Marijuana: Law enforcers' letter to Hick freaks out over pot bills

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We've been following the rapidly evolving marijuana bills intended to enact voter-approved Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of cannabis. So, too, have assorted law enforcement groups -- and judging by a letter that several organizations sent to Governor John Hickenlooper and numerous legislators, they're absolutely alarmed by some of the developments, as well as relative inaction on a measure intended to define "drug-endangered children." See the letter and more below.

The letter was released by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, currently presided over by Broomfield Police Chief Tom Deland. But it's also been blessed by several other outfits, including the Colorado District Attorneys Council, the County Sheriffs of Colorado and the Colorado Drug Investigators Association.

The last group's Facebook page makes its enmity for Amendment 64 clear, from this graphic....

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...to a March 27 post that reads, "There are serious deficiencies in the Colorado Medical Marijuana regulatory system. The Colorado State government simply cannot keep up with these changes that have been forced upon its citizens. Another clear indication why legalization is wrong for Colorado."

The tone of the letter is similar. Here's a passage that depicts the majority of Coloradans who marked their ballots in favor of A64 as either hopelessly naive or victims of flim-flammery by the unscrupulous backers of the measure:

Many citizens supported Amendment 64 without understanding that the resources to implement the oversight of the marijuana industry were not provided for in the Amendment, and did not realize that another vote would be required to provide for the education resources promised in the amendment. Without adequate resources Amendment 64 is a legal free for all, and Colorado's law enforcement community stands ready to help secure the resources necessary to provide an adequate regulatory framework.
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Broomfield's Tom Deland is the president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.
The letter also outlines "several public safety issues which we believe are in jeopardy," with the first being "a standard for driving under the influence of marijuana" -- aka House Bill 13-1114, which would have set a THC intoxication limit of five nanograms per milliliter of blood had it not failed in the state Senate for the third consecutive year.

The combination of questions about whether this number is supported by science and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against warrantless blood draws appears to have persuaded the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the proposal by a 4-1 vote after it had passed the House. But supporters of so-called DUI-D are attempting to bring the measure back to life as an amendment to House Bill 13-1317, the main marijuana regulatory offering -- and the law enforcement groups believe its passage is a must even though Colorado already has statutes that forbid driving under the influence of drugs.

"Establishing this standard will decrease the number of impaired driving incidents and serve as a strong public policy statement against driving under the influence of marijuana," they write, adding, "To implement Amendment 64 without an impaired driving standard is irresponsible."

Continue for more about law enforcement objections to current marijuana bills, including the complete letter.


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BuddJones
BuddJones

How do you know which Cannabis strain is best for you in the morning when you wake up versus which is best for the evening as you unwind? There's no way around it other than sampling as many Medical Marijuana strains from every Denver dispensary you have the time to visit. It has been the Good Doctor's experience that practically every Denver dispensary has excellent cannabis worth trying.

Of course there will be some cannabis that is better than others and some that is more potent than others but cost less. Since there is no universal scientific Cannabis testing service in the Mile High City who knows WTF is in your Weed. When you find a strain that suits your needs and you are satisfied it is worth the asking price then stock up because when that crop is gone the search starts all over. The more potent the strain the greater the chance that it will last you longer and if others enjoy it as well it may be sold out by your next refill.

 Update: Its been 30 days now...still no MMJ Red Card in the mailbox. Thank God for Amendment 64. I was seriously prepared to take my freshly printed Red Card over to my favorite dispensary and sign over my Patient Rights sight unseen. Or maybe I should say " Top Shelf $45 an eight..I'll take your word Ms. Budtender Babe that this the Bomb". Well WTF...right there in bold print on Craigslist was this ad that said a Caregiver near my closest intersection had a little excess Sour Diesel....WTF!" 

Sent the text, showed my ID...and Walla! This medicine was cured, trimmed, and smelled better than any of that massed produced Cannabis Cup Winner going at $45 an eight....for $25. It was the Bomb, my leg cramps dissipated quicker than  the last "Major Snow Storm' to hit the Mile High City.

I'll still support my local dispensaries however until there Universal Testing System in place that will inform patients with certainty and consistency...WTF we are  paying $30 and more an eight for..and Caregivers like my local unemployed horticulturist are producing  FINE MEDICINE for less..WHY PAY MORE.

stuka1
stuka1

"Colorado's law enforcement community stands ready to help secure the resources necessary to provide an adequate regulatory framework."

