Marijuana: John Hickenlooper, Mason Tvert react to feds' Amendment 64 decision

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It's only been a matter of minutes since news broke about the Obama administration announcing that it won't sue to stop Amendment 64 from going into effect.

But we're already hearing from major players about this huge development, including Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, marijuana advocate and major A64 proponent Mason Tvert and the Marijuana Majority's Tom Angell. Here's what each of them had to say.

Statement by Governor John Hickenlooper:

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Governor John Hickenlooper.
"We recognize how difficult this issue has been for the Department of Justice and we appreciate the thoughtful approach it has taken. Amendment 64 put Colorado in conflict with federal law. Today's announcement shows the federal government is respecting the will of Colorado voters.

"We share with the federal government its priorities going forward. We are working to improve education and prevention efforts directed at young people and on enforcement tools to prevent access to marijuana by those under 21 years of age. We are also determined to keep marijuana businesses from being fronts for criminal enterprises or other illegal activity, and we are committed to preventing the exportation of marijuana out of Colorado while also enhancing efforts to keep state roads safer from impaired drivers."

Statement of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers:
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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.
"The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) contacted Governor John Hickenlooper and me this morning to inform us of the position they are taking with regard to Colorado having legalized marijuana at the state level. The position taken by DOJ is very much along the lines I anticipated and I remain mystified as to why it took so long to articulate it. Clarification of the federal position, however, is nevertheless welcome. Colorado state government will continue to develop a regulatory scheme that is as effective as possible under the dictates of Amendment 64 with recognition that the federal government will take action if the state regulatory scheme does not deter activity that runs afoul of federal enforcement priorities.

"The eight criteria set forth for future federal prosecutions of marijuana in Colorado will give state and local law enforcement officials a basis for discussion with federal law enforcement officials about prosecuting those who abuse Colorado's marijuana regulatory system."

Statement of Marijuana Policy Project spokesman and Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert:
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Mason Tvert.
"This is a historic step toward ending marijuana prohibition. The Obama Administration's decision to allow implementation of the laws in Colorado and Washington is a clear signal that states are free to determine their own policies with respect to marijuana."

"We applaud the Department of Justice for its thoughtful approach and sensible decision. The next step is for Congress to act. We need to fix our nation's broken marijuana laws and not just continue to work around them."

Statement of Marijuana Majority co-founder Tom Angell:
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Tom Angell.
"It's nice to hear that the Obama administration doesn't at this point intend to file a lawsuit to overturn the will of the voters in states that have opted to modernize their marijuana policies, but it remains to be seen how individual U.S. attorneys will interpret the new guidance and whether they will continue their efforts to close down marijuana businesses that are operating in accordance with state law.

"It's significant that U.S. attorneys will no longer be able to use the size or profitability of a legal marijuana business to determine whether or not it should be a target for prosecution, but the guidelines seem to leave some leeway for the feds to continue making it hard for state-legal marijuana providers to do business.

"The administration's statement that it doesn't think busting individual users should be a priority remains meaningless, as it has never been a federal focus to go after people just for using small amounts of marijuana. The real question is whether the president will call off his federal agencies that have been on the attack and finally let legal marijuana businesses operate without harassment, or if he wants the DEA and prosecutors to keep intervening as they have throughout his presidency and thus continue forcing users to buy marijuana on the illegal market where much of the profits go to violent drug cartels and gangs.

"In all, today's announcement represents a step in a right direction and a recognition by the administration that the politics of marijuana are rapidly shifting in favor of those who support legalization. However, my optimism is tempered by the fact that despite the Justice Department's 2009 announcement that it shouldn't be a priority to bust medical marijuana providers operating in accordance with state law, this administration went on to close down more state-legal marijuana businesses in one term than the Bush administration did in two terms.

"Polls from Pew and Gallup show that a supermajority of Americans wants the president to follow through on his 2008 pledges to respect marijuana laws, and that's what advocates will continue pressing him to do."

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Obama administration will not sue to stop Amendment 64."


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DougHubka
DougHubka

Interesting how , while each person is in favor of the ruling, they all have to put their own spin on it.

Don't know why it is so hard to just say Yes to this it and move on from there

Matt Corry
Matt Corry

I could not hit the LIKE button hard enough! WOW! The government actually doing what THE PEOPLE wanted.

Smegma
Smegma

 Pot Kills!


