Amendment 64: Marijuana consumers need a seat at the table, says Colorado NORML
The passage of Amendment 64 will require government officials to establish rules for an entirely new industry. In advance of this step, representatives from the Colorado branch of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) are scheduled to meet tomorrow with representatives of Governor John Hickenlooper. The goal: to ensure that the voice of cannabis consumers is heard loud and clear throughout the process.
This information comes from attorney Sean McAllister, a member of the NORML legal committee, and a longtime advocate for progressive marijuana policies. Last week, McAllister circulated a press release headlined "Colorado NORML Calls on Governor Hickenlooper to Stand Up for Amendment 64" -- see it below in its entirety -- and he says Hick's staff was receptive to a sit-down. Tomorrow, folks from NORML and the governor's legal team will chat informally about the amendment and the road ahead.
"NORML is going there with a positive message," McAllister stresses. "We're going to point out that a majority of voters voted for this and want this implemented -- and we feel the process should be open."
As McAllister points out, Hickenlooper and other legislators have floated the idea of a bipartisan commission to develop A64 guidelines -- and he believes such a group should include as many stakeholders as possible.
"There should be representation from non-legislators," he maintains, "and it shouldn't be dominated by law enforcement. There need to be advocates on behalf of consumers."
Those behind the Amendment 64 fit that bill, McAllister acknowledges, "but the campaign represents all the interests: potential retailers, wholesalers, cultivators and consumers. But I also think the medical marijuana industry and cannabis consumers should have a seat at the table. And that's what NORML hopes to do -- represent consumers and what's in their best interests.
Continue to read more of our interview with Sean McAllister about NORML's meeting with governor's office staffers.