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Published on Sep 27, 2012
Amendment 64 in Colorado is being billed as "legalization", but the author of the law admitted to the Title Board that it is NOT "legalization", but rather more "regulation" in the form of many new laws to "regulate" marijuana. Regulation leads to MORE laws, which means MORE prohibition, police and jail for marijuana users. A64 was modeled after HB10-1284, the failed medical marijuana dispensary law that was designed to shut down 80% of dispensaries in Colorado. Don't be fooled by FAKE LEGALIZATION. A64 is NOT A STEP in the right direction! A64 is a step towards putting HB1284 into the Constitution and strapping marijuana users with endless requirements in order to be "compliant" with the "regulations".
Over 50% of Coloradoans favor REAL LEGALIZATION! A vote for A64 is a vote against REAL LEGALIZATION. Once the Constitution has been amended, it is very difficult to change.
Am. 64 creates new prohibitions on cannabis and funds the police to "regulate" cannabis and track sales.
Am. 64 creates and funds Dept. of Revenue "pot cops."
Am. 64 is modeled after a medical marijuana "regulation" system that was designed to crush small businesses. At least 50% of mmj dispensaries have been put out of business in 2 years under this model.
Am. 64 creates a new constitutional crime called "Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana" that will have to be defined by state lawmakers hostile to marijuana.
Am. 64 allows for an unlimited tax on marijuana.
Am. 64 is financed almost entirely by out-of-staters.
Am. 64 allows discrimination & does not protect privacy.
Am. 64 contains no protection from federal drug laws.
Vote No on Am. 64 on Nov. 6, 2012
Just Say No to More Police!
It's unfortunate that long time grass roots activists in Colorado are coming out against A64. Why?
1. A64 does not repeal the majority of jail-able offenses (felonies)and leaves marijuana in the definitions of the state Controlled Substances Act, which makes all cannabis users subject to lose: employment, unemployment benefits, housing, school grants, government aid,child custody, fire arms and occupational licenses (of which DORA says 75% of workers in Colorado have). To suggest that under Amendment 64 all adult use and cultivation of marijuana is no longer criminalized is not only misleading, but will result in increased arrests.
2. Beinor-V-ICAO, People-v-Watkins and the Blue Sky rulings seriously compromise the intentions of the Amendment 64 language before it is even voted on.
3. Provides no relief for the most affected and arrested adults age 18 - 20. (especially those from disadvantages communities).
4. Amendment 64 contains no proper legal deterrent to federal intervention and the surplus of $40 million via a constitutionally infirm excise tax will not stand in court. The soonest authorized retail sales for adults could be 2014, if at all. Forcing adults to rely on the black market in the interim.
5. Amendment 64 is designed to shut down MMJ. (A64 fiscal impact white paper predicts an 79% defection in registered MMJ patients to the recreational market) No MMJ centers can survive such a decline in the MMJ market.
6. Amendment 64 allows towns to ban all marijuana sales, which bolsters the black market, as most of state has already banned MMJ (over 95 bans statewide). This forces adults in ban areas to rely on illegal sales and risk criminal prosecution.
7. Amendment 64 sets a dangerous legal precedent of applying taxes to agricultural seed. (viable marijuana seed is defined as marijuana in Amendment 64). Per 39-26-716(4)(b) all sales and purchases of seeds are exempt from sales tax in Colorado. Amendment 64 taxes viable marijuana seed and specifically creates an excise tax on viable marijuana seed and this precedent could be incredibly harmful to Colorado farmers who use viable seed to produce agriculture.
8. Amendment 64 provides no legal guidance on hemp and merely mandates the general assembly to pass legislation. This still allows the general assembly to ban hemp production.
9. Amendment 64 enshrines "driving while under the influence" (any amount over zero) and "driving while impaired" into our constitution, by deferring to current State DUID limits could prevent MMJ patients and other wise responsible adults who consume cannabis from legally driving."
If you CARE about more than just getting high, then please vote NO on 64.