Marijuana: Free joints promised for adults 21 and over at anti-pot-taxation rally today

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Miguel Lopez.
Miguel Lopez, organizer of the annual 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park, has obtained a permit to stage what's described in a press release as a "'No on Proposition AA' Campaign" to fight against a proposed state tax on recreational marijuana -- one that could be as high as 30 percent.

And Lopez has announced that free joints will be given away to attendees who are 21 and over.

Photos, details and the complete release below.

As you'll recall, the most recent 4/20 rally was planned as a two-day affair -- but a shooting on the first day caused the cancellation of the second.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Civic Center Park after the shooting on 4/20.
Lopez was injured and nearly trampled in the resulting melee. And then, to compound his distress over what happened, Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown publicly questioned whether the rally was political in nature -- a designation that radically lowers the fee required for use of Civic Center Park and threatened future 4/20 events.

Against this backdrop, Lopez notes in the release about today's rally, expected to get underway at 11 a.m., that "this is an officially, permitted political event," adding, "Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown challenges our legitimacy and claims our argument that the taxes will push people back into the black market is false, without explaining why. We challenge him on his relationship with the truth."

Likewise, Lopez maintains that the recreational marijuana tax structure established by the legislature -- an excise tax of 15 percent and a state sales tax of up to 15 percent, not counting local taxes -- undermines the spirit of Amendment 64, the November measure whose passage allowed adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Another photo from this year's 4/20 rally.
"Amendment 64 was sold as the 'Alcohol Marijuana Equalization Initiative,'" Lopez writes. "Marijuana taxes should be fair and equivalent to Colorado alcohol taxes, which are less than 1 percent."

He also believes that "passage of Proposition AA creates public safety problems. A bloated and greedy government does not serve the Public Interest."

The cannabis giveaway -- which is permitted under A64, Lopez argues -- is intended as a symbol of such avarice. In his words, "the joint handout is a real-time demonstration of basic economics: Proposition AA's extreme taxes will undercut the Regulated Marijuana Market, and illegal Black Market and legal Gray Market (which is legal, but untaxed and unregulated) will both expand when the Government parasite kills the Industry host."

Continue for the complete release about today's "'No on Proposition AA' Campaign" rally, including a copy of the permit granting permission to use Civic Center Park.


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kevin.mahmalji
kevin.mahmalji

"Deputy Attorney General James Cole stressed in a clarifying memo that the feds reserved the right to take charge if state efforts at regulation were deemed insufficient. Would the failure of Measure AA give the Obama administration an excuse to do so? McAllister doesn't dismiss this prospect"

Randy Schmuki
Randy Schmuki

Wow I just got hit with a random drug test at work, glad to still have my job!

Ray Koren
Ray Koren

at least do it on the weekend shit...

Ray Koren
Ray Koren

Sorry,couldn't make it, I have this thing called a job where I go to pay for your welfare , unemployment, and food stamps while you get high in the park on a Monday...

Zach Sheesh
Zach Sheesh

I just get a kick out of news anchors saying, "marijuana joints". Are there any other kind?

Heaven Northrop
Heaven Northrop

the first 40 million dollars of the Pot Taxes has been earmarked for the state schools that is a great deal of money that our schools desperately need. We are 48 in the country for school funding, education should be a top priority for all whether have children or not. Ignorance breeds more ignorance, stupidity is something that our country really should not encourage the way it does.

Robert Jepsen
Robert Jepsen

You should be happy that you have legal marijuana to begin with! Tax the hell out of it so people who buy it to indulge themselves can help indulge the greater needs of the citizens of Colorado at the same time. Anti-Pot-Tax potheads sound like self-caring ass hats, if you ask me...

Frank Sanchez
Frank Sanchez

That's all you ever heard was crap like, "oh the government would make so much money if they legalized it. All the weed people smoke, we would pay takes on". what , now they can't or don't think they should have to. You people probably couldn't pay the taxes because you're pot smoking keeps you from getting a real job. But I bet these people are the same people that went on strike at Mickey Dee's thinking they are entitled to $15 a hour. You all want something for nothing!!!

George Young
George Young

Our taxes don't go to schools! Pfff at least not much.

SMARTIsReallyStupid
SMARTIsReallyStupid

Anyone who votes for this tax is a SUCKER! Why would you vote to fund the very same programs that are going to be used to abuse and incarcerate yourselves? A lot of this money will be going to law enforcement to keep their scams to collect money operational....A64 was a big hit in their pocket-books and they are looking to re-coup.....

Kara Fox
Kara Fox

No! Tax it! I'm a smoker and fully support taxing it.