Just exactly what is this supposed to look like? What "resources" do these clowns think they are going to "secure", and how? What do they think they are going to do to "provide an adequate regulatory framework"? Declare martial fucking law?


Assclowns...

davismeegan
davismeegan

Does this Andrews guy have a facebook page?  No.  Never has.  So, he looked up this guy on Facebook and thought this scumbags shit was real and he was going to do this and get away with it?  No.  Everyone just loves the media and the dirt they say until you realize it is bullshit, then blame the media.  Realize it, blame the media now, and stop waiting for the actual truth to come out, in the meantime, this deputy is being dragged though the mud, and his wife and all his little kids are having to deal with it as well.  Oh, but wait.... this criminal jerk, must be right.  Not the deputy with no record and a family.  Yeah, go with that, and believe every thing you read, or may see on the news.  Your right Timothy, Idiot.  You're just saying that about the wrong person.

stuka1
stuka1

"Many citizens supported Amendment 64 without understanding that the resources to implement the oversight of the marijuana industry were not provided for in the Amendment, and did not realize that another vote would be required to provide for the education resources promised in the amendment" 


These assclowns are bigger liars than DonkeyHotay.


stuka1
stuka1

"The Colorado State government simply cannot keep up with these changes that have been forced upon its citizens. Another clear indication why legalization is wrong for Colorado."

Logic Fail much?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Big surprise. You know all that money saved by not hunting down pot users to throw them in jail? Who do you think gets that money? This is not dissimilar to the "peace dividend" from the end of the cold war. Expect them to act like the military industrial complex and hype a 9/11 of drugs.

irq77
irq77

There certainly is not shortage of rhetoric from legislators, police, and prohibitionists in general.  Police trying to circumvent the will of the people by sending a letter to Gov. Chickenpooper is laughable. 

 From the Denver Post: Yes Pot Revenues Will Too Cover Costs http://www.denverpost.com/carroll/ci_23141486/carroll-yes-pot-revenues-will-too-cover-costs

Why would anyone support tax of 25-30% when most alcohol is taxed at 2.9%? Amendment 64 (which is now included in Colorado's constitution) specifically states that Cannabis be taxed similarly to ALCOHOL!

Don't allow legislators to establish a government slush fund, and don't let the (not)SMART Colorado group push the prohibitionist lies.

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

There is a reason that the police want to hold onto the 'tool' that they had related to the criminal aspects of marijuana. It gave them a 'green-light' to come after MOSTLY law abiding, non-violent citizens. They could suck the till dry with court costs, fines, jail time, prison time, treatment, counseling, child protective services, etc....First, you saw DISBELIEF from them when A64 passed....Now you see FEAR and DESPERATION. Look at them. They are scared.

Mozart99
Mozart99

So they don't want to enforce the new gun laws, but they want to ban marijuana. They have no scientific expertise in this matter, and no business getting involved. They should take care of their own business. Seems like they have plenty to take care of based on recent cases in the Springs, Jeffco and Denver.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "all that money saved by not hunting down pot users'

LOL! ... no need to hunt them ... Stupid Stoners -- like Chris Bartkowicz, Dr. Reefer and the Craigslist Delivery Fools -- simply DELIVER THEMSELVES into the waiting jaws of the Prison Industrial Complex.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@irq77 ... The WILL of the PEOPLE was a $40,000,000.00 per YEAR excise TAX on marijuana.

Obey the Voters!!

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

@Mozart99There are a select few Sheriff's that have said they will not partake in any douche-baggery involving firearms....The Denver Police were Obama's lap dogs when he was here as were a few others...Just look at it this way: If it involves messing with your civil rights in ANY way, count them 'IN'. This will save you any confusion about their intentions in the future. :)

Monkey
Monkey

@Mozart99 Their business has largely revolved around marijuana laws. It's like taking away their pacifier, and like any child, they immediately through a tantrum and do anything possible to get it back.

irq77
irq77

@DonkeyHotay @irq77 You have zero credibility to anyone that has ever paid any attention to the comments section.  Please never reply to my posts with your ignorance. 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@betweenthelines @Mozart99 I read that basically it was the Sheriff's protecting the 2nd, and the police departments selling it out. I've got a cop neighbor, and he says it's definitely the high levels, because the average cop wants peaceful people armed, as the Sheriffs do. BTW, he's consistent, and is also against the drug war.

