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

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As we've reported, the first meeting of the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force is slated for noon today. But even before that initial session, a marijuana activist is protesting the inclusion of one task force member, Colorado Concern's Tamra Ward. Why? Because her signature is the first on letters from business groups calling for the federal government to crack down on the very measure she's supposed to be working to implement.

As our Sam Levin reported earlier this month, the letters were sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President Barack Obama, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers by a coalition of twenty business groups opposed to legalization. They encourage the feds to enforce the Controlled Substances Act, which currently states that marijuana is a Schedule I narcotic whose use is illegal.

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Tamra Ward.
The three letters are on view below in their entirety, but here's an excerpt from the one addressed to Holder:
The Colorado business community, as represented by the signatory organizations noted below, seeks clarity from the Department of Justice with regard to your intentions to enforce federal law under your prosecutorial discretion.

The provisions of Amendment 64 are in direct conflict with the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and other provisions of federal law. The CSA clearly states that federal law preempts state law when there is a positive conflict between the two jurisdictions....

Consequently, we encourage the enforcement of the CSA, to provide the certainty and clarity of law we seek.

To Mark Slaugh, membership director of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, Ward's position on the issue, expressed as president and CEO of Colorado Concern, makes her wholly unsuited to participate on a task force charged with implementing the measure. Hence, his note Friday to Hickenlooper's legal counsel, sent under the heading "Conflict of Interest." We've included that note below as well -- but when asked about his concerns, Slaugh says, "Tamra signed off on a letter that's basically asking the federal government to come in and enforce the Controlled Substances Act not just on Amendment 64, but also on the hundreds of businesses in Colorado that are operating on medical cannabis centers.

"This action is contrary to the goals of these business groups," he adds. "These groups are dedicated to increasing economic development for their regions and increasing job opportunities to strengthen our local economies. So her taking the position to essentially throw the industry under the federal bus threatens literally thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic stimulus that our industry has provided."

Continue to read more about the task force, and to see letters 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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