Video: Marijuana activists debate Amendment 64
Update: On Friday, we shared with you part one of a video capturing a debate about Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act -- one that pitted a proponent of the measure against another activist who wants recreational cannabis use permitted, but not the way the ballot measure proposes. Just hours ago, part two went live. See it below, along with another recent pot panel discussion -- this one far different in tone.
The first video features Sensible Colorado's Josh Kappel, on the pro-Amendment 64 tip, facing off against CARE's Rico Colibri, whose competing proposal, Initiative 70, failed to collect enough signatures to go before voters in November. Colibri is working overtime to make sure Amendment 64 doesn't succeed despite being in favor of weed legalization.
As for video number two, it features footage from a conversation in Fort Collins sponsored by the Larimer County League of Women Voters. As noted by moderator Barbara Rutstein, Fort Collins has another marijuana item on the ballot this year -- Question 301, which would overturn a dispensary ban that went into effect there on Valentine's Day. However, the focus of the chat is Amendment 64, with Brian Vicente, one of the initiative's principal proponents, voicing his views in the company of Larimer County District Attorney Larry Abrahamson, Dr. Bernard Birnbaum, a family practice physician, and Ray Martinez, spokesperson for "Against Ballot 301."
The lineup isn't exactly stacked in Vicente's favor, but he certainly holds his own. See both videos below, followed by part one of the Kappel-Colibri exchange and some sample questions from Amendment 64 critics.
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