Amendment 64: Marijuana consumers need a seat at the table, says Colorado NORML


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In McAllister's opinion, "there are lots of issues that impact consumers, assuming the law is implemented" -- a reference to the possibility of intervention by the federal government, whose marijuana laws conflict with those just approved by a majority of Coloradans. "We want to make sure there's no registry of names or overly burdensome record keeping -- like something showing that John Smith smokes two ounces a month. We want to protect consumers' privacy in the process.

"Obviously, consumers had a major role in the approval of Amendment 64, and we want to make sure they're represented to the maximum amount possible. That's what we're seeking."

McAllister is confident the governor's office has a similar understanding.

"What I take away from the fact that they're willing to meet with us and were prompt getting back to us is that they want input from longtime activists like NORML and the campaign," he says. "I don't expect commitments on Wednesday, but I think it shows they're willing to listen to the cannabis community, and I hope they'll continue with that process.

"At this point, the governor's office and advocates are all on the same side," he continues. "We're all trying to implement the will of the people."

Here's the NORML press release:

NORML Amendment 64 Press Release

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FreeDom
FreeDom

Do you really think a campaign that cost over $3 million dollars, all funded by out-of-state interests, just FORGOT to give themselves a place at the table in their new law? Maybe they already have a place at the table, with the jack-booted DOR thugs, the District Attorneys, the Attorney General's office and the MMIG and NCIA. Read A64 again and tell us it was NOT written entirely FOR law enFORCEment. There is not one bit of language in there to appeal to the typical stoner, but that REGULATION language sure does appeals to cops.

The cops couldn't have written a better law for themselves - total control, unlimited taxes, warrantless searches, non-confidential registries, total funding for a whole new branch of law enforcement -- what's not to love if you're a cop? Perhaps they are not so sad A64 passed after all. Either way, their is no doubt that the people that paid for A64 have their seat at the table, and there is no doubt that they will not be representing the consumer. 

What was that famous Donkey Hotay line from the long ago about the best interests of the patient being in direct opposition to the interests of the mmj "industry"? Don't you think the same will be true for the consumers now?

Paula Abolafia
Paula Abolafia

rules and more rules making it so difficult when its so simple but that is government ego for ya' :)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Stoners -- NORML supports the 5 ng/ml DUI-m limit ... like the one they helped implement in Washington via I-502 ...

Guess what you fools are going to get rammed up your ass come the next legislative session?

Regulation Works! ... prepare to get "regulated", stoners!

Bring your own AstroGlide.

What-the
What-the

Raise your hands if you voted for a Constitutional amendment that allows the state of Colorado to collect and publicize names of Colorado pot smokers?

What-the
What-the

Didn't the McLawyer know that A64 doesn't protect privacy in any way, shape or form?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Too fucking late, suckers -- A64 granted TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana to BigGovernment Regulators and the insatiable Dept. of Revenue!

They don't need, nor want, the input of you pathetic peons, nor are they required to accommodate you ... all thanks to that steaming turd A64 that you fools permanently placed in the Colorado CONSTITUTION!

Reap what ye sow, stupid stoners.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Is this the same NORML that supported HB-1261, which targeted canabis users? Good job these are the people who I want to talk to the governor about protecting our rights, are you fucking kidding me? Oh and Michael if you were a real journo then you would have the CORA requests to see how the government is handling A64. But your not so you don´t, but I am so I do. Here is a link to how the MMED is planing on implememting A64. http://es.scribd.com/doc/114354864/Open-Records-Response-to-Corey-Donahue-11-23-12-4 Spolier Alert!!! They are not going to regulate it like alcohol and at least 80% of MMC will roll over to the new bullshit. Michael you are a poor excuse for a journlist, but keep pretending you are one.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Is this the same NORML that supported HB-1261, which targeted canabis users?  Good job these are the people who I want to talk to the governor about protecting our rights, are you fucking kidding me?  Oh and Michael if you were a real journo then you would have the CORA requests to see how the government is handling A64.  But your not so you don´t, but I am so I do.  Here is a link to how the MMED is planing on implememting A64.  http://es.scribd.com/doc/114354864/Open-Records-Response-to-Corey-Donahue-11-23-12-4  Spolier Alert!!! They are not going to regulate it like alcohol and at least 80% of MMC will roll over to the new bullshit.  Michael you are a poor excuse for a journlist, but keep pretending you are one.

wtfk
wtfk

This is going to sound a lot like the medical railroad that chugged through Denver, in which the committee was stacked with law enforcement and "scared for the children" doctors who basically vetoed a lot of sensible suggestions through that process. I was at several of those meetings, and it was very disappointing. Not having any faith in the state, though, I cannot say I was surprised.

