Colorado Women Lead Legalization Charge (But Denver Post Thinks They Just Stood There)

CANNABIS CULTURE – An article by John Ingold of The Denver Post published on January 5 is titled, “Colorado Effort to Legalize Marijuana Turns in Signatures, Tackles Skepticism From Female Voters.”

It begins, “If a campaign to legalize limited possession of marijuana in Colorado is to succeed, it will have to make inroads into skepticism by women, according to a recent poll. Perhaps that’s why supporters of the campaign put more than a dozen women front and center at a news conference Wednesday as they turned in about 160,000 signatures to put the legalization initiative on the ballot.”

Read full article.

So, it’s not possible that these women actually lead the campaign? They were just figureheads for the signature turn in, propped up by other “supporters”? Really, John? Way to strike a blow for equality.

In the article, Wanda James — owner of the medical-marijuana-infused- food company Simply Pure — said the showing was intended to counter “a misconception that young men are driving the legalization of marijuana and the cannabis movement.”

“It’s time for this change,” James said. “. . . And it’s time for women to lead the fight.” The Denver-based Women’s Marijuana Movement is part of the coalition that gathered signatures.

But it seems to some women will always be mere spokesmodels.

Ellen Komp is Deputy Director of California NORML and a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture. She manages the website VeryImportantPotheads.com and blogs at Tokin Woman.

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  5. Adam H on

    Also I’d say this is a feminist article in the guise of cannabis news. Way to be a terrible reporter.

  6. Adam H on

    I think you are reading too far into the Denver Post article. It simply states the facts. People think men drive the legalization of cannabis–fact. The women were front and centre–fact. They handed in the signatures–fact. In no way does it belittle women’s rights anywhere, and I doubt that if it said men were doing it you would have any problem with it.

    In reality the post you made shows exactly what most people think outside the feminist movement: that unless men put you on a pedestal and exonerate you, we are belittling them, we’re dogs, and all the usual rhetoric. Get over yourselves.

    My two cents.

  7. Anonymous on

    men are not so great… men have been fucking up this plant, world and society from the beginning of time.lets all of us men give the women of this world the support they need to help change this world,because us men have really fucked up the place.

  8. Conscious Communicator on

    Could you imagine this phrase ever seeing print:

    “Supporters of the campaign put more than a dozen MEN front and center.”

    The Denver Post author made the assumption that the women who turned in signatures were propped up spokeswomen, rather than true leaders. The author here is correct to call him out on that.

  9. Samson on

    but why does it always have to be about women vs. men( or vice versa )? Why can’t it be both men and women fighting together for a cause? Women are great; and men are great also…..but together, they are unstopable.