Photos: Denver 4/20 Rally schedule announced amid pot shots at Amendment 64

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Big photos below.
Today, Miguel Lopez, the organizer of Denver's annual 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park, released the schedule for this year's two-day event, taking place on (duh) April 20 and 21. But in addition to a breakdown of happenings on each day, he also shares his often-negative thoughts about Amendment 64's passage, as well as his views about continuing the fight for full cannabis legalization. Details and photos from last year's gathering below.

At the outset of his essay, on view in its entirety, Lopez details what he sees as A64's weaknesses.

"Amendment 64 did not remove criminal penalties, nor did it make any concessions to those that are currently in jail for non-violent marijuana offenses, while ignoring the 18-21 year old community, continuing limits unlike the regulation of alcohol," he writes. "Those people are still in jail, and they will still face a hard time finding a job, resorting to dealing with the black markets for survival. This includes public consumption."

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Miguel Lopez.
Lopez concedes that A64 proponents and opponents alike "understand that this is a step towards legalization." However, he views the measure as "only a legislative act to create an economy and not to end a war that has destroyed thousands of lives.... In fact, it still perpetuates it. It set forth guidelines for future regulations, establishing a strong bias for those who have the means to open respected marijuana businesses while also maintaining criminal penalties for those in possession of over an ounce. Talk about dangling a carrot. It has launched a green rush, but at the same time, it has made enough restrictions so that poorer and marginalized members of society still face the same problems as [they] did before and still risk going to prison and losing their basic freedoms.

"In other words, Coloradans, those of you who do not have money to join expensive local lobbies and attend fundraisers with other wealthy residents who have political connections, or have access to large amounts of cash, have been left out. Your voice was not heard and your community is not being represented. You, or someone you know, is suffering from having a marijuana charge on their record, on probation, or in jail. You and almost everyone you know, has been left out of a conversation."

The Civic Center happening is very different, he maintains. In his words, "The Denver 420 Rally is committed to getting the greed out of weed. We are also committed to getting our voices heard and are committed to ensuring that all of our rights, our human rights, are being considered. We will fight to make sure that members of communities most affected by the war on marijuana are included in the local and national debate and have their rights and freedoms restored. We are committed to supporting the growth of small local business and minority owned businesses while developing confidence and educating the large marijuana community on how to be active members of their community through continued contributions and peaceful political actions."

Of course, the event will feature a lot more than demonstrations and speech-making. In addition to addresses by the likes of attorney Rob Corry and activist Rico Colibri, there'll also be musical performances (most of the TBA at this point), awards presentations and a certain group activity slated to start at about twenty minutes after four in the afternoon.

Look below to see photos by Brandon Marshall of last year's Denver 4/20 rally, followed by the Lopez release.

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The scene at 4:20 p.m. at Civic Center Park.
Continue for more photos from last year's 4/20 event in Denver's Civic Center Park.


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stuka1
stuka1

"In addition to addresses by the likes of attorney Rob Corry and activist Rico Colibri,..."


Good Lord, surely not the ame Rico Colibri who wants to throw out of state visitors to the incarceration industry wolves by forcing them to consume every bit of the up to 5 grams he would allow them, right there at the pot shop,  and only then turning them loose on the roads to kill someone in their car or be pulled over and sent to the slammer for driving with astronomical thc levels in their blood? He's the best friend Kevin Sabet has got in Colorado!

Case
Case

We have A64 to thank for HB 13-1114, this year's marijuana and driving bill. Thanks to all the stoners who voted for A64, we now have this festering turd sentence line in our constitution, maybe forever: "Driving under the influence of marijuana shall remain illegal." Since the brilliant McLawyers that wrote A64 failed to define exactly what "driving under the influence of marijuana is", they have FORCED the General Assembly to define it for them. They have decided that if you are suspected of drunk driving, the government will have the right to take your blood without your consent. If the government finds 0.5 ng/mL of THC in your blood, you will be guilty of a felony charge of driving under the influence. Under HB 13-1114, you don't get to present evidence that you might not have been actually impaired. The mere presence of this meager amount of THC in your blood guarantees your conviction.

Remember, if the A64 McLawyers had wanted to prohibit this kind of bill from being introduced, they could easily have added that language to A64.

