Marijuana: Amendment 64's new ad features veteran Denver cop attacked by opponents

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Video below.
Last month, opponents of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act dismissed retired Denver Police Lieutenant Tony Ryan as a "pro-pot rent-a-cop." But being personally attacked clearly didn't intimidate Ryan. He's the face of a new Amendment 64 television ad, in which he says law enforcement resources are being wasted on chasing tokers. See it and get details below.

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Tony Ryan speaking at a pro-Amendment 64 event last month.
As we've reported, Ryan, a 36-year-veteran of the DPD, took part in a September 21 event at the Denver City and County Building at which he was joined by fellow members of the national organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), among others. A statement from him released afterward offers a good sense of his sentiments. It read: "Law enforcement officers know better than anyone that keeping marijuana illegal and unregulated means the gangs and cartels that control the illegal trade win, and the rest of us lose. Our current marijuana laws distract police officers from doing the job we signed up for -- protecting the public by stopping and solving serious crimes. They also put us at risk by forcing us to deal with an underground marijuana market made up of gangsters, cartels and other criminals."

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Roger Sherman.
Afterward, Roger Sherman, campaign director for Smart Colorado, the No on 64 organization, released comments of his own. They begin: "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."

Amendment 64's Mason Tvert fired back, characterizing Sherman's statement as a "smear" on a decorated 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," Tvert wrote. "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."

As for Ryan, he was more puzzled than offended by the rent-a-cop designation. "He's implying that I get paid for doing this, and I don't," he told us. "I get nothing for doing this. I just believe we need a change in policy, and since marijuana is the drug than seems to be the most enforced, changing how we deal with that would make a huge difference."

This message comes across in the ad, in which Ryan says that in his three-decades-plus on the Denver force, he can't remember a single incident when marijuana was the cause of violence.

Continue for more about Tony Ryan and to see the latest ad.



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threebang3
threebang3

A disgrace to the badge that is obviously out of touch with the resources police do use to chase the pot people.

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

Why does Stupid stoner aka Donkey aka kevins mom think that "decriminalizing" personal six plant grows is a better option than legalizing six plant grows under A64?

 

Currently under "decriminalization" if you are busted with any amount of marijuana, you must face a judge and be humiliated as a "criminal" and pay a $100 fine.  If you are busted with even one plant, you face 18 months in jail.  

 

Under the Donkey amendment, there would be a "decriminalized" penalty for growing marijuana plants.

 

Colorado citizens have better things to do with their time than beg a judge for forgiveness because they like gardening.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

Oh look, the Donkey-Chippi has two new screen names: "Stupid Stoner" and "Kevins_Mom".  

 

What a clever way to get around being banned for being abusive.

Stupid_Stoner
Stupid_Stoner

Cops lie.

 

Once a cop, always a cop.

 

 

katp
katp

After 20 years as a paramedic in a municipality that is much larger than Denver, I can honestly say that I have never once witnessed a marijuana related tragedy... and I have seen a lot of tragedies. Of course, at LEAST 95% percent of those tragedies were somehow, someway related back to alcohol consumption. In fact, when I worked at the concert venues, our slowest evenings were those in which the band attracted a "smoking", verses drinking crowd. I do support the legalization of marijuana.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

I support Tony Ryan and Amendment 64.  I have nothing but contempt for "Smart Colorado" and their $150,000 backer Mel Sembler:

 

Melvin Sembler, a Florida State Co-Chair for Mitt Romney’s finance committee ran a chain of teen drug "rehab" clinics (Straight, Inc) that had a track record of extreme abuse.  This abuse included kids being thrown against walls, held against their will, kidnapped, restrained in leg irons, forced into servitude, and raped."

 

http://www.thenation.com/blog/170007/gop-mogul-behind-drug-rehab-torture-centers-bankrolling-opposition-pot-legalization-colo

 

 

davidkruse7904
davidkruse7904

I don't use marijuana myself, but feel that it isn't  any worse than alcohol. Historically it was outlawed when prohibition was repealed. Someone must be making big $$ off it being banned, and have financial incentives to keep it so. Follow the money. As for Mr. Ryan, I figure that he has the prospective to see what works and what fails, and wouldn't say anything unless he felt that our money could be used in better ways. I haven't heard of him making any big bucks off this issue and have seen the opponents try to smear his name. He is a brave man to stand up to "city hall" politics and say his mind. I vote yes on a64 and no on B.S. laws. Maybe common sense will win this one, but remember politics are involved and that seems to negate intelligence thinking on the part of many folks. Anyway, VOTE and make your voice heard! 

ryan19554
ryan19554

Ive noticed when opponents of legalization don't get their way or are disproved by facts they resort to smear and fear campaigns. Well it's not working the public is waking up and legalization support is at an all time high and climbing. Fact. Vote yes on 64

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Keep up the good work Mr RYAN! Colorado needs more folks like you!

carlosperez505
carlosperez505

The medal of honor, the purple heart, Tony Ryan is an American hero and to say other wise is very disrespectful and a flat out lie. How dare they try and smear his image and slander him. I demand that Roger Sherman retract his statement and publicly apologize! This just goes to show you how desperate the opponents of a64 are. I wouldn't be surprised if they started disrespecting all the war veterans who support a64 next. RobertChase your right nothing but filth.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

The ad is good.  That filth, Roger Sherman, should be vehemently confronted in public over his slander of Tony Ryan.

