Amendment 64 task force can't make mountains out of marijuana molehills, advocate says

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In this space yesterday, marijuana advocate Christian Sederberg spoke positively about the Amendment 64 task force to which he was just named. So, too, does attorney Sean McAllister, who lobbied the governor's office about the importance of marijuana consumers being represented on the panel. But with his optimism comes caution over the membership and the task force's direction.

McAllister sat down with staffers of Governor John Hickenlooper in late November on behalf of Colorado NORML -- and Craig Small, a NORML representative, is among the 24 task force members. He was also concerned about the membership being dominated by law enforcement personnel adamantly opposed to A64, but he believes that's not the case. The main reps who fall into this category are David Blake, with the Colorado Attorney General's Office, Larry Abrahamson, from the Colorado District Attorney's Council, and former Denver Manager of Safety Charles Garcia, serving on behalf of the Colorado Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice. Yet McAllister thinks their presence could be a positive as long as they approach their mission from what he sees as the proper perspective.

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Sean McAllister.
"I believe this task force represents the best opportunity to try to keep the federal government at bay, essentially by telling them, 'Look, we can handle our business here -- take care of this issue, properly regulate it,'" he says. "And in order to have legitimacy, it needs to have some buy-in from the Attorney General's office and the DA's offices."

At the same time, though, "I'm concerned, because those agencies and departments have a history of opposing reform -- seeking to undermine marijuana reforms in subtle ways and not necessarily respecting the will of the voters," McAllister continues. "Now, John Suthers (Colorado's AG) says he wants to respect the will of the voters, and I want him to live up to his promise. I don't want his office's participation to undermine that -- because there has been an institutional resistance when it comes to law enforcement accepting the new world order we live in."

McAllister isn't ready to hit the panic button, however.

"I'm not overly concerned," he maintains. "But in the past, these groups have perhaps overblown fears and concerns to try to block reform. And I hope they don't continue that habit of making mountains out of molehills in order to thwart reform."

Example?

"When we got medical marijuana, everybody said, 'Oh my God, the children! All the kids will be smoking pot!'" he replies. "And we got a lot of anecdotal reports about that. But the best report I've seen" -- a June study associated with the University of Colorado Denver -- "showed that marijuana use has actually gone down among teens. They also talked about crime around dispensaries, and that hasn't happened, either.

"These people who have been crying wolf for five years, telling us the world is going to end and the sky is going to fall? At every stage, they've been wrong. They've been wrong about crime, they've been wrong about teen use, they've been wrong about DUID. So, at the end of the day, these critics need to accept the fact that their concerns haven't been borne out and they lost the election -- and elections have consequences. And one of those consequences is that the voters are on the side of the reformers."

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Den420ver
Den420ver

How can prohibitionists be deciding language and legislation for A-64. Don't F*ck it up! Oh my

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Michael, what is it like blowing a lepracon?  Or do you just print a love letter for the shit of it?  Really, really? You are a fucking joke.  WHERE IS THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN NIXONLOOPER AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGARDING THE IMPLMENTATION OF A64?  

WaywardBill
WaywardBill

EVERYONE ONE STOP FEEDING THE TROLL. I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH HEARTLAND. WE HAVE BEEN HAD. IF YOU SCROLL OVER HEARTLAND IT ISN'T LINKED.

Matt Jurcin
Matt Jurcin

The list of the people on the board is a joke!(pg 3) And almost everything Mr. Thurstone is quated as saying is UNSUBSTANTIATED info. 90% of the task force are fuddy-duddys that know nothing about cannabis. I dont like the way this is looking...if it smells like poo and looks like poo...it probably is!

Matt Jurcin
Matt Jurcin

First of all, I cant take amendment 64 very serious yet. Lets see how the private sector handles addressing the major issue of Scheduling first. But, if and when they do that, I think the task force "board" should be made up evenly of people who oppose/support the law. So they can keep each other honest. I DO think that there should be at least one person on the board that is treating a serious disease with cannabis, OR an expert in plant biology, AND an expert in Cannabis somewhere in that mix. If not, I fear that the "facts" may get distorted by the media attention and "controversial" nature of amendment 64.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Thurstone's career depends on the fear he's selling. If he didn't push the fear, he'd have to adjust to market realities.

Ty Link
Ty Link

So ya'll are all saying us that voted NO... shouldn't have a voice...how UNDEMOCRATIC...

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

If you are against something, the best way to sabatouge it is to get in on making up the rules.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Keep up the good reporting Westword. Thanks for keeping an eye  on this Task Force and the Zombie Driving Bill.

Heartland_Pharmacy
Heartland_Pharmacy

Its Funny.

When MMJ first came to the scene, people were already popping their corks in celebrating my demise and were quick to call me stupid for going forward. $7.4 million later, I outright own homes in Aspen and Boulder, drive a nice Range Rover, have several smoking hot girlfriends (that i slay simultaneously) and a bank account that keeps on growing and growing. Who's laughing now suckers? ME

Randy E. Skunk
Randy E. Skunk

Of course not! Are there non drinkers regulating alcohol? Exactly!

Mike Lawrence
Mike Lawrence

No... But I think similar laws as alcohol but 18 and over can smoke.

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

Once they see the money rolling in from the Tax receipts, no one is going to care.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Den420ver  -- Regulation Works! ... Big Government Regulation as surrendered by the Voters via A64 !!

Reap what ye sow, stupid stoners!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Jurcin ... it's EXACTLY what the Stoner-Voters bargained for when they SURRENDERED total control of marijuana to Big Government Regulators via A64!

 Regulation Works! 

