Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Will Appear On November 2012 Ballot

Colorado voters will decide this fall whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use when the state becomes the second in the nation to put such a proposal on ballots this year.

The Secretary of State’s Office said Monday that supporters of the legalization initiative collected enough signatures to get their measure before voters, meaning Colorado will join Washington state in putting a recreational pot question on November ballots.

Voters will be asked whether adults older than 21 should be allowed to use marijuana even without a doctor’s recommendation. The measure would allow adults to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana or six marijuana plants. The proposal also allows for commercial pot sales, though cities and counties would have permission to ban marijuana sales if they choose.

The plan would also direct state lawmakers to put an undetermined excise tax on pot, with the proceeds going to education.

Colorado considered and rejected recreational pot legislation in 2006. And, more recently, California voters turned back a similar plan in 2010.

But activists say that Colorado residents have since become accustomed to medical marijuana and are more willing to consider full legalization.

“The people of Colorado are ready to end marijuana prohibition and begin taxing it and regulating it like alcohol,” said Mason Tvert, head of Colorado’s Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

The campaign needed two tries to make the ballot.

Last month the initiative backers fell just short of the required 86,000 signatures when tens of thousands were deemed invalid. But officials said a second attempt allowed under Colorado law left the campaign with more than 90,000 valid signatures.

Compared to Washington state, Colorado officeholders have been slow to embrace recreational legalization.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has backed recreational legalization in Washington state. But no current Colorado elected official was scheduled to join legalization activists at a news conference Tuesday.

“I don’t know whether I’ll support it yet,” said Republican Sen. Tim Neville. “I’m not a huge fan of the results of our war on drugs, how it’s going currently, but the devil is always in the details. I’ll need to look at it.”

The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police was less circumspect.

“We haven’t come out with a formal position yet, but you can guess where we’ll come down,” said John Jackson, Greenwood Village police chief who runs the legislative committee for the state police chiefs association. The chiefs opposed the 2006 measure.

Despite the chilly reception from public officials, marijuana activists say the time is right for legalization.

The measure would set up a direct federal showdown over drug laws, but Colorado and 16 other state already buck the federal government by allowing marijuana for medical use.

“This could be a watershed year in the decades-long struggle to end marijuana prohibition in this country,” Art Way, Colorado manager of the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement.

– Article from The Huffington Post.

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  1. Anonymous on

    WAR CRIMES MUST BE PROSECUTED ASAP

    Your understanding inspirational work is of the up most importance and we collectively must ride the energy wave of the election to facilitate the conscious response which is critically needed by those who choose to survive with health to really enjoy the gift of life.

    This message is to sound the alarm that the phase of attack on the citizens has reached a critical time requiring immediate action by all able parties. Efficient use of collective energy would seem to be the collection of petitioners for the FEDERAL TORT CLAIM ACTION and recreation of the government as truly necessary via a new constitutional convention.

    Presently – all of the state ballot measures are not putting the circumstance in proper context. This is sophisticated war being committed against citizens and people are for the most part not responding due to highly probable mental and physical destruction of their physical faculties from known bio weapon discussed. Able body persons will have to take much more immediate actions for survival.

    In closing — We are fighting a sophisticated very effective weapon and our educated government has committed the worst crime in living history.

    WE ALL NEED TO PROSECUTE THIS CRIME.
    Robert

    P.S. with great HONOR your addition to the email loop is welcomed

    From: Theresa Smith Subject: Re: Fw: WAR CRIMES MUST BE PROSECUTED ASAP — OUR LIVES IS THE STAKE
    To: “robert griffith”
    Cc: “Steele Smith”
    Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:17 PM

    Dear Robert,

    Thank you so very much for supporting our cause and case and bringing mass attention to the fact that, our own government is committing war crimes against our own citizens – the ill and innocent. The federal government are taking away the rights and freedoms that our country was based on, as written by our Forefathers. We need to be heard before nothing is left.

