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Denver 4/20 Rally schedule: Pot, hip-hop and serious politics

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Critics of 4/20 gatherings tend to dismiss them as pot-infused parties rather than political events -- but the annual Denver 4/20 Rally, scheduled to take place at Civic Center Park on both April 20 and 21, suggests that this theory is too one-dimensional.

In his latest release, organizer Miguel Lopez precedes entertainment-laden schedule info (see it below) with a slew of attacks aimed at recommendations of the Amendment 64 task force expected to be incorporated into legislation that will create and regulate a recreational marijuana retail industry.

As this post about the Denver 4/20 Rally in 2011 proves, a mix of seriousness and sensimilla is nothing new for the sprawling spectacle.

But this year, Lopez's views are focused on advice from the A64 Task Force that he finds objectionable. Here, for instance, is his take on suggestions that businesses be required to limit the amount of cannabis bought during a single transaction below the one-ounce level mentioned in the legislation. He writes:

Restricting marijuana purchases to only an eighth at a time is a direct violation of the will of voters. Considering that the Amendment currently allows for up to an ounce, this is in direct violation of the will of the voters. In fact, it is probably the most in violation of the will of the voters, followed by allowing localities to determine whether marijuana can be sold or not.
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Miguel Lopez speaking at a State Capitol rally.
He also has a problem with the idea that communities and municipalities will be able to opt out of retail operations. His view on this topic:
Local and state approval for marijuana retailers allows local leaders to circumvent the popular vote and blatantly undermines the will of the voters. Amendment 64 was voted on by all of Colorado and allowing localities to determine whether they want to allow marijuana or not only by passes voter will, it could also continue to foster a black market, especially in rural areas where people will have to drive for miles, spending extra money on gas. Instead, it will be easier to go to local black market dealers. It is also short sighted on behalf of local governments because it robs cities and counties of revenue. It is shortsighted and also stifles innovation. Localities are missing out on opportunities for growth in revenue from new businesses and tourism over an irrational fear of a substance deemed less harmful than alcohol, yet these localities permit the sale of alcohol and cancer causing cigarettes.
Likewise, Lopez thinks letting businesses restrict pot smoking by workers even when they're not on the clock is beyond the pale. His opinion?
This seems almost as violating to civil liberties as the PATRIOT Act and seriously violates personal freedom and the will of voters. It especially violates right to work in that it discriminates against medical marijuana patients, the very people who the marijuana laws were created in the first. This puts more power in the hands of corporations to discriminate against people and hold them at the mercy of employers. It is very aggressive way of showing voters that businesses are not friendly to personal marijuana use, even if it is on personal time. This is an outrage! Furthermore, since over 50 percent of the state voted for medical marijuana, it stands to reason that employers could be hurting themselves by losing good talent and the expense of individual freedom on one's personal time. Maybe this is what Gov. Hickenlooper was referring to about homeless teenagers. Last, but not least, this is yet another stripping of innovation that could lead to economic growth.
There's more, much more, in the complete release, which we've included below, after a photo gallery of rally highlights circa 2010 as shared on the Denver 420 Facebook page by Bob Weedman. We've also pulled out the schedule for easy reference. Check it all out below.

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Photo by Bob Weedman
Continue for more Denver 4/20 rally photos, plus the complete release and schedule for this year's event.


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BuddJones
BuddJones

Looking back at your life was it possible to have made any decisions differently than you did that could have drastically changed your life as it is today? Of course there are many things that you could have chosen to act upon instead of reacting to but at that time you did not have the tools you have now to know where you would end up based upon your decisions then. It does not matter now however how you proceed forward does. Chill out and seriously consider cannabis instead of cigarettes and the 420 Life instead of illusions.

What is Mind Matters? Well, what's is your mind does matter and how you present that to others will make them wonder if the effects of marijuana has taken a toll on your well being or they might just think you are a freaking genius. Regardless, time heals all and most forget everything so just remember if you have been put up on a pedestal eventually you'll be pushed off. The point is that if you have your Colorado Medical Marijuana Red Card it really does not matter because the 420 Life keeps you busy minding your own business all the time. .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

News from the Obvious is Obvious:

*** Marijuana Use Makes You STUPID! - New Study Shows ***

Persistent cannabis use was associated with neuropsychological decline broadly across domains of functioning, even after controlling for years of education. Informants also reported noticing more cognitive problems for persistent cannabis users. Impairment was concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users, with more persistent use associated with greater decline. 

