Marijuana: Free joints promised for adults 21 and over at anti-pot-taxation rally today
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.
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.
Photo by Brandon Marshall Civic Center Park after the shooting on 4/20.
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.
"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."
Photo by Brandon Marshall Another photo from this year's 4/20 rally.
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.