Now, for discussion purposes, I would really like to see the pro-A64 crowd tell us all how forced blood draws and ridiculously-low nanogram limits is a "step in the right direction." As the Donkey says, "Be precise and show your work."

Rev. B Baker
Rev. B Baker

they are still protesting oppressive and bigoted people

Rev. B Baker
Rev. B Baker

havent been to a rally since ken g was murdered, but making a whole luxury cannabis weekend vacation out of it all, this year, for the wife and i, as we have had kids since 2000

Evan Mathis
Evan Mathis

I've been a couple times, typically just for 4:20 and then get out. Similar to St. Patrick's day, it's amateur hour for stoners. Plus I always see way too many babies in strollers...

Patrick Solano
Patrick Solano

Still Laughing...this can't be real...hilarious!

Patrick Solano
Patrick Solano

WTF??? Are these people for real? Or Westword, are these fake accts you set up to trick people. This has to be a joke right? POT is a derogatory term?

Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters
Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters

BIGOTS would you report NIGGER RALLY? POT RALLY IS NOT an O.K. DEROGATORY TERM TO USE in connection to the MARIJUANA aka CANNABIS MINORITY COMMUNITY! DEMAND that the MEDIA, WESTWORD and MEDIA STOP.. PERPETUATING OUR OPPRESSION and DISCRIMINATION! 8 minutes ago · Like

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

BIGOTS would you report NIGGER RALLY? POT RALLY IS NOT an O.K. DEROGATORY TERM TO USE in connection to the MARIJUANA aka CANNABIS MINORITY COMMUNITY! DEMAND that the MEDIA, WESTWORD and MEDIA STOP.. PERPETUATING OUR OPPRESSION and DISCRIMINATION!

Kellie Lankutis
Kellie Lankutis

Well as some tourist and natives find it hard to believe, not everyone in Colorado smokes. I don't smoke, so it would be pretty weird being there.

Dj Barajas
Dj Barajas

I memorialize a different event that occurred on that day in 1999.

Testecleese
Testecleese

Michael, will WW be posting a list of communities, towns and cities that are enacting A64 fully as written? Might be interesting to see which of those are enacting the will of the voters and which are not. It is a list that I think many would be interested in seeing.

Thanks for the work in keeping us informed of A64 compliance as this plays out. Much appreciated.

Omar Williams
Omar Williams

I've Never Been! I Smoke @ Home like Sane people!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Amendment 64 did not remove criminal penalties, nor did it make any concessions to those that are currently in jail for non-violent marijuana offenses, while ignoring the 18-21 year old [adult] community, continuing limits unlike the regulation of alcohol," he writes. "Those people are still in jail, and they will still face a hard time finding a job, resorting to dealing with the black markets for survival. This includes public consumption."

Finally some ACCURATE and HONEST coverage of that festering turd that is A64.



tjudahministries
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ccapra
ccapra

@Case No you don't, it was there last year without 64.  It's just the same douche bag with the porno mustache re-introducing it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Rev. B Baker  ... so what did you do, trade the kids for a pathetic ounce of "legal" weed?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters ... take your meds, psycho.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Deborah Watts = cuckoo for cocoa puffs 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Testecleese 

The Will of the Voters was -- as specifically written into A64 -- that individual Cities and Counties could ENTIRELY BAN any commercial/retail Marijuana activities if they so desired.

Eighty Four (84) Cities or Counties had already BANNED "medical" marijuana dispensaries prior to A64, so you can count on those same ones to rapidly enacting bans on recreational dispensaries -- AS ALLOWED by THE WILL of the Stupid Stoners who wrote and passed A64!

*** Regulation Works!! *** -- now bück dich and feel the Fist of Regulation you begged for, sucker!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@ccapra @Case You're right, ccapra. Last year was the second time a THC driving standard bill narrowly failed to become law. This year makes number three. Thanks for the post.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Case @michael.roberts @ccapra 

Stupid Stoners -- like ccrapra -- are as Stupid Stoners do!

Only a stupid stoner would surrender TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana over to the same anti-marijuana bureaucrats and big government regulators who've been promoting the drug war for decades.

Fucking idiots who supported A64 deserve to get the Fist of Regulation rammed up their ass.


Case
Case

@michael.roberts@ccapra@Case If the A64 McLawyers had wanted to prohibit this kind of bill from being introduced, they could easily have added that language to A64. NORML supporst the 5 ng law, as does MPP.

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