How Do We Get This Done?

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Montbello HS protesters. Image via Twitter

Montbello HS protesters, 12/4/2014. Image via Twitter

In 1992, I watched in horror as the jury of Rodney King failed to convict the police that beat him, a black man. Even with the video, the all-white jury said that no crime was committed. At 27 years old, I felt like my world fell apart. How could the people in my generation not see this as crime? How was it possible that in 1992, as I watched Los Angeles burn, I was dealing the same disappointment my father dealt with in 1965, as he watched Watts burn.

I was sure, in my 27-year-old mind, that I had seen the last of racial inequality. In the days, weeks and years that followed Rodney King, I watched the LA police force systematically dismantled. I saw white people stand with black people and say this was wrong and we must do better as Americans. My young heart felt like that while America had failed to do the right thing for Rodney King, in the aftermath, we seemed to be learning and growing closer as a people.

I was wrong. Sign here if you want to see something change.

On November 22, 2014, a video released by the Cleveland police showed Officer Timothy A. Loehmann, 26, shooting Tamir Rice immediately upon leaving his police car on November 22. Investigators said 12-year-old Tamir was reaching into his waistband for a weapon — which turned out to be a toy pellet gun. The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed the 12-year-old last month resigned from a previous small-town police job when he was deemed emotionally unstable and unfit for duty, especially in his handling of firearms.

In August 2014, Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown to death in broad daylight. Despite multiple eyewitness accounts and images of his own face contradicting Wilson's narrative of events, a grand jury declined to indict Wilson.

In July 2014, New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo choked unarmed black man Eric Garner to death, in broad daylight, while a bystander caught it on video. Despite the video, despite an NYPD prohibition of exactly the sort of chokehold Pantaleo used, and despite the New York City medical examiner ruling the death a homicide, a Staten Island grand jury declined even to indict Pantaleo.

In November 2006, a group of five New York police officers shot unarmed black man Sean Bell to death in the early morning hours of his wedding day. In April 2008, despite multiple eyewitness accounts contradicting the officers' accounts of the incident, Justice Arthur J. Cooperman acquitted the officers of all charges, including reckless endangerment.

In February of 1999, four plainclothes New York police officers shot unarmed black man Amadou Diallo to death outside of his home. A year later, an Albany jury acquitted the officers of all charges, including reckless endangerment.

And the list continues…

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“The Ugly Politics of Being the Change” or “The Real Trouble w/ Jared”

I recently read the Eli Stokols hit piece on Jared Polis “The Trouble with Jared” and I thought  "the trouble with Jared?" How about the trouble with the Democratic Party. The “Trouble with Jared” is, he is a Democrat and it appears the rest of the Party has forgotten what that means.

While the Denver insiders fret about the fact that they still can’t control Jared, the rest of Colorado is cheering him on. Jared is a leader. Leadership was explained to me by my military father and my time in the military, I grew up understanding that leadership is sometimes lonely. Jared is always on the right side of being a democrat. Jared’s a disrupter, he always has been. He is out there being the change the Democrats wanted to see. And it appears he is always alone on the right side of history.

He was making the establishment unconformable when he started his schools for recent immigrants at a time when the Democrats in the state were campaigning on passing the toughest immigration laws in the country.

They were mad as hell when he proposed Amendment 41 to limit gifts and free dinner from lobbyist to law makers. That pissed off a bunch of the “buy me and my friends’ tickets to all of ball games, galas and expensive dinners in exchange for my vote on your issue” elected officials. (Yeah, you know who you are)

Then there was my favorite move by Jared, he supported the cannabis industry.

He honestly supported it. He did not give the behind the door cowardly response of, “Well, Wanda, of course we support not locking up minorities, but I have tough race and I am too much of coward to actually let people know what I think” crowd. Jared was upfront about his approach. And like all of his decisions, he was unwavering and on the right side of the issue and on the right side of history. He introduced a bill in Congress to legalize marijuana only to have his home state actually do it a few months later and now the NY Times is calling for Congress to take up his bill.

