Marijuana: Activist Rico Colibri on creating Amendment 64 Shadow Task Force

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Rico Colibri.
On the day Governor John Hickenlooper signed Amendment 64, he also announced the formation of a task force intended to make recommendations about the measure's implementation. Since then, some observers have complained about the task force's membership. Hence, a number of reformers are announcing today the creation of an A64 Shadow Task Force intended to help influence the official group, as well as legislators and regulators working to put the measure into effect.

The Shadow Task Force is a joint effort of the Cannabis Alliance for Regulation and Education (CARE), led by Rico Colibri, and the Miguel Lopez's Denver 420 Rally organization. According to Colibri, the idea for such a panel emerged during discussions between him and fellow activist Kathleen Chippi.

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Kathleen Chippi.
"We've attended some meetings and reviewed the public information that's been made available so far, and we noticed that the [governor's] task force, albeit made up of people who are highly intelligent in their respective fields, are mulling over stuff that's already been done in 1284," says Colibri, referencing HB-1284, the law that established the structure of the state's medical marijuana industry. "Our concern is that some advocates, like Christian Sederberg and Lauren Davis, are being bogged down in conversations that aren't very productive."

An example? "Some people are still discussing state-run stores," he notes -- and indeed, this approach was touted in Westword earlier this week by task force member Dr. Christian Thurstone. "Anyone who has read the amendment knows that has absolutely nothing to do with it. And there's also been a discussion that somehow marijuana plants should cooperate and stop at 15 percent THC. I helped co-write some of the cultivation rules for 1284, and when I hear things like that, it's concerning to me that some task force members don't understand marijuana as a plant."

Some of these questions may simply be borne out of ignorance, Colibri believes -- but not all of them.

"We have some task force members who don't fully support the idea of regulating marijuana like alcohol," he maintains. "In fact, they don't seem to support regulating it in any fashion and appear to be trying to derail the process rather than implementing the will of the voters."

Continue for more of our interview with Rico Colibri about the Amendment 64 Shadow Task Force.


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CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Also, Westword let´s see if he shadow taskforce is more open to the public then the one Nixonlooper created.

AND, WHERE IS THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NIXONLOOPER REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A64?

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

¨Anyone who has read the amendment knows that has absolutely nothing to do with it. And there's also been a discussion that somehow marijuana plants should cooperate and stop at 15 percent THC. I helped co-write some of the cultivation rules for 1284, and when I hear things like that, it's concerning to me that some task force members don't understand marijuana as a plant."

Good job Rico, but noone at the Wasteword has read A64. 

CloudGang
CloudGang

Once again here I am, the 33 year old chronic blazer with 22 years of solid marijuana experience! I am a derrick hand by trade(I really get lifted)And my girl is a dr at the local hospital. we pay taxes,get ripped off by child support, independently take care of our 3 children and both blaze plus support our habit by slangin some to our pals. I'm Mexican born and raised in Colorado like my whole family.we live next door to a detective for the last two years and im sure he smells the purps! Point being...this shits too easy man. I should be getting paid from just my dues not to mention my fine ability to function fine ignoring most police and ignorant laws! Add to the fact while I was doing a 3 yr bid back in 2000 in territorial prison in canon city for possession of a qp of kind buds, I was still receiving buds in the mail!! No lie. Pinners ten bucks. Chap stick cap full fifty. so yes one things right, that no one is speaking for my environment.the state sanctioned taskforce will be running around with badges and weapons. Enforcing.The non sanctioned task force will just complain. and ill still be smoked out. any one supporting any of this belongs in prison!They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.Word.Benjamin Franklin

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I predicted, the day the task force was made public, that the purpose of the task force was to confuse the issue and prevent forward progress. I suspect the obstructionists think by interfering with the legislation process, they can stop distribution.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

Yes, with Mexico still bringing the Lions Share of Cannabis to Colorado, Mexicans should absolutely be represented on the task force.  Not having Mexicans on the task force would be a violation of the NAFTA treaty.  Colorado can't create a cannabis monopoly against Mexican weed, it's just wrong.  There's a war on the border over this crap, last thing we need is to cut the Mexicans out of the deal at this point.  Viva la mota Mexicana y los fabricadores de mota!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

They should be required to wear capes & masks ! 

And meet only under the cover of night !

'Opie' should reunite to write & produce their theme song !

Once they've completed their 'mission' & 1/3 of Colorado is 'high', TAKE TURNS doing horrible things to 'Shag Man' from Rockies Autos, w/ a cattle-prod while on RECORD to immediately post on YouTube providing sweet viewing revenge .......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

A64 = a bogus piece of crap ... PERFECT for the Stupid Stoners who supported it.

You clueless fuckchops BEGGED for GOVERNMENT REGULATION ... now Bück Dich and prepare to get REGULATED, suckers!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CoreyDonahue  ... anyone who "helped write" HB1284 is a traitor to medical marijuana users everywhere.

Like a Jew helping to write the Nürnberger Gesetze.

Thinks4Self
Thinks4Self

@Cognitive_Dissident It is about what I expected from Gov. Chickenpooper's hand-picked candidates as well. I must admit I voted for him the first time, but will be working for the campaign of whom ever runs against him this time!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 .... ¡ Venceremos ! ....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

I believe in god .

I believe my leg's gonna grow back someday .

I believe our Government.

I believe in A64.

I believe 'Global-Warming'  is 'Hell' burning hotter from ALL the sinners .

I believe 'Trix' ARE for kids .

I believe I will again get laid . First time is ALWAYS weird,  my pastor assures me .

Lastly, I believe the only thing DonkeyHotay has more of than opinions, is TIME to spend REPEATEDLY wring them OVER & OVER,  to the enlightenment he believes, of us all. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay Kathleen's elevator reaches all floors ! She is on my very short, 'Follow' list .

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay 

 I believe my attempts at being entertaining are reaching an end, but it's BEYOND difficult when one possess my charm & wit ....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg "I believe I will again get laid"

... heard that Bridgette the Midget is back working on Colfax.

... ask her for the gimp discount.

hth

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  My 'STUMP' aint' nothing NICE !!!

Open UP & say, " AAAAAHHHHHHH !!!!! "

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