    Please put me in your email loop and let me know anything I can do to help you in this extremely important venture to open up the eyes of our citizens to the crimes the feds are trying to get away with

    Thank you, again.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

    Respectfully,

    Theresa Smith

    On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 4:33 AM, robert griffith

    We need to prosecute war crimes in response to unlawful actions against citizens – the good samaritan law is already in action on the way to war crime trials which must be conducted in the path to recovery in the World today.

    US vs Steele Smith: The First Marijuana Case Allowing Medical Defense
    By Steelescase.org – Wednesday, February 29 2012

    Feb 28

    WE HAVE A MODEL TO PROSECUTE WHITE COLLAR CRIME

    PRICE OF PEACE REASON FOR WAR/TALK ABOUT STUDENT COLLECTIONS COMING

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:21 AM

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    Cc: [email protected], [email protected]

    To: [email protected]
    Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 4:18 AM
    PLEASE SHARE THE NOTICE WITH YOUR GUESTS- THANK YOU.

    CITIZENS HAVE A RIGHT TO PROSECUTE CRIMINALS
    Friday, February 24, 2012 9:33 PM

    Small Group of Lawyers Launches Big Battle Against Corruption
    Published: Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 11:36 AM ET

    The headquarters of Sherpa is housed in a cramped office building on Paris’ Rue de Milan. The one-room office is littered with stacks of thick, colorful folders, labeled with far-flung locales like “Gabon” and “Equatorial Guinea.” Sherpa is made up of a group of volunteer lawyers who scour financial and property records in order to trace assets back to corrupt leaders and stem illicit capital flows. The director of the nonprofit is Maud Perdriel-Vaissiere, a slight, intense woman fueled by nicotine and a passion for bringing down the dictators whose assets she tracks.

    The work the pro-bono lawyers do is unglamorous and labor intensive, she says, because it is work that law enforcement should be doing.

    “We would prefer that the public prosecutors do their job properly. But they don’t,” says Perdriel-Vaissiere.

    “States keep on, you know, saying that they are going to do their utmost to fight corruption. … But the fact is that not a single state in the western part of the world is really willing to take legal actions,” Perdriel-Vaissiere told CNBC.

    The goal? To get the money back to people it’s been taken from, says Perdriel-Vaissiere. But it’s not always that easy, she says.

    “The difficulty that we may face is that we don’t want to give the money back to the very same people who have embezzling it for years,” she says.

    But Perdriel-Vaissiere has hope. “If one kleptocrat is convicted, the others might be less willing to embezzle funds. We have to move forward, and a lot needs to be done.”

    Why is Lyme Disease Not JUST a Tick-Borne Disease Any More?
    Posted By Dr. Mercola | February 05 2012 | 218,853 views

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/05/dr-dietrich-klinghardt-on-lyme-disease.aspx?e_cid=20120205_SNL_Art_1

    By Dr. Mercola
    One of the most frustrating characteristics of multi-national drug corporations is their commitment to the corporate mantra of maximizing profits for their shareholders at any cost, including that of human lives.
    The testing of dangerous drugs and vaccines on children is an area that is particularly risk-filled…
    The Nuremberg Code provides ethical guidelines for medical researchers to protect human test subjects in scientific experiments from injury, disability or death.
    The first principle of the Nuremberg Code—that doctors must obtain voluntary informed consent from the person about to be experimented on—appears to be frequently ignored, especially when it comes to clinical trials of experimental vaccines.

    In recent news, the Argentinean Federation of Health Professionals accused GlaxoSmithKline of misleading participants and pressuring impoverished, disadvantaged families into enrolling their children in clinical trials of the experimental Synflorix pediatric pneumonia vaccine.
    Fourteen of the children participating in the experimental vaccine trial died. Glaxo Smith Kline denies the charges and says it will appeal the nearly $240,000 fine imposed on the company and two doctors. According to CNN:
    “The deaths of 14 children, who reportedly died after participating in the trials, have drawn widespread attention in Argentinean media… GlaxoSmithKline categorically denies that the vaccine caused the deaths… But the health professional federation pointed to the children’s deaths in its call for increased regulations on drug testing.”

