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Marijuana activist objects to Amendment 64 task force member calling for fed crackdown


In Slaugh's opinion, "there are real questions about what side she is on -- the side of Colorado and the majority of voters asking this to be regulated like alcohol, or on the side of asking the federal government to enforce the Controlled Substances Act and derail the very efforts she's supposed to be taking as a representative member of the governor's task force."

At this writing, Slaugh has not received a response from Governor Hickenlooper's office in regard to his concerns about Ward. But he'll be attending today's meeting and plans to listen closely for evidence that the task force is fulfilling its stated mission.

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Dan Nordberg.
Slaugh is also troubled by what he sees as the under-representation of the Colorado Springs area, and Southern Colorado as a whole, on the task force. The only person from the area to be named is Representative-elect Dan Nordberg, a Republican and former aid of hardcore conservative Congressman Kevin Lamborn -- hardly known as a big booster of marijuana legalization.

He notes that "we've always been a little different from Denver in the way our advocacy has worked down here -- the way our patients are viewed and businesses are advertised. It's a different climate, and I think there should be more representation for a region that's the second largest in the state for the medical marijuana industry."

Likewise, he thinks the business groups represented on the task force, including Colorado Concern, are more interested in providing a voice for big employers, not the small businesses that dominate the medical marijuana industry and may have similar opportunities should retail operations for recreational cannabis be allowed to move forward.

As for Ward, he believes "the conflict of interest is pretty clear."

We'll be covering today's meeting and hope to get comment from Ward about Slaugh's concerns.

Continue to see Mark Slaugh's notes to Hickenlooper's legal counsel and letters to the Department of Justice and President Barack Obama (plus Hickenlooper and AG John Suthers) calling for federal intervention.


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palmspringsbum1
palmspringsbum1

This is always what happens with government committees - they get stacked with obstructionists.

Look at how many medical marijuana commissions have approved new conditions.  Look at the fight in Colorado over adding PTSD as a medical marijuana condition.

If her fight to stay on the commission prevents them from setting up regulations and approving grows and distributors, she will have done her job.

Den420ver
Den420ver

Tamra Ward. Needs to be removed immediately. (Period )

ccapra
ccapra

Based on the letter, her motives would be subject.  Politics at their finest.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

You idiots BEGGED for Government REGULATION! -- each and every REGULATION is a RESTRICTION and CONFLICT on the rights of Marijuana Users and Growers in Colorado.

Büch Dich and receive your REGULATIONS, suckers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sUOk91PhxQ

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

This 'Tamra Ward' loser should be removed from this group IMMEDIATELY.....I thought this was supposed to be a group tasked with 'implementing', not obstructing....The Governor explicitly stated that "Members will not be engaging in the debate on the merits of marijuana legalization. The voter's have spoken."

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

This ought to be really interesting.  Keep up the awesome coverage Westword! 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

A64 does NOT legalize marijuana -- not even close.

The AUTHORS of A64 have confessed that fact during Government hearings on the Amendment.

legalize-it
legalize-it

Everyone should be appalled she was even considered given her position.  It should be obvious what her desires are and a blatant conflict of interest when implementing the will of the voters.  Nothing to consider with her.  Replace her.  She will have countless whispers in the ear from prominent influential business who seek to stop the implementation of the voters will.

Dillweedy
Dillweedy

she obviously should not be on the committee. The committee's task is to make A64 happen. Someone who's mission is contrary to that should not be charged with such a task.

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Prohibitionists like Donkey Hotay literally don't give a damn about the welfare of individual citizens. That's you, me, and everyone you care about. They don't care even when their policy means destroying the economy or bank-rolling criminals and terrorists. The prohibitionist onslaught appears to be simply a war directed at all of us.

America, it is time to wake up! Prohibition is a cultural and economic assault on your money, on your careers, on your ability to put food on the table, have shelter, cloth yourself, and even survive or self-medicate. The fiscal cliff isn't the crisis—Prohibitionist control over America's politics and government is!

During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich criminals and corrupt politicians. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on education, etc. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?

Prohibitionists, and their criminal friends who live in a crack-house called Congress, are having a ball and it's all on our tab.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The Lying Liars who promoted the festering turd that is A64 are the ones who have a conflict of interest with  the best interests of real world marijuana users and growers in Colorado.

Monkey
Monkey

@ryan.cordova Without even reading it I bet the regulations don't include customers. I bet it doesn't limit the possession of tomatoes, or selling them to friends, or even limit the number of tomato plants people can grow. I bet it doesn't ban public consumption of tomatoes, or ban restaurants, grocery stores and farmers markets from selling tomatoes either. But what do I know, just a guess, maybe the story does indicate people will be searched for having tomatoes, but I doubt it.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@DonkeyHotay Thanks for finally explaining, that Dude knows how to party!  Woo!  Woo!

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

Video of the Northern Colorado Nazi Party Alliance against marijuana, AKA 'The Alliance'

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@DonkeyHotay A64 legalizes possession of 1 ounce of marijuana by those 21 or over. A64 legalizes growing 6 plants.  A64 Legalizes possession of ALL the bud off of those plants at the site where you grow it.  

Does it allow you to grow it in your basement and sell it under the table in your local park?  Nope.   No wonder you are so upset about it.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@DonkeyHotay Do you think marijuana is illegal?  Even from afar?  From a close it seems pretty darn legal around here.  Here watch, I'm gonna smoke this right now!  See?.... it's not illegal, nothing bad happened!  Proof once again that it's all good yo!

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@DonkeyHotay Too bad you couldn't put down the bong long enough to get off your ass and get some signatures on A70.  Your sour grapes are stinking up the place.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc ... deluded drug addicts utter the same idiocy about heroin and crack every day they don't get caught.

BillG883
BillG883

@malcolmkyle16 @DonkeyHotay Malcolm, it is just a waste of time to talk to this crazy person. Eventually he/she/it will get tired of the sour grapes thing on A64 and move on to find something else to be upset about.  This is just a sick person with real problems.  You can't take he/she/it personally. This person will never be happy, will always complain and be ugly to others.  The best thing to do is just avoid and ignore he/she/it.  Of course DonkeyHotay lost. That won't shut he/she/it up though. Nobody is listening to he/she/it anymore.  Only a few will get sucked into these stupid arguments now.  Maybe if we all just ignored DonkeyHotay he/she/it will get bored and go chase some other windmills.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@malcolmkyle16 -- Everyone Lost! with the pathetic turd that is A64...

... except Law Enforcement, the Dept. of Revenue and the Marijuana McLawyers who'll get rich from fools like you who run afoul of the myriad REGULATIONS that are about to get shoved up your ass.

Monkey
Monkey

@ryan.cordova Legal. Tomatoes aren't regulated, businesses that farm or sell tomatoes are regulated. The non-commercial possession, cultivation, transport, transfer and use of tomatoes aren't limited like our cannabis is. If the story you posted really says individuals are limited to how many tomatoes or tomato plants they can have, I'll apologize for being mis-informed.

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