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jciernick
Don't take life to seriously it makes you look old
12:29 AM on 09/18/2012
Weird thing is that I know people who smoke but are afraid to vote YES because they know that federal law still trumphs state law. How advocate against this argument?
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01:24 AM on 09/18/2012
Just point out how medical marijuana is ALSO against federal law, but it has been going strong and growing since 1996,

The point is, the federal marijuana prohibition law is monstrously destructive FRAUD.

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm
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MilesToGo
01:48 AM on 09/18/2012
Federal law, always susceptible to change, can be as fluid as state laws. In due course, it's a safe bet that quite a lot of current narcotics and drug laws will be altered or deleted. The current hypocrisy won't always stand. Just about everything is in flux today.
12:25 AM on 09/18/2012
How bout all the money it will give to schools, taxes on this would be a tremendous benefit for Colorado.

Signed,

85 year old war vet.
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Nicon
02:18 AM on 09/18/2012
Colorado's legalization amendment, A-64 poses a tax on marijuana sales and sends the first $10 million each year to our schools.
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R A Bows
12:04 AM on 09/18/2012
Never underestimate the power of hacked voting machines.
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lovepumpkin
no, your micro-bio is empty.
11:56 PM on 09/17/2012
as a CO resident, YES on 64! i couldn't vote to stop the ban on dispensaries in fort collins (live about an hour nw in unincorporated) but you can guarantee i'll vote this time!
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RevRayGreen
Here to make cannabis legal worldwide again
11:13 PM on 09/17/2012
Samuel R. Caldwell - The First Pot POW". "On the day the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act was enacted -- Oct. 2, 1937 -- the FBI and Denver, Colo., police raided the Lexington Hotel and arrested Samuel R. Caldwell, 58, an unemployed labourer and Moses Baca, 26. On Oct. 5, Caldwell went into the history trivia books as the first marijuana seller convicted under U.S. federal law. His customer, Baca, was found guilty of possession.He was born on February 11, 1880. He was arrested on October 2, 1937, the same day that the Marihuana Tax Act was enacted. He was released from prison in 1940. Caldwell died on June 24, 194"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_R._Caldwell

Only right Colorado make it legal again...
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Chet Mozart
The War On Drugs Is Worse Than Drugs
10:33 PM on 09/17/2012
Hickenlooper's statement: "Colorado is known for many great things –- marijuana should not be one of them."

How about FREEDOM? Shouldn't Colorado should be known for recognizing good old American FREEDOM!

Hickenlooper again: "Amendment 64 has the potential to increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are OK."

Good old-fashioned Bizarro-planet Prohibitionist logic. Amendment 64 has the potential to REDUCE the number of children "using drugs," by placing the sale of cannabis under control of legal business, instead of illegal actors who don't ask for ID.

And it's just WRONG to continue to treat people as criminals when they're NOT, so as to control thought, aka "Send a message to kids."

More broadly, Drug Warriors insist on always making these arguments about "the children" because, A.) Making the arguments all about "the children" lets them sidestep questions about the Freedom of adults, B.) As far as they're concerned, we're ALL children, and are only competent to have our decisions made for us.

Making all their arguments about "the children" places the entire conversation on authority's home field.

But what about the grownups?

Won't somebody please, PLEASE think of the grownups?
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SubgeniusMustHaveSlack
Snowboarder, vegetarian, organic gardener.
01:09 AM on 09/18/2012
hick is a beer pusher protecting his golden goose.

He has proven to be a disappointing governor.
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kevin hunt2012
10:39 AM on 09/18/2012
"And it's just WRONG to continue to treat people as criminals when they're NOT, "

And it's wrong to treat adults like children if you can't prove using marijuana is worse than booze.
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RevRayGreen
Here to make cannabis legal worldwide again
08:50 PM on 09/17/2012
the one thing that embraces black,white, yellow, red,gay,straight......a joint.
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ClassicalGas
Find me at Jackhole's Realm
08:06 PM on 09/17/2012
Who stands to profit from keeping MJ illegal?