MontyPython
MontyPython

@Ty Link No, they're just saying that the people who voted NO are pretty much the only voice. It should be evenly split between the two sides but thats about as likely as either side listening to a word the other is saying.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Heartland_Pharmacy  ... only a clueless cunt thinks that a Ranger Rover is anything to brag about.

And what financial fuckwit would own un-mortgaged homes in Aspen and/or Boulder when mortgage rates are at their lowest in history, and the $$$ equity could be put to much better use than languishing in a flat housing market.

Fucking idiot.

WaywardBill
WaywardBill

STOP FEEDING THE TROLL. I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH HEARTLAND. WEHAVE BEEN HAD. IF YOU SCROLL OVER HEARTLAND IT ISN'T LINKED.

WaywardBill
WaywardBill

EVERYONE ONE STOP FEEDING THE TROLL. I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH HEARTLAND. WE HAVE BEEN HAD. IF YOU SCROLL OVER HEARTLAND IT ISN'T LINKED!

the420rev
the420rev

@Heartland_Pharmacy will you show your thanx and praises for the industry that has given you so much, by humbly donating to our legit church and charity, greenfaith Ministry to get our dream church building in Colorado Springs? Below are our charity and financial paperwork in colo, to show how much we actually do and give, with literally no donations really Registration

http://www.sos.state.co.us/ccsa/ViewReports.do?evEntityType=CO&ceId=54776&evId=54776

Financial Reportinghttp://www.sos.state.co.us/ccsa/SimpleCoInquiryResultSet.do?ceFein=&ceName=greenfaith®Id=Just Search greenfaith!

plantdoctor
plantdoctor

@Heartland_Pharmacy Now you come on here and make an ass of yourself, well because you are a ass Heartland Pharmacy.  Aside from your cocky attitude and using women in advertising, I would hope people are smart enough to see this and not go to your dispensary.  Wayward Bill has it right....Green Yuppie tripe and bragging like an ass.

johnfritzel
johnfritzel

Bill,

Thanks for calling my shop and letting me know about the postings. I usually pay no attention to stuff like this. If it must be know I have an 07 Range rover and had it long before I was in medical marijuana. I don't own a house anywhere especially Boulder or aspen but sounds nice. I rent a house with my family. I'd really like to know who posted this and how to get that info. I'm curious why someone would say, I hate business owners like you Brady Bell". At the end of the day people will say what they will. Thanks for taking the time to call and check it out.

mattleising
mattleising

@Heartland_Pharmacy And are you seriously dumb enough to write on a website what you own and talk shit? Yeah wave that red flag in front of the DEA idiot

Heartland_Pharmacy
Heartland_Pharmacy

@plantdoctor @Heartland_Pharmacy 

I don't give a damn about all of you freedom fighters. I am a business MAN. A thing some of you should learn about capitalism... Winners win, losers... well... hate on winners. Get over it. I won.

the420rev
the420rev

@WaywardBill  you know greenfaith has med donations for you anytime you need them Bill, we have tincture and greenfaith goo (tears) available right now. When is your next trip north? ill be in town next week

plantdoctor
plantdoctor

@rosskarr Yes he did. Very uncool.  And 15 minutes after I posted the link to "Johnfritzel", all the comments that have been there for days was suddenly deleted.  Hmmm.  

rosskarr
rosskarr

@plantdoctor

I witnessed all of that hate that was spewed by him that day. It was very strange and sad. Twirling hippy confections is a proud cannabis business owner and that guy created such a stir and was proud of it.

johnfritzel
johnfritzel

@plantdoctor @johnfritzel You can call me at my shop tomorrow my friend. The only comments I've posted are to explain the comments posted about money, cars, girls and real estate aren't me. Someone is slandering me and my tech attorney is about to court order every posting ip address who has had something to say. I'm not Brady Bell, I'm not someone impersonating myself. I was going to let it die but threats and slanderous comments are not something I will accept. No games here man just responding to comments made by someone other than me. If posts were pulled and links changed then the answer is pretty simple from where I sit. Thanks for helping give me a jump on getting to the bottom of this stuff.

plantdoctor
plantdoctor

@johnfritzel Hahahaha!  You are a joke.  Funny to me how "Brady Bell", or you,  deleted all of his comments all of a sudden from the first link, and changed his profile pic to not show the shelf of meds at Heartland Pharmacy!  Nice try, you maybe fooled one person on here but not me.    

johnfritzel
johnfritzel

@plantdoctor I don't have a Facebook account for this exact reason. I'd like to see it but can't log on. Thanks for the response.

garcia.jerome
garcia.jerome

@Heartland_Pharmacy @plantdoctor your herb sucks donkey's balls. but you will have bigger thing to worry about now. seeing as your name was just put on blast.   things like... who's gonna jack me tonight or who's gonna break into my house. it doesn't take alot to do a records search of your name. better get home bitch. they are already there.

mattleising
mattleising

@Heartland_Pharmacy @plantdoctor I care about who I buy form. Buying bud is like buying a cheeseburger now-a-days and I've never been to your shop and most definitely won't go in the future. And I know for a fact your bud isn't "best on the planet" lol. Why not try winning an award first lmao! 

plantdoctor
plantdoctor

@WaywardBill Look at the links I posted.  He was bragging just like on here and disrespecting people as well.

plantdoctor
plantdoctor

@Heartland_Pharmacy @plantdoctor   I hate cocky a-hole business owners like you Brady Bell.  In it all for yourself, not to help people in the MEDICAL marijuana business.  Then brag and brag as if you are so great.  This comment sums you up. Again people need to take note of your morals.  You did not beat me at anything so I don't know what you are talking about by "I won".  If anything I am the winner because I value more important and simple things, not smoking hot girlfriends, a vehicle, and money.  

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@the420rev I'd really like to see a coop or exchange or something like that, now that a red card wouldn't be required.

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