    OUR EDUCATED LEADERS FEEL IT IS THEIR RIGHT TO KILL AND STEAL EVERYTHING FROM THE UNINFORMED IN THE LIFE.
    YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR ANY RESPECT – HERE IS A PLAN WE ALL CAN BENEFIT
    FROM AS THE GUILTY ARE PURGED.

    Former B.C. Attorneys General Call for Legalization of Pot
    By Wendy Stueck, The Globe and Mail – Tuesday, February 14 2012

    Subject: SPACE TIME GOD MARK – $93,300,000,000,000.00 – THANKS MR. RATIGAN
    SUPER GREAT THANKS TO DYLAN RATIGAN FOR HELPING WITH THE MATH AND DISCUSSING A CARBON TAX SHUFFLE WITH STOCK OPTIONS AS A FORM OF PAYMENT OPTION FOR CITIZENS – TRIBES ARE LISTENING.
    311,000,000 CITIZENS MULTIPLIED BY A BLANKET SETTLEMENT AMOUNT OF $300,000.00 USD PER CITIZEN EQUATING THE AMOUNT OF $93,300,000,000,000.00 FOR UNLAWFUL USE OF BIO WAR.

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/26/obama-war-on-weed.aspx?e_cid=20111126_DNL_art_1

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/07/medical-marijuana-becoming-blockbuster-drug.aspx

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris
    Friday, February 17, 2012 12:33 AM
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris
    December 22nd, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT FOR MARIJUANA WHITE COLLAR CRIME
    AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON MARIJUANA WHITE COLLAR CRIME!

    The Federal Tort Claims Act or “FTCA”, (June 25, 1948, ch. 646, Title IV, 62 Stat. 982, “28 U.S.C. Pt.VI Ch.171? and 28 U.S.C. § 1346(b)), is a statute enacted by the United States Congress in 1948. “Federal Tort Claims Act” was also previously the official short title passed by the Seventy-ninth Congress on August 2, 1946 as Title IV of the Legislative Reorganization Act, 60 Stat. 842, which was classified principally to chapter 20 (§§ 921, 922, 931–934, 941–946) of former Title 28, Judicial Code and Judiciary.
    That Title IV of the Legislative Reorganization Act act of August 2, 1946 was substantially repealed and reenacted as sections 1346 (b) and 2671 et seq. of this title by act June 25, 1948, ch. 646, 62 Stat. 982, the first section of which enacted this title (Tort Claims Procedure). [1]

    The FTCA permits private parties to sue the United States in a federal court for most torts committed by persons acting on behalf of the United States.

    The FTCA constitutes a limited waiver of sovereign immunity.
    The Federal Tort Claims Act of 1946, for the first time, gave American citizens the right to sue the federal government.” [4]

    Bill O’Reilly Thinks Medical Marijuana is a Sneaky Plot to Give People Medicine, Or Something.
    Bill O’Reilly’s indignant posturing is typical of the contemporary medical marijuana skeptic: I have no problem with medical use, but any plan for supplying patients is a fraud and anyone who grows or sells marijuana is a scumbag.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhdBNmCANzk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95eF4Dn3CL0

    http://www.underourskin.com

    The primary reason for this communication was to create an awareness of the methods of omission used by all parties in this great crime against humanity itself. Now if you look closely you will not find the mentioning of powerful antibiotic actions of marijuana nor will you find the mentioning of the Lyme plague (Lyme disease primarily is treated with powerful antibiotics ) which was so disturbing to myself — you the reader are being directed to these specific omitted facts with all the background provided.

    Cannabis plant extracts can effectively fight drug-resistant bacteria.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5787866&page=1

    Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/np8002673?journalCode=jnprdf&quickLinkVolume=71&quickLinkPage=1427&volume=71

    The audience of the communication has at length in time now been exposed to the Lyme plague instrumented by the United States Government and their facilitating agents. The email sent out by Joseph Mercola clearly demonstrates the aggressive actions by the criminal parties which must be responded to with every action possible.

    Thus the difficult yet apparent facts of this bio weapon being empowered by marijuana Prohibition comes to light. This is the 2012 moment and we have to prosecute this crime.

  2. jomila on

    This has to pass somewhere in the states this year!