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4/20 in Denver events were "shocking," says anti-pot group Smart Colorado

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Click to see more images by photographer Kyle Huninghake from our 4/20 at Civic Center slide show.
As we noted in our roundup of the top twenty tweets about 4/20 at Civic Center Park over the weekend, some locals were less than thrilled about the annual event. But few observers were as negative as Smart Colorado, an organization devoted to "protecting youth from marijuana." In the wake of the rally, the group put out a statement under the heading "Smart Colorado Speaks About Shocking 4/20 Activities" that decried the gathering in terms that a pot advocate heavily involved in the Civic Center spectacle describes as "hysterical."

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Click to see more images by photographer Kyle Huninghake from our 4/20 at Civic Center slide show.
In the Smart Colorado release (on view below in its entirety), spokeswoman Rachel O'Bryan maintains that members of the marijuana industry "willfully betrayed many of their key Amendment 64 supporters who passed the amendment with important conditions to legalization -- including that open and public consumption would not be permitted, and marijuana would be tightly regulated and kept out of the hands of those under the age of 21.

"The messages we are sending our youth are deeply concerning," O'Bryan continues. "Getting high is being encouraged, celebrated and glorified."

In addition, O'Bryan takes direct aim at marijuana edibles, stating that the products have been "directly connected" to two recent deaths: Richard Kirk's alleged murder of his wife after reportedly consuming a piece of Karma Kandy Orange Ginger and the death of Levy Thamba, also known as Levi Thamba Pongi, who died in a fall from a hotel balcony after eating six times the recommended amount of a marijuana cookie.

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Richard Kirk allegedly consumed a piece of Karma Kandy Orange Ginger before killing his wife.
Pot scene observers like our William Breathes consider this last argument as perpetuating the myth that cannabis causes violence. Likewise, Rob Corry, attorney for the 4/20 at Civic Center rally and a featured speaker at yesterday's event, sees Smart Colorado's reaction as out of touch.

"I'm shocked that they're shocked: It's hysterical," Corry says. He believes Smart Colorado's verbiage is overstated in the extreme -- in his words, "Western culture will endure after the 4/20 rally" -- and representative of fewer and fewer Coloradans.

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Rob Corry.
"Smart Colorado is a fringe organization," he maintains. "They're the minority. Clearly, they took their shot in the election and lost. And that's how things get done in this country: Majority rules." He sees the group as "a vestige of the prohibition-industrial complex that had its salaries paid by marijuana being illegal."

Here's the complete Smart Colorado release:

Smart Colorado Spokesperson and Denver Resident, Rachel O'Bryan, Speaks About 4/20 Celebrations

"Both the state and city of Denver have spent countless hours enacting new regulations to address Amendment 64. Yet, this past weekend we saw marijuana users and folks from the industry openly flouting the laws by consuming pot in public. If Denver can't enforce its own ordinances because of the enormity of the task and lack of cooperation from the marijuana industry, then none of our residents or visitors are adequately protected.

"Moreover, these activities show that the marijuana industry willfully betrayed many of their key Amendment 64 supporters who passed the amendment with important conditions to legalization -- including that open and public consumption would not be permitted, and marijuana would be tightly regulated and kept out of the hands of those under the age of 21.

"The messages we are sending our youth are deeply concerning. Getting high is being encouraged, celebrated and glorified. We already know marijuana at low THC potency levels permanently changes the developing brain. We have no idea how the extremely high THC levels being found in many of the products being sold all over Denver will affect Colorado adults let alone Colorado youth

"There are still highly potent and deceptive marijuana infused candies and other sweets being sold in the market without adequate warnings and safety measures in place, despite two recent deaths in Denver directly connected to such products.

"Just four months into legalized marijuana sales, why have so few of the promises made by the marijuana industry been kept?"

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Top twenty Denver on 4/20 in 2014 tweets."

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lewismcmurdo
lewismcmurdo

i bet as i was typing this, at least 1 person has died in relation to alcohol. be it killed by someone drunk having an argument, drunk driving accident, alcohol poisoning etc. people just try to find excuses do demonize cannabis and it makes me sick. go after heroin dealers and users, god knows no one is fighting for its legalization that i know of (i sure as hell hope not)


Froward
Froward

Realizing your Grandparents have sex is pretty "Shocking" too. Thus I say Grow up.  like violence on TV, police brutality, and gas prices... you will get used to it eventually.  


NO Free society can placate everyone's delicate sensibilities. A truly free Society offends someone every day.

Rob  Marines
Rob Marines

the only crime at the rally, was fencing in 80k stoners in the hot Colorado sun and charging $3 for water

Dan Shinn
Dan Shinn

"The messages we are sending our youth are deeply concerning," O'Bryan continues. "Getting high is being encouraged, celebrated and glorified." yeah by ADULTS....if you wish to change the outcome, remember to change your actions. DO NOT lay your problems on the people who have voted and are using their rights!

