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Denver 4/20 Rally Agenda and Schedule

Denver 4/20 Rally Agenda and Schedule

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Miguel Lopez, 720-338-8766Email:mpedrolopez@yahoo.comDenver 420 Rally, Saturday April 20b 9am-6pm & Sunday April 21 9am-5pm, 2013:Unity in a Large Marijuana Community – Call to Action!!!FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – The Largest 420 Rally in the Nation!
Marijuana legalization stands to make a great deal of money for the government in the form of taxes and for those looking to join the growing marijuana industry. When money is involved,special interest groups get involved. Special interest groups are groups of people who havemoney to pay to lobby, or in other words, influence politicians to do what they want in theirown interest. Other interest groups may be people are biased against marijuana, for examplepolice officers who don’t understand the details of the effects of marijuana or those whoconsider it a substance that is no different than heroin. The Amendment 64 Task force iscomprised by special interests and people against marijuana who Governor Hickenlooper,outspoken as he was against marijuana in the past, put together to decide the fate of a law thatyou, the citizen voted for.Now that Amendment 64 passed, it is the property of the people and not just special interestgroups. It is time to be a pro-activist instead of re-activists and not stand idly by while theGovernor’s Task Force attempts to thwart the will of the people because it is an amendmentto the constitution and once in place, the regulations will be expensive and time consuming tochange. The task force is comprised of people who are lawyers, politicians, medical marijuanabusiness owners and even a person who specializes in marijuana addiction. Where are thepeople that the law was written for? When was the last time your opinion was sought onregulations impacting Amendment 64? It is time to make your voice heard in response to theproposed regulations that have been handed over to the Colorado General Assembly. Theseare regulations that impact us and yet we are not being heard, yet there are regulations thatseverely impact us, for example taxes may significantly increase the cost of marijuana.Prohibition is not over. There are people whose imaginations are full of fear of what legalizedmarijuana will do to the community, never mind that people have been using marijuanamedically in over 18 states without much incident. Amendment 64 is bringing out thechicken hawks of prohibition, ironically one being Governor Hickenlooper himself, a manwhose fortunes were made in alcohol, a substance that causes deaths daily. According toHickenlooper in speaking about marijuana legalization, “I'm not saying the sky is falling andwe're going to have thousands of homeless teenagers we didn't have before, but we willhave more." Sounds like a case of reefer madness. This is his task force and the marijuanacommunity and Colorado voters need to express their voices in numbers to ensure their votesaren’t undermined.It looks like the State of Colorado is afraid of growth and innovation. It also looks like the willof the voters aren’t of much importance to them and that the states is more than happy tocater to marijuana industry representatives, because they of course have the money to buy
 
the regulations in their favor. While there were a couple sensibly proposed regulations, suchas discouraging minors from purchasing marijuana, there were some that obviously caterto current marijuana business owners and lobby groups, and others that just completelyundermine the will of the voters.Many of the proposed regulations that should have Colorado voters concerned that couldmake marijuana almost as prohibitive as it was before legalization. Regulations that stiflegrowth and innovation keep other people from becoming marijuana entrepreneurs so that thecurrent marijuana business owners can keep a monopoly on the industry. Tax regulations andregulations limiting the amount of marijuana that can be purchased at a time and where it canbe purchased are regulations that voters need to express their opinions and concerns aboutto make sure the will of the voter is not circumvented. Thomas Clark fromThe Daily Chronic provides the list of regulations proposed and here is an analysis of some of the proposedregulations that citizens who voted for should be concerned about provided by members of theDenver 420 Rally with input from fellow marijuana activists.
Restricting marijuana purchases to only an eighth at a time is a direct violation of thewill of voters. Considering that the Amendment currently allows for up to an ounce, thisis in direct violation of the will of the voters. In fact, it is probably the most in violationof the will of the voters, followed by allowing localities to determine whether marijuanacan be sold or not.
Local and state approval for marijuana retailers allows local leaders to circumvent thepopular vote and blatantly undermines the will of the voters. Amendment 64 wasvoted on by all of Colorado and allowing localities to determine whether they want toallow marijuana or not only by passes voter will, it could also continue to foster a blackmarket, especially in rural areas where people will have to drive for miles, spendingextra money on gas. Instead, it will be easier to go to local black market dealers. It isalso short sighted on behalf of local governments because it robs cities and countiesof revenue. It is shortsighted and also stifles innovation. Localities are missing out onopportunities for growth in revenue from new businesses and tourism over an irrationalfear of a substance deemed less harmful than alcohol, yet these localities permit thesale of alcohol and cancer causing cigarettes.
Only licensed medical marijuana centers can sell marijuana for the first year isconcerning for two significant reason, it shows favor to the current marijuana lobby andseverely stifles innovation. It is no secret in the marijuana community that certain localwealthy marijuana business owners have been paying significant amounts of money,prohibitive to many, to join marijuana trade **read lobby group** associations, hostexpensive parties and gain unfair influence on many political and powerful communitymembers effectively shutting out others with good ideas, but less access to wealth. Italso shuts out those who have ideas that are new that could contribute to the growingeconomy enabling stronger economic growth that is desperately needed today.
 
Enact marijuana taxes that are higher than those on cigarettes but lower than alcohol,including a 15% excise tax paid by shop owners. Sales taxes have not been determined,which means that there is a significant need for civic action as these taxes could endup becoming prohibitive. Remember, the first step to marijuana prohibition was theMarijuana Tax Act of 1937. Police and other people against marijuana legalizationmay argue that higher taxes are necessary to enforce regulations and pay for lawenforcement. Yet, a study conducted byRANDCorporation, a study that the JusticeDepartment ordered the think tank to take down, showed that marijuana communitiespolice their own.
Provide law enforcement officers with new training to catch impaired drivers. This isa highly contentious argument where civil liberties are concerned since the only wayto determine recent marijuana use is through taking blood, which is still not 100%accurate. It is arguable what amount actually impairs a driver since marijuana effectspeople differently, an argument yet to be had and has roots understanding of whymarijuana effects people differently, for example, it makes some people anxious andothers not, some people lazy and others ambitious, some people sharp and others“stoned”, the latter being a reason why cannabis has been studied for the treatmentof Attention Deficit Disorder. Other things to consider are the obvious, such asconsidering that someone can smoke marijuana in the early morning or late at night,and no longer be intoxicated, especially regular users, such as medical marijuanapatients, and yet still be charged for being intoxicated. This is especially concerningfor those who use marijuana medicinally, no different than a person using prescriptiondrugs.
Allow employers to prohibit off the job marijuana use by employees. This seems almostas violating to civil liberties as the PATRIOT Act and seriously violates personal freedomand the will of voters. It especially violates right to work in that it discriminates againstmedical marijuana patients, the very people who the marijuana laws were created inthe first. This puts more power in the hands of corporations to discriminate againstpeople and hold them at the mercy of employers. It is very aggressive way of showingvoters that businesses are not friendly to personal marijuana use, even if it is onpersonal time. This is an outrage! Furthermore, since over 50% of the state votedfor medical marijuana, it stands to reason that employers could be hurting themselvesby losing good talent and the expense of individual freedom on one’s personal time.Maybe this is what Gov. Hickenlooper was referring to about homeless teenagers. Last,but not least, this is yet another stripping of innovation that could lead to economicgrowth.
Restricting marijuana advertising to be regulated similarly to existing alcohol andtobacco regulations undermines the medicinal use of marijuana and the potentialfor market growth in that industry, not to mention short-sighted when consideringeconomic growth. There are businesses forming focused on the study and promotion of marijuana and its positive health effects. This is yet another proposed regulation that

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