Rossi Smith
Rossi Smith

If you read the article, they are not trying to remove taxation from Pot, they are arguing that it should not be as high as 30%. Their argument is that it should not be any higher then cigarettes or alcohol. Reading articles is the key... "Amendment 64 was sold as the 'Alcohol Marijuana Equalization Initiative,'" Lopez writes. "Marijuana taxes should be fair and equivalent to Colorado alcohol taxes, which are less than 1 percent."

Heaven Northrop
Heaven Northrop

That is just fine with me Tax it we need the money for our schools. I don't mind paying taxes on it and you shouldn't either taxes are a great deal less than fines, probation costs and all other fees associated with it being illegal.

Heaven Northrop
Heaven Northrop

Sorry I am all for taxation of Pot we need the money for our schools like it was promised that was one of the biggest reason it was legalized I am a pot smoking Coloradan and I support taxation of it.

Bud Buddy
Bud Buddy

Taxation and regulation. Negativity aside we need to tax this.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Mac, I believe the distinction is that synthetic pot is prominent in locations where cannabis is not legal. It's pretty abundant in Colorado, there would be no reason to sell it much less to hand it out at a rally.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Next they'll come after your Marshall Tucker albums and $3 six packs.

totink
totink

That's what you fools get for legalizing it instead of decriminalizing it.  The more control you give the state the more invasive they will be.

Mackenzie Royal
Mackenzie Royal

I'm not against pot, don't get me wrong. So you can stop calling me an idiot. Thanks.

Mackenzie Royal
Mackenzie Royal

I'm not "against" pot...I don't smoke it...but I'm certainly not going to stop anyone else.

Mackenzie Royal
Mackenzie Royal

And why is that? I mean, it only made national news. No big deal. Three people died. I guess that is no big deal either.

Alexandra Harrell
Alexandra Harrell

Hey, before you call somebody an idiot on the Internet... You're

stuka1
stuka1

@Ray Koren  You think everyone on the planet has Saturday/Sunday off?  Wow...

stuka1
stuka1

@Robert Jepsen No one asked you.   And it's legal because the majority voted to make it legal.  This is called Democracy.  Alcohol is taxed at less than 1%. There is NOTHING that is taxed at rates as high as Prop AA attempts. Try to keep up, asshat.

stuka1
stuka1

@James Roland Irrelevant much?

stuka1
stuka1

@Frank Sanchez Really?  I didn't hear any talk like that at all. Try to keep up: the issue isn't paying taxes that The People voted for.  The issue is the extra tax-grab that the legislature is trying to pull. Alcohol is taxed at less than 1%.  The rest of your incoherent strawmanning rant is simply irrelevant.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@SMARTIsReallyStupid Thanks for sharing your thoughts, SMART. We're going to share your post in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

stuka1
stuka1

@Carie Adasek Herrick You really think so?  Wow...

stuka1
stuka1

@Kara Fox  

Alcohol is taxed at less than 1%.  How stupid  do you have to be to vote for 30-50% taxes to fund prohibitionist idiots like Turdstone?

stuka1
stuka1

@Rossi Smith  

Like you said -- they would have to read the article.  And pay attention. 

stuka1
stuka1

@Heaven Northrop This isn't about taxes for schools.  Please try to keep up. And it will STILL be legal whether this outrageous set of taxes is passed or not.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Heaven Northrop Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Heaven.

stuka1
stuka1

@Heaven Northrop This isn't about the school tax at all -- though I am not for that, either. It's about all the other pork-barrel taxes being heaped on it. Try to keep up.

stuka1
stuka1

@Bud Buddy Taxing it is fine -- just like any other commodity.  Just tax it like any other commodity. Alcohol is taxed at 1%.  Do the math. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Bud Buddy Simply put. Thanks for posting, Bud.

stuka1
stuka1

@Clayton Capra To call it "pot", even "synthetic pot", or to associate it in any way with cannabis, is a misnomer.  It is neither.  It's an unknown and obviously dangerous mix of chemicals sprinkled on some sort of herb.  One might have better luck to suck on the tailpipe of their car.

stuka1
stuka1

@totink Must be nice to not know what the fuck you are talking about...

stuka1
stuka1

@Mackenzie Royal There is really no danger that some of the top MJ activists in the state would mistake cannabis for that garbage some idiots are using.  Since you don't smoke and apparently don't know much at all about it (which is OK, really...), just understand that there is a HUGE difference and it doesn't take much knowledge to tell between them.

stuka1
stuka1

@Keith A. Badje Because you say so.  Nice reasoning, idiot.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Keith A. Badje Thanks for posting, Keith.

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