Marijuana: Smart Colorado wants to ban retail pot shops -- or does it?

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The group that organized opposition to Amendment 64, which allows adults to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, was called Smart Colorado. Now, a new organization by the same name has been created to lobby legislators tackling legislation required to enact the measure, with a bill expected to be introduced next week.

The new Smart Colorado reportedly opposes retail stores for recreational pot -- but that's not what a spokeswoman for the group told us.

We first wrote about Smart Colorado Mark II in January posts about Project SAM, a national outfit co-founded by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and launched in Denver; it touts a public-health approach to marijuana. Then, earlier this month, the Denver Post headlined a Smart Colorado article "Group Forms to Oppose Colorado Marijuana Stores."

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This graphic illustrates Smart Colorado's pot-retail article.
The Post's take on Smart Colorado is seemingly confirmed by a post on its website entitled "We Can Prohibit Pot Retail." According to the item, "It's not entirely clear Colorado voters knew they were launching a marijuana retail industry when they approved Amendment 64 -- or that they even support marijuana retail at all. Though this point is often lost in local news coverage, it is a very important one: Colorado voters approved an amendment to allow or prohibit retail sales of marijuana. Smart Coloradans have made the distinction."

The piece backs up this assertion -- one vigorously rejected by members of the A64 campaign, who point out that the provisions of the measure were publicly vetted for well over a year -- with the following anecdote:

Take, for example, a meeting led earlier this month by Denver City Councilwoman Mary Beth Sussman, who represents the city's District 5, which includes the affluent neighborhoods of Lowry and Crestmoor Park. When Ms. Sussman asked the roughly 60 people in attendance -- nearly all of whom were her constituents -- whether they knew they were voting for the opening of marijuana retail stores, only about a third of her audience members raised their hands affirmatively.

However, earlier in the meeting, her constituents made their views very clear. They overwhelmingly do not want marijuana stores in or near their neighborhoods. They do not think the conversion from "medical marijuana dispensary" to a retail shop should be an easy one -- or even necessarily happen at all. They also want to ensure there are public hearings to determine whether a store's conversion from dispensary to retailer is allowed.

So...is banning pot retail stores in Colorado despite A64's passage Smart Colorado's main goal? Not according to Suvi Miller, one of the group's spokespersons.

"We know there is a portion of this that's moving into retail," she says. "That's what the amendment was about, in part. The 'no' campaign was certainly concerned about the passage and retail implementation, but the way we're looking at it now is, the voters passed this amendment. But there are still concerns about what they wanted from it -- what they were looking for and what they were concerned about versus this being an absolute blanket on a big industry for marijuana."

Continue for more of our interview with Smart Colorado spokeswoman Suvi Miller.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Bitches -- the authors, promoters and voters for A64 explicitly wanted each and every City and County to have the absolute power to BAN ALL commercial marijuana activities ... which is why that power is specifically written into and granted by A64 !!

The Voters have Spoken!

                                                   *** Regulation Works! ***

nmwcinbv
nmwcinbv

Hey Donkey...


This world needs less intolerant, name-calling people such as yourself.  Cannabis is medicine to thousands of people with cards, and thousands of other people without cards.  Just because someone has a typo in their comment doesn't make them stupid, a stoner, or a loser.  It means they have a typo...  Illiterate deals with reading and writing, not so much spelling...

Something for you to remember when you are doing all your name calling and declaring what kind of person someone is purely based on something they wrote (FAIL):  Einstein didn't know how to tie his shoes.  Oh, he smoked cannabis too.  Guess that makes him a stupid, loser stoner who discovered the physics of the universe. (NOT A FAIL).  

Go back in your hole.  People in this country have woken up, they see the truth.  You are hiding behind the Reefer Madness Propaganda that is old and tired from years ago.  That kind of ignorance is being put behind us!  Much like your comments...