Dad Charged After Baby Dies in Hot Car in Arizona


31-year-old father whose infant son died after being left in a parked car in the Phoenix summertime heat was smoking marijuana next to the car with a co-worker part of the time, police said.


Daniel Bryant Gray, 31, was booked into a Maricopa County jail late Thursday, charged with manslaughter and child abuse, Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.

George Lunbeck
George Lunbeck

Sounds like you guys could use a little herb yourself haha! If you don't like it then why don't you do something to change it or quit following them. Sounds simple to me.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

So within the last 2 weeks:  More state compliant dispensaries in MI and WA were busted by the feds....the military banned hemp yogurt from the troops....armored car use by dispensaries is banned......and the feds let up on pot?  LMFAO.  


This Cole memo is no better than the last Cole memo on MMJ.  Well....it's worse as now that the state has and F audit at the DoR and and F audit at the CDPHE and an F audit in Denver.  I'd say the regulatory system in CO is not "operational" and the feds plan on coming to tell some people so very soon. 


If they wanted to make a change they would have simply changed the law, not posted a memo reminding us all they will retain their 'rights' to attack any time they want and there is no defense in the court of law. 

christinelsteele
christinelsteele

Monkey is right. Obama issuing an order telling the feds not to pursue prosecution against people who were in compliance with state law did not prevent them from raiding my friend Chris Bartkowicz' legal grow operation and sending him to prison for three long years. 

Michael P Lee
Michael P Lee

^^^ I feel hate surging in someone. Watch list.

Danny Gillam
Danny Gillam

Wes, I agree with you absolutely about the repetitive boring topics like A64 that Denver Westword puts out but I must admit, the article on the cover of this one that highlights the last moments of Tim Samaras life and the work he did was pretty awesome. Check it out.

Wes Baker
Wes Baker

Can this zine talk about anything else or are the writers too stoned to discuss matters on the minds of thoughtful citizens. No its more important to talk about youngin's taking dope and playin' with glowsticks while some idiots play their "EDM" stereos at Red Rocks. Also, fuck the Denver cruisers

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"We applaud the Department of Justice for its thoughtful approach and sensible decision. The next step is for Congress to act. We need to fix our nation's broken marijuana laws and not just continue to work around them."

Really, the ball is in Congress' court now. They could go after Obama, or write some more words on paper, or they could go to court...or they could read the writing on the wall and remove pot from the schedule and let the states handle it. Even if you believe there's a use for the DEA, they could at least be concentrating on something that's actually potentially dangerous. At a minimum they should write local control into their law, in the case of pot.

BarryIsASellout
BarryIsASellout

We have out of control federal prosecutors scattered throughout the U.S. that will simply ignore these 'guidelines' just as they ignored the last ones they put out....Obama authorized more raids on legal dispensaries than Bush did......Barry isn't much of a president, he always takes the easy way out....He LIES to try to appease BOTH sides....Just as the next president will......

Guest
Guest

The DOJ is clearly leaving Colorado open to federal prosecution:

The DOJ memo states:

"A system adequate to the task must not only contain robust controls and procedures on paper; it must also be effective in practice. Jurisdictions that have implemented systems that provide for regulation of marijuana activity must provide the necessary resources and demonstrate the willingness to enforce their laws and regulations in a manner that ensures they do onto undermine federal enforcement priorities."

The DOJ must have read the Colorado Auditor's Reports on the effectiveness of the Colo. Department of Revenue and the Colo. Dept. of Public Health and Environment in policing medical marijuana "strict regulations". Earlier this year, both agencies received an "F" for their incompetence and corruption.

So that leaves all Colorado dispensaries open to prosecution under this memo. The DOR and CDPHE have clearly not been "effective in practice", according to the state Auditor.

Guest
Guest

Don't get fooled again! In Obama's New World Odor, marijuana raids will now be known as "compliance checks".

This is the same as his MMJ policy, under which dozens of dispensaries in Calif., Washington, Montana and Michigan continued to be raided by the feds.

The DOJ disclaimer at the end of the memo creates a hole big enough for them to justify prosecuting whoever they want. The memo can't be used as a defense, creates no rights, and it allows them to continue to prosecute whomever they please if it serves an "important federal interest".

