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Marijuana Q&A with Rico Colibri: "This isn't legalization.... This is regulation"

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Rico Colibri.
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 caught up with several other cannabis activists, as well as representatives of business groups, to get their take on A64 and the challenges ahead. Today's interview: Rico Colibri, founder of the Cannabis Alliance for Regulation and Education.

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

Rico Colibri: As longtime activists, we have always been pro-marijuana commerce. That is the point of all of this. It was the grassroots component that added commerce to Amendment 20 [the state medical marijuana laws]. We have always been fighting toward this. We knew this could happen -- and that's why I campaigned against the loose language of 64. I knew that it wasn't a matter of if it was going to happen -- but how it was going to happen is what I've been concerned about. I knew something was going to happen. If it didn't happen in 2012, it was going to happen in 2014.
Is it going the right way? So far, so good. I'd have to wait until [Governor] Hickenlooper stamps something to feel fully confident. But the wind is generally blowing in the right direction -- which I'm amazed at, because we have all of these people in the industry fighting against us, trying to do this weird protectionist stuff, and so far all of it has been knocked down. We have to start somewhere. Right now I'm very enthusiastic about the starting point.

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?

RC: We had issues with 64, and it passed and that's the will of the voters and now we are trying our best to address everything we were concerned about. What needs to be done is to do what the voters said: regulate it like alcohol. We're still far from that mark, but we're definitely closer than the task force recommendations were.

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

RC: I think the most important thing they need to realize -- as I was saying during the campaign -- is that this isn't legalization, that this is regulation. Full legalization can only occur when it's de-federalized. The gold ring that we are all going for has not occurred yet. People shouldn't just relax, get really high and feel happy. Right now we have the perfect storm. We have President Obama, we have a Democratic-controlled state government, we have the voter's will and we need to make sure they implement the voter's will. It's like we're in the championship round of a boxing match, but we haven't won yet. If you are an activist, one of the best things you can do is at least set an example for responsible use. That is what was voted in. And maybe oil rigs [hash-smoking pipes] in Civic Center park don't really qualify.

WW: Anything else you'd like to add?

RC: I think the most important component for the average person is the social-use component. Everyone who voted yes, voted yes for a marijuana bar. "Like alcohol" means "like a bar," and they, like, voted yes. We haven't secured that part of the victory yet, but I don't think it's out of reach. We might not get it this session, but we are definitely trying.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana Q&A with Laura Kriho" and "Denver 4/20 rally schedule."


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BuddJones
BuddJones

I'm in my mid-40s and my wife and I recently started to smoke pot on a regular basis. (actually, we don't smoke, we vape). After moving to California, my wife developed a chronic pain issue and her doc suggested it, and I started doing it with her. At first, just on the weekends, but we now do it almost every night before bed.

I'm a successful professional and my job depends on being sharp, quick and focused at work, especially in meetings and client events. So far, I have noticed minimal aftereffects the next day, but I wanted to check to see if there are other folks in my same situation who use nightly and how it affects their work and career. Would love to hear your experiences and whether you think I will be able to continue to use nightly on a long-term basis without any significant impact to job performance, mental sharpness, etc.

Che Harness
Che Harness

This was just a step towards legalization. First we have to try and make people feel safe enough so they can step out of the darkness and not be criminals. (I'm outspoken, but 90% of my smoking friends wouldn't even sign the petition out of fear of their careers being affected). A64 was more about demonizing alcohol and saying "why not let people smoke, you allow people to drink". And oh yea', a poor economy. Our rights never would have gotten this close to being reinstated if there wasn't a profit motive.

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

This is why I voted no. It was vague and sounded like it hand very restrictive potential.

Adam Ward
Adam Ward

Exactly what Samuel said. Might as well interview DonkayHotay from your comment threads and publish that as a 'story'.

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

I think it's a bit of semantics saying that A64 doesn't 'legalize' cannabis. Following Calibri's logic, alcohol isn't legalized, it's regulated. Also, given that there's no Constitutional amendment prohibiting cannabis, as there was with alcohol, it's a defacto states-rights issue.

stuka1
stuka1

 "We have President Obama..."

...except that Obama has come out AGAINST legalization. NO, "we" don't "have Obama". at all.

"What needs to be done is to do what the voters said: regulate it like alcohol."

Is this what you intended when you tried to force a law in Nederland requiring out-of-state visitors to consume on-site ALL of the 5 grams of cannabis you would allow them to buy at a pot shop before turning them loose, stoned out of their minds, on the streets and into the arms of the incarceration/"treatment"/fines-as-local-government-revenue industry?

Hey, lets do a little Maths here: KathleenChippi and Rico Colibri would allow out of town visitors to buy 5 GRAMS of marijuana, but FORCE them to consume ALL of it before they could stagger out the door. How much pot are we talking about?  An EIGHTH of an ounce is 3.5 GRAMS. Another  1.5 grams, which brings us up to the allotted 5 grams, would make the amount that our out of town friends would have to consume IN ONE SITTING to just under ONE AND A HALF EIGHTHS -- Just shy of a QUARTER OUNCE.

