Amendment 64: John Hickenlooper setting up broad task force regarding marijuana measure

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John Hickenlooper.
Later today, representatives of Colorado NORML will meet with governor's office staffers about Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. As NORML's Sean McAllister told us yesterday, they'll stress the need for cannabis consumers to have a seat at the table -- and a statement about a proposed task force subsequently shared by the guv's spokesman implies that John Hickenlooper is looking for input from a broad range of folks.

As McAllister pointed out, Hickenlooper and other legislators have floated the idea of a bipartisan commission to develop A64 guidelines -- and he believes such a group shouldn't be homogeneous.

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Sean McAllister.
"There should be representation from non-legislators," he told us, "and it shouldn't be dominated by law enforcement. There need to be advocates on behalf of consumers."

The subsequent statement, credited to governor's office spokesman Eric Brown, doesn't specifically mention consumers. However, its language certainly doesn't exclude them, leaving open the possibility that groups like NORML will be able to take part in the process. It reads:

We are working to create a task force to identify the policy, legal and procedural issues that need to be resolved related to Amendment 64. The task force will be charged with offering suggestions for legislative and executive actions that need to be taken for the effective and efficient implementation of the amendment. The task force will include lawmakers, state agency representatives, stakeholders, marijuana advocates and others. We expect to have more details about the task force ready to announce soon.
The timeline is vague, but the launch of the task force is likely to dovetail with Hickenlooper's signing of the bill, expected to take place on or before the first week of January.

Continue to read more about Governor John Hickenlooper's proposed Amendment 64 task force.


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orson
orson

As a medical marijuana patient I can laugh at the joke that is marijuana in Colorado along with the rest of the world thanks to A64.  Recreational marijuana will be under the microscope now just as medical marijuana has been since inception.  A64 supporting morons will get exactly what they voted for plus whatever the legislators and regulators want to add on as a bonus.  It's going to be entertaining watching this law get implemented while the idiots that supported it bitch and complain.  You guys, A64 supporters, sold out medical marijuana patients and the medical marijuana program and you deserve what's coming to you.

robertweller
robertweller

Thanks for watching him. This reminds him that he is to do our bidding, not the other way around.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

You stoners already ceded TOTAL CONTROL to Big Government Regulators and the insatiable Dept. of Revenue ... you have no seat at the table, suckers.

If you're lucky, they'll indulge your puerile whining and let you sit at the children's table with the rest of the baby-stepping diaper-wearing infants ... while they ignore everything you say -- or better yet use what you say against you -- as they did when they punked you with HB1284.

You stoners are stupid enough to think that NORML represents your best interests ... 'cause it's got "marijuana" in its name ... the same NORML that supports the pathetically puny 5 ng/ml DUI-m limit, and got that dysfunctional guaranteed arrest limit set into law in Washington with I-502. 

The only people NORML is lobbying for are the Marijuana McLawyers who'll reap financial windfalls from defending you clueless clowns when you get busted for DUI-m, and everyone under 21 yrs old who will continue to get busted now that A64 has constitutionally excluded them from any protection, and everyone who possesses more than 1 pathetic ounce, and everyone who displays or uses in public, and everyone who sprouts more than 6 seeds, and every grower who has more than 3 flowering plants, and every adult who dare sells a single gram to their consenting friends.

HB1284 was a massive financial windfall for the Marijuana McLawyers, who raped dispensary owners for hundreds of thousands of $$$ in consulting and legal fees offering worthless advice on how to run a continuing criminal enterprise,  fees and costs that were eventually passed down to the poor suffering patients in the form of higher prices for mediocre warehouse weed.

The sham and fraud that is the A64 fiasco is simply HB1284 redux, where Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels will lobby for their own financial benefit -- to the exclusion of all others -- and Marijuana McLawyers will bleed them for huge $$$$ offering empty legal opinions on the very morass they created. Legal cluster-fucks are great for law firms, just as civil wars are financial booms for arms dealers and other merchants of death.

Büch Dich!, stoners -- you deserve A64! -- Regulation Works! ... Strict Regulation Works Better!

... all for a pathetic ounce! ... ROTFLMAO!

coloradommjpatient
coloradommjpatient

My money is the slime that is known as the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, MMIG, and its partner in crime, CBA, are going to be all over this panel helping further their own cause. I wonder if both groups will again support a THC DUID bill like they did last year. Disgusting!

