Marijuana: David Sirota's Amendment 64 petition to pass signature threshold today

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David Sirota.
Update: On Monday, KHOW talk-show host and syndicated columnist David Sirota created a WhiteHouse.gov petition calling on the Obama administration to back a law protecting the right of states to establish their own marijuana policies, as the voters of Colorado did by passing Amendment 64. Such petitions must garner 25,000 signatures within thirty days to prompt an official response -- but 48 hours or so appears to be enough. At this writing, the petition is on the cusp of passing the threshold.

As I type, the number of signatures stands at 24,364, a total that appears to be growing by hundreds each hour.

"I didn't expect it to get 25,000 signatures so fast," notes Sirota, corresponding via e-mail.

Here's the text of the petition:

Citizens in Colorado and Washington overwhelmingly voted to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in similar fashion as the more hazardous substance, alcohol, is already legalized, regulated and taxed. We request the president support a federal law requiring the federal government to protect -- rather than undermine or overturn -- these state laws and similar laws that other states pass in the future. Specifically, we request the president to support a pending congressional proposal that would amend the federal preemption section of the Controlled Substances Act (section 903) to exempt from the act any state provisions "relating to marijuana."
Sirota has been a vocal supporter of Amendment 64 for months. And while plenty of petitions on the WhiteHouse.gov site veer toward the wacky side -- like the one calling for Colorado to secede from the union as a result of Obama's reelection -- he sees the process as a way to pin down the administration on a subject that officials might prefer to avoid for as long as possible.

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Diana DeGette at a recent early voting event, joined by Denver mayor Michael Hancock.
"The President has never been forced to clarify his position specifically on the states' rights question when it comes to the drug war," Sirota notes. "This will force him to do so."

In the meantime, Sirota is keeping the subject front and center. This afternoon on The Rundown, the 3 p.m.-7 p.m. KHOW program he co-hosts with Michael Brown, guests will include Representative Diana DeGette, who has joined fellow Colorado Democratic legislators Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis in proposing a bill that would exempt Colorado from federal marijuana policy.

To access the petition, click here.

Continue to read our previous coverage on the David Sirota-Amendment 64 petition.


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chatchat
chatchat

everyone can have there own point of view in this no matter how wrong or right.  over all i hope that this bring more jobs and better schools 1st. next to let people do what they want to do. if that smoke it, eat it, or not. last most poeple do some kind of drugs ie. drinking , taking pills , pot , or hrad drugs. what do you think is the less of the evils?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Let's not stop there .

I say we begin a campaign to change the state flower from the columbine the cannabis .

This is sarcasm for the idiots !.....

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Hey donkey. Check this out you hateful little troll. You can spam your lies all you like they will never ever be true. http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2012/11/marijuana_boulder_district_attorney_dropping_pot_cases_amendment_64.php

 

Yep, how many times have you ranted and raved that A-64 won't prevent a single arrest, a single ticket, a single anything. and yet we are already seeing cases tossed in Colorado. The vote not even been signed and already you have been proven wrong.

 

 

Monkey
Monkey

Wow! I'm looking forward to the "official response". Maybe it will sound like this, (thank you, come again). Or perhaps, (interesting....we'll think about that). Symbolic suggestions are fun, but ultimately, they're just symbolic of the powerlessness the people really have.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

More ABJECT IGNORANCE from the drooling retard Ryan Cordova --

 

 @DonkeyHotay  "Fact -- A64's pathetically puny 1 (one) ounce limit is LESS than what current Colorado Statute has decriminalized, 2 (two) ounces. Arrest reduction for personal possession = ZERO"

 

 @ryan.cordova  " Wow you are stupider than I even gave credit to. Colorado Statute has decriminalized possession of up to two ounces IF YOU ARE A MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEMBER. You need a doctor's referral and to pay the CDPHE in order to attain a "red card" and be legally allowed to carry that amount."

 

Ryan "the imbecile" Cordova doesn't even know that Colorado decriminalized RECREATIONAL possession decades ago!

 

Did sucking bongs make you stupid, Ryan, or were you stupid before you started sucking?

