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Marijuana: Allowing pot clubs one of fourteen priorities for Colorado NORML

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In a post published earlier today about a forthcoming proposal to ban marijuana smoking on private property within a thousand feet of schools, Denver councilwoman Susan Shepherd predicted future efforts to allow smoking at private clubs.

Turns out this very subject is near the top of fourteen legislative priorities just announced by the advocacy organization NORML of Colorado. Get more details and see the complete list below.

As our William Breathes reported this past January, pot clubs and cannabis cafes began cropping up in the wake of Amendment 64's passage and began drawing crowds. But Denver mayor Michael Hancock called for a ban on such clubs in his city, with plenty of other municipalities taking a similar approach.

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A photo from Club 710 in Colorado Springs earlier this year.
In Denver, councilwoman Shepherd expects push-back over the club prohibition. As she told us earlier today, "there's going to be a conflict with people who wish to consume but don't have a private space to do it -- like tourists. We know that people are going to come here from other states to consume, and where they're going to consume legally is a big question."

The best way to answer that question, in the view of Colorado's branch of NORML, is legislation at the state level. The affiliate plans to work on behalf of laws that would "explicitly allow for social clubs where marijuana consumers can use marijuana in a responsible manner outside of the home."

Colorado NORML also calls for legislation that would prevent communities from enacting rules that would prevent individuals from smoking marijuana on their front porches or front lawns. Such a measure was initially approved by Denver City Council, only to be reversed at the last minute thanks to a political coalition put together by Shepherd.

In its list of priorities, Colorado NORML says such a law should "define public use to exclude consumption on one's own property, either residential or commercial property, including outside in places open to public view. This protection should also extend friends and invitees on people's property who are authorized by the owner to use marijuana on that property."

NORML of Colorado divides its priorities into categories focused on public use/in-home cultivation, the criminal code, marijuana business regulation, employment and taxes. In the last case, NORML would like to see the creation of a board that could lower taxes on marijuana should the amount collected by the state far exceed costs and money earmarked for school construction, among other things. As you'll recall, the local NORML board opposed Amendment AA, a measure approved by voters last month, under the theory that the tax rates were much too high.

Continue to read the fourteen legislative priorities for Colorado NORML in 2014.



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Che Harness
Che Harness

I disagree. Is drinking at home the same as going to a bar? You make it seem like all smoking clubs are going to be like dive bars. There will be a variety just like bars now and the cleaner, "classier" places will charge more for their product.

Kathy Vik
Kathy Vik

Decriminalization means no whiz quizzes when applying for a job, and no blood/hair/urine testing. Period.

stuka1
stuka1

"Currently, if an adult possesses more than 12 ounces of marijuana or more than 6 plants over the legal limit of 6 plant, then the person is committing a felony."

 Citation needed.

 "NORML recommends that marijuana not become a felony matter until a person has more than 30 plants over the limit or more than 5 pounds over the possession limit, these matters should remain misdemeanors."

 Why would NORML advocate a limit AT ALL?  That's dumb.

 "In addition, Amendment 64 allows for the lawful possession of the entire amount harvested from an adults home cultivation and NORML opposes any attempts to limit the amount legally kept on hand following a harvest. Similarly, the Legislature should explicitly make legal the entire resulting harvest for medical marijuana patients of all of their legal plants."

Where has NORML been this whole time before now?  Did they somehow only just now realize that there has been a push for legalization in Colorado? 

Lynn Stiles
Lynn Stiles

How about the police stop prosecuting pot cases

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"Like alcohol" would mean that pot could be served in permitted establishments, including bars, restaurants, etc. After all, how are they going to spend all that "enforcement" money, which is several times what they're stealing from the alcohol industry?

Angie224
Angie224

Ban herb from drug testing in the state of Colorado. Even though it is legal in the state I live in if I were to smoke it I would get fired from my job because of random drug testing. I am pretty sure California has provisions like this. Even if I had a medical card my place of work still would not care if my test came up positive.

J. Angel Cruz
J. Angel Cruz

Thou shall not socialize in public reeking of sour skunk weed. Damn, that's offensive!