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

 @kevin_hunt Apologies for my son Kevin, he's a little slow, and when he gets confused he simply makes up nonsense that has no basis in fact or reality.

 

Remember to take your Adderall, Kevin.

 

Mom

IcePick
IcePick

 @ryan19554  That is EXACTLY what Donkey used to do before he was chased out of here...

 

Yes on Amendment 64!

Clayton
Clayton

 @RobertChaseI agree on all counts.  The ad is very well produced.  Roger Sherman's a sleeze.

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @barbarian.bob1 It's former name was "Donkey Hotay".  It was banned from Westword this summer for being abusive and insulting.

 

It has very little to add to the conversation other than it opposes Amendment 64.  It refuses to argue with anyone that thinks that marijuana is a dangerous drug that should be illegal.  It only argues with those of us that are voting for A64.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @IcePick  Good point.  I did see the Donkey earlier this week at WW with a new screen name like "NO-ON-Amendment64" or something like that.  It was the unmistakable Donkey Drivel: "Puerile Pot Clown Loser Slacker Stoner Early Surrender with RANDOM CAPS"

 

They have to be an illegal grower protecting their profits; no other explanation for it.  They will not answer the question "Why do we still have 10,000 arrests each year in Colorado for weed if it is 'decriminalized' "?  or "Where does 'decriminalized' weed come from"?  They are content to live in a bubble, but I see Amendment 64 as the first step in endingFederal prohibition.  Wouldn't it be great if there were dispensaries in every state and no one 21+ was arrested for possession or cultivation anywhere in the country?

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

 @kevin_hunt  

 

Kevin, are you dreaming of your father again? You know he only struck you when he was drunk, and only because he loved you. Why haven't you visited him?, he'll be up for parole again in 4 years.

 

Toodles,

Mommy Dearest

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @Gary_Bowlmen  The great thing is that you can talk about how much you hate the donkey and it will only refer to itself in the third person, lest it risk getting banned again.

 

The thing I hate most about the Donkey is that I have seen other people ask it a sincere question and it always insults them.  It seems that it is not really trying to educate us, but trying to release some pent-up frustration it has with life.  It strikes me as unhealthy behavior.

Gary_Bowlmen
Gary_Bowlmen

 @Stupid_Stoner  @barbarian.bob1 Its donkey !!!!!!! Oh man do I miss your great posts !!!!I think we all do !!! Welcome back Donkey !!!  HIP-TIP  Stupid_Stoner is really DONKEY HOTEY 

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

 @kevin_hunt  

 

Now Kevin, you know that simply isn't true.

 

Stop telling those naughty lies, or mommy dearest will have to wash your mouth out with soap again.

 

Mom.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @barbarian.bob1  @melekalikimaka  @IcePick I agree, hemp is most likely a good drought tolerant crop.  

 

Did you see that Donkey got yet another screen name.."Kevins_Mom"?

 

 I am honored that I got under their skin enough for them to make a screen name just for me.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @barbarian.bob1  @melekalikimaka  @IcePick I agree, Bob.

 

 Research is currently under way under the Hemp Phytoremediation Pilot Project (Colorado House Bill 12-1099) which will determine how drought-tolerant industrial hemp is.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @Stupid_Stoner  You are Donkey, stupid stoner.  Quit referring to yourself in the third person.  

 

Who cares about the economics?  Remove the restrictions on industrial hemp and see what happens. 

 

Corn cannot be grown at a profit either, without subsidies.

Stupid_Stoner
Stupid_Stoner

 @melekalikimaka  Donkey pointed out that hemp would not be the huge industry that promoters claim.

 

Donkey posted links to the Canadian hemp industry data which showed they are already overproducing and struggling to stay in business.  

 

The links also showed that the total demand for hemp products in the United States could be produced on just 4 average size American farms.

 

I'm a stupid stoner, and even I can see that hemp would not be a savior crop for anyone.

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @melekalikimaka  @IcePick Yes, the two most attractive things about A64 are the industrial provision and the fact that it speeds up the process of ending federal prohibition.

 

I really like the "no more doctor's visit" aspect, too.  

 

Donkey has been spreading its manure at Huffpost for months, but out of hundreds of posts, I have yet to see one person agree with it regarding A64.  Perhaps it is a good thing that it sits in front of the computer all day instead of out in the real world, where it could do some real harm with its craziness.

melekalikimaka
melekalikimaka

 @kevin_hunt  @IcePick Donkey's been hanging at the Huffington Post lately, still being himself.

 

I messed with him by agreeing that it wasn't being legalized but that it was being taxed and regulated like alcohol, because it's not legal to manufacture and sell alcohol without a permit either.  

I wish more people would also mention that A-64 is also going to open up a huge hemp industry that will create many 1000's of jobs for the state of Colorado. The hemp industry will supply other industries with product  for clothing and paper fiber, cattle feed, oil for cooking and machinery as well as biofuels. Beauty products use hemp oil but right now it has to be imported from Canada. A mash from the seeds can be used to make something similar to tofu that has as much or more protein. Farmers have been waiting for this opportunity since the end of WWII. A crop that doesn't deplete the soil of all its nutrients thus costing less for lack of fertilizers and pesticides.

 

This is such a win win situation. So many influential figures back this amendment  in contrast to a very few that still believe their own rhetoric  even though it's been disproved so many times before. 

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