Further, cessation of cannabis use did not fully restore neuropsychological functioning among adolescent-onset cannabis users. Findings are suggestive of a neurotoxic effect of cannabis on the adolescent brain 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22927402

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@JackassHotay, Go ahead and claim victory because you have more time to troll than people have to respond to your idiot trolling. What are you, on welfare?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Will there be any good heroine to be found ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... hey ignorant fucktard, how many more times are you going to spew your laughable nonsense that Government Regulation will eliminate the Black Market ??

http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/16/news/economy/cigarette-smuggling/index.html?hpt=hp_c3


ROTFLMAO!


In 2011, more than 60% of all cigarettes sold in New York were smuggled in from another state, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free-market think tank. That's up from about 36% in 2006.

It's not just happening in New York. Mackinac says 15 states have smuggling rates that top 20%. Add in counterfeit cigarettes from overseas, and ATF estimates the lost government revenue at more than $5 billion a year.

 more than $5 billion a year.

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stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== pathetic panderer of prohibitionist pathological propaganda

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ...  your implicit surrender is noted.

Troll = someone who posts uncomfortable facts and realities that you can't refute.

ps: Why do you hate Welfare?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

One of your favorite tactics is to create a straw man argument and assign it to someone, so you can pretend to have an argument with their premises. I never said Government Regulation will eliminate a black market. You show me where you think I did. 

It's one reason why I already told you I did not vote for A64, and I also told you why. My belief is that an above-board, free market eliminates a black market, and that the light of day makes businesses more responsible. A minimally-regulated market (such as one that tolerates sales, with, perhaps sales limited to non-minors) is far better than a black market or a severely regulated one. The cigarette market and the liquor market are examples of extreme regulation, extreme taxation, and the encouragement of a black market. 

I've expressed here that I believe there is never any need for the state, at all, and when you directly make fun of my views, you know this is my position, which you would otherwise call extreme. 

Piss off and tell more lies, now.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== pathetic whiny pussy, still crying because we Coloradans broke the grip of its precious prohibition

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

"Troll = someone who posts uncomfortable facts and realities that you can't refute."

You only WISH, you pathetic asswipe.  Your posts are rife with distortions, misrepresentations, and outright lies, which are constantly refuted and shown to be hysterical prohibitionist bullshit.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "I've expressed here that I believe there is never any need for the state, at all,"

LOL! ...Cognitive_Dysfunction continues to deny being an Anarchist ... instead inventing and cowering behind the nonsensical term "principled libertarian"


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "The above-board stores will OF COURSE put the black market out of business, because there will be no reason to buy from people who are not operating above-board. You simply don't understand market forces."

EPIC Libertoonian FAIL!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."

@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"

@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

I have better things to do than kick your ass all over this blog, but I do it anyway.

Life's like that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@sucka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== pathetic anti-cannabis prohibitionist-ass-sucking whiny pussy, reduced to copypasta

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."

@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"

@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."

@suka1 "The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = admits his own verbatim quotes are "distortions, misrepresentations, disinformation, and outright lies"

Noted.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== relies entirely on distortions, misrepresentations, disinformation, and outright lies (just like the rest of its anti-cannabis prohibitionist pathological liar brethren)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... so allowing an unregulated "above-board market" will make marijuana less available overall?

You = GALACTIC FAIL!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

Increasing the overall availability? Nope, not in the claim. In fact, it will be less available to children. Your reading comprehension sucks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident = pathetic

Constipated_Dissident said "READ THE EFFING LAW, fascists. It will be illegal to sell to children, and by making it an above-board market, that access will be FAR more limited than it currently is, as with alcohol. "

[ here is where you surrender in shame ... once again ]

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... says the closeted Anarchist dressed in libertoonian drag.

Now tell us again how increasing the overall availability of marijuana will decrease the amount diverted to underage users.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... when the only tool you have -- or are -- is a hammer ... every problem begins to look like a nail.


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

Translation: I have a life, and you don't.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident

Translation: you FAILED to defend your laughably absurd Liberkookian/Anarachist nonsense so you run on home, as usual.


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

You're being deliberately obtuse. I've covered these issues appropriately.

I've got two choices at the moment: I can bill for my time, or I can roll around in the mud with you, like the obstinate pig you are. I choose to bill my time, over wasting it on your trolling.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident

@Cognitive_Dissident "It will be illegal to sell to children"

It's illegal to sell to children now.

@Cognitive_Dissident "by making it an above-board market, that access will be FAR more limited than it currently is"

How does increasing the overall availability make it less available for diversion?

@Cognitive_Dissident "Right now, the same people who will sell it illegally will sell it to your children."

So you'd make it legal to sell to children, thereby instantly legalizing all those who do sell to children?