Last paragraph of the Cole Memo (8/29/13):
http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/3052013829132756857467.pdf

"Neither the guidance herein nor any state or local law provides a legal defense to a violation of federal law, including any civil or criminal violation of the CSA. Even in jurisdictions with strong and effective regulatory systems, evidence that particular conduct threatens federal priorities will subject that person or entity to federal enforcement action, based on the circumstances. This memorandum is not intended to, does not, and may not be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by any party in any matter civil or criminal."

"Finally, nothing herein precludes investigation or prosecution, even in the absence of any one of the factors listed above, in particular circumstances where investigation and prosecution otherwise serves an important federal interest."

ReeferAddict
ReeferAddict

Frackenlooper and Ole Sphincter-face have been down on their knees nightly praying for federal intervention; could their statements be any more full of the disappointment of the unfulfilled authoritarian?  These two would welcome DEA SWAT raids, brutality and violence with open arms: hell, Hickenlooper would don a cheerleader outfit and bounce around while Suthers might even put on some body armor and pick up an AR-15 so he could legally shoot some "hippies".

It makes me sad to think we are going to be stuck with both of these assholes for years to come: Hickenlooper is unopposed (so far, not like it matters) from the left, and the Weld-county Wednecks get a tingle in their pants when they hear Suthers talk. 


imahead
imahead

poor donkay hater... who will he hate on now

Monkey
Monkey

 A dick-head federal prosecutor could easily prove a commercial weed business is a criminal enterprise. Both the FBI and Title 21 of the United States Code, Section 848(c)(2) defines what a criminal enterprise is, and the MED will be able to provide the exact evidence needed to get a conviction. Lets just hope the dick-heads have something better to do.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@Smegma

Beer Kills!

Charges: O'Fallon dad 'passed out' drunk while toddler dies in hot car

St. Clair County prosecutors filed a charge of involuntary manslaughter Friday against an O'Fallon man who police say was intoxicated and had passed "out on the floor" of his home while his toddler son was dying in a hot car on their driveway.

Wayne M. Hubert, 32, of 323 Joy Drive in O'Fallon, is charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter of a family member in connection with the death Thursday afternoon of his son.

Hubert took his 1-year-old son, known as "N.H." in court records, out to his vehicle, a black Hyundai Elantra four-door with a dark-colored interior, at about 2:30 p.m. with plans to make a trip, according to O'Fallon Police Capt. Jeff Wild.

The boy, who was strapped into a car seat, was left unattended in the car without air conditioning and "with only one window partially open" when the outside air temperature ranged from 85 to 90 degrees, according to the criminal complaint.


Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2013/06/21/2665706/police-pursuing-charges-against.html#storylink=cpy

stuka1
stuka1

@KathleenChippi  

Yes, it looks very much like another TRAP -- sort of like the one that was proposed in Nederland by KathleenChippi and Rico Colibri, wherein out-of-town visitors would be allowed to buy an eighth and a half of an ounce (5 grams) of cannabis BUT would be FORCED to consume ALL of it before leaving the premises and stumbling into the arms of eagerly waiting opportunistic predatory highwaymen--I mean, local law enforcement officers, not to mention the local incarceration/"treatment"/localguv-coffer-filling industrial complex vultures that are waiting in the wings behind them to suck the poor out-of-staters dry.

sholmberg
sholmberg

^ Clearly old and in the way!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Wes Baker It's a big fucking internet. Don't like it, go elsewhere.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@imahead Donkey's out of a job now he's just another pot clown like the rest of us with nothing to fret about.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@stuka1 @KathleenChippi oh, look who crawled out of the dab haze.....an anonymous loser who never read the Nederland language that was filed..........your 8 months behind the rest of us....

Where is your critique of the language the BoT passed in Ned 2 weeks ago?

I'm sure you prefer the language that passed that banned the smell of cannabis over property boundaries.....in Ned?  yeah.   

keep trying............
maybe the synthetic (NIDA created)  pot going around? 

stuka1
stuka1

@KathleenChippi

I see you have no intention whatsoever of growing up, giving up your childish smoke screen of  innuendo, and addressing the question: WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU IDIOTS THINKING, trying to throw nonresidents to the wolves?  

It's a simple question.  Why are you going through such gyrations to run away from it, you coward?

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@stuka1 sexual frustration?--no, I get laid whenever I want.

The language was 'addressed' and changed within a day.  Don't you remember?  

