Amendment 64: Marijuana task force meets for the first time, plots "aggressive timeline"

While concerns about the federal government's potential crackdown loomed over some of the conversation, Christian Sederberg, the A64 representative on the task force, asked that members "not allow that to be used as a scare tactic to limit our work here."

Christian Thurstone, who is on the task force because of his "expertise in the treatment of marijuana addiction," raised a number of concerns about the potential negative impacts of legalization, including "second- and third-hand exposure," pot parties where children might have access and the potential for advertising that targets youth. Thurstone also urged for warning labels against the dangers of smoking while pregnant.

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Sam Levin
One of the public commenters with a "weed not greed" pin.
In response to many of his comments, Sederberg reminded the group that there are regulations in place for alcohol that have addressed these questions, and could be mirrored in 64's implementation.

During the general comment period at the end, members of the public in attendance brought up a wide range of topics, from DUI laws related to pot, to the impacts 64 could have on medical-marijuana users to the importance of protecting state's rights.

"I was very disappointed when I saw the makeup of this task force and realized there was not a single person here representing the interests of medical-marijuana patients," said Teri Robnett, a 54-year-old patient herself. "There is someone representing the industry...but I am not the industry. I am a patient."

"Right!" someone else shouted.

"Please keep us in mind. Don't throw the rights of medical-marijuana patients under the bus, because you're scared to death of recreational users," she said, to loud applause.

"You go girl!" another member of the crowd responded.

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Sam Levin
The crowd at the task force meeting.
One man who used to own a dispensary said he was frustrated with intense regulations of medical marijuana.

"I would just say, just don't overreact, please!" he said, to loud applause.

Another commenter said he was worried that law-enforcement agencies in other states might target Coloradans because they are aware of 64. He asked the task force to come up with ways to protect them, saying he was concerned that cops might stop those with Colorado license plates, just because of legalization.

"We've become the marijuana state," he said, "Even though John Hickenlooper didn't want us to."

Continue for the full report from yesterday's meeting.



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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'm scared 'straight' back to alcohol !

hendog54901
hendog54901

What the hell people..WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its a NON TOXIC VEGETABLE that in the history of mankind has NEVER caused a DEATH BY OVERDOSE..because its NON TOXIC! Its THEE most medicinal plant that grows on earth it CURES DISEASE..Why didnt anyone there talk about the ENDO~CANNABINOID SYSTEM?? Why didnt you DEMAND that everywhere there is dirt you should be planting this seed? What about the CLEAN BURNING FUELS from this plant you will only be able to have a pinch in your pocket but cant enjoy it outside! How about the FOOD and FIBER from this plant..it would take us off ALL FOSSIL FUELS and ALL PHARMA MEDS..hmmm any of this get talked about?? This plant MUST BE USED for what God intended us to use it for!!! PLANT THE SEED and FREE THE WEED!

dregstudios
dregstudios

Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster featuring Uncle Willie Nelson and The Teapot Party for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html Drop in and let me know what you think!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

ALL of them Pot Clowns with ZERO real-world Marijuana Growing, Distributing or extensive Use experience.

Imagine if the State Board of Physicians had no actual MDs on the panel, just cops, lawyers and politicians.

Stupid Stoners SURRENDERED total control of Marijuana to Big Government Regulators and the insatiable Dept. of Revenue.

Prepare to get REGULATED, suckers.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

There is no evidence to show that cannabis is dangerous while pregnant.  On the contrary cannabis can be a wonderful beneficial medicine to the mother and baby.  Putting warning labels on cannabis just shows how worthless this group of do-gooders are.  Let's not regulate cannabis like cigarettes!  This is way too much work for one task force to handle before February without serious disaster in the soon to come written rules.  

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Untill you can walk down the street and smoke cannabis like a cig youare not free.  But please keep pretending you legalized cannabis, it´sfunny watching you guys fool yourself.

South-Park-Ranger
South-Park-Ranger

The real question is, will the Working Group meetings also be open to the public? They are required to be, by law, under Colorado's Open Meetings Laws. However, the medical mj advisory group sub-committees met in secret over and over again. None of the PRESS (wake-up, WW!) ever bothered to call them on it. All the mmj regulations were written in SECRET and sprung upon the public in no less than 4 completely different versions of HB 10-1284. Way to keep us guessin'!

There was some fuckwit on TV yesterday saying that one of the rules they might enact is to BAN HIGH THC MARIJUANA! No, really! And remember, all you A64 cheerleaders, that this is EXACTLY what you voted for -- giving complete authority to the Dept. of Revenue to issue any kind of rule they want regarding medical marijuana with NO LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT and no limits on the power of government.

It is likely this "task force" is just a ruse to take people's attention away from the DOR's great power. The DOR doesn't need this task force, they can do whatever they want -- their authority is now in our state Constitution. But sometimes it is easier to placate the stoners than it is to fight against them. Give them a public meeting, let them feel like their McLawyers have a "seat at the table", then fuck them from behind with the real rules that are being developed by the DOR, DEA and DA's. No more 40% THC Kush, you stoners! All of you that voted for A64 thinking it was a "step in the right direction" can FUCK OFF! Thanks for nothing.

This is what you get when you surrender your rights for ONE OUNCE OF CANNABIS. Was it really worth giving up your 4th and 5th amendment rights just so you can carry a bag of weed? Remember, A64 didn't "legalize" public possession or use of any kind, and granted no rights. 

Couldn't you already carry a bag of weed in your pocket before you voted our rights away? Wasn't TWO ounces already de-criminalized?

As the Donkey says, STUPID STONERS ARE AS STUPID STONERS DO. Who ever thought a dumb jackass mystery blogger would be smarter than 55% of Colorado voters????

Rinse and repeat.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hendog54901 ".it would take us off ALL FOSSIL FUELS and ALL PHARMA MEDS"

Absurd Depraved Delusions from another ignorant Stoner.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dregstudios "Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body"

So what type of clueless idiot would BEG the Government to REGULATE "harmless" marijuana LIKE Deadly Alcohol which maims and kills 10s of thousands every year?

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@DonkeyHotay we are sorry that you could not put down the bong long enough to get some signatures on AM70.  Your sour grapes are starting to rot.  It is stinking up the place here.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc "There is no evidence to show that cannabis is dangerous while pregnant."

Is that how your mother excuses your retardation?

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@DonkeyHotay = Proponent of the failed A70.  They smoked too much of their product and forgot to get signatures to get on the ballot.

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