WTFK
WTFK

I think Hick and Barry both need everyone to send them a bag of Cheetos and a box of Goldfish.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Behold the vapid bong-addled brain of the typical A64 supporter:

 

 @ryan.cordova "But do tell me then, if pot was already decriminalized in Colorado why the need to pass a law that seeks to decriminalize it?"

 

So sad, so pathetic.

DonkeyMonkey
DonkeyMonkey

Wow. It looks like the Trolls are alive and well in this thread. They bait with ignorance, name calling, and retarded accusation. Don't respond to, or even acknowledge these less-than-imbeciles, because they will continue to pick at you like a million chickens until you stop playing their endless game. I wish they would go back under their rickety wooden bridges, or even the trailer their mommies came from. Just like their cousins in video games, griefers. They will never go away and they are most of the reason our country is in such bad shape. They sit back, let their neighbors do all the work, and take potshots at absolutely everyone.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Behold the mental retardation of Ryan Cordova --

 

 @DonkeyHotay "Colorado decriminalized RECREATIONAL marijuana possession in 1975! -- up to 1 (one) ounce for EVERYBODY without age restriction."

 @ryan.cordova "Thank you DonkeyHotay for providing us all with completely incorrect history of Colorado."

 

LOL!

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

Donkey is also failing to take into account this decision by Colorado to pass A64 is having globally. The government's of Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, etc... all got together after A64 passed to discuss our state SPECIFICALLY and what it means to the future of THEIR drug war....To say this is HUGE is an understatement....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @nemopunk15 = born stupid, remains stupid.

 

A64 does NOT reduce a SINGLE ARREST for Marijuana Crimes in Colorado.

 

2 (two) ounces was ALREADY DECRIMINALIZED under Colorado Statute, for EVERYONE.

 

A64's pathetic 1 (one) ounce limit, and age restriction, is UNDER the existing ARREST threshold for Marijuana Crimes in Colorado.

 

Monkey
Monkey

 @ryan.cordova Is your fight the difference between decriminalization and legalization? It has not been legalized in Colorado since 1975, an ounce was decriminalized in 1975, meaning penalties are permitted but it's not considered a criminal offense like it was before 1975. Please cite that decriminalization is the same as legalization. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ryan.cordova = 37 years and Ryan still doesn't know that Recreational Marijuana Possession has already been decriminalized in Colorado by statute, for EVERYONE without age restriction.

 

Stay stupid, Ryan.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

 @betweenthelines Do you pay attention to anything outside of Donkey's ww posts you despise so much?  Latin America has been way ahead of us--and as far as 64 as inspiration--for what--IT DOES NOT LEGALIZE. 

Monkey
Monkey

 @betweenthelines The U.S. basically forced the rest of the world to comply with our silly weed laws. Now that the world can see even the American people are against banning a plant, the rest of the world will feel more comfortable confronting the scary federal government. I don't believe A64 will do what the people think it will locally, but globally, it will cause a reaction for sure. Hell, I think I just read about Israel selling weed in pharmacies.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @betweenthelines Morons like you are failing to take into account the FACT that A64 does NOT legalize marijuana, and the FACT that A64 will NOT prevent a single arrest for a Marijuana Crime in Colorado.

chatchat
chatchat

 @DonkeyHotay you can fall off the earth. no one care what you think. you an english teacher.  no . well the quit try to fix my grammer or spelling. lol as long as poeple can make out what i am trying to say i dont care.

 

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

 @Monkey In summation, the term "partial decriminalization" is nowhere near more apt than in Colorado. 

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

 @Monkey Decriminalization means that it's not a criminal offense, I'm saying that the current status of a "petty offense" in Colorado law means that it wasn't decriminalized. A petty offense means the offense goes on your record as well as having to pay up to $100 fine. On top of that, you are subject to arrest and further federal laws if the decision is made to bring you down to a precinct (this is if the city isn't pressing charges for the city itself which are usually kinder than federal laws). I'm saying it was only slightly decriminalized after 1975 (as the whole having a record which companies can decide not to hire you for thing indicates) and that A64 further decriminalizes it, not legalizes it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Monkey  

 

Ryan Cordova = too stupid to pour water out of a bong ... even if the directions were printed on the bottom.

