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.
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.
Sam Levin One of the public commenters with a "weed not greed" pin.
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.
"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."
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