Rudy Gutierrez
Rudy Gutierrez

Theyre stupid they try and argue a point where there has been two deaths but no proof tha MJ caused it but Thousands of Drunk drivers and accidents and people can still drink at a bar I call BS if people can drink in bars and Ball games ect then we should be able to smoke too

Sean Valdez
Sean Valdez

So why arent they bitching about the new powdered alcohol just federally approved or is that safer? Cannot wait until the youtube videos start popping up of ignorant frat boys snorting fat rails of vodka where will SAM be then?

psybrid.wesley
psybrid.wesley

SMART Colorado: a group of anti marijuana advocates who care only about repealing any progress made towards cannibis acceptance in normal, day to day society.  However they depend on the ignorance, they require it to flourish.  And given that, at least during my life, there has always been more people who smoke than who don't, they are a doomed movement.  Perhaps they will become some of the first anti weed terrorists?  Idiots are capable of anything.

NeedzMoarCowbell
NeedzMoarCowbell

The prohibitionists are on the wrong side of history.  Again.

Andy Martin
Andy Martin

Tedd Langowski, you are "flouting" proof of human intelligence. Wtf are you trying to say?

bigtentent
bigtentent

"Smart Colorado" is pretty much a fascist front organisation funded by the Tobacco Industry.   You know they are lying when they put print to paper or you see their lips moving....   Why didn't you just put this out with "Douchebag Alert!"...  woulda been more on point....

ksigmabpm
ksigmabpm

What is being celebrated is the fact that years of grassroots campaigning for the legalization of marijuana has finally come true in the great state of Colorado.  This is bigger than smoking pot or "encouraging" the youth to smoke...I hope it does encourage the youth to stand up for what they believe in, whatever that may be.  Hopefully this day is remembered as an anniversary of what the people can accomplish if they stick TOGETHER and really try to beat the system.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

So are they trying to get the Great American Beer Fest shut down next? Won't someone think of the children...

Tedd Langowski
Tedd Langowski

The past weekend I saw thousands of people openly flouting the laws by consuming pot in public. It was in-your-face politics as people lit up at 4:20 pm that gave the impression they refuse toto obey the law about public consumption or giving away free marijuana to minors.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Poor little shocked pseudo-victims.  They'd be so much happier if they just had the Taliban to keep them safe from whatever they disagree with.


Patric Boone
Patric Boone

"deaths connected to this product" So if the guy who killed his wife ate a cheeseburger and chewed up a rolaids that day would those products also be connected th the wife's death?

Melissa Snyder
Melissa Snyder

Lol. What a joke. Well guess we should prohibit alcohol as well because i can guarantee not everyone that drinks is 21. And is this really the first 420 these people have gone outside? People smoke up on 420 regardless if its legal or not. Go pop some pills, that'll make u feel better

Scott James
Scott James

Although I do NOT agree with this or any other "anti-pot group" they can say,print, advertise, tell lies all they want. Just like it is OUR right & privilege to be firm with OUR beliefs

peppervarga
peppervarga

Haven't people been consuming marijuana in public for years on 4/20? 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Funny -- or maybe not so funny -- post, Rob. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Strong sentiment, Dan. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting post, Rudy. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ksigmabpm  "What is being celebrated is the fact that years of grassroots campaigning for the legalization of marijuana has finally come true in the great state of Colorado"


Clueless much?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... typical loser-stoner, always wants to change the subject to alcohol when the issue under discussion is marijuana.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Proof that Puerile Pot Punks will never follow the law ... even laws they write and promote.


They simply can't be trusted.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Your comment doesn't address the double standard.  A bunch of nanny state conservatives hate democracy and freedom.

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@DonkeyHotay @barbarian.bob1@NeedzMoarCowbell 6 plants ten pounds each 5 times a year250 to 300 pounds - not too shabby lolol

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

I get so butt hurt over anybody that enjoys their right to grow 6 plants that it makes my butt hurt.

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@DonkeyHotay @barbarian.bob1@ksigmabpmwe won pal

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

It should be out right to troll from my dingy basement naked with 7 plants.  If I don't get my way I will troll those with actual intelligence.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@barbarian.bob1 @DonkeyHotay @ksigmabpm  


... and if you dare grow 7 plants, even sprout 7 seeds, you are still committing a FELONY.


Did your mom raise you to be a pathetic pig-ignorant loser, or is that a skill you developed on your own?

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

Nobody can ever give me a ticket for being the retarded voice of Colorado.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@barbarian.bob1 ... 130+ people ARRESTED and/or cited for CRIMINAL marijuana offenses.


Sure numbnuts, you "won" ... like Charlie "crackhead" Sheen is "winning"

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