Marijuana home grows danger study not timed to hurt Amendment 64, pot opponent says

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On Monday, before Amendment 64's proponents lost a court case over excised Blue Book language, and prior to Governor John Hickenlooper announcing his opposition to the measure, law enforcement officials held a press conference touting a study about the dangers of marijuana grows. Was the latter part of a coordinated campaign to undermine the measure? A study backer says no.

"We actually wanted to release it as early as we could, because it's a safety issue for the cops," says Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. "But the report wasn't finalized until relatively recently."

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Tom Gorman.
This isn't the first time Gorman's been asked such questions. In August, the Rocky Mountain HIDTA released another much-ballyhooed pot report, this one presenting evidence that Colorado medical marijuana is being illegally diverted. But he laughs when asked if we should expect another damning study prior to the election.

"I generally know what's going on, and I haven't heard of another one coming out -- so you can tell the other side to relax," he says.

However, he adds this caveat: "There may be a big raid or something like that, which I can't control."

Whether other officials can is another issue raised of late -- specifically in the wake of the Silver Lizard dispensary bust in August, handled by the Colorado Attorney General's office occupied by vocal MMJ and pot opponent John Suthers.

Regarding the marijuana-grows study, our William Breathes was critical of it. He notes that the analyzed grows were all identified by police, suggesting that cops may have chosen particularly horrific examples to bolster their point. Likewise, he regards comments equating marijuana grows and meth houses to be exaggerated and hysterical.

Gorman takes on these arguments one by one.

Continue to read Tom Gorman's responses, as well as the marijuana grow study.


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Citizen80919
Citizen80919

With the terrible dangers presented by law enforcement you expect to find a pile of bodies.  I can't recall hearing of even ONE SINGLE DEATH or even illness.  Fear mongering by our finest. Well done law enforcement.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Regardless of the outcome of Amendment 64 ,

I WILL NEVER QUIT SMOKING MARIJUANA !

Thanks for getting rid of ALL THE SHWAG !!!

 

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

In my mind this study is a huge boost for the Legalization argument.

 

Q:Why are people who have no idea what they are doing trying to grow Marijuana in their basement?

A: Because its illegal. or because they just got their medical card and have never even thought about growing a plant indoors before.

 

Legalization is the only thing that gets Marijuana out of the basements and out in the fields and green houses where it belongs. Notice how they had no examples of a large regulated medical grow with mold problems? i did.

 

Rhonda McCuan
Rhonda McCuan

There would be dead bodies everywhere if this were true.

Monkey
Monkey

No one cares about A64, this was to encourage property owners, both residential and commercial, to stop leasing property to weed growers. The feds threaten property owners with seizers, and now this "study" is threatening them with mold. Property owners dictate what can be done with their property, MMJ and A64 don't have any affect on them. If you can convince property owners to prohibit cultivation, only property owners will be allowed to grow. A64 is not the target, all growers are.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Why do you think that we are interested in what this parasite has to say?  You are mistaken.

Notdon
Notdon

Am. 64 SCAMpaign has plenty lies of its own. This is what happens when you lie with dogs, you get fleas.

"qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent"

 

If A64 campaign was based on truth, not lies, maybe they'd have a better chance of calling the kettle black.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'm waiting for the 'Death by THC'

story to surface ....

Charles Erle
Charles Erle

Now i know what to and who to vote for.........

mich.cannabisunivers
mich.cannabisunivers

"Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area." I was outraged that the chair of the Legislative Services Committee did not even have this old fart say his name at the beginning of his testimony at the A64 argument / blue book hearing. What arrogance! (virtually everyone else who I heard testify that day recorded their name!)

Jeff Buske
Jeff Buske

good lord.. but, lets not let the public know what chemicals are used in fracking?, holy wow

Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

what a nuch of BULLSHIT and shame on Hinkenlooper and all the rest...

Gabe Tafoya
Gabe Tafoya

Pure propaganda. When did a home grow ever hurt anyone? What are these people so afraid of? Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @nemopunk15 Very interesting argument, Nemopunk -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @Monkey was over two weeks ago , reinforced by 'censoring' the Blue Book at the very last minute . Which I find hard to fully believe that not one person was privy to the opposition's plans ...

I went through the song and dance when it first came around . I would just sit & stare at my 'indoor garden' , stunned . I was overtaken by the simple fact I was legally growing some of the best herb I'd ever smoked . The price dictated that I supply myself . I do NOT possess a 'green thumb' and god did I fight that 'Sour Diesel' strand . It drove me nuts ! It was then I made a promise to myself that I have indeed kept , once the ounce falls under $200 , my farming days are OVER !

