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You need to fire Rae -- he is an utter imbecile! Drivers' substitution of cannabis for alcohol has driven down traffic fatalities 9% in states that instituted medical cannabis laws (google "Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption"). The most authoritative meta-analysis of studies of driving under the influence of THC to date (google "Grotenhermen Developing limits for driving under cannabis") admits that no scientific basis exists for setting a standard for impairment with THC (which did not stop the scientific illiterates in control of Colorado from asserting one in law; it is however not a per se standard). If you look at the first graph in that paper (from an Australian study), you will see that blood levels of THC under 5 ng/ml of blood (what the State of Colorado claims indicates impairment) correlate with a lowered risk of accident.
Gov. Hack has already declared that none of the huge windfall to State revenue from our overtaxed dispensary system will go to meet Colorado's budgetary needs -- all is being sent straight back to the prohibitionist parasites we need to tear away from the public trough. With Colorado's traffic fatality rate dropping because of cannabis, $2,000,000 is to be spent trying to dissuade drivers from using it by means of threats. $45.5 million goes for supposed "drug abuse treatment" -- but that is construed to include the court-mandated "treatment" of minors caught with cannabis. Swine like Rae want millions more to train 11,000+ cops across Colorado to be so-called "Drug Recognition Experts" (DREs) -- this totally unscientific scam will not improve the qualification of police to do their jobs or make our roads safer. Rae insinuates that he is keeping cannabis out of schools, which is an outrageous lie.
Our very limited legalization of cannabis should save Colorado money; it is not an opportunity for greedy pigs like Rae to gorge themselves and their organizations. There is no factual basis for claiming that we are incurring any valid increased costs due to cannabis, and Rae should be fired for suggesting otherwise, if for no other reason. Tourists should be warned about Steamboat Springs, Estes Park, and other burgs with DRE-enthusiasts like Rae heading their police departments; any town stupid enough to allow their like to prey upon visitors deserves not a single one. Boycott Steamboat Springs!
Thanks. I put in a few hours trying to communicate with posters on Denver's craigslist who implied they would deliver cannabis to adults (often by writing "Amendment 64 compliant") to inform them of their peril. It did take a fair investment of time, but I (briefly) succeeded in reducing the number of such ads; several posters wrote "thank-you", and one, "bless you". Another, the "Cannabis Club of Denver" adopted an extremely defensive posture, insisting (to me, an activist against Prohibition) that they were not selling cannabis, and disdaining to accept me as a member because they feared that I wanted to out or politicize their members (had I joined, the probablity that I would have attempted to engage the members in political discussion would have approached one) -- the principals were arrested a couple of weeks later. This sort of educational effort could prevent many arrests and felony convictions, but it will have to be pursued until the General Assembly heeds the Constitution. I tried to interest both Sensible Colorado and the MMIG in supporting a public outreach to deter arrests (also acting against the illegal market and supporting the legal one, which are ostensible aims of both organizations) -- neither has the slightest interest.
Defendants should repudiate all the threats made by fascist prosecutors and take their cannabis cases to trial -- jurors should vote to acquit. Prohibitionists should acquire and study the book "Final Exit".
P.S. Read about the case of Pritchard Garrett and the representations of the Colorado Springs Police Department which led to his arrest:
"Cold moisture continues to buoy snowpack ... April typically is a time when snowpack, the moisture content in the snow ... A scarcity of April moisture in the southern mountains ..."
"Moisture" does not mean what you think it does:
water or other liquid diffused in a small quantity as vapour, within a solid, or condensed on a surface: the air was constantly heavy with moisture [as modifier]:in freshly felled wood the moisture content varies" -- Oxford Dictionaries Online
In Colorado, some passing moisture may be all we can hope for, but we need precipitation. Moisture in its denotative sense may be important to mountain ecologies here (but, I suppose, more so in mistier mountains).
The two taxes will be separate referred initiatives. I very much hope that voters reject the sales tax surcharge. Criminal laws against cannabis are not going away because an enormous class of parasites derives its income from them, and because the man on the street imagines that cannabis already is legal in Colorado. The felony statutes proscribing cannabis are in direct conflict with the letter and the spirit of Article XVIII, Section 16 of our Constitution, and police, judges, and, most especially, jurors should take cognizance of this. A project to educate jurors is planned. Voters should get a clue, then convey it to their idiot representatives.
The pot laws are a step forward?!? No, they represent the ongoing war of the anti-cannabis political Establishment against Amendment 64. We the People just declared that cannabis "should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol", yet the Task Force supposed to implement the Amendment produced supposed "consensus recommendations" that left all the felonies for cannabis -- the Class 5, Class 4, Class 3, and even Class 2 felonies for conduct involving cannabis (killing someone in a rage is a Class 2 felony) -- in place in Title 18, Article 18 of the C.R.S. It is a misdemeanor to violate the Liquor Code (C.R.S. Title 12, Article 47). Now SB13-283 passes the buck back to the ineffectual Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), an institution packed with fascist DAs and law enforcement -- for more "study". Colorado is charging ahead to license activities for which it will still be making felons of its citizens next January -- with no plans to stop! It is obscene to take up the commercial regulaton of cannabis embodied in HB13-1317 while the letter and spirit of the Constitution is in direct conflict with the criminal statutes. HB13-1317 also contains a blatantly unconstitutional rider that asserts an unscientific standard for driving impairment by THC.
The tax bill represents the fruition of all the confabulated fears stirred by the prohibitionists; not content with the up-to-15% excise tax offered in the Amendment, they now have the gall to ask for an extraordinary 10% sales tax surcharge on top of that. Despite the facts that cannabis is very much safer than alcohol, and that society will only save money by not trying to suppress its use or persecute its users, the Amendment offered a 15% excise tax as an added benefit. I find the proposed sales tax surcharge (on top of the State sales tax of 2.9% + local option sales taxes) to be genuinely offensive; advanced to aggrandize bad players, and for the purpose of driving consumers back to the black market -- the opposite of the intent of the Amendment. I would have supported the excise tax, but the General Assembly's shameful performance has convinced me to vote against all the taxes. All felony investigations, arrests, prosecutions, and trials for cannabis must be stopped immediately and Colorado's Revised Statutes must be made to comport with Article XVIII, Section 16 of our Constitution -- the General Assembly just failed even to consider doing so. Prohibition is not over in Colorado: all the felony statutes against cannabis remain in full force despite Amendment 64.
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