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Marijuana Q&A with Laura Kriho: "The fight for legalization is nowhere near over"

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Laura Kriho.
This week's multi-part cover story about the state of the state of marijuana takes a look at Amendment 64 and how legislators will address implementing the legalization of small amounts of cannabis and the shops that will sell it. Our print edition also features a Q&A with Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert. But to get a broader look at the subject, we also caught up with several other cannabis activists, as well as representatives of business groups, to ask them their take on A64 and the challenges ahead. Our first comes from the Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho.

Westword: Five years ago, where did you see Colorado in regard to cannabis legalization by 2013? Do you think the state has met that goal with Amendment 64?

Laura Kriho: A64 is not legalization, it is regulation of cannabis. Legalization would be removal of all penalties for cannabis use. A64 creates a strict regulatory scheme for marijuana. Under A64, you can still lose your home, your job, and your children if you consume cannabis, and it does nothing to protect eighteen-twenty year olds at all. We will not have true legalization until we remove ALL penalties for ALL people, including retroactively applying the changes to those who have been previously harmed by cannabis laws.

WW: Where do we go from here as a state? What is the biggest challenge you see going forward/what still needs to be done?

LK: The biggest challenge will be to bring true legalization to the constitution. People have become even more complacent since A64's passage. They think they voted for legalization, because that's how the media portrayed it. Now that the truth is coming out that A64 doesn't really legalize cannabis, people are discouraged and feel like they were deceived.

WW: What is important for Colorado citizens to know about cannabis legalization?

LK: It is important for people to know what true legalization is. True legalization means no penalties of any kind for anyone -- all pot smokers are equal. However, the A64 regulation model has created a scenario where we have "good" pot smokers and "bad" pot smokers. The "good" pot smokers are the ones who will follow all the new regulations, register with the state and pay outrageous taxes allowed by A64. The "bad" pot smokers are the ones who will refuse to follow the new regulations just as they refuse to follow the current regulations. They don't think cannabis needs to be tightly regulated, as they know it is the safest therapeutic substance on the planet. They refuse to pay taxes that will only go to fund law enforcement and refuse to register with the state. A64 has created a situation where the "good" pot smokers will actually be funding the police to go after the "bad" pot smokers. This is an ideal situation for the police, but not for freedom. True legalization cannot be attained in a situation where one group of pot smokers is pitted against the other and where one group of pot smokers is actually funding the police to go after other pot smokers. This only benefits the police, and is not true legalization.

WW: Anything else you'd like to add?

LK: The best thing we can do, without millions of dollars to run a ballot initiative campaign, is to continue to educate people about the benefits of cannabis and hemp and to encourage them to participate in the political process. Millions of people in the U.S. are still being harmed by cannabis prohibition. The fight for legalization is nowhere near over.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Denver 4/20 Rally schedule: Pot, hip-hop and serious politics" and "Hemp bill to set up registration process for would-be farmers making progress."


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BuddJones
BuddJones

The Mile High City is full of High Society Babes that have so much disposable income that they feel guilty if they don't give some away every day. Carol was different, she married a Denver Dispensary owner who started selling ounces on Weed Maps and Craigslist. Carol was really into cannabis edibles and tinctures but Carl had this thing for really big Glass & Silver plated Bongs.

Whether its Denver or Boulder, Aspen or Steamboat Springs, Carol knows who is married to who and who is divorcing who and who has the best Kush in town. Carol studied Medical Marijuana Laws while Carl was studying Horticulture and they both had visions making millions selling Grow Marijuana videos on YouTube & Facebook. A few years later those dreams just went up in smoke.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

RealityCheck -- A64 did NOT repeal a single Criminal Statute against rec. marijuana in Colorado.

  • ALL private SALES are still a FELONY!

  • ALL POSSESSION, USE or CULTIVATION by ANYONE under 21 is still a CRIMINAL OFFENSE!

  • ALL CULTIVATION over 3 flowering plants is still a CRIMINAL OFFENSE!

  • POSSESSION over 1 (one) pathetic ounce is still a CRIMINAL OFFENSE!

  • CONSUMING Marijuana OPENLY and PUBLICLY is still a CRIMINAL OFFENSE!

A64 = a CONTINUATION of CRIMINAL PROHIBITION against Marijuana Users and Growers in Colorado ... with extra REGULATIONS and massive TAXES added for fun!

stuka1
stuka1

"A64 is not legalization" <===== LIE!

SA64 legalizes possession, transfer and purchase of up to an ounce of cannabis, growing up to 6 plants and keeping an unlimited amount of cannabis one grows.

