Initiative #3 would prohibit cannabis possession penalties

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Since Colorado voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana in November 2012, rules and regulations regarding the industry have been changing quickly. Proposed ballot initiative #3 would call for yet another change: eradicating all fines and sentences for the possession of cannabis, and guaranteeing that in the Colorado Constitution. But its proponents have just one more week to collect the required signatures, and efforts are lagging.

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Here's the wording of Initiative #3:

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution prohibiting courts from imposing any fine or sentence for the possession of cannabis?
If that sounds familiar, it's because proponent Michelle LaMay used the same language in 2012, when she attempted to put the proposal on the ballot the first time.

Possession of under an ounce of marijuana is legal in Colorado today. But LeMay argues that Colorado should get rid of all fines and sentences for cannabis possession "because the people find that the punishment is inconsistent with the damage possessing cannabis imposes on the people of Colorado" and the punishment "exceeds the fiscal and social costs that possessing cannabis imposes on the people of Colorado."

In fact, LeMay believes the amendment could have a positive financial impact. "This would greatly reduce the cost to taxpayers for conviction and enforcement," she says.

She also believes enforcement of the law has been inconsistent, with more blacks and latinos sent to jail for possession. "I believe it's obvious that they're the ones who have suffered the most," LaMay says. "They're victims of the drug war."

LaMay, a paralegal and self-proclaimed expert on election law, has nothing but praise for the state employees who've helped her through the initiative process. Her motto, "Shine a light," captures both her faith in the First Amendment and her long-time involvement with politics. She runs her own business, Cannabis University, that teaches people how to grow marijuana.

All signatures on petitions are due at the Secretary of State's office by August 4, a week from today. Although LeMay's supporters are still collecting signatures for the initiative, they may not have enough by deadline. But if it does not make it on the ballot this year, expect to see another effort in two years. "I'm committed to Initiative 3," LaMay says.

You can find more information about proposed ballot initiatives at the Secretary of State's website.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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Legalize Marijuana Like Oregano


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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Michelle's Initiative would be a step forward, but if fails to rescind felonies for sales, distribution, cultivation, or manufacture of cannabis.  While I favor further constitutional change to clarify our right to use cannabis, it is past time that we begin to organize politically.  We need to challenge the legislators who made cannabis a felony again.

jamesmcvaney
jamesmcvaney

I applaud Michelle for trying.

People can learn a lot from an indomitable spirit like hers.

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

@DonkeyHotay


I see you've finally threw off your parasitic prohibitionist rags and climbed on the bandwagon.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase so why haven't you -- and your mythical "coalition" of patients and caregivers -- proposed and validated a simple amendment for the ballot --


Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution repealing all felony statutes regarding cannabis?


or better


Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution repealing all felony and misdemeanor statutes regarding cannabis?


or better still


Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution repealing all criminal statutes and laws regarding cannabis?


or best yet


Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution repealing all criminal statutes and laws regarding cannabis and fully pardoning and expunging all criminal convictions for marijuana?



Why not propose ALL 4 as separate but complimentary initiatives so fence-sitting voters would at least support one of them. How hard could it be to qualify for the ballot if the Personhood idiots manage to do it for every election?


Imagine what a Glorified Hero you'd become if any of those ever passed, actually LEGALIZING marijuana in Colorado ... AND destroying the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels and their parasitic bedfellows at the insatiable Dept. of Revenue in a single blow.


You can dream, Robert ... you can dream!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jamesmcvaney <== the self-declared greatest political consultant in the world ... who declared that PropAA would FAIL by 70 / 30 margin.


LOL! ... Epic Clueless Stoner FAIL!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@malcolmkyle16 "I see ..."


You're still as blind, ignorant and stoned as before.



Wendy52601
Wendy52601

@DonkeyHotay @RobertChase Typical Donkey...wanting everyone else to do the work while he complains about what is being done and how it's being done.  Hey Donkey, how about less commenting, blogging, and complaining and actually do some work?  Ya fucking lazy troll.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  Without a trace of support, there would be no purpose served in filing the initiative, which was written the better part of a year ago.  I would be glad to play a part in ending felonies for cannabis; I do not fantasize about accomplishing this by myself.

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

So what work have you done Wendy?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase "Without a trace of support,"


So the Pot Pimps are FUCKING LIARS when they continuously claim that the Pols show the MAJORITY of Voters support MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION and/or Decriminalization, eh?