11er
11er

Looks like i am going to have to move back to Denver to straighten this problem out. Sometimes when you look to hard at the simplest problem it starts to look like ROCKET SCIENCE...If the old DARE or drug programs at your local school didn't fabricate all of the falsehoods in their teaching, it would be much easier to transition the students into the reality of the situation. They basically dropped HEROIN COKE AND M.J. in the same basket... So when a kid tried pot and found out it wasn't as bad as they say...SHIT why not go for the rest...Why not let the dispensaries transform into retail?DUH.. How in the hell can you track SEED TO SALE? Way too much money needed for that. Since pot never has killed a soul, maybe after all the ADO is over people will not even notice the JACK HERER, BLUE DREAM lovers in their neighborhoods. i can't wait to get there for my annual 420 vacation. SAVE ME A SEAT AT EXDO..........

stuka1
stuka1

"Concerns about marijuana and its impact on adolescents inspired her to attend a workshop this past summer featuring presentations by Dr. Christian Thurstone and Kevin Sabet, both major participants in Project SAM. Their comments about the impact of marijuana on the development of young people rang true for her."

Meaning she drank the prohibitionist Kool Aid, swallowed the long discredited lies of the ONDCP propaganda machine hook, line and sinker. What a fucking idiot.

stuka1
stuka1

"It's not entirely clear Colorado voters knew they were launching a marijuana retail industry when they approved Amendment 64 -- or that they even support marijuana retail at all. Though this point is often lost in local news coverage, it is a very important one: Colorado voters approved an amendment to allow or prohibit retail sales of marijuana. Smart Coloradans have made the distinction.""

Bald faced motherfucking liars. No surprise here.

stuka1
stuka1

"In her view, "kids don't really have the information about marijuana. Anecdotally, they'll say things like, 'It helps you focus, it helps with seizures, it makes you more creative, I do better in school if I'm smoking marijuana during the day, it helps me with anxiety.' That's not universal, but you often hear them say it's good for you."

Just like ALL prohibitionists -- including her handlers at Smartapproaches.com (Project SCAM), this bitch is making up her "facts" to suit her propaganda. She can shove her Masters, Chris TURDstone and Kevin Sabet, up her ass.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Fuck the rules grow plants they make your air better

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** Scathing audit throws Colorado recreational marijuana rules into chaos ***

Colorado's under-construction plan for regulating recreational marijuana nearly came unglued Thursday, when lawmakers questioned whether the agency that would enforce the rules is up to the task.

The plan called for the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division — which regulates medical-marijuana businesses — to transition to the Marijuana Enforcement Division and be in charge of all pot enterprises in the state. But a scathing audit released this week cast doubt on the division's fitness for handling the massive job. And it threw into chaos what was scheduled to be the final meeting of a legislative committee drafting a bill on recreational marijuana regulations.

"It's tough for me to vote to give them one ounce more of regulatory responsibility," Rep. Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, said at the meeting Thursday.

"If they couldn't handle the little piece they have now," DelGrosso said later, "there's no way we can trust them to handle more."


The audit, released during an epic two-day meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, found the division rife with wasteful spending, shoddy enforcement and unfulfilled expectations. Systems that were supposed to track marijuana plants from seed to sale were incomplete. Measures that were supposed to prevent criminals from getting involved in the industry had failed.

After DelGrosso's comments Thursday, committee chair Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, abruptly called a recess, and committee members moved to an adjacent room to vent their frustrations.

"They need to tell us how they will do things differently," Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, said of marijuana regulators.

"If you're in the real world, all these flipping people are gone," DelGrosso said.

"Heads should roll," said Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins



                       *** Regulation Works !! -- Get REGULATED, suckers! ***


dcCU
dcCU

@Cognitive_Dissident  as usual you know what time it is and I don't mean four twenty. as always thank you for your time in sharing your voice because your words do make a difference. you are inspiration and reassurance to me as I know you must be to others.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@nmwcinbv "It means they have a typo...  Illiterate deals with reading and writing, not so much spelling."

Q.E.D.