"Under A64, you can still lose your home...and your children if you consume cannabis, and it does nothing to protect eighteen-twenty year olds at all. " <==== LIE! 

The A64 task Farce has conceded in their recommendations that these are protected under A64, and added provisions to their recommendations that reflect this.

 "We will not have true legalization until we remove ALL penalties for ALL people...." <=== LIE!

Is ALCOHOL LEGAL? There are penalties for 18-20-year-olds using alcohol. Is Tobacco LEGAL?  Not for under 18, Does that make Alcohol and tobacco "not truly legalized"?

"...including retroactively applying the changes to those who have been previously harmed by cannabis laws." <==== LIE!

While it is a GREAT idea to "free the prisoners of the drug war", LEGALLY there is no obligation for any conviction of what was a crime at the time of the act to be retroactively stricken, ANY time ANY law is changed.

"People have become even more complacent since A64's passage." <=== LIE!  You don't KNOW that. Shit you make up =/= FACTS.

"Now that the truth is coming out that A64 doesn't really legalize cannabis, people are discouraged and feel like they were deceived." <=== DISTORTION!

SOME may feel that way, but most are happy that the death grip of Prohibition has been broken. Laura Kriho does not speak for all of the voters by any stretch, and especially for voters who voted FOR A64.

"True legalization means no penalties of any kind for anyone -- all pot smokers are equal." <=== DISTORTION!

"NO TRUE SCOT" FALLACY:  Laura Kriho is not the final arbiter of what "TRUE" legalization is. OPINION =/= FACT.

"However, the A64 regulation model has created a scenario where we have "good" pot smokers and "bad" pot smokers." <=== LIE! 

Where in A64 are cannabis users delineated between "good" and "bad"?  Made-up shit =/= FACTS.

"The "good" pot smokers are the ones who will follow all the new regulations, register with the state and pay outrageous taxes allowed by A64." <=== LIE!

 Nowhere in A64 is there talk of cannabis consumers having to "register" AT ALL. Has Kriho even READ A64? Why is her OPINION even being printed here, when she doesn't even have the BASIC facts about A64 right? Kriho also FAILS to take into account those who will be GROWING their own and not paying a DIME of taxes.

"A64 has created a situation where the "good" pot smokers will actually be funding the police to go after the "bad" pot smokers." <=== LIE!

FUNDING THE POLICE???? SRSLY????? Shit you make up =/= FACTS.

" one group of pot smokers is pitted against the other and where one group of pot smokers is actually funding the police to go after other pot smokers" <=== LIE!

Shit you make up =/= FACTS.


"The best thing we can do, without millions of dollars to run a ballot initiative campaign, is to continue to educate people about the benefits of cannabis and hemp and to encourage them to participate in the political process. Millions of people in the U.S. are still being harmed by cannabis prohibition. The fight for legalization is nowhere near over."

UNBELIEVABLE! She got through an SINGLE paragraph without LYING!. BRAVO!


 

Chris
Chris

LK=donkey jotay

tbdmiuns
tbdmiuns

Why are you interviewing someone who has not only been discredited time and time again, but someone who has actually attempted to block efforts to legalize marijuana in the state because it didn't meet her selfish purity test? What happened William? Did Voice Media give you some kind of blog post quota, forcing you to resort to interviewing an idiot who would whine and pout about Amendment 64 to anyone who would listen? You can do way better.

BillG883
BillG883

Why even interview the nuts?  Is this to give DonkeyHotay a place to post?  These sore losers just need to move on. They won't though.  They'll complain until they're allowed to grow a thousand acres of weed and sell it to ten year olds without paying taxes on it. They'll complain until the government starts passing free weed out to everybody.  Nothing will ever make them happy. But if we ignore them, maybe they'll go away?  The best thing Westword and any other media outlet could do is just ignore people like Miguel Lopez, Laura Kriho and Kathleen Chippi. They lost. They're irrelevant.  They have nothing to add to society, never did.  They are not experts in anything. Their opinions are far from newsworthy. They and their few little minions should just be ignored.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== PROVEN pathological LIAR

 "RealityCheck -- A64 did NOT repeal a single Criminal Statute against rec. marijuana in Colorado." <==== LIE! 

Amendment 64 SUPERSEDES any conflicting statutes:

"ALL PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION...SHALL SUPERSEDE CONFLICTING STATE STATUTORY, LOCAL CHARTER, ORDINANCE, OR RESOLUTION, AND OTHER STATE AND LOCAL PROVISIONS."

