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Marijuana: How an Amendment 64 repeal measure almost passed last night

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Photos, video below.
When Amendment 64 was passed last November and signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper the following month, most Coloradans figured it was a done deal -- unless the federal government decided to oppose it, that is. But no: Last night, Senator John Morse, seen here, and a slew of colleagues came within a whisper of passing a bill, SCR13-003, that would have allowed the state's voters to repeal the retail portion of the law if taxes to pay for it aren't approved this November. See the bill and learn more about its brief life below.

As we've reported, the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, shorthanded as TABOR, requires a vote to approve tax increases. Hence, House Bill 13-1318 was designed to set rates to be considered in this November's election. An excise tax of 15 percent was envisioned in A64's language, but a sales tax of up to 15 percent not sketched out in the amendment has also been pushed.

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Mason Tvert at a press event earlier this year.
Just over a week ago, Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert came forward to decry a repeal effort that he associated with Smart Colorado, a group that's been pushing for the maximum number of restrictions possible on A64.

"According to lawmakers at the State Capitol, Smart Colorado has been floating the idea of referring a measure to voters that would repeal Amendment 64 if a special sales tax of 15 percent does not pass," Tvert told us for an April 26 post, "This amounts to extortion of the voters. They're being told they must approve a higher tax level proposed by legislators or otherwise the constitutional amendment they adopted in November would be repealed."

Smart Colorado spokesman Eric Anderson countered that his group hadn't conceived the repeal effort but found value in it. His statement reads:

Amendment 64 backers sold the ballot issue to Colorado voters as a way to pay for state priorities like education but increasingly it's looking like it could be a net drain on the state budget. Amendment 64 raised the possibility of new taxes on marijuana but didn't enact them. If voters don't now approve new taxes on marijuana, Colorado's budget will take a major hit and Amendment 64 will have exactly the opposite effect from what was promised to voters.
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Ed Ramey.
In the following days, attorney Ed Ramey, who had been consulted on the repeal question, offered his opinion that such a measure would be unconstitutional. We've previously reported that his main point involved rules calling for proposed constitutional amendments to be considered only during elections that fall during even-numbered years, with elections in odd-numbered years featuring questions concerning "issues of government financing, spending, and taxation."

For that reason, Ramey sees it as logical that a repeal could only go forward during an even-numbered year, with 2014 presumably being the next opportunity to strike the amendment from the books. Should such an attempt be made in 2013 instead, Ramey sees it as "possible that the courts could invalidate the repeal...while sustaining the vote on the tax component." That could potentially leave Amendment 64 intact but kill taxes on marijuana entirely.

Nonetheless, legislators remain so freaked out by the prospect of voters going to the polls in November and rejecting taxes to pay for Amendment 64 implementation -- this despite a poll commissioned by proponents that showed support at 77 percent -- that the repeal effort not only stayed alive, but gathered steam.

Continue for more about the Amendment 64 repeal effort, including photos, a video and the failed bill.



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Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

The ONLY provision that got the Amendment passed was the tax. That is what all you dopeheads stated why it should pass, so that the State could make all of this money from it. Go cry in your marijuana confections if you dont like it.

Ian Errl
Ian Errl

We SHOULD repeal the retail portion. Legalization without regulation sounds like a win to me!

Jared Berger
Jared Berger

Because rich white people are dumb as cluck.

Rich Madison
Rich Madison

Simple...the politicians this session have blatantly stated that they are ignoring the voters. They don't care what we want. And watch, everyone will vote for them again next election.

BuddJones
BuddJones

Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia among the elderly, and with the ever-increasing size of this population, cases of Alzheimer's disease are expected to triple over the next 50 years. Consequently, the development of treatments that slow or halt the disease progression have become imperative to both improve the quality of life for patients and reduce the health care costs attributable to Alzheimer's disease. Here, we demonstrate that the active component of marijuana, Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), competitively inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) as well as prevents AChE-induced amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) aggregation, the key pathological marker of Alzheimer's disease. Computational modeling of the THC-AChE interaction revealed that THC binds in the peripheral anionic site of AChE, the critical region involved in amyloidgenesis. Compared to currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, THC is a considerably superior inhibitor of Abeta aggregation, and this study provides a previously unrecognized molecular mechanism through which cannabinoid molecules may directly impact the progression of this debilitating disease.