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

Sean McCallister is a buzz kill.  This is the worst news to happen to cannabis post A-64 passage.  Hick and Mic in the same room are just a bunch of weenie woppers, Hick thinks he's hip to be in the same conversation with Mic, and Mic thinks he's the governor's cannabis liasen for Colorado.  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Hotay's will write a novel's worth, once he sees this !

I'm finally giving up on the political mess. It has absolutely ZERO barring on my use of marijuana .

I will continue w/ my ALL DAY LONG CONSUMPTION, while ignoring this legal 'CLUSTER-FUCK' it has become !....

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

A Canadian hemp farmer. We need to grow hemp Colorado. Getting retarded is not the goal of 64. We have an opportunity to grow a major commodity that has been off the table since the 30's!

mmjfreedomusa
mmjfreedomusa

I would LOVE to work on this task force! But why would the NEGLIGENT COLORADO want a PROVEN successful, 38 years marijuana patient and user to STRAIGHTEN this mess out! A 1990 top sales  award winner from Phoenix Board of Realtors and MANY years of management..what does..POT HEAD.. I KNOW? BIGOTS are allowing the media and others to use the derogatory term POT! NOT YOU ALL!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

I would LOVE to work on this task force! But why would the NEGLIGENT COLORADO want a PROVEN successful, 38 years marijuana patient and user to STRAIGHTEN this mess out! A 1990 top sales award winner from Phoenix Board of Realtors and MANY years of management..what does..POT HEAD.. I KNOW? BIGOTS are allowing the media and others to use the derogatory term POT! NOT YOU ALL!

Noe De Leon
Noe De Leon

Hypocrisy at it's best Gov. Hickenlooper!! :)

jose257
jose257

Eric Holder would be known as "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" if he opens his mouth in any negative way.

Dave Lenio
Dave Lenio

Waste of time and money. Legalise

zhenry9
zhenry9

@orson I think that's a pretty selfish "lock the door behind me" mentality. You have a good deal while many of your fellow citizens are being arrested and sent to jail, and the thought of sharing your good deal with them makes you bitter and resentful. You are going to have to deal with it, just like dispensary owners who no longer have a monopoly on the recreational (yes, recreational) weed market. And it was always stoners, MMJ or not.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@orson Dude, Orson, medical marijuana was last years flavor, try a bowl of recreational and you will see the difference.  As far as a microscope, isn't it more like a surveillance system that you are under?

wtfk
wtfk

@orson One thing it will do is make the fish bowl MUCH larger. We patients will probably benefit from that.

wtfk
wtfk

@DonkeyHotay I predict they WILL get ONE seat at the table, but half the room will be law enforcement, and they WILL NOT be LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) members.

I have a well-intended question for you, though. What is the meaning behind "McLawyers." You mean corporate? I can see that, but would consider it redundant, as lawyers and corporations both reek of nepotism, in general.

wtfk
wtfk

@coloradommjpatient This is probably the most evil aspect of "treat marijuana like alcohol." The CSP doesn't test for cough syrup, and I doubt they test for opioids.

ccapra
ccapra

@Juan_Leg You mean he'll cut and paste a novel's worth.  It's the same crap, only now he adds in his personal sex life preferences to the mix.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@Juan_Leg But Hotay has made such an impression on us all... Look, we have conversations about this person even when he / she is probably still in bed.  Soon will rise the Hotay and spread his spray amongst us.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@jose257 That paints quite a picture, Jose. Thanks for the post.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@jose257 He'd have to take away the cocaine to be the "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", the weed is a given in our Great State of Pot and will always be no matter who says what about it.  The cannabis will always win and control the people, just look at the amazing dialog that occurs around here.

orson
orson

@tutonehcc

I am glad you and the other stoners that ruined the medical marijuana program will get what's coming to you.  You deserve every bit of it. 

orson
orson

@wtfk   I get what you're saying but I'd rather not be in the same fish bowl as the fucking stoners that voted for A64 if you know what I mean.  Stoners are ruining marijuana's medical legitimacy.  Sad but true.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@robertweller @DonkeyHotay Roberty, you don't understand the Donkey!, though his path is different, this doesn't make him a socio or psycho, yet unlike the stoners Hotay is on a path, going places and deserves some appreciation.

robertweller
robertweller

doctors say 90 percent of medical marijuana is really for recreational use. we should never had involved the medical profession in this. there are almost always better, and cheaper, ways to deal with pain. and it will be even easier to get for the few who need it for pain or othermedical reasons.

wtfk
wtfk

@DonkeyHotay Yeah, there was a really nice guy sitting in that seat on the MMJ board.

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