Richard Jaeger
Richard Jaeger

bring the peoples voice in and keep the MMJ industry from control.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

It's about time for a Donkey Chippi rant.  Where are you?

raynath
raynath

Interesting, I hadn't even thought of the record keeping that would track who does what......that needs to not happen. Unless they start tracking that Joe Bob drinks a case of beer every day, they shouldn't keep track of how much weed Joe Bob smokes either. Basically it should roll out like this: It is regulated exactly the same as alcohol or tobacco. Anything else is really not what the people voted for.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

I think the more 'in your face' this goes, the better.  Someone needs to open the Walmart of Weed ASAP, smoking lounges at all the major sports venues, DIA, Union Station, etc. all need 420 lounges.  Next re-write the skier safety act to include cannabis usage.  Lastly apply for your business licenses today before the moratoriums put you on hold.  This is the Colorado marijuana party!  Let's all get high and have fun! 

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Absolutly . It woud not be the first time the majority voted for something and the legislature ,city council or others would work to water it down . NORML must be in the loop

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@FreeDom  "The cops couldn't have written a better law for themselves - total control, unlimited taxes" 

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FACT!

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A64 = written for Law-enFORCEment, by lowlife lying liars, for idiots and imbeciles too stupid to read, much less comprehend what it proposed.

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The PRIMARY PURPOSE stated in A64 favors LAW ENFORCEMENT.

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The SECONDARY PURPOSE stated in A64 is REVENUE ENHANCEMENT.

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Stupid Stoners can have a seat at the Back of the Bus! 

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... and everyone under 21 years old gets thrown UNDER the Bus!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ms.demi_urge ... too bad the tools who wrote A64 didn't include such commutations and pardons in the amendment, eh?

Of course, everyone who was busted, and continues to get busted under 21 years old deserves their Criminal Record -- "in the interest of Public Health and Safety" -- as A64 specifically declares and as A64 specifically discriminates and excludes them from any protection, denying them any legal access to recreational marijuana, under penalty of law.

Being that nearly 50% of all marijuana busts happen to those under 21 years old, there will be no shortage of fodder for the Criminal Injustice System, even after A64.

Regulation Works!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@What-the  ... stupid stoners forgot to reserve themselves a "seat at the table" ... a table they created and then ceded total control over to Big Government Regulators and the insatiable Dept. of Revenue.

Fucking idiots.

ccapra
ccapra

@DonkeyHotay Remind us what was your plan that you authored and went to the voters for approval?

What-the
What-the

@CoreyDonahue The same McNORML that said medical marijuana was a "farce" and that supported the 5nanogram limit that will fuck thousands of patients in Colorado -- yup!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@wtfk  ... don't forget the self-serving greedy MMIG pigs who lobbied for rules and regulations that would specifically benefit their dispensaries and business model to the detriment and harm of all competing dispensaries, private patients and caregivers.

Colorado DESERVES a repeat of the HB1284 fiasco.

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

@kevin_hunt so what am I, chopped liver?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt  ... suffering withdrawal symptoms, eh Kevin ?

Gots ta' git your Donkey fix ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@raynath "I hadn't even thought of the record keeping that would track who does what......that needs to not happen."

Too bad you suckers voted for it with that pathetically puny 1 (one) ounce limit and arbitrary age restrictions built into the foundation of the failure that is A64.

You stupid stoners were warned in advance that TRACKING of customers and purchases would be necessary to comply with those absurd limits.

You fucked yourselves in that ass, again. Same as you Pig-Ignorant Pot Clowns did with HB1284.

Regulation Works!! ... prepare to be REGULATED, suckers.

Monkey
Monkey

@raynath"Anything else is really not what the people voted for." I think you're right, because the voters were lied too. How can something be regulated like alcohol or tobacco if there are possession limits for consumers? If the people can't be trusted with more than an ounce, like voters voted for, who will regulate the voters? The answer is the police, just like before. The Aurora police chief just said in the Denver Post that the "scent of marijuana" is still considered a "potential criminal activity", because no one voted to legalize weed, they voted to allow an ounce of weed.