 

.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @KathleenChippi  Hey Kathleen, marijuana is legal in Colorado now.  No more doctor's visits.  Get used to it.

 

I've got some Fibrimon 56 clones for you, if you want a few...good smoke.

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

 @DonkeyHotay When is the last time a piece of legislation 'that does ZERO" prompted the leaders of all the major South American nations to convene?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ryan.cordova  In sum, you're still an abject retard.

 

Keep failing, chump, it's your best skill.

Chris
Chris

@DonkeyHotay pretty obvious to all who is the pathetic one here. Why u mad? LOL!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Monkey  

 

"Chris" = Ryan "the retard" Cordova's sock puppet

 

Fucking Idiots don't even know what decriminalization is.

 

Typical A64 tools and fools.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Chris  " Under prior statute, possession was considered a petty offense, which is indeed a criminal "

 

Complete BULLSHIT.

 

Grow a brain you pathetic ignoramus.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

 @Monkey  @Chris As I've been saying, we only partially decriminalized possession in 1975. Saying we decriminalized possession of an ounce is white washing a good deal of people who have been arrested and shows ignorance of the way Colorado (not to mention federal) law actually works.

Monkey
Monkey

 @Chris  Are you saying we didn't decriminalize weed in 1975, or we didn't decriminalize it as much as you would like? There used to be jail time included for possession of under an ounce, now there's not. We are discussing the term decriminalization, not what degree of decriminalization is in place.

Chris
Chris

@ryan.cordova @Monkey Ryan is correct. Under prior statute, possession was considered a petty offense, which is indeed a criminal and not a civil violation. Local ordinances in colorado further criminalized the act by imposing jail terms. This will now end.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

 @DonkeyHotay Alright Donkey, you know so much about Colorado law what's the definition of "petty offense" as it pertains to Colorado law? And what specifically are the ramifications and police procedures when finding someone who's committed a petty offense? And do be specific.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ryan.cordova oh look, the ignoramus has taken a pause from being a stammering idiot long enough to attempt to learn something.

 

HipTip -- learn the difference between Criminal Offense and NON-Criminal Offense.

 

Clue -- only ONE of them is a CRIME.

 

You daft dipshit.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

 @DonkeyHotay And just a helpful study hint, these may change based off of county and city. Have fun.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

 @DonkeyHotay Alright Donkey, you know so much about Colorado law what's the definition of "petty offense" as it pertains to Colorado law? And what specifically are the ramifications and police procedures when finding someone who's committed a petty offense? And do be specific.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ryan.cordova Says the daft dipshit who doesn't even know what decriminalized means.

 

Ryan Cordova = dumber than a box of rocks.

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ryan.cordova  "Decriminalization means that it's not a criminal offense, I'm saying that the current status of a "petty offense" in Colorado law means that it wasn't decriminalized."

 

You = FAIL!

 

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

 @KathleenChippi You have short term memory problems. I have never admitted to "gaming the system".  I have never admitted to using marijuana here or anywhere else.

 

I smoke industrial hemp which is different from marijuana.

 

 

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt sick people go to doctors, Kevin--I guess your admitting you gamed the MMJ system?  Well, I have not. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ryan.cordova  Hurry Ryan, keep deleting your idiotic posts ... the ones where you proved yourself to be an abject ignoramus.

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

 @DonkeyHotay Leaders convene all the time for total BS, the point is that your claims that this has no impact or is irrelevant is obviously false as you can read on the topic in ANY news publication any day of this week.....You have an angle. Whatever it is doesn't mean crap anymore cause you gots to go into the losers corner...Yea... :)

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

 @betweenthelines  @DonkeyHotay Don't worry, in about five minutes he'll be ranting about something only slightly related and call all of us idiots for thinking A64 changed any laws (despite the fact that it quite obviously did, and anyone with even a middle school education could see that.) He's a troll of trolls, and it's amazingly fun to make him contradict whatever he was saying six seconds ago without even a hint of cognitive dissonance. 

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