Marijuana: Differences among members of council's recreational pot committee, chair says

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The first meeting of the Amendment 64 committee of the Denver City Council is scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m. today -- and while Councilman Charlie Brown, the panel's chairman, stresses that no votes will take place during the initial session, he expects a disparity of views among the members. "I'm hearing there are major differences among people on the council," he says.

At this point, the Obama administration has yet to announce whether it will allow Colorado to move forward with enacting the retail elements of Amendment 64 or attempt to block them. However, Brown stresses that "we're certainly not going to wait for the feds. We didn't wait for them on medical marijuana, and we're not going to wait for them on recreational. Especially since that city" -- Washington, D.C. -- "is basically dysfunctional. Give me a break."

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Charlie Brown.
With that in mind, Brown notes that "we're going to plow ahead and try to come to some conclusions, decide on directions and set some policy that will respond to the 66 percent of the people in Denver who supported this amendment."

Brown was not among them: He opposed the measure, as did Denver's mayor, Michael Hancock. Nonetheless, he was a logical choice to chair the Amendment 64 committee given his history of work on related issues. "I headed up the medical marijuana committee years ago," he points out. Yet he doubts this experience will guarantee quick agreement among colleagues about how to deal with the question of recreational pot.

"It's going to be challenging," he allows. "One contrast is that then-Mayor [John] Hickenlooper didn't get involved in our deliberations, but Mayor Hancock is going to be different. He will be involved. And from what I'm hearing, there are a lot of differences on the committee. I believe there are going to be some people who'll be against the commercialization of recreational marijuana in the City and County of Denver."

Granted, some matters may be easy to resolve. For instance, he feels that council rules about medical marijuana signage -- and, in particularly, a de facto ban on sign spinners outside businesses -- will carry over. In his words, "that's a given, I assume. If you can't do it for medical marijuana, I don't know why we would allow it for recreational marijuana."

Even so, he expects the debate over the big picture to be intense.

"Philosophically, the issue is, how recreational-marijuana-friendly do we want to make Denver? That's where we're going to have some real battles."

His own point of view is clear. "I'm very concerned," he says. "I've been hearing reports from the ski industry, for example, that you can smell marijuana on the ski lifts, which is frankly against the law -- open consumption is not allowed under Amendment 64. That brings up the question of enforcement, and what we can do to negate the image of skiing stoned in Colorado. I don't think that's an image we want for this industry or for this state.

"Do we want to change the name of the bison who runs out at CU games from Ralphie to Reefer?" he asks. "I don't know that it will go that far."

For today's meeting, the main presentation will be made by Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell. "There won't be any public speakers," Brown says -- but as time goes on, "both sides will have their opportunity to speak" at future sessions.

"This is going to be very interesting," Brown adds -- and this comment may be just about the only one likely to win universal agreement.

The meeting of the new Amendment 64 Committee will get underway at 3:30 p.m. in Room 391 of the Denver City & County Building.

More from our Marijuana archive circa 2009: "Live blog: Charlie Brown presents his pot proposal."



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bill2013bailey
bill2013bailey

Do our law makers actually believe that we would be better off if every household which had an alcohol consumer in it also had a still or talked a neighbor into providing for them, instead of the current liquor stores, bars, wineries, etc.?  If not, how can the justify their stand against comerical marijuana? Apearently they don't have the health and of all their constitutents as a consederation.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Let em' argue, exposing their massive ignorance, til they are all blue .

Meanwhile, pass the bowl before it goes out .....

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

This is DENVER, right? How many ski slopes are there in Denver?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"I've been hearing reports from the ski industry, for example, that you can smell marijuana on the ski lifts, which is frankly against the law -- open consumption is not allowed under Amendment 64. That brings up the question of enforcement, and what we can do to negate the image of skiing stoned in Colorado. I don't think that's an image we want for this industry or for this state."

Where do these people get this Reefer Madness crap? Just like having a drink isn't being drunk, taking a puff of cannabis isn't getting stoned. Further, someone who privately does such a thing just might have the smell on him.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Drag your heals, and make it as hard as possible, while coming up with as many excuses as possible to obstruct everything possible, right folks? Meanwhile, claim the opposite.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 However, Brown stresses that "we're certainly not going to wait for the feds. We didn't wait for them on medical marijuana, and we're not going to wait for them on recreational."




Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I was under the impression it IS a requirement .

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

Are there any video or audio recordings on youTube or anything for these sessions?  Am I allowed to come in and video?

mrvco
mrvco

If the lifts were faster, then people wouldn't have time to smoke weed on them.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

"There won't be any public speakers," Brown says -- but as time goes on, "both sides will have their opportunity to speak" at future sessions.

Good thing the A64 was wrtitten so well so there will be no way that the government will interfer with your inaliable rights.  Becasue that`s what inaliable rights mean, right?

Way to print a governmental press release you guys are masters at that, what would they do with out you. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... if God wanted Politicians to Ski, he would have made Bullshit White.


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

By the way, I would laugh SO HARD if the mascot became "Ralphie Reefer."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... if Marijuana was all about "just taking a puff", it wouldn't be an issue with the public.

It's the STUPID STONERS who ruin it for everyone.

hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... good thing that the Stupid Stoners were clueless enough to SURRENDER TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana over to BigGovernment Statist Pigs ... the same pigs that were and are AGAINST marijuana use.

Fucking Brilliant!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Nevertheless, this is one of those places where "like alcohol" needs to be continuously reinforced in their little pinhead minds.

bill2013bailey
bill2013bailey

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident we need to rectify that with future political action to cause the state to actually run extensive tests on the roadway to determine if drivving after consuming mj is driving impaired and if so at what nano gram level.

bill2013bailey
bill2013bailey

@Cognitive_Dissident a blood test required if you drive and an officer belives you have consumed any mj will show present active thc. Curently any no matter how little is a dui because mj is still listed as a schedual 1 drug. Even if Steven King is seccesfull in passing a per-se law it will only act as a trap, until the law or the classification changes.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "unless they finally railroad us with a bogus THC-metabolite limit "

You mean WHEN they finally fuck everyone, since the 5ng/ml standard is inevitable, being the Marijuana McLawyer Lobbying arm at NORML, the greedy self-serving MMIG pigs, and the State of Washington with the help and influence of NORML has already implemented it.

Marijuana McLawyers stand to make MILLIONS of $$$ from defending the THOUSANDS of drivers who will fall victim to the 5ng/ml limit.

Good thing that Colorado Stoners/Voters declared DUI-m to be and remain illegal in A64, then FAILED to set any higher, scientifically objective limit.

Fucking Stoner Retards fuck themselves in the ass once again!


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident Frankly, none of that crap will have any effect on me, not being a smoker, unless they finally railroad us with a bogus THC-metabolite limit (unlike actually measuring THC, which they apparently can't do.)

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