Marijuana: War of words, claims of nausea over criticism of free-joint rally

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Yesterday's free-joint giveaway on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, staged by opponents of marijuana tax measure Proposition AA, didn't include Vice President Joe Biden, who'd been invited by co-organizer Rob Corry to take part in between tours of areas devastated by recent flooding.

The Biden angle, and the latest rally, has earned criticism from the Yes on Prop AA campaign, to which Corry has fired back with, among other things, a claim of nausea.

Corry previewed yesterday's rally in a Q&A that we supplemented with a reaction to the Biden invite from Joe Megyesy, communications director with the Committee for Responsible Regulation, which supports the passage of Proposition AA; the initiative calls for a 15 percent excise tax and a sales tax of 10-15 percent on recreational cannabis sales.

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Joe Megyesy.
In a statement, Megyesy wrote:
The No on AA campaign should be ashamed of itself for trying to capitalize upon a tragedy in order to advance their own political beliefs. We can debate the merits of a free joint giveaway, but I think we should all be in agreement that making light of people's suffering, as if a little marijuana can make it better, is inappropriate. The sad irony is that they are attempting to defeat a measure that will provide tens of millions of dollars annually for public school construction. This is money that could benefit some of the communities hit hard by the recent flooding.
After yesterday's rally, Corry fired back in a letter to Megyesy that he shared with Westword; see it below. In the missive, Corry seized on Megyesy's use of the word "debate," revealing that "I have been requesting a debate from your organization with no answer other than anti-Amendment 64 lobbyist Mike Elliott, who said 'yes,' then 'no.'"

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Rob Corry at yesterday's rally in Boulder.
Corry goes on to say that Megyesy's statement "nearly made me re-qualify for the Medical Marijuana Registry due to symptoms of severe nausea." He goes on to interpret the criticism of the Biden outreach as an assertion that "marijuana cannot help people" -- and, presumably, flood victims -- "relieve symptoms of stress," and points out that he joined Yes on Prop AA chairman Brian Vicente in submitting a "formal petition to the State of Colorado to add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions eligible for medical marijuana.

"I am not sure if you've witnessed the flood damage first hand, but I have, and had the honor [Monday] of looking into the eyes of suffering flood victims on the Pearl Street Mall and feeling their utter gratitude for marijuana and its healing properties," he maintains, adding, "This is why we legalized in the first place."

Here's the Corry letter to Megyesy.

Rob Corry Letter to Joe Megyesy

More from our Marijuana archive: "Photos: Free joint giveaway on Pearl Street Mall a mellow event."

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Monkey
Monkey

I'm beginning to hate the pro-AA campaign. The excise tax would pass, and school construction would receive funding, because children are a great political tool. When you Include additional sales tax, it goes from, save the children, to, penalize cannabis customers. Consumers shouldn't pay for regulations, the industry should. If our failed regulators can't fund themselves adequately, they should sell more licenses or raise the already outrageous fees. Taxing consumers because they want consumers to have fewer places to shop is ridiculous, but it's a great example of government manipulation, industry monopolies and greed standing in the way of something beneficial. If we regulated weed like liquor stores and micro-breweries, we would have more than enough money for regulations and schools, without any tax on consumers.

stuka1
stuka1

The arguments on both sides of this are getting puerile. Corry would do well to just stick to the facts instead of wandering off into this silly "pot will fix your anxiety over your house being swept away" nonsense.

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING....half the country now supports it

hundreds of thousands die from alcohol and tobacco each year, 0 die from marijuana, ever...

America's war on drugs is a war on Americans, LOVE and FREEDOM, cali4life

jamesmcvaney
jamesmcvaney

Sensible Colorado - the same people currently masquerading as the "Committee for Responsible Regulation" are hypocrites - at best! 

As Robert Corry points out in his above letter, Sensible Colorado petitioned to add PTSD to the list of conditions that qualify for medicinal marijuana - TWICE!

And now, when we have a real life PTSD causing event, somehow Sensible is NOT OK with PTSD suffers from having access to cannabis?




JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@stuka1 I guess we agree on something. Corry didn't do himself any favors with that nonsense.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@jamesmcvaney I would say it's every bit as hypocritical for one of the writers of A64 who promoted it as "funding the schools" to campaign against the law that would, well, fund the schools.

stuka1
stuka1

@ryan.cordova   So you buy into the prohibitionist/pro-PAA bullshit propaganda. The law that you say "would, well, fund the schools" has been POISONED with an all-or-nothing ploy that forces voters to choose between an unacceptable, exorbitant, outrageous, and punitive combination of piled-on taxes and nothing. This isn't about "funding the schools", it's about The People sending a clear message to the prohibitionist legislature that we are not going to put up with their tyrannical bullshit, we are not going to be extorted into imposing outrageous taxes on ourselves, and that they need to go back to the drawing board and send a REASONABLE tax proposal to us.

JDGM
JDGM

@stuka1 Yet, you voted for up to 30 percent taxes when you voted for Amendment 64.

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