Wendy52601
Wendy52601

@Hot.Sauce Eat shit and die, faggot.  No one is talking to you.  What, are you and Donkey butt buddies now?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @RobertChase No, as you must know, the vast majority of Coloradans imagine that cannabis has already been legalized under State law and have not the slightest idea that it is five kinds of felony.  If they realized the truth, some support for the initiative would materialize, but not 86,000-signatures-of-registered-voters worth.  In the absence of voter outrage over the conduct of their representatives and Governor, and considering that the public is oblivious of what Hack and the GA really did about cannabis last year, there is no hope of raising the money necessary to get an initiative on the ballot and win it.  If you know of a philanthropist with $1 million + to spend on ending felonies by constitutional amendment, do let me know.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Wendy52601 ... now Wendy, you know fat Iowa heifers like you are Donkey's favorite.


Wendy52601
Wendy52601

@muhutdafuga  Another bullshit handle that is Donkey.  He likes talking to himself since no one likes him due to all his attacks over the years.  It's the only way for him to have a conversation.  What a fucking looser!

Wendy52601
Wendy52601

@DonkeyHotay  What the fuck does that have to do with my comment to you?  Deflection as usual because you are too stupid to stay on topic.

What have you done for the cause other than whine, bitch, and complain about other's actions to reduce the penalties for cannabis possession, cultivation, and use?  Where's your ballot initiative that will fix everything, ya lazy piece of shit?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@Wendy52601 @muhutdafuga Wendy never lets facts get in the way of a perfectly good psychosis. 

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

Lol! Everybody is Donkey. When you're an agitated paranoid nut.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Wendy52601 ,,, you, and ignorant fucktards like you, DESERVE that festering piece of shit A64 !! ... in all its wretched glory.


Regulation Works !!


Now Bück Dich and receive the Fist of Regulation you so cluelessly voted for, bitch!

Wendy52601
Wendy52601

@muhutdafuga  Got that ballot initiative ready yet, ya fucking looser?  No you would rather whine and whine and complain and complain and bitch and bitch.  Get off your ass you lazy stupid fucking idiot!

Wendy52601
Wendy52601

@Hot.Sauce Sad, Dude.  Got that ballot initiative ready yet, ya fucking looser?  No you would rather whine and whine and complain and complain and bitch and bitch.  Get off your ass you lazy stupid fucking idiot!

Wendy52601
Wendy52601

Still not answering the question I see, ya worthless piece of shit.  No, better to deflect and make shit up that is not related to the topic at hand...because you are too fucking lazy and stupid to do anything else. 

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

You honestly are quite mental Wendy. Get some professional help soon.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Wendy52601 <== typical brain-dead bong-sucking slacker stoner, expects other people to clean up and fix her repugnant mess.



Wendy52601
Wendy52601

@DonkeyHotay  And there he goes again!  Ya keep on proving my point don't ya ya stupid piece of shit!!!

Wendy52601
Wendy52601

Wow, 4 times in a row!  I bet he will make it 5 because he just HAS to have the last word even if it has nothing to do with the topic at hand...because he is too stupid to come up with a real response.  Again, dumbass, what have you done for the cause other than hang out here whining and complaining?  Come let us all know...show us how lazy and stupid you really are!  Oh wait, too late!  But, I know that won't stop him from going to all new levels of stupidity!


Where is your ballot initiative ya lazy stupid piece of shit?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Wendy52601 <== lazy slacker stoner still expects other people to clean up the steaming pile of shit she dumped onto the Colorado Constitution.



Wendy52601
Wendy52601

@DonkeyHotay  And there it is...5 times in a row he responds with unrelated ramblings which is all he can come up with due to lack of intelligence.  Because he knows he is too stupid and lazy to put forth a ballot initiative himself that would correct all HIS problems.  Much easier to whine and complain here about what OTHERS are doing.  You are the one who is complaining.  Why don't you do something about what is in place if you don't like it?  Does it hurt to be so stupid ya lazy worthless piece of shit!!!  Is that why all you do is hang out here to whine and complain?

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

So Wendy, what work have you done?

Wendy52601
Wendy52601

@Hot.Sauce I'm not the one complaining, dumbass, you are!  I don't even live in Colorado, so why the fuck do I care?  If you don't like the way things are, work to change them, dumbass. Using a different handle doesn't raise your intelligence either, dipshit!  You really are a stupid piece of shit aren't ya?  Lazy too!  And a whiny bitch too boot!

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