I have since allowed my 'card' to expire . Really , if you are NOT cultivating I don't see the actual point  of registering . Sex offenders register .  Why are we allowing ourselves to be treated like a rapist over a medication prescribed by a doctor ?

Truth being ,  I don't really see in this day and age , where people are more educated about illegal substances than they were when originally banned , the subtraction of a paragraph in the Blue Book making much a difference as to which way a person will vote . If a random poll of a million people was conducted , the result would be a far cry from let's say twenty years ago . The ancient are dying off and the 'Flower Generation' is on deck . True legalization isn't any longer a far fetched dream .

Prohibition is better defined by brain washing .

Marijuana was once considered a narcotic .  Or at least that is how they were able to  manipulate it's negative influence . There's several theories behind it's  banning  . One was it's fear of effect on our nations lumber industry . The production of items such as paper and clothing . It was an economic influenced scam our then Government , pulled by deception over our poorly educated population . Men were lucky if they could read when many of our existing laws were 1st passed . We are talking about a time where most homes were in possession of a lone single book , that of course being the Bible . Educated men exploited our nation's ignorance by securing laws and our way of life behind the threat of a scary 'DEVIL' and an  inevitable trip straight down to 'HELL' . Atheism wasn't yet properly introduced until much ,  much later .

I try to always look at ANY step towards legalization , as being one in the right direction . Kinda' how 3.2 beer made scoring a chick out of a bar , possible .  I say, "Let it begin for ages 21 & up ."  It won't remain that way for long . You have to admit  , our nations' view on Marijuana has nearly done '180' w/i the last 12 yrs or so . Think about this , you hear the word 'SHIT' on regular network television . 20 yrs ago that would resulted in a bar of soap being 1/2 shoved down your throat . I really see in the near future not only the legalization of marijuana but a more lax reapprochement on the " WAR ON DRUGS " , period . This "WAR" ensures over 10 million law enforcement and correctional jobs .  At the expense of family ? Freedom ?

What more must we lose before we can FINALLY utilize what our forefathers lacked  ? While technology soars , we as a society should do all we can to keep up w/ the new sciences & not ask ourselves , " What would Jesus do ? " Are there I-Phones in Heaven ? Don't think so . Perhaps Joseph Smith was on to something in principle . " Hurry up and die , Arthur Fonzerlli ! Someone needs to bring 'COOLNESS'  to the Heavens ! " Perhaps he could loan the son of God his leather for a while . Nothing screams COOL  , like the Fonz's leather jacket !

I can see it now ,  'The Rapture' !  Directed by James Cameron & starring Jesus as himself . Cameo appearances by such legends as HITLER , MICHAEL JACKSON , & JERRY GARCIA , to name but a few ...

May I suggest a theater ...???

It's conveniently located in central Aurora .....

 

 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @RobertChase  Funny how quick our local news stations were at the court house , briefed most likely by an advanced copy of the Blue Book . It would not surprise me one bit .

I know I have said this before but I learn more from your blogs than I do from the rest of Denver's news sources combined . I hope people take the time to at the very least, click on the links you often share . I haven't touched the Post in months . I get more out these blogs than I could EVER get from the heavily censored Denver Post .

Citizen80919
Citizen80919

 @Notdon Love how you provide substance to your blathering post.  If something is a lie, bring it out and discuss it.  I actually think your post has more foundation to be a lie due to the lack of factual data.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Juan_Leg

See the link entitled "2012 Draft Ballot Information Booklet" at:  http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CGA-LegislativeCouncil/CLC/1200536134742 .  Google "co blue book":  the very first search return is a link to the Legislative Council's website.  Proponents learned of the prohibitionist's maneuver by reviewing the draft when it was (duly) released.

 

In an age in which research often requires no greater expenditure of effort than composing a brief descriptive phrase, typing it into a search engine, and reading the summary of the first search return, there is no excuse for people not doing research on their own.  The Denver Post is not so much heavily censored as it is self-censored, but more important than any notions its editors or workers have of the limits of appropriate discourse is the simple fact of its general incompetence, individual and institutional.

 

So little effort would be required for the pretend journalists at the DP to provide the link to the draft blue book that it is certainly tempting to think their omission of it deliberate, but that might be to seriously overestimate their competence.  For those of us not motivated by unreasoning faith in the status quo, it is unpleasant to have to suspend judgment as to whether this or that player in the misconduct of government is deliberately violating the law or common sense, or is simply another mindless pawn lacking the capacity to understand the consequences of his actions, but both factors are necessary to account for our aimless course.

 

 

P.S.  Donkey must have been reassigned to other COINTELPRO work; the Latest Word is, after all, not necessarily the center of the pot-smoking universe.

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