricks and lies. 

Deomojo
Deomojo

@KAworldwithin I want to be a Pro Pot rent-a-cop. If your up for a good mad take a look at the NOon64 site. http://t.co/f6dDQbxj

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

What ever happend to Donkey Hoytey ??I miss his lame but somewhat entertaining posts  ...

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16 topcommenter

Roger Sherman, like all other past and futile attempts at curbing "man's desire to alter his consciousness", marijuana prohibition is rooted in hate, paranoia, racism, misinformation, half-truths, and outright lies—It's your right to disagree, just please try to remain factual..

 

There is no debate: Marijuana is absolutely safer than alcohol, tobacco, and all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, while Prohibition—a costly nightmare that enriches both criminals and corrupt politicians—is a threat to us all. 

 

Legal or not, millions of citizens are already using marijuana. What many sane people are now proposing, is to take the criminal aspect out of it, collect revenues from its sale, and instead of spending billions of precious tax dollars on doomed-to-failure enforcement, put it's 'taxable income' to work for the whole community.

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

Smart Colorado's biggest ($150,000) backer is Melvin Sembler.

 

"But the real icon of drug policy in Romney’s campaign, deeply involved to this day, is Melvin Sembler, a Florida strip-mall magnate who was a national fundraising chair for Romney in 2008 and is again a Florida State Co-Chair for Romney’s finance committee.

 

Mel Sembler’s name is most likely to strike fear into the hearts of anyone involved in teen drug rehabs. Sembler and his wife, Betty, founded a chain of such institutions under the name Straight, Inc., which at its peak in the ‘80s had 12 clinics in nine states and a track record of extreme abuse.

 

In one of many stories from Straight that have been exposed, a teenage girl testified to being compelled into the program after being caught with an airline bottle of liquor given to her by a friend, and then beaten, raped, locked in a janitor’s closet in pants soiled by urine, feces, and menstrual blood..

 

Newton, who held a PhD in public administration from an unaccredited institution, was chosen by the Semblers to be their national clinical director. He has had to pay out over $12 million in damages to his victims, who he has thrown against walls, held against their will, kidnapped, restrained in leg irons, forced into servitude, and otherwise abused."

 

Source: http://www.thefix.com/content/romney-sembler-drug-advisor-teen-rehab-abuse8515

dianemgoldstein
dianemgoldstein

@tedwright4 @denverwestword when you have to resort to name calling you have lost.

claygooding
claygooding

I think we are going to stress test the ONDCP's policy of "anything necessary" to keep marijuana illegal in CO and WA this November and with Obama's outright statement that they are increasing enforcement to reduce demand,,there is no hope for change from the federal level until we,the people,take our right to cannabis and hemp as a resource back from the corporate controlled government.

LAUrbanNerd
LAUrbanNerd

@CopsSayLegalize absolutely disgusting behavior from @VoteNoOn64

mike.seebeck
mike.seebeck

I've known Tony Ryan for over a decade. With his, what you see is what you get, and Tony is a man of honor and integrity.  The same is not true about Meester Sherman, who is nothing more than a paid shill and a clueless one at that.

 

If Tony Ryan says it, you can take it to the bank.

ThinksForSelf
ThinksForSelf

Currently anyone who wants to smoke Marijuana likely already are, the war on drugs in this respect has been a complete failure. Amendment 64 will not likely increase the number of Colorado residents smoking marijuana than already currently do by very much. Even if it does marijuana is the safest of all the recreational substances man uses including alcohol.

 

Legalization will change where the money flows. Instead of under the table and out of the state via cartels, it will go to legal businesses that pay taxes and to workers who also pay taxes. In short the money will stay in Colorado and grow our economy. But the biggest boon to Colorado will not be from smoked marijuana but from legalized industrial hemp production. Industrial hemp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp) has more uses and more potential money making opportunities than all of the illegal substances used in Colorado combined.

 

Rudolf Diesel (the inventor of the diesel engine) and Henry Ford both dreamed of a future where automobiles would be fueled by seed oils such as hemp seed oil. Ford initially built body panels and other parts of his cars from plastics made from hemp seed oil. His plan was to fuel them with hemp seed oil grown all around the country.

