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Marijuana: We're not undermining recreational pot sales launch, Denver mayor's office says

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With the January 1 kickoff for recreational marijuana sales in Colorado drawing ever nearer, we're hearing more and more people within the cannabis community complaining about the city's approach. A common perception is that Denver mayor Michael Hancock's personal opposition to pot legalization is filtering down to city agencies and negatively coloring messaging, as epitomized by the unenthusiastic tone of the city's official marijuana website. But a Hancock rep says nothing could be further from the truth and stresses the city's efforts to make the launch go smoothly.

"The mayor's personal opinion on the legalization of marijuana plays no part in how the licensing process city council approved is implemented," says Rowena Alegria, director of communications for Hancock's office. "The voters have spoken and we're implementing Amendment 64 to the best of our ability."

To put it mildly, Hancock didn't carry a flag for Amendment 64. He was among the most vocal opponents of the proposal, with the following comment from October 2012 laying out his views well.

"I do firmly believe it's a gateway drug," Hancock said at the time. "I also think it's the wrong message we want to send our children that it's okay for them to consume or use marijuana," he allowed, adding, "We don't want to be the first state in this nation that legalizes marijuana. I believe we will lose our attractiveness to companies, employers who want to come to our state. Tourism is the number-one industry for the City of Denver, number two in the state of Colorado, and I believe that sector will be disproportionately harmed with the perception that Denver is the marijuana capital."

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Denver mayor Michael Hancock at a peace rally during the summer of 2012.
Since A64's passage, Hancock has made fewer statements like this one, but his antipathy for marijuana legalization is never far from the surface. Take the following statement released in conjunction of the aforementioned website introduction earlier this week.

"We promised the people of Denver that we would implement Amendment 64 in a responsible manner, protecting our neighborhoods, our children and our quality of life," Hancock was quoted as saying. "We continue to work hard to balance the divergent needs and wants of many in the community.

"That means respecting the will of the voters, who last year approved Amendment 64, which allows people 21 and older to have and consume small amounts of marijuana, while also striving to keep our city enjoyable for those who do not and should not be impacted by this substance."

We've had multiple conversations with marijuana industry members who feel the mayor's focus is more on the latter group than the former, but many decline to say so publicly for fear they'll face licensing-process delays in retaliation for their views. However, as noted by our William Breathes in a post about the prospect of recreational shops running out of marijuana shortly after January 1 due to overwhelming demand, 3D Dispensary owner Toni Fox told the Huffington Post there's a growing sense among applicants that city officials are purposefully dragging their feet on a program they don't want to implement.

Hancock has "never been a supporter of the industry from day one," Fox told HuffPo. "I feel like we're fighting against a city government that doesn't want us even though the constituents have voted us in. It's very frustrating."

As for the website, the landing page greets residents and visitors with flash graphics telling them plenty of things they can't do related to marijuana, like this....

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...and this....

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...while studiously avoiding any suggestion that the city is welcoming the industry despite the millions in revenue it's expected to generate.

In response, Alegria spells out the city's goal when it comes to the website and its efforts to help get as many shops as possible ready to open on January 1.

Continue for more of our interview with Denver mayor's office spokeswoman Rowena Alegria, including additional photos.



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stuka1
stuka1

"That means respecting the will of the voters, who last year approved Amendment 64, which allows people 21 and older to have and consume small amounts of marijuana, while also striving to keep our city enjoyable for those who do not and should not be impacted by this substance."

Translation:  "Yeah you bastards legalized it, but I'm going to throw up every bullshit roadblock I can, because I personally don't like it."


Tyranny, Thy name is Michael HanKook.


Enjoy your ONE TERM, asshole.

stuka1
stuka1

HanKook: "We don't want to be the first state in this nation that legalizes marijuana. I believe we will lose our attractiveness to companies, employers who want to come to our state. Tourism is the number-one industry for the City of Denver, number two in the state of Colorado, and I believe that sector will be disproportionately harmed with the perception that Denver is the marijuana capital."

And none of this FUD ever came to pass.  Who'da thunkit?

stuka1
stuka1

"We're not undermining recreational pot sales launch, Denver mayor's office says"

Methinks Thou doth protest too much.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The following news release is brought to you by CMI campaign for A64


Contact: Brian Vicente

Executive Director


Sensible Colorado's primary project is the Colorado Marijuana Initiative (CMI).


CMI seeks to control marijuana through a system of STRICT REGULATION that:


* Limits marijuana sales to adults aged 21 or older;

* taxes marijuana through its sale at licensed and regulated shops;

* meets community standards regarding location of sale;

* reduces teen access to marijuana;

* boosts penalties for those who sell or give marijuana to minors;

* and punish those who drive under the influence of marijuana.


LIMIT marijuana, TAX marijauana, BOOST CRIMINAL Penalties for marijuana, PUNISH those who use marijuana


You clueless Stoners got the STRICT REGULATION and CONTINUATION of CRIMINAL PROHIBITION you pig-ignorant chumps VOTED FOR !!


wethepeople025
wethepeople025

Mayor 'Hasnocock' doesn't represent the voters of Denver (or Colorado) and therefor should resign or be removed from office.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@stuka1 Very interesting post, stuka1. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <=== get REGULATED, Bitch! ... YOU voted for it!!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1  "Methinks ..."


