44: Pot initiative goes up in smoke

By Euphoric · Nov 8, 2006 · ·
  1. Euphoric
    I threw up a little in my mouth when I read this:

    44: Pot initiative goes up in smoke
    Article Last Updated:11/07/2006 10:09:19 PM MST

    document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.width = requestedWidth + "px"; if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.margin = "0px 0px 10px 10px"; } Most Colorado voters just said no Tuesday to legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.
    Under Amendment 44, adults ages 21 and over would have been allowed to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana without facing a $100 fine.
    Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, or SAFER, launched the campaign to legalize pot after a successful initiative in Denver last year.
    Although the Denver measure made pot technically legal in the city, Denver police are using state law to continue to fine people $100 who are caught with marijuana.
    The only Coloradans currently allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana are people who need it for medicinal purposes, under a state law that was passed six years ago.
    Mason Tvert, SAFER's campaign director, argued through the election season that marijuana is a safer alternative to alcohol.
    On Tuesday, he said he knew it would be a tough battle to change "75 years of marijuana prohibition overnight.
    "It's quite clear that a number of people in Colorado are in agreement that marijuana prohibition is not working," Tvert said. "We think this is the first step in a 5- to 10-year process."
    SAFER dropped $60,000 into the campaign, and Tvert sees the money as well spent because Coloradans began to have a conversation about whether marijuana should be legalized.
    "It's not a issue that is going away," he said. "There is a big effort to change these laws."
    Opponents to Amendment 44 were pleased Tuesday that the initiative failed, saying legalization would increase teen drug use.
    "I think the people of Colorado have spoken," said Beverly Kinard, founder of Guarding Our Children Against Marijuana. "They care about Colorado, they care about the families of Colorado and they are taking a stand against the drug movement."
    Kinard said if another effort is made to legalize any drugs in Colorado, her group will continue to fight it.
    "They are constantly battering us with these messages about these drugs," she said. "We are sending a message back to the movement: 'We don't want you here and we don't want you damaging our state'."


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  1. Riconoen {UGC}
    God tonite had been depressing...i'm sure my states initiutive is crashing and burning as well, swims going to go get high now............
  2. zera
    Cross your fingers, there's still a chance the Nevada ballot measure can pass. By and large though I've been disgusted with the state of the ballot measures tonight, every single same-sex marriage ban has passed with the possible exception of Arizona. Whatever happenned to the American tradition of live and let live, and keeping frivolous shit out the government?

    Traditionally the religious, at least in America, had an anti-government sentiment, but in the past 10 years they've been seduced by power. Fucking fascist electorate.
  3. Bajeda
  4. Nature Boy
    I wonder what the voter turnout was like. Could there be stoners out there kicking themselves because they didn't vote or did the conservatives just squeeze their votes out?
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  6. Senor Gribson
    did anyone else take a look at that stop44 site? apparently gumballs containing "up to a gram of high grade marijuana" contain "enough THC to kill small children".

    i'll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbert
  7. Djvr16
    Lol, Super Troopers :cool:

    There is always next year and the years after that. Someday, marijuana will be regulated and "legalized". I can't wait for that day. The government can make so much money off weed and get us out of debt or put it towards research for aids and diabetes and what not. :-( Dumb government......
  8. Riconoen {UGC}
    Well tobcco smokers are paying for our roads and still get treated like dog shit by the man, i'm sure when weed gets legalized pot smokers are going ot get fucked over just as hard.
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