@Cognitive_Dissident "When above-board stores put those people out of business"

When pigs fly. The underground black market for Tobacco and Alcohol in the U$A is BILLIONS of $$$ per year.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

Actually, there's plenty on the topic. Look it up for yourself. Once again, unlike you, I don't have all day to troll a blog.

...and remember, this thread starts with you trollishly misrepresenting what I believe and what I've posted.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident = can't provide a single example of her Libertoonian "free market" Fantasy Island.


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

Somalia = competing governments

I'd love to discuss your hysterics (no, really, I wouldn't) but I have *real* problems to solve for *real* people, not trolls, right now. Good luck handling your delusions.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... so where is this mythical stateless dystopia you Liberkookians (Anarchists in Drag) fantasize about, the place where "Free Market" rules and controls society of and by itself?

Somalia? 


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

You've already demonstrated your lack of understanding (or pathetic trolling, or both.)

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

Anarchist is your word. I'm not a leftist or a bomb-thrower, so I don't call myself an anarchist. 

I believe all human interaction should be peaceful and voluntary. I support individual liberty and responsibility. What's wrong with that?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... so Slavery didn't exist in America before it was "legalized" ?

LOL!

You and your Libertoonian/Anarchist Delusions = Epic FAIL!


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

Now I'm the lush? You seem to be projecting. I don't get drunk, and rarely ever drink at all during the day. 

Slavery was legislated--from the Constitutional level all the way down to local ordinances. You don't have to like it. You have to accept it as a historical fact. Get educated on that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... you really are quite drunk, aren't you?

You're now proposing that Slavery existed BECAUSE of Government Laws/Regulations, and that Slavery was abolished because of the elimination of Laws ?

LOL! LOL! LOL!


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

Continuing the straw man argument.

Those markets were not free. There were laws, specifically enabling such behavior. This is the state in action, not freedom. How could slavery be freedom? No, slavery is the state, runaway slave laws, laws requiring people of color to sit in the back of the bus (against the bus company's wishes) etc. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "the more free a market becomes, the more responsible to its constituents it has to be, on its own."

ROTFLMAO !! ... you Liberkookians really are drunk on your own magical KoolAid.

How "responsible" were the FREE MARKETS of SLAVERY, child-labor SWEATSHOPS and the Robber Barons of Natural Resources?


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay If you had any integrity, you'd take this opportunity to apologize for trollishly misrepresenting my position and getting caught doing so.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

You can criticize what you don't understand, but your lies and misrepresentations of my candid expressions of the way the market works are asinine, and a clear sign of a troll.

It is plainly obvious that the more free a market becomes, the more responsible to its constituents it has to be, on its own. This what it means to be "working." Intrusion into that market is what it means to be dysfunctional (not working.)

  • illegal ≠ immoral, or bad
  • legal ≠ just, or good


The definition of legal is simply "approved by the government."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "but it works."

LOL! ... in what fantasy island is this hypothetical system of yours "working" ?

constipated_dissidents's brilliant solution to crime -- eliminate ALL government LAWS = no more illegal acts!

Ipso facto!


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident The negative aspects associated with the black market, caused and driven underground by legislation, will disappear, because the same people who want the government to protect them from their evils will choose sellers who are transparent and trustworthy, with good reputation ratings. I'm sorry you hate freedom, but it works.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... LOL!

So in your Free Market NO GOVERNMENT REGULATION hypothesis, the BLACK MARKET CRIMINALS are NOT PUT OUT OF BUSINESS, their business is simply LEGALIZED via elimination of "any government regulations". They become part of your new "free market".

Classic Liberkookian FAIL!

The same as saying that granting Amnesty to ALL "illegal aliens" will eliminate the problem of illegal immigration.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident

"above board" = the board of Government Regulation!

Or was there another imaginary "board" in your liberkookian brain?


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

Your question (directly above) was "hey ignorant fucktard, how many more times are you going to spew your laughable nonsense that Government Regulation will eliminate the Black Market ??" (emphasis mine)

There's absolutely no expression of support for or implication of any regulation in that statement. Even if there was, that would not be libertarian. Government Regulation is authoritarian.

EPIC FAILTROLL

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = can't even keep his own pathological lies straight.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== Prohibitionist whiny pussy's EPIC FAIL! reduced to copypasta!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."

@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"

@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = still the pig-ignorant know-nothing coprophagic maggot.

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@suka <<<<~~~~~ derpsucker

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1   "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

FAIL!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== thanks for yet another demonstration of your pathetic whining and crying all day every day for 5 months

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = clueless fuckchop thinks A64 ended prohibition.

@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"

@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay FAILING is wasting your time crying all day every day on the WW blogs because you LOST your precious prohibition over 5 months ago! LMAO!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = always FAILING, like the Epic Failure that he is.


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