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Amendment 64-inspired petition says Florida pot law would benefit "stoners and children"


Supporters of 64, like Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, have argued that the end of marijuana prohibition is inevitable. Such backers believe that with the passage of this kind of amendment, Colorado is taking the lead in what will eventually be a national movement to legalize pot.

So on a symbolic level, at least, it's noteworthy that Colorado's amendment is making waves in some other states, even if a White House petition out of Florida is very unlikely to accomplish anything.

The Florida petition, created on November 8 by Jordan B., of Edgewater, vaguely references a much-debated part of Amendment 64 that authorizes the state to collect a voter-approved excise tax of up to 15 percent on marijuana, with the first $40 million earmarked for public-school construction across the state, as noted in our recent cover story on 64 and the history of pot. Opponents in Colorado have argued that there is no guarantee this kind of revenue would actually materialize. They say a tax would require another act of the state legislature to be authorized.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Regardless, Jordan seems to like the argument that legalization comes with serious economic benefits for the state.

And, of course, for stoners.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Photo: John Hickenlooper poses with Cheetos, Goldfish and marijuana center owner"

Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin. E-mail the author at Sam.Levin@Westword.com.



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IsupportFreedom
IsupportFreedom

Alcohol prohibition ended with the states first, the fed's following afterwards, why would cannabis prohibition differ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Flor-uh-duh would be daft enough to implement and duplicate a demonstrable Fraud and Sham like A64.

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IsupportFreedom  ... Because ... Marijuana ain't Alcohol? ... never was, never will be.

 

Or because this ain't 1933 ?

DonkeyKicker
DonkeyKicker

 @DonkeyHotay Again, stay the hell in Mexico, DonkeyHotay aka Corey Donahue, and keep your lame and uneducated stupid comments with.

123654
123654

 @DonkeyHotay What are you talking about? That is the best thing to do,  and cannabis prohibition will end very much like alcohol prohibition. And alchohol is MUCH worse then Marijuana so keep you're mouth shut about that. What you're saying is extremely ignorant and using ain't makes you look even less intelligent...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @123654 

 

A64 did NOT legalize marijuana -- not even close

 

A64 will NOT reduce a single arrest for Marijuana Crimes in Colorado.

 

A64 did NOT repeal or modify a single Felony Marijuana law in Colorado.

 

A64 specifically EXCLUDES everyone under 21 from ANY protection -- the very age group that suffers nearly 50% of all marijuana arrests in Colorado.

 

A64 = a Fraud and a Sham, promoted by Lying Liars, for Fools and Tools too stupid to read, much less comprehend what it proposes.

 

 

krymsun
krymsun

 .. still chuckling and nodding; Cannabis may benefit many conditions, but cain't nuthin' cure Stupid!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @I_Support_Freedom = reading comprehension FAIL.

 

You laughably claimed A64 would REDUCE underage use.

 

How does making it EASIER -- ostensibly -- for those OVER 21 to use and obtain marijuana make it any harder -- or change the desire -- of those UNDER 21 ?

 

Be specific, and show your work.

ccapra
ccapra

 @DonkeyHotay  @123654

 Boulder DA Stan Garnett's FB status: "Amendment 64 passed in Boulder County, 66%-33%; accordingly, the 20th JD DA's office will dismiss all pending possession of MJ less than an ounce, and MJ paraphenalia cases, for defendants over the age of 21. Cases of driving under the influence of MJ (or any other drug, including alcohol) remain a top priority."

 

So much for your theory.

ccapra
ccapra

 @DonkeyHotay  @123654

 a64 makes it legal in Colorado to have up to 1 ounce.  I know you prefer to pay a fine, but to say "not even close" is a blantant lie.  As for the arrests, when someone pointed out to you Washington dropped 200+ cases as a result of their passage you then bemoned the lack of fines collected.  So you can't have it both ways. 

 

But keep cutting and pasting the same tired diatribe.  The people have spoken and passed the law, no matter how many duplicative posts you do won't change that.

 

So at this point you're pretty much a troll and further interaction with you on this topic is not only uncessary but refreshing.

I_Support_Freedom
I_Support_Freedom

 @DonkeyHotay

Can you not read? I said that it will still be illegal for everyone under 21, again so is alcohol. Again, all persons under 21 who smoke will continue to smoke, and all those under 21 will continue to drink, duh. It is harder to get alcohol than pot currently, yet, the one that is harder to obtain is "legal."

 

I never claimed that people under 21 could smoke after amendment 64, I think you just enjoy ranting.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @I_Support_Freedom  "A64 makes cannabis illegal for any person under 21, JUST LIKE ALCOHOL. Side note: while I was in high school, it was easier to buy pot than alcohol, so legalization will lower the minors abusing it."

 

You're either still drunk, or high.

 

Marijuana will STILL BE ILLEGAL for EVERYONE under 21 via A64.

 

How will that reduce "minors" from using it?

 

They USE IT NOW, it's ILLEGAL for them.

They'll USE IT next week, it'll still be ILLEGAL for them.

 

I_Support_Freedom
I_Support_Freedom

 @DonkeyHotay  @123654 

Interesting, you are both right and wrong at the same time.

 

A64 DID legalize marijuana possesion - there is an ounce limit in place

 

Your second point IS invalid because it is an opinion.

 

A64 DID remove the fines associated with possessing marijuana (under an ounce); duh, there are still felonies involved with possessing more.

 

A64 makes cannabis illegal for any person under 21, JUST LIKE ALCOHOL. Side note: while I was in high school, it was easier to buy pot than alcohol, so legalization will lower the minors abusing it.

 

A64 is small stepping stone to removing federal powers and giving the people and states their freedom back.

 

I can't tell whether you:

 - really hate weed

          or

 - are an idealist who either wants it illegal or completely legal (which even alcohol remains regulated after its prohibition.)

         or

 - are a troll

 

Cheers

123654
123654

 @DonkeyHotay never mind, you make very valid points, i take back what i said

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