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Marijuana: John Hickenlooper-Eric Holder A64 call still a mystery despite activist's efforts


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"This was a secret meeting between Governor Nixonlooper and the federal government regarding the implementation of Amendment 64 (Use and Regulation of Marijuana) to the Colorado Constitution," Donahue writes in an e-mail to Westword. "If this meeting, which took place less than a week after Colorado amended the constitution, is not of vital public interest, then what is? What was said in the meeting? I know what they said, was said, but without any recording how can we be sure.

"Didn't President Nixon resign because he erased sixteen minutes of a conversation?" he goes on, before referencing past open-records requests. "Yet we have the MMED erasing e-mails, the Governor's office having no e-mails between them and the MMED, and now Governor Nixonlooper has a meeting with the Department of Justice, which has time and again cracked down on Colorado. How many Department of Justice letters were sent to shut down dispensaries?

"I wish I could say this was a surprise, but the state and the federal government have been completely opaque about allowing any real oversight by the public regarding marijuana. By denying access to these documents and conversation, the Government of Colorado and of the United States are actively thwarting the will of the public."

One more thing: Donahue wonders, "Did the Department of Justice mention in the conversation with Governor Nixonlooper that they will in fact go after growers and distributers in Colorado?" -- a reference to a statement made by drug czar Gil Kerlikowske during a recent interview.

Thus far, Donahue doesn't have the answer. But you can bet he won't stop demanding one.

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Medical marijuana activist Corey Donahue carves a niche in Occupy Denver's kitchen."



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Case
Case

Weak, Westword! Super-weak! After weeks and weeks of Donahue harassing you in the blog comments to pursue this matter, this is the best you can do?

Westword agrees this story is important enough to write about, but it is not important enough for them to actually investigate. Missing emails and no records of phone conversations with the feds?! This sounds pretty important to me, but WW once again passes the buck and ignores the opportunity to pursue real investigative journalism. Sigh. As WW goes, so goes the rest of the info-tainment "news" business, posing as real reporters.

The Boulder Weekly, a REAL newspaper with REAL investigative journalists, just did an expose' on the problem of getting CORA requests filled anywhere in Colorado. There seems to be a coordinated effort to deny citizen's access to public records all over the state:
Transparency Trouble (2/14/13) - Boulder Weekly
http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-10638-transparency-trouble.html

The Colorado Press Association has a paid attorney on staff that will pursue this matter AT NO COST to Westword, assuming WW is a member in good standing of the CPA.

Why does WW refuse to dig deeper into this matter????  Are you afraid you won't be able to do better than lone wolf activist Corey Donahue? Are you embarrassed, or just lazy???

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Jennifer, please explain why it is NOT important to have a recording or any record of a conversation between the Federal Government and the Governor regarding the implementation of a newly enacted constitutional amendment?

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

Those of us who know the use of cannabis don't turn to Hickenlooper and Holder, we turn to Clover Leaf consulting.  Hickenlooper and Holder aren't going to make the rules in Colorado.   Regular cannabis loving Coloradoans make the rules in Colorado.

http://youtu.be/YSpmjzPzFoM

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Thus far, Donahue doesn't have the answer. But you can bet he won't stop demanding one.

Sounds very dismissive, why am I the only one demanding an answer? This is not important? Explain to my why this conversation is not important.

Sherman
Sherman

Is this truly a story?  I mean, we've had to read this same crap week after week in every single friggin marijuana post, sometimes twice when he posts as both himself and Charles Gleason.  Enough.  We get it, can we friggin move on now?  Christ what's next, will you take all of Donkey's rants and make a story out of that too?

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Calling the governor "Nixonlooper" just proves that Donahue is childish. This is a complicated issue which Governor Hickenlooper is trying to navigate. He's been pretty diplomatic in my opinion. Maybe it's because I'm from Texas and have had to live with Bush and Perry as governors, but picking on Hickenlooper and resorting to name calling is the wrong way to go.

imahead
imahead

u gotta give that donkey points for consistency... always spreading the love.

i wonder if he hates pharmie users too?

alcoholics?

junkies?

whofartedinhere
whofartedinhere

It was more fun to watch Corey lose his shit in every single Westword weed comments thread.  Now you had to go and act like his request has a slight whiff of poignancy.  Who cares what the governor discussed with the AG?  Who cares that they didn't record it?  Was there a law being broken, or just some misguided principle of total openness that Corey dredged out of his addled brain? The relevancy to the situation is nil.  

Maybe at the very least he'll go find another almost-dead horse to ride into the ground now that you've given him yet another "victory" to crow about.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Medical marijuana critic William Breathes's latest review, which is usually published at 4:20 p.m. on Thursdays, has not quite finished curing;"

Typical Stoner ... always late.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Case "Are you embarrassed, or just lazy???"

Queen Patty does allow Westweed employees to get stoned on the job.


Monkey
Monkey

@tutonehcc Clove leaf? I thought medical weed was dead, right high country. Maybe it's just your common sense that's dead.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

And a very happy birthday to Wayward Bill!

dm_co
dm_co

@imahead "Some men just want to argue with stoners"

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

@tutonehcc ¨Regular cannabis loving Coloradoans make the rules in Colorado.¨

No you don´t A64 was written by Steve Fox of Marijuana Policy Project in Washington DC.

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