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How Will The Feds React If Colorado Passes Marijuana Legalization Measure Amendment 64?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder
Washington and Oregon both have measures similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64 on the ballot this year. It is unknown how the federal government will respond if any or all of them pass. The feds could respect the decision of voters, they could try to block implementation of some parts of the law, or they could shut down dispensaries and arrest people involved in the wholesale and retail ends of the business.
 
While no one can say what the feds will do if 64 passes, they have not completely looked the other way on medical marijuana. In Colorado, the Department of Justice has forced at least 23 medical marijuana dispensaries to close or to move at least 1000 feet away from any educational facility. In California and Montana the DOJ has gone even further, targeting businesses regardless of their distance from schools.
 
One thing that is clear is that even if Amendment 64 passes, marijuana possession will remain illegal under federal law. Possessing even one joint of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $1000 fine. A second possession conviction carries a mandatory sentence of 15 days.
 
It is in growing your own, though, where the difference between state and federal law will become stark if 64 passes. State law would allow someone to grow six plants and to possess all of the harvest. Federal law says even one plant is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
 
Paul Roach, spokesperson for the DEA, said the DEA does not have a position on the amendment. If it passes, Roach said the DEA will continue to enforce federal drug laws. “We don’t see that changing,” he said.
 
Local spokesperson for the Department of Justice, Jeff Dorschner, said “We don’t know what will happen if it passes. There are a variety of options, none of which I can discuss.”
 
 

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Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 13th 2012 by THCFinder


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Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized: 'Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol' Campaign Discusses Why Pot Prohibition Has Been A Failure

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, August, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use by adults? That is the question that voters in three states are considering this November. Colorado, Washington and Oregon all have ballot measures that, if passed, would end marijuana prohibition in their state.
 
Colorado's Amendment 64 which seeks the legalization of marijuana for adults age 21 and older appears to be popular among voters. A recent poll from Rasmussen showed that 61 percent of likely Colorado voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana if it is regulated the way that alcohol and cigarettes are currently regulated.
 
According to a new report by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, the passage of Amendment 64 could be a boon for the state economy. Marijuana legalization would produce hundreds of new jobs, raise millions for the construction of Colorado public schools and raise around $60 million annually in combined savings and revenue for Colorado's budget, the report says.
 
But it's not just marijuana use advocates that are behind the measure. The NAACP has backed pot legalization measures in Oregon and, as of last week, in Colorado not because the group necessarily favors marijuana use, but because members say current marijuana laws lead to a disproportionately high number of people of color being incarcerated or otherwise negatively affected.
 

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Study Says Passage of Marijuana Legalization Law Could Yield $60 Million in New Annual Revenue in Colorado

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, August, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
The passage and enactment of a statewide marijuana ballot measure this fall could generate as much as $60 million in savings and revenue, according to a just published budgetary analysis prepared by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy.
 
Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, allows for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants by those age 21 and over. Longer-term, the measure seeks to establish regulations governing the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by licensed retail outlets.
 
Colorado is one of three states (joining Oregon and Washington) where voters this fall will have the opportunity to substantively reform their state’s personal use cannabis laws. Four additional states — Arkansas, Massachusetts, Montana, and North Dakota — may also be voting on medical marijuana proposals in November.
 
According to the CCLP report, the enactment of Amendment 64 could result in an estimated: $12 million dollars of annual savings in criminal justice costs, $24 million in excise tax revenue; $8.7 million in state sales tax revenue, $14.5 million in local tax revenue, along with the creation of several hundred new jobs.
 
Their analysis projects that these savings and revenue estimates may double by 2017.
 
 

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New Poll Shows Support for Amendment 64 in Colorado is Growing

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, August, 13th 2012 by THCFinder

A new poll recently released by Public Policy Polling shows that likely voters in Colorado support of Amendment 64, a ballot measure that seeks the legalization and regulation of marijuana similar to that of alcohol, and it shows that the support appears to be growing.

 

The survey polled 779 likely Colorado voters earlier this month and shows 47% would vote for Amendment 64 if the election were held today and only 38% would vote against it. The other 15% of those polled said they were not sure.

 

A similar poll conducted in June showed 46% for and 42% against, a gap of 4 percentage points that is now a 9 point gap in favor. According to PPP, the increase comes from independents, who favored Amendment 64 49-40% in June and now favor it 58-28%. 59% of Democrats favor the measure, while 61% of Republicans oppose it.

 

When it comes to age, those under 45 favor the measure (58-30%) while those over 45 oppose it (44-39%).

 

Opponents of legalization in Colorado say these numbers need to be higher at this point for the Amendment to have a chance of passing. Time will tell, but I would rather have an amendment I support gaining in the polls than losing traction.

 

Not that PPP does the only polling on this issue in Colorado. A Rasmussen poll done in June showed 61% favoring Amendment 64, a good enough number to pass under anyone’s assessment.

 

In the end it is up to advocates to get out the vote and supporters to get to the polls. These issues are decided on election day, and no amount of polling can change that. If you support Amendment 64, spread the word, especially if you live in CO.

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com


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How Close is Marijuana Legalization?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, August, 10th 2012 by THCFinder

Anyone who follows political trends can see the momentum for marijuana legalization growing. Every year the polls look better for advocates and every election cycle more and more states are considering cannabis law reform.

 

2012 may go down as the biggest year by far in the history of the movement. All thanks to the tireless efforts of countless advocates and activists.

 

The video below features a “senior political correspondent,” Andrew Whitman, interviewing Doug Fine, author of "Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution." The interview is followed by a panel discussion with show host Richard French, political journalist Dominic Carter and New York State Senator Greg Ball on the benefits and downfalls of legalizing marijuana.

 

These debates and shows are taking place all over the country. Just 20 years ago marijuana law reform was considered a fringe movement not worth anyone’s time. Not the discussion is everywhere, in just about every area of pop culture and in many political debates. Marijuana is well on its way to being just as accepted as alcohol, and considering it is a much safer substance, this is a great thing.

 


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