Kris Hammond

Kris Hammond 2 years ago on Routt County's district attorney won't drop petty pot cases

Jerry: Chain pulled. Good one! I can take it. Keep them coming. Rhys: In August or September 2012, then-DA Liz Oldham resigned before her term expired and appointed Brett Barkey DA. Exact dates are in the SPT. Barkey ran unopposed as a republican in the 2012 election.

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Kris Hammond 2 years ago on Our View: Respecting the will of the people

It would seem that this dual obligation pulls the DA in two different directions. However, the DA's oath is to support the CONSTITUTIONS of the United States and of Colorado. Because the US Constitution makes no mention of marijuana, it exerts no "pull" on the the DA. In contrast, the Colorado Constitution has just been amended by the vote on 64, making recreational marijuana legal. The DA's oath requires him to support 64. If the DA's oath required him to support the LAWS of the United States, he would be in a pickle, but the enforcement of Federal laws (like Federal marijuana prohibition) is the job of the FBI and the US Department of Justice.

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Kris Hammond 2 years, 1 month ago on Routt County's district attorney won't drop petty pot cases

Barkey answers only to the voters of the 14th Judicial District. Other DAs in CO (Boulder and others) have decided to stop prosecuting mj cases.

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Kris Hammond 2 years, 1 month ago on Routt County's district attorney won't drop petty pot cases

Yes Rhys, that line is right out of the DA playbook. The more interesting question is: Now that the vote is in, is it a good policy to continue to spend tax dollars on these prosecutions? If anyone thinks so, I'd like to hear their rationale.

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Kris Hammond 2 years, 1 month ago on Routt County's district attorney won't drop petty pot cases

If cameras and robocops monitored every square foot of the country and everyone were chipped and monitored 24/7 then we could catch and prosecute every violation without selective enforcement. Is this the world of justice you would create? Do you really want your tax dollars spent on the prosecution of behavior that has now been voted legal?

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Kris Hammond 2 years, 1 month ago on Routt County's district attorney won't drop petty pot cases

DA Barkey pledging to pursue his preferred policy of pointless punitive prejudicial post-prohibition petty pot possession prosecutions? This presumptuous pandering power play is preposterous and should be protested by the public.

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