Marijuana: John Hickenlooper stresses urgency in Amendment 64 call to Eric Holder


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Eric Holder.
The only section of the amendment that would take effect immediately upon Hickenlooper's signature, expected to be affixed within thirty days after the election is certified (see clarification below), would be the elimination of criminal penalties against adults 21 and over for the use and possession of one ounce or less of marijuana for any purpose, including recreational ones. And according to DU professor Sam Kamin, a national expert on marijuana law, Colorado is within its rights to make such a change, even if the penalties no longer jibe with those at the federal level.

Establishing a retail system for the sale of marijuana for recreational use is an entirely different matter, however -- and since action on that score is targeted for late 2013 or early 2014, the filing of an injunction would likely need to wait until the Colorado legislature acted. But a threat could be made much sooner. With that in mind, Kamin expects the Justice Department to release a statement telling Colorado officials that if they put such rules and regs in place, U.S. officials will file suit at that point or begin making arrests based on the violation of federal drug laws.

In an effort to circumvent such a showdown, Democratic reps Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis are reportedly drafting legislation that would exempt Colorado from the feds' marijuana policy -- a development that would get yet another branch of government involved in the issue.

All of which underscores the urgency cited in Brown's statement. The next move is Holder's -- and presumably, we won't have to wait long before he makes it.

Clarification: The original version of this post stated that Governor Hickenlooper is expected to sign Amendment 64 within thirty days after the election. However, Hickenlooper spokesman Eric Brown e-mailed after publication to let us know the thirty-day clock doesn't actually start ticking until the election is officially certified on December 6. Thus, the signature is expected on or before January 5.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Amendment 64: Feds will threaten lawsuit or arrests to stop implementation, predicts DU prof."


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dervish
dervish

Hickenlooper is a total ass. How this fracking supporter who caters to businessmen is our Governor, Ill never know. He is a piece of crap that needs to be wiped clean from the face of Colorado

nonothin
nonothin

This scenario will show the "government believers" where individual loyalties like, such as Hickenlooper and Suthers.  Will they go with their sworn-party-affiliations, or will they implement the will of the Democracy?

 

The problem is both Hickenlooper and Suthers have personally accepted thousand$ of $$ of donations from the Democratic National Committee in order to be elected to their current positions.  Glossy brochures were mailed, robocalls were done, donations were made.  Make no doubt that these two men are sworn to the DNC -- not the Colorado votors.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** The People of Colorado Have Spoken !! ***

 

The People have spoken !! ... Marijuana is such a Public Health and Safety hazard that NO ONE under 21 years old shall be allowed ANY LEGAL access to it, as A64 declares!

 

The People have spoken !! ... Marijuana is so harmful and dangerous that NO ONE over 21 shall be allowed to possess more than 1 (one) pathetic ounce, as A64 declares!

 

The People have spoken !! ... Marijuana is so harmful and dangerous that NO ONE over 21 shall be allowed to grow more than 3 (three) flowering plants, as A64 declares!

 

The People have spoken !! ... Marijuana is so harmful and dangerous that NO ADULT shall be allowed ANY private sales to other consenting adults -- not a single gram! -- maintaining FELONY prosecution against same, as A64 declares!

 

The People have spoken !! ... Marijuana is so harmful and dangerous that NO public display or use shall be allowed, as A64 declares!

 

The People have spoken !! ... Marijuana is so harmful and dangerous that NOT ONE Felony Statute against Marijuana shall be removed or modified from the State's laws!

 

The People have spoken !! ... Marijuana is so harmful and dangerous that Big Government must Regulate, Restrict and Control it LIKE DEADLY Alcohol which maims and kills 10s of thousands of people every year, as A64 declares!

 

*** The People have spoken !! ***

 

Monkey
Monkey

Just start growing your six plants now, by the time you find out weed won't be sold like alcohol, you will be well on your way to providing for yourself. The feds don't care if you or me grow some, I don't think they even care about us privately "assisting" each other in various ways, but the whole (buy it like it's legal, but don't use it or possess it like it's legal) thing isn't very viable. Learn to grow, or pay someone to grow for you, that helps everyone, and the feds and the Hick really can't do anything about that.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Where is the CORA request Michael?  We need real journalism not just cut and paste governmental quotes.

 

November 12, 2012

John Hickenlooper

Office of the Governor

136 State Capitol Denver, CO 80203-1792

 

Mr. Hickenlooper Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act § 24-72-201 et seq., will you please make available for inspection and copying the following public records: the conference call between the US Department of Justice and Governor Hickenlooper regarding the federal response to the passage Amendment 64. If these records are not in your custody or control, will you please notify me forthwith and state in detail to the best of your knowledge the reason for the absence of the records, their location, and what person or persons has custody or control of the records, as required by § 24-72-203(2), C.R.S. Will you please set a date and hour within three working days at which time the records will be available for inspection, pursuant to § 24-72-203(3). If you deny access to any of the above public records, will you please provide forthwith a written statement of the grounds for the denial, citing the law or regulation under which access is denied, as required by § 24-72-204(4). Sincerely, Corey Donahue

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

It doesn't matter what any of these Pot Clowns think or say or don't say...  The people have spoken, Colorado is the cannabis capital of the world and Jury Nullification is stronger than ever when it comes to marijuana in Colorado.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @dervish "How this fracking supporter who caters to businessmen is our Governor, Ill never know."

 

LOL! ... here's a clue skippy ... there are these things called "elections" ... where The People of Colorado determine who they want to be Governor.

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @nonothin  ... obviously people have misunderestimated you, Dubya.

 

 

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

 @Monkey As much as I want to be optimistic I can't help but agree with you that marijuana isn't going to be sold like alcohol.  I'd almost go so far as to think that A-64 will never amount to anything resembling legalization.  Hick is basically asking the Feds to shut it all down before the first joint ever gets legally passes around.

JimTom
JimTom

Hows the taco's nut-tapper. Do you need the numebr to register as a sex offender? Nevermind I'm sure have friend that already know it. Enjoy all the corn.

 

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

 @tutonehcc  @CoreyDonahue  @Monkey It's not legal, first.  And the people who Medical Marijuana helps do not want to lose their meds because people could not be bothered to read the amendment they just passed.  As the feds treat all cannabis as illegal regardless of use, so if A64 does not pass mustard, which it won't there goes medical as well and back to total prohibition. 

 

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

 @CoreyDonahue  @Monkey Medical Marijuana is old news and was never anything but a passing flavor.  You think anyone is going to go see a doctor and pay for a bullshit mmj card when its legal now?

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