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Amendment 64: If it's a disaster, other states won't move to legalize pot, says GOP's Ryan Call


In discussions of legalization, opponents -- including high-profile officials from both parties -- worried about the impacts on teenagers , even though marijuana is still illegal for underage Coloradans, as well as the effect on businesses and the state's reputation.

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An Amendment 64 supporter on election day in Colorado.
Call said he wants to see Colorado politicians consider legislation that allows local jurisdictions to regulate legal marijuana as they see fit.

"I...hope that our lawmakers in the state legislature are sensitive to local sensibilities," he stated, noting that municipalities should be able to control this kind of activity through zoning laws, similar to how so-called home-rule cities have been able to enact their own regulations of medical marijuana dispensaries. He cited limitations around schools as an example.

As we've noted, legislation is required to establish how retail shops for recreational marijuana could actually be established and that wouldn't happen until late 2013 or early 2014. Moreover, Amendment 64 allows local communities to opt out of allowing retail sales outlets.

"This will require some changes to federal legislation if we're going to reconcile what the voters in Colorado...have chosen," Call added. "I'm grateful for the leadership that Mike Coffman and others are taking to try to bring this to a debate and discussion at the federal level."

Call pointed out that while a majority of Colorado residents favored 64, many others did not. (Results from the Secretary of State's office show that 55.32 percent voted yes and 44.68 percent voted no).

"Our job is to honor and recognize the will of the voters. But it's also important to recognize a significant percentage of our voters here in Colorado expressed significant concerns about this kind of a dramatic change," Call said. "And Colorado now finds itself with one of the most...progressive...legalization statutes. It will require a significant amount of policy-making work at the state legislative level and local levels to figure out how to deal with the...negative impacts on the business climate and kids."

Residents will ask for these restrictions, he said.

"It really has to happen and I think that the voters, frankly, will demand it, because there's one thing to talk about it...in the abstract sense. Should marijuana be legalized? But there's also a very practical question: What is going to be the impact if we have marijuana being sold at every corner 7-Eleven?" he said.

He said he is worried about a rise in youth pot smoking. Supporters have argued that legalization will actually help law enforcement regulate underage smoking, which remains illegal.

Call noted that marijuana is especially harmful to the cognitive development of adolescents.

"That is something that I'm sure we're going to see an increase in," he said, "and that's problematic if we're talking about trying to help equip the next generation with the tools to compete and succeed.

"Part of the challenge is having it also hard-wired in the state constitution...because it makes it more difficult for legislators and policymakers to address what are a lot of unanswered questions."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Is Denver adding charges to keep minor pot cases alive after Amendment 64?"

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


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amistybleu
amistybleu

He won't be around much longer, there is a huge movement toward people demanding that government step out of the way of our freedoms.................literally a GOP relic and he doesn't even know it.

ldp604
ldp604

A Repubilican representative talking out both sides of his face?! Let me pause to pick my chin up off the floor. "I am for states-rights, but only if I agree with what those rights are", "I am against abortion unless it involves the pregnancy of my mistress", "The only way to preserve the sanctity of marriage is to keep it legally between a man and a woman. At least that is what me and my 4th wife believe.", "I am for fair and equal taxation for all, unless it impacts the loopholes my accountant found". The one positive thing I can say about Mr. Call is at least he is consistent with the rest of his party.

Bobby
Bobby

FACTS vs. "Opinion" (or those who think they magically have the right to tell others what they can or cannot consume.)

FACT: "Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. "It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does."

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html#ixzz2E7LhfJrz

hockeyfrog27
hockeyfrog27

And if A64 is a success, it will inspire other states to legalize pot.  That would be the best case scenario.

hockeyfrog27
hockeyfrog27

Ryan Call touts the "value in having the states"..."be laboratories of experiment," only to say later any problem with pot legalization "has to be resolved at the federal level."  I never cease to be amazed by Ryan Call's talent to speak on for minutes at a time while still saying nearly nothing.  We need a republican state chairman in Colorado who can articulate his views precisely and who values the Constitution, especially 10th amendment rights.

Bobby
Bobby

This ONCE AGAIN shows how out of touch Establishment "Republicans" are.  Ryan also whole-heartedly supported the CRUSHING of the Grassroots in the latest GOP rules.

Ryan is exactly what is WRONG with the CO GOP, he needs to go, now!

Craig Hammersmith
Craig Hammersmith

no need to give this dolt an iota of attention, there are way more interesting things going on in Denver

Tarik Ocon
Tarik Ocon

Already in effect, already doing what 64 proposed for years, already making society better. The only disaster is bad media.

