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Marijuana: Amendment 64 task force report reveals Westword is adult-oriented -- and more

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Report below.
Hey, kid! What are you doing reading this blog post? Don't you know that Westword is adult-oriented?

Frankly, that was news to us, too, despite our willingness to publish profanities when people say them to us (and other times, as well). But now we know, thanks to the just-released final report from the Amendment 64 task force, which was charged by Governor John Hickenlooper with recommending how the measure is to be implemented. Some highlights and the complete 166-page report below.

The first recommendation? The task force thinks the General Assembly should "adopt the current 70/30 'vertical integration' model" for recreational-marijuana businesses. That means "cultivation, processing and manufacturing, and retail sales must be a common enterprise under common ownership" -- a controversial suggestion in some quarters, given that it requires entrepreneurs to master every element of the industry rather than specializing in growing or selling. Like those in the medical marijuana business, they must grow at least 70 percent of their own product, while acquiring no more than 30 percent from other sources.

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The first task force meeting took place in mid-December.
In addition, there'll be paperwork aplenty. The task force suggests that legislators "add a requirement that all licensees file a monthly report with the state licensing authority, which documents all sales/transfers of marijuana during the month outside of the licensee's common ownership structure pursuant to the 30 percent allowance. This monthly report shall detail all such transactions, including the amount of product transferred, the licensee the product was transferred to, and the calculation of the percentage of on-hand inventory transferred outside of the common ownership structure expressed as a percentage of the total on-hand inventory for the month."

Phew.

Also recommended are rules empowering local jurisdictions to prohibit pot businesses of all descriptions if they so wish. Here's that section:

This statute should recognize the authority of local governments to require local authorization requirements for any adult use marijuana establishment as a legitimate type of "time, place, manner and number" regulation at the local level, by which a local county or municipality may:

1. Defer to state standards;
2. Choose to adopt their own standards; or
3. Ban adult use marijuana establishments within their jurisdictions.

Numerous municipalities have already moved forward with step three. Indeed, Douglas County took its first steps toward a ban last November -- the same month A64 was passed.

Advertising restrictions are also suggested. The task force thinks the legislature should "prohibit all mass-market campaigns that have a high likelihood of reaching minors (billboards, television, radio, direct mail, etc.). Advertising in adult-oriented newspapers and magazines
would be allowed."

And what constitutes an "adult-oriented" publication? Does it have to feature men and women wearing nothing other than marijuana leaves?

Continue for more about the Amendment 64 task force report, including the complete document.

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publius
publius

Prices should absolutely go back up. The Mom and Pop grower has been KILLED by 1284 and related legislation with the worst thing being the race to the bottom that the dispensaries are engaged in. What we need is the stable $400 ounce and $4000 pound so that we can actually make a living off a 12x12 room in our house. I don't mind paying taxes, but I do mind the folks I am philosophically on board with ripping the basis for my living out from under me. Instead of a 12 x 12 room growing heirloom organic stains, I've got to grow a 2000 sq ft warehouse to make the same income? This is what the folks who gave you all the good strains get rewarded with? We're all out of business or working for one of these asshole dispensaries who seem to think that good pot deserves to be sold for pennies... or at least the farmer himself deserves to be paid pennies. Without the farmer, good fucking luck.

johnsullivanmusic
johnsullivanmusic

We live in such a distorted culture, and world.  Protecting kids from the safest substance n the planet while exposing them to legal substances and medications is perverted.  I do not trust the motives of anybody who sees Marijuana as a danger.  Do the research, not only is it not harmful, it's very helpful for many conditions.  I do believe with all of these regulations the black market will thrive.  It's a plant that anybody can grow for free.  Regulate that

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 For six months, a committee met weekly to carefully craft the language that would end up on voters' ballots [in A64]"The process was very intensive,"says marijuana McLawyer Brian Vicente, one of the amendment's primary authors,"Every word was debated."

"Every word was debated."

"Every word was debated."

"Every word was debated."


1) TRANSFER OF ONE OUNCE OR LESS OF MARIJUANA WITHOUT REMUNERATION [sic]


So Brain, what was your EXACT debate and precise intent of the arbitrary LIMITATION and RESTRICTION "without remuneration"  that you placed upon the transfer of a pathetic ounce by private users ?



2) PROVIDED THAT THE GROWING TAKES PLACE IN AN ENCLOSED, LOCKED SPACE, IS NOT CONDUCTED OPENLY OR PUBLICLY, AND IS NOT MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE.


So Brain, what was your EXACT debate and precise intent of the underlined LIMITATION and RESTRICTION you arbitrarily placed upon personal growers ?



3) THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL ENACT AN EXCISE TAX TO BE LEVIED UPON MARIJUANA SOLD OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED BY A MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITY TO A MARIJUANA PRODUCT MANUFACTURING FACILITY OR TO A RETAIL MARIJUANA STORE AT A RATE NOT TO EXCEED FIFTEEN PERCENT PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2017 AND AT A RATE TO BE DETERMINED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THEREAFTER, ... THE FIRST FORTY MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE RAISED ANNUALLY FROM ANY SUCH EXCISE TAX SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE FUND.


So Brain, was it your precise intent that the Legislature should have UNLIMITED TAXING AUTHORITY on marijuana after 2016 so they can obtain the $40 MILLION advertised for schools by any means necessary?


.

kadargo
kadargo

The funny this is Hickenlooper backed up his fear that teenager's use would increase since they are already getting thir hands on alcohol.  Alcohol can kill them.  If the opponents want to save the children, then should alcohol be illegal in an attempt to save the children too? Of course not!  But yeah. lets save the kids from the less harmful substance.

No I DO NOT SUPPORT teenagers using either substance.  Just pointing out the flaw in the opponents' logic and yes, Hickenlooper is an opponent to cannabis.

Also, I guess the opponents' concern for the children comes from the fact that cannabis is "drugs", but alcohol isn't.  Yeah, that makes sense too.  What a bunch of brainwashed idiots!

stuka1
stuka1

"Also recommended are rules empowering local jurisdictions to prohibit pot businesses of all descriptions if they so wish."

Thats not in A64. 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"The commendable work by the task force sets the stage for sensible regulation and enforcement in Colorado. We want to thank Barbara Brohl and Jack Finlaw for their leadership on the task force. The entire group carefully and thoughtfully worked through dozens of issues and ideas. We look forward to now working with the General Assembly to follow through on the task force's recommendations."

Was there a mouse in his pocket, or is that the "royal" "we?"

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"'Banner ads would only be allowed on adult-oriented sites like Westword (not Facebook or mass market sites).'

"You can bet the folks in our sales department breathed easier when reading this last line...."

You think that was some sort of accident, whores?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"The task force thinks the legislature should 'prohibit all mass-market campaigns that have a high likelihood of reaching minors (billboards, television, radio, direct mail, etc.). Advertising in adult-oriented newspapers and magazines
would be allowed.'"

Better make all the AppleJack advertising disappear, because there's a distinct difference between pot fascism and liquor fascism.
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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"70/30 'vertical integration'" defies the amendment and will bring a law suit.

stuka1
stuka1

"...obtain the $40 MILLION advertised for schools..."

That's about $28 per year per voter who actually voted for A64.  Less than the price of a red card. Of course, far more Coloradans will be enjoying the benefits of A64 and contributing taxes thereby, spreading the tax burden far thinner than that.

When you look up "Henny Penny" in the dictionary, there is a picture of DonkeyHotay.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay "...a pathetic ounce..."

Sounds like someone doesn't know how much cannabis an ounce really is.

Must be the same one who thinks its impossible to pull a pound or more from a single plant.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

Growing in an "enclosed, locked space" and not out in the open, such as in a greenhouse or a well-fenced yard, in simply good security measures. No point in spending the time, money and effort to grow six plants just to have someone else harvest them out from under you.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kadargo "No I DO NOT SUPPORT teenagers using either substance."

Why is Marijuana so harmful and dangerous that you would deny ADULTS 18 - 19 any legal access to it?

Be specific, and show your work.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

"...permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities ..."

"...permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities ..."

"...permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities ..."



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... where in A64 does it prevent the Legislature -- who was handed ALL Power and Control over marijuana by the authors, supporters and voters of A64 -- from enacting the same stupid, counterproductive and arbitrary 70/30 vertical integration they forced upon all medical marijuana dispensaries ?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "That's about $28 per year per voter who actually voted for A64"

So cough it up already ... for the kids!

Oh wait, not every fool who voted for A64 would ever actually purchase overpriced, overtaxed, over-regulated, retail dispensary schwag ... so the ENTIRE BURDEN of raising that $40 MILLION will fall upon those few suckers who do.

TAX the SHIT out of It! -- as A64 promised !!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @kadargo 

The problem is that there are plenty of punks 18 to 21 -- YOU, for example -- who lack the mental development and maturity to handle the psychotropic effects of marijuana, and to use it responsibly. It isn't about protecting you from this "dangerous" plant, it is about protecting you from YOURSELF.  

Maybe later sometime, when you learn not to  run with scissors, we might let you sit at the adult's table. 

We will still duct tape your fucking mouth shut, though...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@stuka1Selective copy & paste. 

