Marijuana: Amendment 64 opponents turn to op-eds to make up for shortfall in ad money

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The fight for and against Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol act, is entering its final stages -- and Roger Sherman, campaign director for Smart Colorado, the No on 64 movement, admits that he can't compete with proponents when it comes to resources. So he's countering with events and op-eds. See examples and get Sherman's take on the race below.

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Roger Sherman.
According to Sherman, the pro-64 camp "is outspending us four to one on media, which makes me nervous."

However, he goes on, "we have a pretty active group of volunteers who are still knocking on doors and canvassing neighborhoods, trying to keep up with them as best we can based on resources."

When it comes to media, No on 64 isn't currently running any TV ads, unlike the other side, which has been rolling out plenty of them. But Sherman and company do have a radio spot featuring former Colorado governors Bill Owens and Bill Ritter, a Republican and a Democrat, respectively, who both urge voters to reject the act. Here's a video version of the commercial.

"It's a pretty good ad," Sherman believes, "but we don't have as much in the way of resources" to get it heard. Even so, he says "donations are still rolling in," and he hopes to "increase the frequency of the ad between now and election day."

In the meantime, No on 64 is coming up with other ways to get its message across. Example: At 10:30 a.m. today in Stapleton, at the corner of Central Park Boulevard and Martin Luther King, three mothers -- Henny Lasley, Sandra Hagen Solin and Amy Sporer Caplis (a former CBS4 anchor and wife of talk-show personality Dan Caplis) -- will star in a press conference during which they'll describe why they're against Amendment 64.

In addition, Sherman has penned an opinion piece that he's making available to publications around the state. It follows another op-ed from school board members and parents. See both of them below in their entirety.

Despite the spending deficit, Sherman describes himself "cautiously optimistic" that Amendment 64 will come up short at the ballot box. "Every indication we're seeing, including some internal polling, shows support dropping precipitously.

"At this point, it's a race to the finish," he adds. "You just keep at it up until election day."

Continue to read two op-eds opposing Amendment 64.


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SheilahT
SheilahT

Apparently, the local police have been visiting the high schools to hold assemblies and urge the kids to make sure their parents vote "NO" on Amendment 64.  This parent is NOT happy. 

 

Is it legal for public officials to urge a political position on the taxpayer dime?

DonkeyHotayExposed
DonkeyHotayExposed

Prohibition is a tried and tested failure. The opposition and hired help (DonkeyHotay) are proving this point loud and clear. For any law to be followed and respected - it has to be respectable. 

 

It's ironic the government holds the only patent on the medicinal values of marijuana but the FDA have it listed as having no medicinal value.. 

 

Here''s a link to the patent. 

http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6630507.html

 

There is no doubt in my mind that A64 will pass. While still illegal under federal law, this will at least pressure the government into reclassifying marijuana for medical purposes. Right now you can't even grow male plants (no THC) for production of hemp for clothes, paper, oils, etc. And the lumber industry aims to keep it this way. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If A64 were an honest functional initiative, it wouldn't need to spend millions of $$ spreading LIES!

 

A64 = Epic Fail !

IcePick
IcePick

Vote YES on Amendment 64 because it legalizes medical marijuana for adult use, not only close to but actually does that.  A64 allows any adult to possess and use up to one ounce of marijuana without the need to see a doctor or pay the dept of Health.  It saves money and will force the price of overpriced weed down toward zero where it should be.  It also takes money out of the hands of organized crime and gives it to rule following Coloradans.  Vote Yes on A64, It is good for Colorado.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

A64 does NOT legalize marijuana -- not even close.

 

A64 is a Fraud and a Sham, written for Fools and Tools too stupid to read, much less comprehend what it proposes.

 

A64 will provide ZERO reductions in marijuana possession arrests due to its pathetically puny limits and arbitrary restrictions which fall BELOW currently decriminalized limits offered by existing Colorado statutes.

 

Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do.

 

Matt_in_Boulder
Matt_in_Boulder

Grasp at straws much Roger?  Since you don't have any valid reasons why A64 should not be passed, you are left with "vote no on A64 to protect the sanctity of the (already obliterated) Colorado Constitution"?  Quite fitting reasoning for a prohibitionist.  Hopefully, the Colorado voting public is intelligent enough to see through the BS...

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

 @SheilahT WOW! REALLY? What in the world is going on in Colorado!

 

In America?!?!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Clayton 

 

Don't forget the "supporters" of A64 -- Tom "draft dodger" Tancreepo and Pat "Fags Caused 911" Robertson.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick "Vote YES on Amendment 64 because it legalizes medical marijuana for adult use"

 

Another pathetic lie from the pathetic liar.

 

Even the Authors of A64 admit that it does NOT legalize marijuana.

 

A64 denies any legal access to ALL ADULTS < 21 yrs old -- not a single gram, not a single plant.

 

A64 = a continuation of criminal prohibition!

 

Clayton
Clayton

 @DonkeyHotay

 Yes it does legalize it in Colorado, you're lying again and fall into your category of being too stupid to read or comprehend what it has.

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay Vote Yes on A64, it legalizes marijuana for adult use.

It also keeps marijuana away from children by creating a regulatory framework that has been very effective in Colorado for the last hundred years in keeping alcohol away from children.  It also helps fun schools, which desperately need it.  It also helps the vets with PTSD who are ignored by the lawmakers.  It also takes the profit out of the hands of the drug cartel and puts in into the hands of Coloradans.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Matt_in_Boulder So you'll shit on the Colorado Constitution because other people already have done so ?

 

Fascinating.

Clayton
Clayton

 @DonkeyHotay  @IcePickHow often are you going to lie about this?  They admit it doesn't legalize it FEDERALLY, how many more times are you going to perpetrate this lie?

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Clayton  You rode the short bus to school, didn't you Clayton?

Matt_in_Boulder
Matt_in_Boulder

 @DonkeyHotay 

So you campaign to continue sending people to jail to support your way of life?

 

Fascinating.

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay  @Matt_in_Boulder So, Jackass Hotay, you STILL refuse to give a reason to vote against A64?  Not a single reason has come from you yet.  Not a single reason.

Clayton
Clayton

 @DonkeyHotayI can at least READ and don't lie when I post which is more than I can say for you.

 

none
none

 @DonkeyHotay  @Clayton  @IcePick  @Matt_in_Boulder I'm not normally one to post, but after reading some of these amusing comments, I felt compelled to do so. I think you guys are missing why DonkeyHotay is so upset. He keeps mentioning < 21 and how this is not legalization. In other words, he's just a kid; probably somewhere between 17 and 19 would be my guess. I'd probably be a little upset over this too if I was back in that donut hole age where you're legally an adult...but, you're not.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick  @Matt_in_Boulder 

 

If it's "a harmless plant", then why do you deny legal access to all adults < 21 years old, as A64 does ?

 

If it's "a harmless plant", then why do you put pathetically puny 1 ounce limits on it, as A64 does ?

 

You = fail again.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Matt_in_Boulder A64 does NOT reduce ANY arrests for marijuana possession -- NONE.

 

A64's pathetically puny limits are BELOW those already decriminalized by Colorado Statute -- arrest reduction = ZERO.

 

Why do you support the CONTINUED CRIMINALIZATION of Marijuana as A64 does ?

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