Gueston
Gueston

@raynath We live in a country where the majority is in love with their president and will gladly let him violate their rights and invade their privacy. Even though a great number of us are sane and patriotic enough to understand the logic you espouse, there is an even greater number of half-steppers who will say "Woo hooo Obama is president quit complaining its legal now they can keep track of how much I smoke its fine with me!!!" . Idiots. 

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@raynath Put me on the list, I smoke about a pound a day.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc "I think the more 'in your face' this goes, the better. Someone needs to open the Walmart of Weed ASAP"

We'll keep your Chris Bartkowicz In Your Face award ready for you to collect down at the Federal Correction Center.

Good luck!

wtfk
wtfk

@tutonehcc Perhaps you mean the DaveCo of weed? (snicker)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Doug Hubka  ... this cluster-fuck is EXACTLY what the people voted for ... the fools and tools who were too stupid to even read, much less comprehend, what the fraud and sham called A64 proposed.

FreeDom
FreeDom

@DonkeyHotay Somewhat amazing to see the great Constitution of the State of Colorado used to restrict the rights of the people instead of grant rights. A64, like A20, grants no rights to cannabis consumers, only a limited exception from criminal law. But A64 grants unlimited authority to cannabis regulators. Go figure. Who would have thought 54% of Coloradans would have voted for that?

Cannabis consumers like Sean McLawlesster and CO-NORML now have to beg for a seat at the table filled with law enforcement regulators and fight against CONSTITUTIONALLY-MANDATED "regulation" (targeting) of cannabis users. All for one ounce, which is already de-criminalized. (?)

Cannabis politics are sure weird.

Do these Pot McLawyers have no ethics at all?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@What-the @CoreyDonahue 

With allies like NORML, Sean McLawyer, lyin' Brian Vicente and mendacious Mason Tvert ... who needs the DEA?

Büch Dich!, stoners -- this is EXACTLY what you Voted For!

What-the
What-the

McLawyer's A64 gives total control to the Department of Revenue. They can set up as many commissions as they want, and Sean McLawyer can BEG for a seat at the table, but in the end, nothing but another $3 million to repeal A64 will save us from the ClusterFuck that is coming as surely as old McLawyer here is predicting.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@Kevins_Mom I've missed you too, mom.  I'll try to write more.

Send more cookies.

What-the
What-the

@DonkeyHotayThere is no other way to allow "one ounce" other than to actually count that one ounce. And who do you think gets to do the counting -- that's right -- you guessed it -- it's the POLICE who get to keep track of all these "one ounces". A cop is still a cop, and more cops counting more dope certainly cannot be a step in the right direction, eh?

ASawyer
ASawyer

@DonkeyHotay Pro Tip:  If you want people to listen to you, try not insulting them every other word.  Otherwise, your posts are as useful as teets on a bull.

wtfk
wtfk

@Gueston @raynath It was once said that only Nixon could go to play ping pong with the Chinese, and only Obama could get away with being as brutal as he's been in his short time in office. The left (usually rightly) shouted their heads off at Bush for his abuses, but fell silent when Obama was elected and not only repeated most of the abuses, but EXTENDED many, such as assassinating Americans and using drones as a convenient and relatively arbitrary killing tool. Shame on those who would give Obama a pass for doing what they wouldn't tolerate of Bush!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@FreeDom 

Ethics? ... How many Federal Laws are licensed lawyers allowed to ignore and violate, or prospectively counsel, aid and abet their clients in violating -- on a continuing basis -- all for their own personal pecuniary gain?

Does the Colorado Bar Association and the Supreme Court Disciplinary Committee have a list of optional criminal laws that attorneys can arbitrarily ignore?

I'd like to see it.

ccapra
ccapra

@DonkeyHotay So you have no valid plan, just whine about others.  You're a pathetic psychopath and should really seek counseling and medication.

ASawyer
ASawyer

@DonkeyHotay Really sounds like you have much experience in that area, could that explain why you're so emo?

ASawyer
ASawyer

@DonkeyHotay No, they're largely repetitive.  Even that response.  Just need to pick one. 

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