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.
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.