The actual text: "providing for the licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores; permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities;"

That is not "empowering local jurisdictions to prohibit pot businesses of all descriptions, if they so wish." (emphasis mine)

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  = makes up fantastical bullshit as he goes along. Thus is the life of a pathological liar.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt = hates marijuana users < 21 years old, wants to see them criminally prosecuted.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ...so you didn't vote for that festering turd A64?


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 I do NOT support the continued criminalizazation of marijuana for all those under 21.

I DO support keeping it illegal for YOU to have.

Heh.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... so you DO support the continued criminalization of marijuana for those under 21.

Noted.

publius
publius

@DonkeyHotay - You know, you occasionally nail some points right on, but you do keep getting nastier and nastier. You're not saying anything to fix this, you're just complaining and whinging like a little bitch. I hate A64 and HB1284... I should, I grew for 35 years and because of both of those laws I've ended up watching my margins go down over 200%. I'd rather it be the black market I knew.

That said, If you have all these cogent criticisms (which I do), why do you post a positive alternative - participate in the process and work to make it better? I've done so via others who represent me in the process. Why don't you tell us exactly what you WANT to see? What is the legal regime you would choose for legal cannabis? To be honest, I'm just sick of your negativity. Not to say I disagree with many of your posts - I'm not happy with the ways things are turning out, but I would LOVE to see you say - clearly and without equivocation, what kind of legal regime you'd like to see Donkey?


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay =  miserable troll reduced to quoting out of context from his mommy's basement in between giving rimjobs to hoboes who wander in off Colfax.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


@stuka1 "Growing inside a GREENHOUSE is growing outdoors."

@stuka1 "BECAUSE, DUMBASS, A64 pertains to RECREATIONAL USE ONLY."

@stuka1 "Oh, I forgot it also legalizes industrial hemp"

@stuka1 "A64 covers recreational use ONLY"

@stuka1 "I *ONLY* post honest facts"

@stuka1 "I retract nothing."

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = the ignorant fucktard who thinks A64 outlaws outdoor growing, thinks a fenced yard is not an :enclosed space", and who has been refuted at every turn for his distortions, misrepresentations, and utter legal ignorance.

Fucking retard.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay :

"Fact = A64 did NOT repeal a Single Criminal Statute in Colorado.

Not one!"

That is not a FACT, that is a BULLSHIT misrepresentation. A64 SUPERSEDES any conflicting law. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt ... says the ignorant fucktard who's claimed I am Kathleen Chippi, Laura Kriho, some guy from Wyoming and other such idiotic assertions ... and who repeatedly claimed I was banned from WW ... until Patty Calhoun herself spanked his ass in public for being the lying imbecile that he is.

You = Epic Life Fail!



kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@Cognitive_Dissident Just like Donkey does not have at least 5 sock puppets, some of which are named "Kevin's Mom"..."Stupid Stoner"...etc

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 

Fact = A64 did NOT repeal a Single Criminal Statute in Colorado.

Not one!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

"run along and play with your circle-jerking sock-puppet pals stuka1 et. al. ..." = 

= DonkeySpeak for "Oh, I see you have called me out on my out of context quoting and once again as usual destroyed my assertion, and I have nothing left to do but troll."


And btw Jackass, your assertions are NOT facts, nor are they "uncomfortable" as they are merely fiction, and CD and I and others have refuted them right down the line. You are indeed a troll, but your equivocal definition of the word neither comports with standard definitions, nor with the reality of your activities. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident

Yep ... someone who posts uncomfortable facts that you can't refute.

How's that OCD?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotayGuess I'm just used to you attacking every word I type. A troll is "a person whose sole purpose in life is to seek out people to argue with on the internet over extremely trivial issues." You win the prize

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... your defensiveness was just as clear.

You and stupa1 have fun now ...

And don't forget, a "troll" is just someone who posts uncomfortable facts that you can't refute.

ps; your OCD compels you to read each and every one of my posts, doesn't it?


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident The insinuation was clear. As for the avatar and username cloning...it's been done to me before. I survived, and I wasn't being a troll, like you, either. FWIW, I have no relationship whatsoever with stuka1. I guess being focused on your hatred for both of us has joined us together in your tiny little hardened heart.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... why so defensive?

I never accused YOU of being the puppeteer, merely suggested you run along with your circle-jerking pals, stupa1 and his puerile puppets.

Hey, you don't mind if other people clone your avatar and similar username, do you?


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident Funny thing for a hateful troll to accuse me of--sockpuppetry.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... what other Industries does The Government FORCE businesses into Vertical Integration -- from seed to sale -- in your "free market" delusions?


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