Daniel Hamilton
Daniel Hamilton

keep the politicians out of it and it will be fine. Politicians screw up everything up they touch! The Greedy Bastards.

Jake Stella
Jake Stella

well hopefully people will have respect for the priviledge

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"Our party has taken positions in opposition to the legalization of marijuana in connection with our recent state convention," he said. "And there are significant ramifications to both our business climate, and our kids, quality of schools, and a lot of other things like that.... This has to be resolved at the federal level."

Then:

"Call said he wants to see Colorado politicians consider legislation that allows local jurisdictions to regulate legal marijuana as they see fit."

So, in summary, you're for "states' rights," and you're for "handling it at the federal level," and you're for "local jurisdictions regulating it as they see fit." Congratulations on your three-way conflicting idea. I hope you're not writing any laws.

I also see that the "significant ramifications" are so significant that you can only generalize. The reason you generalize is because there aren't any specific PROBLEMS. People DO remember that medical was supposed to cause anarchy. Where are the shootouts in the streets? Why has teen pot use gone DOWN? It's because you're a dinosaur, and you're WRONG.

Monkey
Monkey

Maybe our legislators will just copy and paste our regulations together, like a $200,000 bond to manufacture, like liquor, and a 5 gram limit for sales in retail stores, like in Amsterdam. Plus all the silly surveillance and tracking from our broke MMCED regulations can be applied. And when they finish, many municipalities will have already banned the retail of it, along with property owners who include anti-marijuana clauses in their lease contracts, both commercial and residential. I miss the good old days when no one cared about weed except for the people who smoke it.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

It'll be the same kind of "disaster" medical has been, writ large: nothing but a bunch of whining and baseless griping from people who have a cerebral hemorrhage at the site of a sign with a pot leaf on it.

Bobby
Bobby

Great question: Why would it make other states not follow suit if it went well? They said the same things when slaves were set free and alcohol was relegalized, and prices didn't sky rocket and gang wars and deaths went down instead of up. Prohibition has a history of not working.

michael.roberts
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@hockeyfrog27 Very interesting observation, hockeyfrog -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey  ... Puerile Pot Punks wanted the Public Spotlight ... and they got it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  . Big Government Regulation WORKS !!

Bobby
Bobby

@DonkeyHotay Is that you RYAN??  ROFLMAO

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Not because of pot. If teen pot use has gone down (at least in Colorado), it sure looks like it's not the "gateway drug" they claim it is. By the way, you're referring to a national trend, not a local trend.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Not exactly, but the "disaster" they're referring to seems to be the spontaneous enjoyment of a scintilla of returned liberty, rather than the sort of legislative fiasco you and I expect to see. 

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @ryan.cordova @Cognitive_Dissident So you hate facts because you think other people lie?

Why do you lie? Why do you hate providing evidence? Why do you hate freedom?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You're talking in circles. I already addressed that. Go ahead and be sure to get the last word though. I have a life.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "If pot use were a "gateway drug" to heroin, they would trend together."

No, they would trend sequentially ... as teens move from lame pot to stronger, more exciting heroin.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Now you're just being foolish. If pot use were a "gateway drug" to heroin, they would trend together. If you don't understand that, you're mentally challenged. The point I made about correlation and causation was that correlation MAY be coincidental but the LACK of correlation is a fact with COUNTERS causation. I'm sorry if you cannot handle the logic.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "The two trends would coincide"

Says who?

@Cognitive_Dissident  "Why has teen pot use gone DOWN?"

@Cognitive_Dissident  "While correlation does not prove causality" 

And coincidence does not equate with correlation, much less causation.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Faulty logic. Teenagers aren't the Borg. They don't act exactly the same way at exactly the same time. The two trends would coincide, and they don't. While correlation does not prove causality, the lack of correlation damages claims of causality.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "If teen pot use has gone down, it sure looks like it's not the "gateway drug" they claim it is."

... perhaps those teens have passed through the gate of pot to heroin?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Or MY favorite part--troll Westword comments. You clearly do mostly that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  "Or I could sit around an [sic] doodle ..."

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Or I could sit around and doodle all day and troll Westword comments.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... such heroism ... perhaps you can rent a cabin up on Walden Pond and scribe your manifesto.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay ...and I shall, to the best of my ability, act as a free man, knowing and respecting the consequences of doing so.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident

Little Minds of Little Courage beg for a Scintilla of Liberty.

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