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@Monkey @Mozart99 well see after 1 year if arrest rates for real crimes go up or if they are sittin in the donut shop . they're afraid of that statistic

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = OCD FAIL!

suka1 "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings"


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== has NOTHING better to do than to spam and troll entertainment blogs with its asinine prohibitionist bullshit and misrepresented mined quotes when it gets PWNED.

@DonkeyHotayLoser

@DonkeyHotay And yet here you are, sexless, unemployed, pathetic, trolling the site every day on every article with your worthless vitriol and ignorance. Its no wonder why you dont have a partner- youre obviously obsessive, obtuse, and have a lack of intelligence surpassed by few. Why are you complaining about the site when you practically live on here, day after day after day? Dont shit where you eat, little troll. Maybe go outside once in awhile, get a hobby, maybe try growing a brain. Try finding something that you can actually offer, because you clearly have nothing to offer here- or in any other capacity in life. In short- get a life, you pathetic, cowardly, moronic loser.

QFTMFT.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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

Still FAILING and FLAILING, like the chump that you are.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <=== pathetic broken record spamming irrelevant and misrepresented mined quotes. FAIL. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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

Fail like the Failure that you are!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  LOL -- keep flailing and failing, asshole, its what you do best!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <=-== too stupid to figure out HE was the one reading it wrong. No surprise.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@barbarian.bob1 = illiterate lying sack of shit, who thinks he can grow "3 HUGE plants 7 to 10 lbs. each 5 times a year that's about 35 to 50 lbs"

EPIC MATH FAIL + EPIC know-nothing Delusions = YOU!

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@DonkeyHotay @barbarian.bob1 lololololo too funny im an expert gro consultant and im helping thousands to gro mucho weedo. you are just pathetic period. barbarian 6 monkey still 0 lolol

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@barbarian.bob1 "we gro [sic] it for free"

Illiterate bong-sucking imbecile who's obviously NEVER grown.


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   

repeating the same thing ad nauseum does not change the fallacy of your sad attempt at analysis.  

hth fucking moron.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

A64:  "... 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..."

You = LOSE again, chump.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

  LOL there you go with your reading comprehension problem again.  FAIL.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... claims the verbatim wording from A64 is "distortions, misrepresentations, DISinformation, and outright LIES"

Noted.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <===== more of the same distortions, misrepresentations, DISinformation, and outright LIES from the Jackass. No surprise here.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@irq77 = fucking retard

A64:  "... 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..."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  ... 

   *** REGULATION WORKS! ***

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

  Keep flailing and failing, pathetic prohibitionist loser, it's what you do best! 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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

Classic sucka1 FAIL!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <=== resorts to irrelevant and misrepresented quote mines again.  FAIL.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = prohibitionist scum

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

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   <=== has NOTHING better to do than waste all its time trolling entertainment blogs all day every day.  What a pathetic excuse for a human being.

@DonkeyHotayLoser

@DonkeyHotay And yet here you are, sexless, unemployed, pathetic, trolling the site every day on every article with your worthless vitriol and ignorance. Its no wonder why you dont have a partner- youre obviously obsessive, obtuse, and have a lack of intelligence surpassed by few. Why are you complaining about the site when you practically live on here, day after day after day? Dont shit where you eat, little troll. Maybe go outside once in awhile, get a hobby, maybe try growing a brain. Try finding something that you can actually offer, because you clearly have nothing to offer here- or in any other capacity in life. In short- get a life, you pathetic, cowardly, moronic loser.

QFTMFT.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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

 Galactic LOSER!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

Yup there you go again, like you always do when you are called out, spamming irrelevant mined quotes. 

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   <=== more of the same misinformation, distortions, DISinformation, and outright lies from the LYING anti-cannabis jackass

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@DonkeyHotay @barbarian.bob1 sayy you lolol as if anyone cares wut a troll named Donkey  says  lolol yer looking for the kiddie blog , maybe you can outsmart them lolol Barbarian 7 munky 0

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... says the brain-dead imbecile who thinks Government REGULATED marijuana puts an end to the "black market".

Remember fuckwit, the BLACK MARKET for Cigarettes and Alcohol in the U$A is BILLIONS of $$$$$$ ... every YEAR!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@barbarian.bob1 @Monkey @Mozart99 

Marijuana is a REAL CRIME ... even after that pathetic turd A64 ... possession of more than 1 (one) puny ounce is a CRIME ... cultivation of more than 3 (three) flowering pot plants is a CRIME ... sales of ANY amount between private adults is a FELONY ... and ALL rec. marijuana activity by ANYONE under 21 is a CRIME.


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