County officials: 'No' to marijuana

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With the upcoming Nov. 7 general election quickly approaching, the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team and the law enforcement agencies involved with GRAMNET encourage the voters of the 14th Judicial District to educate themselves regarding the facts around marijuana and its usage prior to voting on Amendment 44.

This amendment calls for legalizing possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for anyone 21 years of age and older. Unfortunately, this amendment does not stop there. Because of how Amendment 44 is drafted, it also will completely legalize the free transfer of up to 1 ounce of marijuana to anyone 18 and older as well as remove any prohibition in Colorado's drug statute on free transfers to children 15 and older.

What does that mean? It will no longer be a state crime to dispense free samples of an addictive drug to Colorado high school seniors. As we all know, free samples are a drug dealer's favorite marketing tactic by allowing them to dispense the samples to children, get them hooked and then turn them into paying customers.

Amendment 44 is by far the best thing to ever happen to Colorado drug dealers and undoubtedly one of the worst things to ever happen to Colorado families and children. As you can see, there has been widespread publicity on this issue on the national level, and unfortunately most of it has been inaccurate. Therefore we hope that you the voters see through the fallacies with the use and legalization of this very dangerous drug.

We encourage you to use your constitutional right to vote and ask that you send a message to our state and federal legislators by sending a resounding 'No' to Amendment 44 and the legalization of marijuana possession.

GRAMNET Task Force Commander Dusty Schulze; Craig police Chief Walt Vanatta; Steamboat Director of Public Safety JD Hays; Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead; Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg; District Attorney Bonnie Roesink; Routt County Sheriff John Warner; and Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor

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slipinsky 8 years, 2 months ago

Not to mention that decriminalization will free alot of petty offenders in jail and allow for better monetary dispersement of tax funds since your town will be able to redirect funds from the war on drugs into the city coffers.

and this is why the city wants you to shoot this down they are wanting a pay raise next year .

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thalgard 8 years, 2 months ago

More lies from the people who brought us the persecution of Don Nord and the perpetrators of this multibillion dollar fiasco called the War on Drugs....Nowhere does this law allow the free transfer of marijuana to minors...read it yourselves...Gramnet and Dwight (forget your rights) Murphy are again lying out both sides of their mouths trying to rationalize the rediculous amount of money they suck out of our pockets every year...they are liars and are trying to scare us out of repealing these stupid pot laws...don't fall for their brand of ignorance...bye the way, Dwight, aren't you supposed to be torturing Iraquis or something?

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thalgard 8 years, 2 months ago

Garret Wiggins is a drug dealer! He worked for Swisher Sweets, a tobacco company, and everyone knows that tobacco is one of the most dangerous, addictive, and socially destructive drugs known. Just the fact that he leads GRAMNET should be enough to disqualify him for the job of sheriff! We, as a community, need to send this Gestapo squad back to whatever goat-roping community that they came from, including wannabe chief Wiggums.

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techdubb12 8 years, 2 months ago

379664,

Tobacco may be a legal substance, but that doesn't change the fact that the active ingredient in tobacco is nicotine.

"The LD50 [lethal dosage] of nicotine is 50 mg/kg for rats and 3 mg/kg for mice. 4060 mg can be a lethal dosage for adult human beings. This makes it an extremely deadly poison. It is more toxic than many other alkaloids such as cocaine, which has a lethal dose of 1000 mg." [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicotine ]

Granted, the amount of nicotine abosorbed into a smokers blood stream (per cigarette) is no where near 40-60 mg, but to say that tobacco is not a drug when it blatantly contains one is misleading.

By this logic, the Electric-Koolaid isn't a drug either. Do you agree?

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graphak 8 years, 2 months ago

"....It will no longer be a state crime to dispense free samples of an addictive drug to Colorado high school seniors."

Since when is marijuana addictive? Alcohol and cigs are far more addictive and cause far more health problems.

"...As we all know, free samples are a drug dealer's favorite marketing tactic by allowing them to dispense the samples to children, get them hooked and then turn them into paying customers."

The stupidity of this remark is beyond belief. First of all, I've never known any dealers that give away free samples, unless they are maybe some crack or meth heads. Smoking pot with children to get them hooked? Come on, you really think Mr. Dealer hangs out at the playground lookin for kids who wanna get high? A dealer almost never runs out of customers, and guess what? The customers go to the dealer, he does not have to do anything as stupid as dispensing free samples to children.

I wont even mention how many petty drug offenders are clogging up the justice system (if you can call it justice) and jailed for having a plant that grows naturally in the dirt. This is happening while big tobacco giants and alcoholic beverage makers are allowed to sell us chemicals that are highly addictive and cause major health problems.

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vic 8 years, 2 months ago

I may be showing my age here, but what is Electric-Koolaid?

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graphak 8 years, 2 months ago

Electric Koolaid is a literary journalism novel written by Tom Wolfe, from the beat generation, having to do with psychological and spiritual breakthroughs while using LSD or other psychedelic drugs.

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techdubb12 8 years, 2 months ago

"Tobacco is a legal substance, not a drug." [379664 - 5 posts above]

The first word that came to mind upon reading this post was "irony". Why you might ask? Let's conduct a quick comparison.

Tobacco:

Addiction:

"...the physical dependency of the nicotine addict on the substance itself becomes an overwhelming factor in the continuation of most users' addictions. Although 35 million smokers make an attempt to quit every year, fewer than 7% achieve even one year of abstinence (from the NIDA research report on nicotine addiction)." [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addictio... ]

Alternate Uses:

Tobacco water is a traditional organic insecticide used in domestic gardening. Tobacco dust can be used similarly. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco ]

The Evil Hemp Weed:

Addiction:

Animal research has shown that the potential for cannabinoid psychological dependence does exist, and includes mild withdrawal symptoms. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_i... ]

Alternate Uses:

Biofuels such as biodiesel and alcohol fuel can be made from the oils in hemp seeds and stalks, and the fermentation of the plant as a whole, respectively.

The use of hemp for fibre production has declined sharply over the last two centuries, but before the industrial revolution, hemp was a popular fiber because it is strong and grows quickly.

70% of the Cannabis plant's total weight is made up of the 'hurd' or woody inner core. This part of the plant does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and can be used in housing construction. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp ]

Personally, I'm glad my government is spending billions of dollars protecting me from such an evil plant while my government (yes, the very same one) and several private companies are making billions producing and distributing a safe and harmless plant.

Hold on, does that make sense?

Insecticide vs. fuel alternative. I'll pass on the Swisher Sweets, thanks.

And can we stop it with the whole, "...organized crime would like nothing better than to see Amendment 44 passed." [sbvor - http://www2.steamboatpilot.com/news/2... ]

If you're really that passionate about this, why not call the tobacco companies and voice your opinion?

And if you can't draw the parallels between Uncle Sam/Phil Morris making money on cancer facilitating products and "organized crime" making money on marijuana production and distribution, let me know.

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thalgard 8 years, 2 months ago

Judging from these readers comments, why do we still have these neo-fascist drug gestapo agents here in our beutiful little valley?(made even more beutiful when gazed at through a THC haze) Lets get rid of these no-good Puercos...let them go torture some Iraquis like their friend Dwight(forget-your-rights) Murphy...it's legal now, you know, our illustrious president says so...Legalize it, don't criticize it!

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mydnytmover 8 years, 2 months ago

" As we all know, free samples are a drug dealer's favorite marketing tactic by allowing them to dispense the samples to children, get them hooked and then turn them into paying customers."

are you being paid to lie or are you just stupid? How can kids look up to a stupid lier? grow up and act like a adult

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