Private Prison Contracts Lock In 90% Occupancy Rates for 20 Years
http://itsoureconomy.us/2012/09/private-prison-contracts-lock-in-90-occupancy-rates-for-20-years/
10:13 PM on 09/17/2012
You've got it right.
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Rippington
Highly opinionated and most likely will offend you
10:40 AM on 09/19/2012
Prisons are only one side of the profiteers. There's Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Textiles, Big Rehab, Big Law Enforcement, Big Lawyers.... and many more.

Prohibition keeps all of these Big's rolling in the money.
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RevRayGreen
Here to make cannabis legal worldwide again
07:51 PM on 09/17/2012
before, years ago, I couldn't sleep at night much worried about getting raided, no longer in the life per say, sleepless night now involve the progress of cannabis law reform on 10/16 and 11/6/12.
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06:54 PM on 09/17/2012
I can prove right here right now how dangerous and MINDNUMBINGLY addictive it is.

it has been illegal to buy and smoke it.....the government said if you do.... you can go to jail.....you can get heavy fines.....

and people STILL risked jail to continue smoking it. thats how addictive it is.
it made soccer moms drive into high crime areas to deal with dangerous dealers.
that tells you how addictive it is. if the dumb people want pot give it to them, but it is a dumb drug .....for dumb people.
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arachnenetworker
Vote Green, not RepubliDem!
07:28 PM on 09/17/2012
That's not proof of addiction, that's proof of how ineffective the "War on Drugs" is and always has been. The majority of people who do any kind of illegal drug will not be caught. You, and others like you, are addicted to paying for useless government agencies that say they fight wars.
ByAndForThePeople
and corporations aren't people!
07:45 PM on 09/17/2012
Don't get out much, do you? Marijuana is almost as easy to get as alcohol and even here in good ol' liberal Utah, soccer moms don't have to drive to high-crime areas to get it. Heck, they could have it delivered, if they wanted.

It is a medical fact (not one of your Faux Noise Fax) that cannabis is not addictive in the chemical sense -- although it may be in the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream sense. Alcohol, on the other hand, has been proven chemically addictive, in the same way that cocaine and heroine are.

So much for your "conservative" example of "proof".
06:50 PM on 09/17/2012
Out with Hickenlooper In with MaryJane!!!
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Tomaniac
Science keeps us from lying to ourselves
06:25 PM on 09/17/2012
Fellow Colorado voters, please get to the polls and vote yes on 64. Let's be the guiding light for the rest of the country in bringing an end to the most corrupt war ever waged against the liberty and freedom of the citizens of the United States of America, Nixon's War on Drugs.
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06:02 PM on 09/17/2012
whoooo! YES on 64!
10:17 PM on 09/17/2012
You've got that right, buckaroo. We'll be voting YES on 64!
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John Plock
Please don't feed the zombies!!
05:58 PM on 09/17/2012
"A recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that marijuana use among Colorado minors is going down, while it is simultaneously going up nationally. The drop in usage by Colorado teens as seen in the CDC data -- a drop below the national average -- coincides with the same period that the medical marijuana industry developed in the state, between 2009 and 2011."
I'd be willing to bet that this drop in usage by minors has 2 possible causes: 1) the regulation of the medical mary jane industry has made it more difficult for minors to obtain the weed, and 2) that with that regulation, MJ has lost some of the allure associated with its current illegality. Probably not something that could be determined except through anecdotal evidence. Still and all, voting YES on 64.
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delval
09:37 PM on 09/17/2012
I am from Colorado and you are right on both accounts. The Medical industry has made strides to keep it off the streets to maintain legitimacy and it has also lost its luster because it is everywhere. It is no longer the "bad boy" thing to do, just something that is around like alcohol.
12:49 AM on 09/18/2012
also, id guess that there are plenty of kids that like cannabis but don't really care about being idk a rebel a criminal (whatever you'd call it) and would wait if given the chance. having said that i believe there are plenty of kids that wouldn't wait. including said prior kids if the law doesn't change.