John Martinez
John Martinez

Don't you just love it when somebody too gutless and ugly to show their face call you names like a child

Sandra D. Scott
Sandra D. Scott

First of all STERLING Sterling Meeks when I say smoke freely I mean to just be left alone. I don't like to infringe upon anyone with my smoke. I respect other peoples space and choice not to smoke. I'm not an inconsiderate person nor am I dumb. I just don't feel like I need to be told how to take care of my own body. I think maybe your just an asshole.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Can you drink freely? No. There are laws against public intox and you need to be 21 to legally purchase/consume alcohol. Also, to "smoke freely" implies that one has the right to smoke whereever and whenever he/she wants, even if it infringes upon another's right to NOT be subjected to second-hand smoke. Shut up; you're dumb.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Fuckin none they already regulate it enough

Bree Miller
Bree Miller

Make it legal, they said. It will solve all the issues, they said. Colorado has become a joke

Danny Montoya
Danny Montoya

How bout focusing on bigger and more important issues than making up rules, regulations and hurdles for the citizens who voted for it. Give the people what they want then mind your own business. Focus on the already broken child protective services and our homeless issue.

Terence Hayden
Terence Hayden

Get over the whole thing, feels like a non-stop blah bro blah session.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Stay out of my business and stop raping people with taxes so some lame ass has a government job.

Christian Collins
Christian Collins

Pot clubs are dumb... makes the industry look immature... Not all people want to get stoned in a grimmey shack or a worn out warehouse. Cultural acceptance and safe access to a plant needs to be established. Yaall who want "clubs" are secluding yourselves back into your recreated basements!

Sandra D. Scott
Sandra D. Scott

How about the leave us the fuck alone and let us smoke freely bill

Jim J. Narcy
Jim J. Narcy

How about living up to the spirit of the law and regulating it like booze-- that's what we voted for dammit!

Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

Last time I commented on a post on your page it got crazy lol

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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             *** NORML supports FELONY PENALTIES for Marijuana !! ***


NORML recommends that marijuana ... become a felony matter .. [if] ... a person has more than 30 plants over the limit or more than 5 pounds over the possession limit


Hey fucktard stoners -- how's that for "legalization" ?? ... with pals like NORML McShysters, who needs the DEA ??


You clueless bong-sucking imbeciles DESERVE what you beg for!

.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

NORML = the lobbying arm of the profiteering Marijuana McShysters who SUPPORTED the laughable 5ng/ml DUI-marijuana limit.


$$$ Windfall for DUI-m Defense McLawyers !!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... even Amsterdam is so tired of the lowlife Eurotrash that habituates their "Hash Bars" that in recent years there's been a Dutch backlash wanting to ban them entirely.


Puerile Pot Punks =/= Classy


hth

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @stuka1 " Why would NORML advocate a limit AT ALL?  That's dumb."


ROTFLMAO !! ... stupid stuka finally realizes that THE FISTS he's been getting sodomized with are coming from the very groups and associations he's been foolishly supporting and voting for all these years.


NORML = the lobbying arm for profiteering criminal defense bar of Marijuana McLawyers ... who earn BIG $$$ every time some clueless stoner gets busted under the LAWS and REGULATIONS that clueless stoners keep begging for.


You FUCKED YOURSELF, chump ... how's it feel?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                   **** Regulation Works!! ****

stuka1
stuka1

You need to extricate your head form the jaws of DonkeyHotay's ass. There ARE laws against public intoxication, yet people drink publicly and openly at City Park Jazz, on the Mall and in LoDo and at various festivals.  And "second hand smoke" form cannabis is FAR different from tobacco, and there is far less second-hand smoke when one uses cannabis.  Until we see cigarette smokers hauled off to jail for when they smoke around non-smokers AT ALL, no one has a "RIGHT" to "not be subjected to second-hand smoke".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Puerile Pot Punks are as Puerile Pot Punks do !!


Stay puerile, punks.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== voted FOR the FIST of GOVERNMENT REGULATION and TAXATION ... now whines and cries for more lube.


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