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Marijuana Q&A with Warren Edson: "Marijuana needs to be declassified on a federal level"

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Warren Edson.
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 for a broader look, 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. Today's interview: Colorado marijuana attorney Warren Edson.

Westword: Five years ago, where did you see Colorado in regard to cannabis legalization by 2013?

Warren Edson: In April 2008, we were just seeing the development of the medical marijuana industry. The true industry boom didn't begin until Obama's election a few months later in November 2008. In April, I was hoping that we would see the development of actual MMJ stores. I was also hoping that we would see more small towns make marijuana its lowest priority or even remove their municipal rules prohibiting marijuana. I did not see this state passing a recreational legalization law that would allow retail marijuana manufacturing and sales. Do you think we the state have met that goal with Amendment 64? I do not think we have an answer to this until we see the results of this legislative session.

WW: Where do we go from here as a state?

WE: We will have to suffer through years of rule making.

WW: What is the biggest challenge you see going forward/what still needs to be done?

WE: Marijuana needs to be declassified on a federal level for
further change to occur.

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

WE: Cannabis laws still exist in Colorado. It still remains illegal to use marijuana "open and publicly" and the City of Denver can charge you: $100 plus court costs plus sixteen hours public service, which costs $75, plus up to fifteen days in jail. Yes, fifteen days in jail. Also, Colorado still has laws on the books that allow child abuse charges to be filed against anyone who brings their children to a premises that contains a marijuana grow without needing to prove actual harm to the child or even that the child was aware of the grow.

WW: Anything else you'd like to add.

WE: If 5 nanograms THC in a person's blood becomes Colorado's new measure of cannabis intoxication, despite its total lack of scientific basis, it will not only falsely convict numerous Colorado citizens of DUID, but will also trickle down and have a major negative impact in family law and child custody cases. Hopefully the MMJ patient won't be lost in the continued A64 rule making.

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


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BuddJones
BuddJones

Warning: Prices will continue to fall, competition will remain fierce, patient numbers are decreasing, and multiple location franchising is evidently coming near you soon. You want to survive in the Medical Marijuana Industry? You better get some MMJ Business Balls now pilgrim because time is a wasting!

shamanhawk
shamanhawk

Donkey Ho is a Troll- Ignore his Ass!  

5 nanograms - Now ask the politicians to put the numbers to that.  It's 0.000000005 grams. Really.  Try and find that without a microscope.  And Cannabis gets stored in Fat Cells so you could be clean 30 days after 420 and still fail.  

AND, the geniuses at the Denver Post want it slipped in another Bill while we aren't looking.  Screw actual Democracy. 

How about a simple Road Side Test!  Has worked for years nation wide.  

More people die from Hands Free Phone Calls while Driving than do from having Cannabis in their system.  The Highway Transportation Agency ran the numbers.  Distracted Drivers are the REAL ISSUE!

How about evidence based, empirical studies and statistical analysis before you go and RUIN some more peoples lives who aren't doing anybody any harm.  Do some actual critical thinking first.    

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If a plane full of marijuana hits my house, can I legally collect and possess all buds which weren't destroyed in the crash ?

fognl7
fognl7

Whatever shade of marijuana legalization you endorse, don't forget that baiting and insulting each other online all day just reinforces the perception that people who smoke pot are immature, unproductive idiots.

toolcat2001
toolcat2001

Since it's 420, could the now minority anti-cannabis folks in CO please not be righteous pricks as much as possible?  We appreciate the very thoughtful and honored comment to the majority written with highlight here.  Please try and be as happy as we are this wonderful spring day in Colorado!

Supernova49
Supernova49

Warren Edson, the same guy who pushed for 1284 claiming it is illegal to make anything in your home and sell it in one of his anti-caregiver rants. Yea, I trust what this sell out has to say.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Warren (smarter than Rob Corry) Edson: "Cannabis laws still exist in Colorado. It still remains illegal to use marijuana "open and publicly" and the City of Denver can charge you: $100 plus court costs plus sixteen hours public service, which costs $75, plus up to fifteen days in jail. "

Where's that know-nothing legal imbecile Sucka1 who claims all marijuana crimes are eliminated by A64, all reduced to civil offenses?


KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

"WW: Where do we go from here as a state?

WE: We will have to suffer through years of rule making."

 Dog help us!   People who don't understand making the rules again. 