BuddJones
BuddJones

Bubblegum tastes and smells exactly like what the name suggests. It has a powerful, euphoric, narcotic, indica stone and is very easy to grow. It is of medium to tall stature, and generally not very branchy. Recommended for: muscle spasms, anti-nausea, anti-emetic, and appetite stimulant

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Vote no on the excessive taxation that was not in the deal.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This is beginning to resemble the '911 Commission' ....

We are the ones who elected these morons who REFUSE to get this straight !

Cannabis_College
Cannabis_College

crazy part is, we can change all this, but as potheads do many times, we get high and get lazy....here is how you fix it:

1) don't vote for any politician that does not openly support legalization or at least say they will fight to repeal CSA Schedule I ruling.

2) Practice the 1st amendment until they make you physically unable to do so.

Guaranteed things will change. http://420college.net

saracsit
saracsit

How dare "senator" Rollie Heath who represents the city of Boulder, Nederland, Ward, surrounding areas sponsor this bill. Boulder County Democrats be embarrased and shamed. He's terrible and is not voting the way his constituents want him to. Amendment 64 passed easily in Boulder. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What are the LYING LIARS who promoted that festering turd A64 so afraid of?

That the VOTERS who were LIED TO by Vicente and Tvert might actually exercise their RIGHT to REPEAL that piece of crap in a free and fair election?


ILikeLittleGuys
ILikeLittleGuys

We should be thanking Smart Colorado and the police union for trying to keep the children safe. Their continued lobbying on these very important issues is assuring that the children be kept out of  the hand's of these evil pot addicts.....However, I would suggest a BETTER way for these guys and their gang of blue to find dates:


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mich.cannabisunivers
mich.cannabisunivers

LURKING IS I-3, Prohibit Penalties for Possession of Cannabis 2014: Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado state constitution directing the judiciary branch of all governing bodies in the state of Colorado to prohibit their courts from imposing any fine or sentence for the possession of cannabis? YES!

mich.cannabisunivers
mich.cannabisunivers

VOTE NO ON HB13-1325 by Representative(s) Fields, Waller; also Senator(s) King–Concerning penalties for persons who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

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Sixty-Ninth General Assembly Tuesday, May 7, 2013
STATE OF COLORADO 119 Legislative Day th

First Regular Session Hour of convening 9:00 A.M. 

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

Wow, not that I am for or against, however, the "people" had voted against same sex marriages and now we see the results of that. Lets face it , the "people" are hypocrites.

Benjamin Reyes Jr.
Benjamin Reyes Jr.

shows how much respect have for the voting process... No wonder so many potential voters remain apathetic!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Puerile Pot Punks take note: when you LIE to the Electorate, there will be consequences.


Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

The legislators should quit fumble fucking around and get it done!! Quit trying to shut the people's voice down once they have spoken!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

I think the legislature wants legalized pot to go away for one reason only.  The dull little twits can't figure out how to manage it.  Whimper, snivel, whine "It's just too hard"! 

Richard Scott Taylor
Richard Scott Taylor

I am against dirty politics in all forms. It doesn't matter what application it falls under.

BuddJones
BuddJones

This was the area where this strain really shined, after a middling performance in the smell and taste areas. The initial effects of this strain came on strongly, but seemed to increase in potency further over the first 30 minutes or so. A "facial mask" pressure feeling, slightly reddened eyes, and what one reviewer referred to as a "glazing euphoria" overtook us, immediately taking hold of our mental focus and leaving us a bit detached from the world. The senses seemed open and aware, but the brain was a bit slow at handling the sensory inputs. Body-wise, there was a strong relaxation happening in the neck and shoulder area after the first hour especially, which served to kill off upper back pain and gave us a feeling similar to just coming out of a sauna. the slight mental stupor (it was described positively as a "meditative state") combined with the deep body relaxation made the second half of this experience superb for a quiet evening at home rather than out and about. A long, steady dwindle of effect left us ready for sleep by the end.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident

... requiring the general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund ...