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

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El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 derp de derp derp.

stuka1
stuka1


@Adam Johnson Thats the beauty of A64, actually. Growing an unlimited (over time),    number of plants and keeping unlimited yield from them is  built into A64.  ...six at a time that is...

...holy fuck, does this editor ever suck..

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay The lawmakers who passed the HB are now crying because the albatross they set up doesnt fly. Whodathunkit...

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay The weaker MMED is, the better. That keeps them in check. Fuck 'em.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = coprophagic clown who thinks INSIDE an enclosed, locked greenhouse is OUTSIDE.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

 A LOCALITY MAY PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITIES, MARIJUANA PRODUCT MANUFACTURING FACILITIES, MARIJUANA TESTING FACILITIES, OR RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES THROUGH THE ENACTMENT OF AN ORDINANCE OR THROUGH AN INITIATED OR REFERRED MEASURE

Get REGULATED, bitch!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

  = hysterical whiny pussy, can't think its way out of a wet paper bag

stuka1
stuka1


@El_Derpo = DonkeyHotay reduced to babbling nonsense, as usual

stuka1
stuka1


@El_Derpo You are so much less incoherent when you post using this sock puppet, JackassHoBoy. You should just stick to this one, it makes you look so much less like the drooling ignorant chickenshit whiny pussy you are.

stuka1
stuka1


@El_Derpo ....and she can follow them up with a Jackass/Derpo chaser.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... what good is "keeping unlimited" excess pot that is more than you can consume if you can't legally sell it, or even move it from the growhouse, eh numbnuts?



El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 <<<<<<< derp derp derp

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

A LOCALITY MAY PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITIES, MARIJUANA PRODUCT MANUFACTURING FACILITIES, MARIJUANA TESTING FACILITIES, OR RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES THROUGH THE ENACTMENT OF AN ORDINANCE ...

Get REGULATED, bitch ... you voted for it!!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = punk ass bitch begging for an ass-whipping.

YOU DON'T KNOW what the voters wanted.  

@DonkeyHotay = PROVEN pathological LIAR, thinks anything he makes up is is "fact". 

hth you chickenshit whiny pussy

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1A LOCALITY MAY PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITIES, MARIJUANA PRODUCT MANUFACTURING FACILITIES, MARIJUANA TESTING FACILITIES, OR RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES THROUGH THE ENACTMENT OF AN ORDINANCE ...

THROUGH THE ENACTMENT OF AN ORDINANCE

THROUGH THE ENACTMENT OF AN ORDINANCE

THROUGH THE ENACTMENT OF AN ORDINANCE

What part don't you comprehend, you pig-ignorant bong-sucking simpleton?

stuka1
stuka1

 ...PROVIDED, ANY INITIATED OR REFERRED MEASURE TO PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FACILITIES, MARIJUANA PRODUCT MANUFACTURING FACILITIES, MARIJUANA TESTING FACILITIES, OR RETAIL MARIJUANA STORES MUST APPEAR ON A GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT DURING AN EVEN NUMBERED YEAR.

stuka1
stuka1

ColoradoKid 4 hours ago

"@JakassHoBoy/@El_Derpo owned by stuka1 much? lol. Stuka1 is the almighty donkey tamer"

@ColoradoKid @El_Derpo I pimp JackassHoBoy out to the taliban every night. Look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgQvUPNrQQw

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 ..................................... derp.

stuka1
stuka1

@El_Derpo <====licks up ChrisTARD TURDstone's dingleberries every day!

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 <<<<<< dingleberry derp

stuka1
stuka1


@El_Derpo <==spineless whiny pussy, begs for an ass whipping

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» derp.

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 ~~~~~~~~~~>> derp.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = biggest ambition in life is to be a dope dealer.  

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = cant think its little way out of a fucking paper bag

You can give it away, an ounce at a time, as God intended. Or you can stockpile it (being careful to prevent mold, etc) for the day when Prohibition finally collapses entirely and you can sell it to your heart's content.

Fuck, but you are an idiot.

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