BuddJones
BuddJones

@Juan_LegForget online dispensary price menus for Deep discount shoppers. Forget babes in bikinis outside your door. You must go Mobile in 2012. You must have a Social Media profile on Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube or you'll just be sitting there listing to Crosby, Stills, and Nash on 8 track all day.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@fognl7Colorado Springs has always been a scenic must in Colorado with the Air Force Academy, the Garden of the Gods, the Cave of the Winds, Pikes Peak, and for Sour Diesel lovers: Focus On The Family Corporate Offices. Glass pipes, edibles, infused products, and Top Shelf Shake seems to be in demand

stuka1
stuka1

@fognl7 

The Jackass takes care of furthering that "perception" all by himself just fine.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@toolcat2001Forget online dispensary price menus for Deep discount shoppers. Forget babes in bikinis outside your door. You must go Mobile in 2012. You must have a Social Media profile on Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube or you'll just be sitting there listing to Crosby, Stills, and Nash on 8 track all day.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@toolcat2001    **** Happy Stoner Day, Bongsuckers! ****

... try to not be too puerile or punkish.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Supernova49 ... I've never heard Warren have anything nice to say about that gigantic clusterfuck of over-regulation known as HB1284.

It was the greedy MMIG pigs who were strident in lobbying against Independent Caregivers and the freedom of Patients to grow and produce their own meds.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <===== The Jackass is still pandering its anti-cannabis, prohibitionist propaganda bullshit

stuka1
stuka1

@KathleenChippi  

Yeah, like the fucking idiots who tried to force through an ordinance in Nederland requiring all non-state-residents to consume on-site ALL of the up to 5 grams they would be allowed to buy at the pot shop before turning them loose on the roads and into the waiting arms of the incarceration industry piggies. OH, WAIT, that was YOU!

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay@toolcat2001Valentine's Day 2013 in The Mile High City and when the Sun comes up the cost of an ounce at most Denver Dispensaries will go down. Whether it is a holiday, a full moon or a chicken crossing the road, without establishing value with your customers your business will fail regardless of your quality.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== CRIES all day every day because its precious Prohibition was SMASHED by A64.

fireal
fireal

@DonkeyHotay

"**** Happy Stoner Day, Bongsuckers! ****

... try to not be too puerile or punkish."

self'd.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay "I've never heard ..."  <==== Hard to hear with your head up your ass.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  It was the Democrats (Romer) , Sensible CO and their star, Brian Vicente, and CMMR (Josh Stanley, Matt Brown and some other loser I don't recall off the top of my head).  After the CMMR  went missing $30,000-$70,000 ? from the bank, it was folded and turned into MMIG.

Supernova49
Supernova49

@DonkeyHotay You must have missed is day long rant on Facebook the day after 1284 passed saying how great it was and how caregivers were operating illegally because in his words 'it is illegal to make ANYTHING from your home for money'. I guess he thinks Michael Dell should be in jail.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = ignorant know-nothing legal imbecile got BITCH SLAPPED by Warren Edson !!


KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@stuka1 "who tried to force through an ordinance in Nederland"  no peoples initiative "forces through" anything.  And my response to your inability to give up a lost argument over something that was corrected months ago was given by Alex Lifeson from RUSH when they were inducted to the rock and roll hall of fame a few days ago.  It starts on minute 4:40 and particularly addresses my feelings for you in minute 5:50.  Blah U!

  http://ultimateclassicrock.com/rush-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induction/

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."

BuddJones
BuddJones

@stuka1@DonkeyHotayVIP Club members are offered an exclusive Denver Dispensary Directory Mobile link from any Medical Marijuana patients referred by, Denver Dispensary List, Blues fly Cannabis Club, or any of our Partners or Affiliates. Additional communities are available upon request.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@KathleenChippi

Josh SNITCHley who admitted in testimony to the Legislature that he rats out competing pot growers to the police.

Vicente + Sederberg + MMIG = the ENEMY of Private Patients and their independent personal Caregivers.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Supernova49 ... did miss that, and if true that would make him just another piece of shit Marijuana McLawyer ... though still not as putrid as that morally bankrupt convicted criminal sex offender and Republican scumbag Rob Corry.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

A64 Task Farce recommendations carry no legal weight at all, stupid bitch. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

inside a locked, enclosed space covered on all sides, including the top. "


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Billy Breathes is under the same illusion as YOU are, that the Task Farce's recommendations have any legal weight at all -- FAIL.

shit you make up =/= reality, hth you pathetic prohibitionist shill

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

http://www.westword.com/2013-04-18/news/ask-a-stoner-420-edition/


"While the hot summer sun and cool nights make parts of Colorado perfect for knocking out a few quick-flowering outdoor cannabis plants, the laws probably won't allow for it — not the way you grow sunflowers and tomatoes, at least. Instead, any marijuana plants would have to be grown inside a locked, enclosed space covered on all sides, including the top. "

Sucka1 gets double-bitch-slapped ... this time by Bongsucker Billy Breathes!

stuka1 just LOVES being the submissive B&D bottom boy.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== ignorant prohibitionist fucktard still mad after getting bitchslapped by both Rob Corry AND A64

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