Not so much.


@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."


@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"


@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay<=====  Can't. Stop. Whining.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... how'd Prop AA work out for you, eh sucka?


Now you've got to lube-up for the DOUBLE PENETRATION of Strict Regulation + HUGE New TAXES !!




stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   <==== Look, more irrelevant whining drivel from tHE Jackass.  Who knew?

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   You really have no idea how stupid you reveal yourself to be, throwing out copypasta statements of FACT as if they were somehow problematic.  Keep it up, you prove yourself a fool and a clown with every post.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1  


@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."


@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"


@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  And he is shitting on the will of the voters of Denver. Why does HE hate democracy?  Why do YOU hate democracy?

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  All that shit you are crying and wailing about doesn't affect me in the least.  Enjoy the FIST of Colfax Hobos, you pathetic loser. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... enjoy the STRICT Regulation and HUGE new Taxes that YOU voted for, dipshit.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   Oh, look, the little cocksucker is getting more and more desperate.

Doesn't bother me a bit, you whiny pussy.  It seems to turn YOU into a batshit ball of fear, though. BONUS! :-)

Every angry, hysterical tear you shed here makes me smile.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

Look at the Jackass: still desperate after all these years.

We GET that reading comprehension is ONE your biggest Failures. 

The question was not whether A64 is problematic.  The question is what you think is so problematic about my having pointed that out, dumbfuck.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1


Q. Is A64 problematic?


A. "A64 has huge problems."


lolz!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay So it comes down to you obsessively repeating the same copypasta over and over, desperately trying to avoid answering the question.  No surprise here.  Pussy.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   You should know, since you get "regulated" by an army of hobos on Colfax every day.

Answer the question, you chickenshit whiny pussy.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Again for the mentally challenged: IS THERE SOME POINT you are trying and failing to make by endlessly parroting my statement of fact?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Fact = "A64 has huge problems." -- sucka1

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay    Is there some point you are trying and failing to make by endlessly parroting my statement of fact?

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   Yes, the file of irrelevant out-of-context quotes you resort to when I kick your ass all over this forum.  Which is to say, every time I choose to address the inane and irrelevant bile you spew.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotayOh, look, more irrelevant and out-of-context copypasta from the Jackass' stuka-stalker file.  Who knew?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "a cube has 6 FACES X 4 SIDES = 24 SIDES" 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   Take some of the time you waste trolling here and find yourself a remedial reading comprehension course, you pathetic whining loser.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1


Problematic ??


@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."


So the HUGE PROBLEMS aren't problematic??


LOL! ... continue to FAIL you brain-dead stammering ignoramus.



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotayYes, you fail yet again. I'll post whatever and whenever I want. I see your desperate and lame attempts to shut me up, and how much it pains you when I post responses to your pathetic drivel. And it makes me smile. 


Now run along to Colfax, the hobos are lining up for you to lick their asses.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

Fail x 2

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   And I do plenty.  ALL you do is troll WW, except when you take an occasional break to suck cock on Colfax.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1


@stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."


Fail.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay    <-------- Delusional idiot thinks copypasta'd statements of fact are some sort of slam.

And by the way, you whiny pussy, you FORGOT to use your army of suckpuppies to LIKE your post.You are slipping, I tell you.  Too many gallons of semen in your stomach has caused your brain to rot.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay    <===== writhing in its pathetic desperation.  Takes it in the ass for the Colfax Hobos. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== craves the FIST of Government Regulation ... takes it in the ass for a pathetic ounce.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== Bück Dich! and receive the FIST of REGULATION you begged and voted for, chump.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1


CMI seeks to control marijuana through a system of STRICT REGULATION !!! -- lyin' Brian Vicente



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  Oh, look, the whiny pussy is backpedaling as fast as it can now.  FAIL.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... the ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS of STRICT REGULATION are undeniably inherent in the provisions of A64, and admittedly the INTENT of A64 from the AUTHORS' own mouths!


Get REGULATED, you whiny bitch! -- YOU begged for it!



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   Dumbass.  That language does not appear on A64.  hth moron

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1


Contact: Brian Vicente

Executive Director


Sensible Colorado's primary project is the Colorado Marijuana Initiative (CMI) Amendment 64.


CMI seeks to control marijuana through a system of STRICT REGULATION !!!



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

" the WILL of the VOTERS, via that festering turd A64, was to surrender TOTAL CONTROL..."

You just can't stop lying. 

 It is clear who the one doing the whining is -- just one account isn't enough to contain your whining, you have to have an army of suckpuppies  working all day every day to get it all out.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... the WILL of the VOTERS, via that festering turd A64, was to surrender TOTAL CONTROL of marijuana over to prohibitionist politicians, allowing each and every city and county to make up whatever restrictive regulations they desired .. or to ban commercial marijuana COMPLETELY.


You got what YOU voted for, chump, now stop whining, bend over and receive THE FIST of REGULATION you begged the government to repeatedly ram up your ass.



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