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Thank you Matt Ferner for this update from the alcohol millionaire’s opinion of legalizing marijuana-by the A64 voting citizens.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper: Legalizing Marijuana In Colorado Wasn’t ‘Reckless,’ It Was ‘Risky’

Posted: 10/07/2014 8:46 pm EDT Updated: 10/08/2014 12:59 pm EDT

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Tuesday his state’s recreational marijuana law is not “reckless,” as he called it a day earlier, but “risky.”

“Context is everything,” Hickenlooper said in a statement, first reported by International Business Times. “I was asked if I thought it was [emphasis Hickenlooper’s office] reckless to legalize marijuana in Colorado -– perhaps risky is a better word. While I believe it was risky for Colorado to be the first state to step away from a failed federal policy given all of the unanswered legal questions and implications, the adoption of Amendment 64 by Colorado voters sent a clear message to the federal government that marijuana should be legal and regulated.”

“Is it risky now?” the governor asked. “It is certainly less so. We have a robust regulatory enforcement system that would not have been possible without the partnership of the marijuana business owners, activists, law enforcement officials, regulators, parents, policy experts and stakeholders. Together we have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe and fair system that protects the public health, diminishes the underground market, and educates and keeps marijuana out of the hands of our children.”

Hickenlooper said the state remains committed to carrying out the will of voters, obtaining access to banking for marijuana businesses, and maintaining a fair regulatory system.

On Monday, Hickenlooper was asked during a gubernatorial debate about other state governors who may be considering legalizing marijuana.

“I would view it as reckless before we see what the consequences are” in Colorado, Hickenlooper said. His Republican challenger, Bob Beauprez, agreed with the “reckless” characterization,according to Politico.

The governor later expanded on the state’s legalization, saying: “I think for us to do that without having all the data, there is not enough data, and to a certain extent you could say it was reckless.”

“I’m not saying it was reckless, because I’ll get quoted everywhere,” Hickenlooper added. “But if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done it, right. I opposed it from the very beginning. All right, what the hell — I’ll say it was reckless.” Continue reading

Monday morning humor; Alaskan Charlo Green outrageously quits her tv on air news job over her convictions about pushing for legalized marijuana.

Admin; Alert!  Profanity from on air news person to follow…oh, too late-its already in the lead in title…

“Fuck It”: TV Reporter Quits On-Air To Fight For Marijuana Legalization

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KTVA Anchorage reporter Charlo Greene profanely quit her job at the station in the middle of last night’s newscast. Greene made the announcement immediately following a story on a medical marijuana business, and the revelation that she is the business’s owner.

Greene ended her segment with this:

“Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”

Greene’s organization is fighting for the passage of Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational amounts of marijuana in Alaska. And, not incidentally, create business for Greene—with Alaska laws as they are, medical marijuana dispensaries currently operate in a legal gray area.

After Greene’s abrupt resignation, KTVA’s news director issued a statement:

Dear Viewers,

We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.

Bert Rudman

News Director – KTVA 11 News

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New poll shows Washington, D.C. voters overwhelmingly support marijuana legalization

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Washington, D.C., Voters Strongly Support Marijuana Legalization

Posted: 09/18/2014 7:54 pm EDT Updated: 09/19/2014 10:59 am EDT

Washington, D.C., voters appear to be ready to legalize marijuana, according to a newpoll that puts support at 65 percent.

The NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll’s finding that district voters support legalization by amost a 2-1 margin “is the highest support ever for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative,” Adam Eidinger, chair of D.C. Cannabis Campaign, the group backing the legalization measure, said in a statement. “It vindicates the work of this campaign so far, but we still have more work to do turning out the vote come Election Day.” Continue reading

Public support about marijuana legalization has grown significantly in last 10 years.

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Andrew Sullivan, conservative writer, on marijuana: Prohibition ‘based on lies’

 

September 13, 2014 – Portland, OR – Diane Fornbacher, publisher of ladybud.com, a female-focused cannabis publication, at the International Cannabis Business Conference being held this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian

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Andrew Sullivan, the prominent writer and blogger, compared the effort to legalize marijuana to the fight for marriage equality in the United States in a talk that highlighted the key factors propelling what he called an “extraordinary leap forward” in cannabis policy. Continue reading

Marijuana is not a schedule 1 drug; Step by step politicians acknowledge public opinion and the waste of taxpayer money policing this.

Admin; It is interesting to watch the consistent public opinion overcome decades of marijuana policing policy.

Nutter Agrees To Sign Bill Softening Marijuana Laws in Philadelphia

September 8, 2014 3:57 PM

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office. Photo by Mike Dunn)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Nutter today agreed to sign into law a bill that essentially decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.   But he says he’ll sign it only after City Council tweaks certain details of the measure.

The original bill, authored by councilman Jim Kenney, would have police issuing citations akin to a parking ticket for possession of one ounce of pot or less.

The Nutter administration and police officials had reservations about that approach.   Now, Kenney and the mayor have reached agreement on a compromise: the infraction would result in what’s called a “non-summary civil offense.”

“We’ve gotten to a place where it is out of the criminal realm,” Kenney said today.  “There’s no more handcuffs, no more bookings, no more criminal record.  Police will not have to leave their posts and go to the station house to deal with this.  People will pay a fine based on the offense: $25 for the possession of anything under an ounce.” Continue reading

Politician forgets the intent of medical marijuana in his fervor to acquire more spendable tax revenue.

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Colorado lawmaker seeks marijuana tax review amid disappointing sales

By John Ingold
The Denver Post

POSTED:   08/12/2014 02:47:14 PM MDT337 COMMENTS| UPDATED:   A DAY AGO

Representative Dan Pabon, center, (D) Denver.