 

As a crop hemp is very easy to grow and is very drought tolerant. If it was legal to grow today those farmers that are currently in trouble from this summers drought would likely still have their hemp crop to fall back on. Hemp is the ideal crop to rotate into fields that need to be rested after production of corn and other demanding crops. It builds the soil, prevents runaway weed growth without herbicides while providing a salable crop. 

 

MikeParent
MikeParent

When prohibitionists run out of lies and Propaganda, they resort to ad hominems. 

TinRinRin
TinRinRin

Every time the "No on 64" crowd opens it's mouth, another 50 or 100 voters swing towards voting FOR the amendment. The best thing that could happen is to let these assclowns keep talking. The more they do, the more likely the initiative will pass in November. And if the amendment passes, there should be an add taken out in every national newspaper thanking the prohibitionist douche fucks that speak out against legalization, ending with a big fat "FUCK YOU" to the DEA.

nobody
nobody

Who Roger Sherman works for, he is a paid lobbyist, mouth piece.

 

http://www.crlassociates.com/CRL/whoweare.html

 

CRL Associates, Inc. is a leading government relations, public affairs and strategic communications firm assisting clients achieve greater levels of success in Colorado and across the country for over 30 years.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Roger Sherman is a moron -- so what?

Jake
Jake

Why does Roger Sherman have to lie?  Can they not oppose a law without doing so?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen Yes.  The crux of the Amendment is its declaration that personal use of cannabis shall not be unlawful, including the cultivation of six plants (though no more than three flowering), presently a felony under the C.R.S.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen It probably would be, but I doubt prosecutors would have any luck getting convictions for two ounces.

 

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen I heard from Donna yesterday at Huffington Post.  I asked her why she was on the same side of the A64 issue as teen torture mogul Melvin Sembler and she said something about cotton socks and a box of rocks.  It wasn't her usual witty style...

 

I am not letting up on my Sembler bashing until after the elections.  Everyone in Colorado needs to know about the horrors this man inflicted on thousands of children, his connection to "Smart Colorado" and his connection to Mitt Romney.

 

Vote YES on A64.  Vote YES on industrial hemp!!

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

@kevin_hunt

According to sworn testimony, Straight often left restrained group members sitting in their own urine, feces or vomit until suitable concessions were extracted. Dr. Barry Beyerstein, a leading Canadian researcher on opiates and brain functioning who operates a laboratory at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada

Fox TV did a special on Mel Sembler's methods of treating children, which included the story of a girl forced to wear her feces-caked "humble pants" for a month as punishment.

And Melvin Sembler rationalized his crimes with these words:

 

"People thought we were taking away children's rights. But we saw it just the opposite — giving them back their rights by helping them get off drugs."

 

Jake
Jake

 @nobody

 That's hilarious, what a hypocrite.

claygooding
claygooding

 @Jake Since prohibition of marijuana began on lies with no science or common sense applied,,it is the only ground they have too stand on.

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @RobertChase   One more time If A64 passes caught with One ounce nothing would happen.But, if i got caught with 2 ounces after A64 passes  it would be the same as it is now ?"=2 oz or less of marijuana Class 2 Petty Offense100-surcharge$200"

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @kevin_hunt Yeah I sent the story to Mason Tvert ! and i posted it at Russ Belville chat 

Young Turks did a story on it . http://youtu.be/2xDpvsLIKF0The story is messed up and needs to get out .Why is Smart Colorado talking money from these people ?  

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

@kevin_hunt

Samantha Monroe was 12 years old in 1981 when her parents enrolled her in the Sarasota, Fla., branch of Straight Inc., an aggressive drub rehab center for teens.

 

Barely a teen, Samantha also had no history of drug abuse. But she spent the next two years of her life surviving Straight Inc.. 

She was beaten, starved and denied toilet privileges for days on end. She describes her "humble pants," a punishment that forced her to wear the same pants for six weeks at a time. Because she was allowed just one shower a week, the pants often filled with feces, urine and menstrual blood. Often she was confined to her closet for days. She gnawed through her jaw during those "timeout" sessions, hoping she'd bleed to death.

 

paulhurteau
paulhurteau

 @IcePick  @Gary_Bowlmen  @RobertChase Not if, like in Massachusetts, these "caregivers" form a "union" if you will,,,

 

Like the package store owners in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

You cant buy beer at major box stores like Safeway in California.