BuddJones
BuddJones

@Juan_LegSuper Skunk is a great first plant to grow. It's hearty and hard to kill, it yields well, and its smell harkens back to the skunky, pungent stench that pot smelled like before all of the berry and diesel strains took over. Though its sativa parentage means it stretches more than your average indica, it makes a great indoor plant that will reward hard work with giant colas.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@Cannabis_CollegeAlcohol has played an important roll throughout human history. It brings people together, lightens moods, helped civilizations throughout ancient history, and most importantly is made naturally. From 1920 to 1933, the United States went through a painful and futile alcohol prohibition. Brewing, selling, and consuming alcoholic beverages were all federal offenses. Today, this is inconceivable, although marijuana prohibition began in the early 1920’s and was made illegal in every state by 1937. It has been illegal ever since. Seventeen states have legalized marijuana for the treatment of ailments like glaucoma, the effects of chemotherapy, and chronic pain still defying federal law that deems marijuana as more dangerous than cocaine and methamphetamine.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@saracsit ... why are you so afraid to LET THE VOTERS decide whether that piece of crap A64 that was promoted by prevaricating pimps deserves to be repealed or not?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@saracsit Well sar, you have one thing right - "Boulder County Democrats be embarrased (sic) and  (a)shamed."   

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotayA robust medium-dark green color, this strain seemed to take mostly after the Colorado cough in appearance, with an open structure that showed off the trichomes well. The calyxes are covered with tall, uniform trichomes that mostly hover between clear and cloudy - while we would normally like to see some ambering, the early harvest may have been intentional to control the tone of the experience. We saw a few very tiny immature seeds scattered about the flowers, which was the lone grow flaw we found in this sample.

cambullrun
cambullrun

@DonkeyHotay no reason to support reason, lets just hate! Return when you have something intelligent to say.

stuka1
stuka1

@fishingblues 

Alcohol is managed just fine. The morons refuse to see that, however. But Election Day is coming, and their Reckoning along with it. 

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay@Cognitive_DissidentSour Diesel has a stench like no other: citrus sour with ammonia, diesel fuel and skunk. It punches you in the face with an extremely powerful high and doesn't let go. Sour Diesel is very sensitive to light leaks, but if treated well it will give you some of the best smoke you've ever tasted.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident Yeah, so where's the additional special sales tax, troll?

Cannabis_College
Cannabis_College

@BuddJones @Cannabis_College you're making good points...But, it's 19 states now, Maryland just passed it last week, so it's 19 medical states and 2 recreational states.  I was just making a point about how to end all this non sense.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay@Cannabis_CollegeWhite Widow can be too potent of a smoke for some, but those who can handle the intensity of the high get to enjoy one of the most legendary plants of the 1990s. A combination of high resin production and a pale shade of green makes the buds appear "white", hence the name. Recommended for: epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other seizure-related illnesses

Cannabis_College
Cannabis_College

@DonkeyHotay @Cannabis_College oh shit is the troll of the year again.  do you have anything other then trolling on threads to do??  you should change your name to trollhotay.  if you have something smart to say about my comment, then please do so, otherwise go back and crawl under the rock you crawled out from.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Cute new copy and paste rant. But we just did that, this past November. You might remember, the event totally unhinged you. 

saracsit
saracsit

@fishingblues yes, I had some spelling issues this a.m. No spell check available, plus, I actually meant "shamed", as in shame on you. They should be shamed for putting him up as their only candidate. Thanks so much for your corrections. 

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay@madestLike the smell, the flavor wasn't overtly pungent or noteworthy in terms of appeal. We got some lightly floral flavors that brought to mind hibiscus tea and some light citrus overtones, but otherwise it was mostly earthy and a bit smoky. One thing that we all liked about this strain is how smooth it was, never really making us cough due to either harshness or expansion - great choice for those who love a smooth smoking experience.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@madest ... enjoy THE FIST of REGULATION that you begged for. sucker.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@nemopunk15 ... so if your precious A64 "legalized" pot, then what are you clueless stoners continually whining and complaining about?


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@saracsit @fishingblues Sorry sweetie, I wasn't attempting to correct your post, I was simply making fun of liberals.  Nice people like you should be Libertarian not Democrat.  

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