@DonkeyHotay : "Felony, criminal offense, blah blah blah...." <==== LIES AND DISTORTIONS!

Rob Corry, co-author of Amendment 64: "The Colorado Constitution, through Amendment 64, now specifically provides that any violation of Amendment 64 should be dealt with as a civil administrative matter, not as a criminal case. See Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII §16(5)(a)(IX) (“civil penalties for failure to comply with regulations made pursuant to this section.”)"

@DonkeyHotay <==== PROHIBITIONIST TURNCOAT! FIGHTS AGAINST LEGALIZATION EFFORTS!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== Like Laura Kriho, relies on distortions, misrepresentations, disinformation, and outright LIES to pander its anti-cannabis  prohibitionist agenda!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


@stuka1 "a cube has 6 FACES X 4 SIDES = 24 SIDES" 

LOL!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tbdmiuns ... Laura has done more for Real Marijuana Activism in any given year than drooling bong-sucking simpletons like you do in a lifetime.

hth.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@BillG883 

Why do authoritarians always use hyperbole and ad hominem attacks? I guess the truth is more powerful than any legislation.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BillG883 ... go tend to your precious 3-Plant Pot Farm ... and don't get caught with more than a pathetic ounce, you sycophantic self-defeating slacker stoner.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = the most depraved legal imbecile to ever post on these blogs, more stump-stupid than Kevin "lying cunt" Hunt or even Ryan "the retard" Cordova.

Doesn't comprehend the difference between violation OF A64 and violations outside the scope of A64.

ALL CRIMINAL STATUTES are still in FULL EFFECT for ANYONE who exceeds the pathetically puny limits or arbitrary age exclusions of A64.

Only a brain-dead bong-sucking idiot like you would claim otherwise.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = proven know-nothing legal idiot, thinks dictionaries are primary legal sources, doesn't know inside from outside, claims cubes have 24 sides.

LOL!

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay <==== pathetic prohibitionist LOSER, still crying over prohibition's HUGE LOSS with A64

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

"Laura has done more for Real Marijuana Activism"

HipTip: turning on the legalization movement and turning against legalization efforts when your pet proposal doesn't cut it isn't "marijuana activism", it's selfish bullshit and WORKING FOR THE PROHIBITIONISTS. JUST LIKE YOU.

The Jackass' "Real Marijuana Activism" is McActivism. Kevin Sabet smiles every time the Jackass posts.

tbdmiuns
tbdmiuns

@DonkeyHotay @tbdmiuns Yaaaawn. Seeing as how you're the resident troll, I don't feel a response is necessary for you. Moving forward, anything you post will be ignored. I would encourage everyone else here to do the same.  

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

Yeah too bad her four paragraphs here are FULL of distortions, disinformation, and outright LIES.  Hey, just like everything YOU post!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== proven to constantly spout bullshit it pulls out of its ass and pretend it's "facts"

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== more pathetic prohibitionist distortions, misrepresentations, and LIES from the prohibitionist turncoat

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"

Epic LOSER Fail!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "a cube has 6 FACES X 4 SIDES = 24 SIDES" 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== Keep flailing and failing, sucker, it's what you do best!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stupa1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"

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 "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 <==== pathetic crybaby still mad that his prohibition LOST on A64

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "keeping an UNLIMITED quantity of what yuou [sic] grows. [sic] "

Typical Stammering Stoner Retard = DOUBLE FAIL!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   

HipTip: It LEGALIZED up to an OUNCE retail purchase/possession/transfer for 21/over, 6 plants and keeping an UNLIMITED quantity of what yuou grows. 

You = pathetic LYING asswipe prohibitionist turncoat

Only PATHETIC PROHIBITIONIST FOOLS and TOOLS fought legalization efforts when it came time to VOTE.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 

HipTip: A64 didn't legalize marijuana, not even close.

Only fools and tools voted for that festering turd of CONTINUED PROHIBITION, with extra Big Government REGULATIONS and MASSIVE NEW TAXES added.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

Your admission that you are a delusional psychopath is accepted into evidence and noted.

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay Kicking your pathetic ass all over this blog is great fun!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"

Loser FAIL!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

LMAO --  and YOUR many typos are what? 

Pot. Kettle.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "pathilogical" [sic]

Another Pathetic Stoner FAIL!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = PROVEN pathological LYING prohibitionist turncoat

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = lying cunt


Q: how much cannabis have YOU given away ...?

@stuka1 "None, asswipe!  I follow the law,"


Q: what law prevented you from giving away marijuana ...?

@stuka1 "No law. I simply haven't grown.


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