Representative Dan Pabon, center, (D) Denver. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

Colorado’s tax collections from recreational marijuana sales in the past fiscal year came in more than 60 percent below early predictions, and now a state lawmaker says it may be time to reconsider the tax formula.

State Rep. Dan Pabon, who is leading a special legislative committee on marijuana revenue, said the medical-marijuana system also may come under scrutiny.

“There’s some real impact that the medical marijuana market is having on the recreational marijuana market,” said Pabon, D-Denver. “I think it’s worth looking at the taxation on the recreational side but also looking at the rules and regulations on the medical side.”

Tuesday marked the first meeting of the committee, which is studying how Colorado spends its marijuana tax money.

Marijuana at a medical marijuana center in Denver,  Colorado in February 2014.

Marijuana at a medical marijuana center in Denver, Colorado in February 2014. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file photo)

The first item of business: Why is there so much less of it than predicted?

When Colorado voters approved special taxes on recreational marijuana in November, the official fiscal analysis estimated the taxes would bring in a combined $33.5 million through that fiscal year, which ended this summer. Budgeters for Gov. John Hickenlooper had similarly optimistic projections.

But the actual number came in at just more than $12 million.

A market study for the Colorado Department of Revenue says the lower-taxed medical-marijuana market, which continues to outpace the recreational market in sales, is to blame.

Rather than pulling consumers out of the medical-marijuana market, the recreational market largely has feasted on tourists and people who previously bought pot on the black market.

“I think our original assumption about the cannibalization was wrong,” Colorado Legislative Council economist Larson Silbaugh said at Tuesday’s committee meeting.

The result, suggested David Blake of the Colorado attorney general’s office, is that the resilience of the medical-marijuana market “is being driven by avoidance of that tax.”

Dorinda Floyd, the chief financial officer for the Department of Revenue, said recreational sales continue to rise and eventually are expected to surpass medical sales “in the out years.”

Meanwhile, state economists have adjusted their predictions. A forecast in June significantlydialed back expectations for the current fiscal year — $30.6 million in special recreational marijuana taxes, compared with the roughly $100 million that Hickenlooper’s office had predicted this year.

A new forecast is due in September.

“While I think our forecasts are getting better,” Silbaugh said, “they’re still based on just six months of data.”

John Ingold: 303-954-1068, jingold@denverpost.com or twitter.com/johningold

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Marijuana legalization challenged by well funded alcohol and beer lobbyists.

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Marijuana Legalization: Pharmaceuticals, Alcohol Industry Among Biggest Opponents Of Legal Weed

By Philip Ross@ThisIsPRop.ross@ibtimes.com
on August 06 2014 5:54 PM

Opposition To Pot Reform = Big Money For Pharmaceuticals

Pancreatic cancer survivor Mellody Gannon smokes medicinal marijuana during the annual convention of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in San Francisco, California Sept. 25, 2009.REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Opponents of marijuana legalization argue that decriminalizing pot increases crime, creates juvenile delinquents and can even lead to more marijuana-related deaths. But there is another reason for the crusade against marijuana that involves some people losing lots of money as the country becomes increasingly pot friendly, according to a recent report from The Nation and astudy by the Center for Responsive Politics.

The biggest players in the anti-marijuana legalization movement are pharmaceutical, alcohol and beer companies, private prison corporations and police unions, all of whom help fund lobby groups that challenge marijuana law reform. In 2010, California Beer and Beverage Distributors funneled $10,000 to Public Safety First, a political action committee, or PAC, that led the opposition to California’s Prop 19. The initiative, if passed, would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state.

Corrections Corporations of America, one of the largest for-profit prison companies in the U.S., has spent nearly $1 million a year on lobbying efforts. The company even stated in a report that “changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances … could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them.”

Among the largest donors to Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a New York City-based nonprofit that campaigns against teen drug and alcohol abuse, are Purdue Pharma, makers of the painkiller OxyContin, and Abbott Laboratories, which produces the opioid Vicodin. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, or CADCA, a Virginia-based anti-drug organization, also receives donations from Purdue Pharma, as well as Janssen Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson that manufactures the painkiller Nucynta, according to The Nation.

The reason for opposing marijuana reform is simple: Legal weed hurts these companies’ bottom lines. “There is big money in marijuana prohibition,” the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C., notes in a recent series on marijuana lobbying efforts, including who funds legislation to keep the drug illegal.

Part of the missions of groups like Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and CADCA is to lobby Congress to maintain marijuana’s classification as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the U.S. government considers the drug as having a high potential for abuse, has no medical use and poses risks to public safety. Nevermind that more than 22,000 people die every year in the U.S. from overdoses involving pharmaceutical drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three out of every four pharmaceutical overdose deaths involve painkillers — more than heroin and cocaine combined.

“I think it’s hypocritical to remain silent with regard to the scheduling of hydrocodone products, while investing energy in maintaining marijuana as a Schedule I drug,” Andrew Kolodny, a New York psychiatrist and head of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, told The Nation. “I don’t think it’s inappropriate for them to be advocating on marijuana, [but] when we have a severe epidemic in America — one the CDC says is the worst drug epidemic in US history — it makes you wonder whether or not they’ve been influenced by their funding.”

The idea is that drug companies want to sell expensive drugs by downplaying the medical benefits of marijuana, alcohol and beer manufacturers do not want to compete for customers with legal pot, and private prisons need to fill their beds with convicted drug offenders. That means marijuana advocates have some pretty large — and well-funded — enemies to contend with.

http://www.ibtimes.com/marijuana-legalization-pharmaceuticals-alcohol-industry-among-biggest-opponents-legal-weed-1651166