So let's take the Stuka Challenge: In one sitting, Chippi and Colibri will smoke one and a half eighths of top shelf hooch EACH and immediately thereafter they will both ATTEMPT to drive from Nederland to Denver. 

At the conclusion of this challenge, we shall decide whether their proposal to force out-of-state visitors to consume ALL of what they buy on-premise at the cannabis shop is half-baked, hare-brained horseshit, or stark, raving lunacy.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Another OBVIOUS is OBVIOUS NewsFlash --

*** Marijuana Use by Teenagers Continues to RISE! with availability of "medical" pot ***

Marijuana use, which had been rising among teens for the past four years, continued to rise in 2011 in all prevalence periods for 10th and 12th graders; but in 2012 these increases halted. The recent rise in use stood in stark contrast to the long, gradual decline that had been occurring over the preceding decade. (Although use among 8th graders had been rising, annual prevalence decreased after 2010.) 

It is relevant that perceived risk for marijuana has been falling for the past six years, and disapproval declined for the past three to four years. These changes would normally portend a further increase in use. 

Of particular importance, daily marijuana use increased significantly in all three grades in 2010, rising further in all three grades in 2011, and leveled in 2012. Daily use now stands at 1.1%, 3.5%, and 6.5% in grades 8, 10, and 12. 

In other words, roughly one in fifteen high school seniors today is a current daily, or near-daily, marijuana user. 

http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2012.pdf


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Rico = the asswipe who wants to PROHIBIT and CRIMINALIZE Marijuana BEYOND what the pathetic turd A64 calls for.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Che Harness Interesting viewpoint, Che. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Che Harness "First we have to try and make people feel safe.... A64 was more about demonizing alcohol"

What idiots would deliberately associate and conflate "harmless" marijuana that never killed anyone with DEADLY DEMON ALCOHOL that harms, maims and kills 10s of thousands every year?

Political-Psychological FAIL!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Samuel Walter ... how many six packs or bottles of wine are you limited to purchasing or possessing before you face CRIMINAL prosecution?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1                *** Take the Sucka1 Challenge! ***

Winners get the FIST of REGULATION rammed ever so righteously up their deserving derrieres !!

Losers get the same!

 REGULATION WORKS! - MORE REGULATION WORKS BETTER! 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay<==== prohibitionist asswipe cites obvious propaganda bullshit from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <===== Prohibitionist asswipe, fights tooth and nail against legalization efforts and spams prohibitionist bullshit everywhere ti goes

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <===== the prohibitionist aswipe who VOTED AGAINST LEGALIZATION EFFORTS and spams government prohibitionist bullshit everywhere it goes!

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotayalmost 40, always smoked/vaped since I was about 21 years old. Recreationally at first, but then daily as a chronic pain patient when I was about 27 - without knowing at that time I had a spinal cord tumor.

I spent almost 20 years at one of ten largest companies in North America as an IT Manager, I traveled everywhere and was pretty successful. I then had an opportunity to move to the public sector (work less, same $$), in IT as well so I did. I'm hoping I can continue to work long enough so I can use the word 'Retired' instead of 'Disabled' when I reach 60...

My wife has a Ph.D., she's a non-user, and we have one of the most beautiful girl on the planet. We have a nice house in a nice neighborhood and we are a happy family!

So I can't say that Marijuana has ruined my life. In fact, it probably saved it by easing my pain, anxiety and depression caused by my disease all these years...

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotayI'm lazy, and I can't prioritize important things at times, it's not because of weed, that's just who I am. However, I'm on track for a decent future with a decent paid job. Slow and steady and then sprinting at the very end is how I've always been.

As for being alert, as long as you have a sleep in between when you smoke it and when you need to be alert you should be fine. If I have something to get done, I try avoid smoking until I've finished it, after I've come down I normally feel pretty tired. I find it just drains it all out of me afterwards, which is kinda good in a way, sets me up for a really nice deep sleep. That's me anyways, someone may feel different.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=====prohibitionist pathological liar, pandering more of the same distortions, misrepresentations, disinformation, and outright lies from his ONDCP masters

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== showing off its penchant/fascination/obsession with gay anal sex, gay anal fisting, and eating shit from gay mens asses

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = has ZERO factual evidence to refute the uncomfortable reality.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 

A64 was not, and is not, legalization ... not even close.


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 The fact that you're gay isn't why everyone hates you. We hate you because you are a pathetic lying prohibitionist turncoat.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

I never tire of exposing you for the pathetic flaming toe-tapper you are!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== showing off its obsession with gay anal sex, gay anal fisting, and eating shit from gay mens asses again!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = won the felching competition at last year's national rent-boy festival.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== wouldn't know factual evidence if it bent him over and fucked him in the ass

Jimmy
Jimmy

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 Not being detained, fined or worse by a Colorado state or municipal trooper vs. last year is very close to legalization.  You're such a jagoff, stop spouting the same thing on every post.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = still hopelessly fixated on asses ... both literal and figurative.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== doesn't deny its fixation with gay anal sex, gay anal fisting, and eating shit from gay mens asses

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <====== reduced to copypasta AGAIN. LOL!

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  

Your bullshit opinions and bullshit you make up =/= fact

hth pathological lying prohibitionist asswipe

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