 

Mom and Pops still running "the Show"

 

BUT, they buy from the big boys.

IcePick
IcePick

 @Gary_Bowlmen  @RobertChase Most likely there would be no charges filed against you anywhere in Colorado if you possess less than two ounces.  That will not change with the passing of Amendment 64.  What will change is that you will no longer need the "Red Card" to make your case in court (you don't need it now).  The biggest change will be in 2014 when "recreational dispensaries" allow you to purchase up to 1 ounce with only a drivers license and all the caregivers stop providing services because they can no longer afford to compete with the 'big boys'.

 

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @amkon  @IcePick I never accused amkon of being Donkey.  I merely said that I had hints and allegations that Donkey was a woman  I have no idea if Donkey is a prohibitionist or a legalizer.  She says that she is for "total legalization with no restrictions", but we know that will never happen.

 

Does anyone suspect that Donkey is really Laura Kriho or Kathleen Chippi?

amkon
amkon

 @IcePick  @kevin_hunt

 

You can't be serious? This is your "proof?" No wonder we still have prohibition with investigative folks like yourself. 

amkon
amkon

 @IcePick  @Gary_Bowlmen  @kevin_hunt

 

Seriously where's your proof, that I liked one of their comments? Yeah, they can be funny when they're not being a complete jackass. 

amkon
amkon

 @Gary_Bowlmen  @kevin_hunt

 LMFAO. The founder of amkon is a guy named Jasn (JiveTurkey) who no longer posts there. Donkey Hotay is a prohibitionist troll and if you were paying any attention whenever I see a stoopid post this person makes I respond. From their posts it sounds like they live in Colorado, and they do sound like a female.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen  @IcePick  I did.  Keep asking him why he supports Mel Sembler and Smart Colorado.

 

Donkey has made it clear that he is not a Romney supporter.  Donkey is now caught in the uncomfortable position of supporting the GOP.

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @kevin_hunt  @IcePick Nothing,  I don't have anything on him beside the fact that i hate him He or she is a jerk that spreads lies !!!!  

IcePick
IcePick

 @kevin_hunt "Donkey Hotay" has posted in these forums under several names including Amkon.  One day "Donkey" wrote a bunch of BS, then he went through and "liked" all his own posts.  (He is a paid shill).  One of the 'avatars' he used was Amkon_net.  There were several posts made by Amkon_net in this and other forums where words and phrases repeated... ie "AmeriKa" "AmeriKan" and his use of consonance as in Purile Pot or Lying Liars.  His signature use of language was all over the posts.  If you can find a way to locate Amkon_net's "discus" posts you will see the obvious Donkey writing style and phraseology in many of Amkon_net's posts.

 

So I posted something from a forum talking about this guy named Jerry who built this site Amkon.net (don't go to the site without TOR) who is a black ops specialist and that the site Amkon.net is a black flag op site (military term for propeganda).  So get this... there appears a post here one day that uses the same phrases... Purile Pot Clowns and Lying Liars and it was made by somebody name "Jerry".  Only "Jerry" posted under a guest log in so when I called him out on it he was not capable of removing the post.

 

Then a few days later Westword changed the comment software they use and all my evidence disappeared.

 

I stand by my statement that Jerry, the founder of the black flag site Amkon.net is indeed Donkey Hotay.  I believe he lives in Wyoming, where men are men and cattle stand in for women. (Is that your girlfriend moooing over there Jerry?)

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @IcePick   Do go on...I'm curious to know what you have on Donkey

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @Gary_Bowlmen I have no proof her name is "Donna".  I just feminized the name she uses at the Denver Post: "Don K".

 

One of my friends, an activist in the cannabis community, claims he knows who she is, but won't tell me her name.

 

Thanks for helping spread the word about the evil prohibitionist Sembler.  That guy needs to stand trial for his crimes.  There is a standing $100,000 reward for info leading to an arrest and conviction of Sembler for any crime he may have committed.

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @kevin_hunt Her real name is donna >?>>>I keep hearing different things like.... he is a guy from AMKON or something like that  Who is this person  

Jake
Jake

 @IcePick  @nobodyYou should have told me to wear my boots before I read that.  What a bunch of B.S.

 

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