Your bitching like a little girl over something that lasted less than a day  8 months later brings light to the seriousness of your bull balls for me and Rico.....loser boy.

stuka1
stuka1

@KathleenChippi

How funny that you go on and on showing off YOUR obvious raging sexual frustration rather than addressing and owning up to YOUR pathetic attempt to throw nonresidents to the wolves -- What the fuck were you idiots thinking?

Oh, and your inability to differentiate between the words "YOUR" and "YOU'RE"...that's hilarious...

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@stuka1 @KathleenChippi   oh, looks like I touched a nerve, 'anonymous stuka.....

Did that help your blue balls for me and Rico?  

This 'release' seems strained?  Maybe time to see a doctor.  

They say a hard on for 4 hours could be dangerous and your 8 months ready to pop over language in Ned that you just said no body gives a shit about--so why have you spent the last 8 months worried about what it said?   

And no on is crying over what the Mayor did including yourself since no one else has read it.

I'm laughing, as just like your posts reveal your sad 'issues' ,  his intelligence level is clearly defined for anyone who can read......lol.  


stuka1
stuka1

@KathleenChippi  

UMadBeatch?  YeahUMad!

And STILL too fucking stupid to figure out the damage YOUR idiotic on-site consumption proposal -- which you now ADMIT was designed to GIVE OUT OF STATERS the SHAFT. And you only changed it after I hounded and shamed and publicly humiliated you assholes over it.


AND it's fucking hilarious that YOU'RE so butthurt over the Ned BoT kicking YOUR asses to the curb and turning around and using some of YOUR language -- MINUS, of course, the clause you designed to fuck over non-residents.

 Even more funny however, is YOUR crying over the mayor's alleged improper legal language, when you can't even figure out the difference between a possessive adjective and a contraction: YOU'RE going to have to get YOUR shit together, you ignorant cunt.


And nobody gives a shit about Nederland or what laws it takes up.  The best you can do is go cryo yourself.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@stuka1@KathleenChippiJames didn't your mom tell you to stop embarrassing the family with your ignorant posts?   

It's clear you don't understand peoples initiatives are something different than what happens with the BoT.  And the BoT didn't kick anyone to the curb because BoT's have no authority to kick a peoples initiative to any curb.  

Have you seen a doctor about your 8 month hard on over Rico and myself?  

And it's clear blue balls hasn't read what the BoT passed.  

The Nederland MJ Task Force started with our language as their template, loser-boy.   They read it sentence by sentence and agreed to 98% and only made minor changes, like processing a license in 45 days instead of our 15.  

Then the Mayor, who is not an attorney, but has the ego of one much like you do, decided to change 10% of our language.  Nothing he added will be upheld in the court of law and none of it is written in proper legal language, and most makes no sense.

The BoT plagiarized 90% of our initiative language, loser boy, word for word--the 10% the Mayor deleted and replaced without any vetting or discussion altered the intent of our language by 100%.

Your still bitching about out of staters getting the shaft in language that we changed before final petition submission and the Mayor of Ned has instead shafted everyone in Ned, loser-boy.  I see you care more for out of staters then locals, Blue Balls.

The Mayor banned the smell of cannabis over a property line.  Now it's a $1,000 'nuisance' ticket, Blue Balls.

The Mayor banned the use of all concentrates and detergents from going down a drain. LMFAO

The Mayor thinks he can override 64 and banned display.

The Mayor banned pics of cannabis when Hightimes and David Lane already addressed that unconstitutional BS with Suthers. 

And there is oh so much more fun reading but I won't do your homework for you.   Clearly you haven't been doing enough independent reading.  Try not to be too upset knowing Rico and I wrote 90% of it as you read it. 

But Loser-Boy wouldn't know that.  Loser boy has a 8 month hard on with Kathleen and Rico.   He can't write any language for any town and we did and he's frustrated.



stuka1
stuka1

@KathleenChippi Oh, look, KathleenChippi makes wild assumptions and attempts to point fingers away from herself and cloak her idiocy in trying to sell out-of-staters out to the vultures waiting down the highway.

Nederland, its BoT, and what happens there now is irrelevant. It was only ever a news item because you and Rico tried to force the issue prematurely and before anyone else with a half-baked, not-thought-out-at-ALL piece of shit proposal in order to get your names in the press. At the expense of out-of-state visitors' lives and freedoms. The BoT were right to kick you idiots to the curb.

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