While Jared is making the political class “nervous” they might be wise to tune into what the people of Colorado are saying. We are in desperate need of bold leadership and a vision for the future. To be honest, can any of you give one example of vision from any of the elected officials? Supporting Oil and Gas is not visionary.

The trouble with Jared, is that he belongs to a party that is increasing out of step with Coloradans and they are spinning their wheels trying to take him down a peg. He is rich, he is gay, he is outspoken and he wears bow ties with polo shirts. They have no idea how to handle him. And I love it. And apparently, so do the voters of Colorado.

In municipal elections, nearly 100,000 Coloradans have already cast ballots to ban or place a time out on fracking. These voters are not radical environmentalist, they are our neighbors in Lafayette, Broomfield, Boulder, Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins that are feed up with the lack of action from our legislature and a Governor that is way more concerned about multinational companies that own mineral rights than homeowners and parents. They have taken matters into their own hands because the political leadership in this state has failed them. Except for Jared, he is listening.

I have never worked with a person I don’t believe in. When Jared and I discussed his campaign in 2008 for Congress, we decided to run on the fact he would be “a different” kind of congressman. One that is not beholden to the special interests. He continues to make me proud by proving that to not to be an empty political promise that changes his tune depending on who is writing checks.

Funny that the Democrats (and their staff hit squads) that are anti-Jared, are also the ones in the most danger of losing their seats. They appear to have no issue with selling their soul, their constituents and the person that paved the way for Democratic ideals in Colorado to continue to get a government check and free trips to meetings and dinners.

If the Democrats are in bed with oil and gas, the privatized prison systems and anti-immigration reform, then maybe we shouldn’t be voting for them in the first place.

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Does Hickenlooper “hate” underage alcohol deaths as much as he “hates” cannabis?

Dear Gov Hickenlooper,
Here is a report of alcohol deaths among college students, most underage. It is a shocking report, including a number of deaths at all of Colorado's major universities.

After reading your comments in the Huffington Post about “Hating Colorado’s Cannabis Experiment”,  I am wondering if you hate these deaths as much as you "hate" cannabis?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/hickenlooper-hates-legal-weed_n_4589926.html

I find it hard to support your stance of protecting children, since you seem to be not at all concerned about underage drinking because you are frequently promoting the use of alcohol, by easily influenced children, with the amount of pictures of you chugging back a cold one.

On behalf of business owners that employ thousands of women and vets, and on behalf of hundreds of thousands of people of color who are locked up because of racist marijuana laws, I am asking you stop treating us like stupid constituents who do not clearly see through your issues with your alcohol partners.

When you return to private life, you can say whatever you like. But as long as you are a public servant, we are demanding you do your job and serve the public that voted 55% vs 45% (a political landslide) to legalize cannabis. That would include telling the facts of this amazing "experiment". 

Those facts include incredible revenue to the State of Colorado. 

Those facts include amazing medical research benefiting children suffering from epilepsy.  Children like Charlotte Figi who went from over 900 seizures a month to two.  This was widely documented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN. 

Those facts include the drop of incarcerating hundreds of Coloradoans. 

Those facts include the creation of over 5000 jobs. 

Those facts include increasing Colorado's tourism. 

Those facts include an increase in money to be used for schools. 

And lastly those facts include the relief to over 214,000 medical patients over the last five years in Colorado.

Those are the facts that you are stating you hate.  You must change your attitude and present the truth when asked about your state's "great experiment". And you must give some credit to the hard working Coloradoans that have fought to serve their patients and the state in a legal and safe manner.  It is insulting to business owners to hear you speak about us in that manner.

Sincerely,
Wanda James
(one of your campaign contributors, cannabis business owner, and sister of a black man that was arrested for cannabis possession)

http://compelledtoact.com/Tragic_listing/Main_listing_victims.htm
Devon Arnold, 22, (February 3, 2010, Colorado State University) Devon was found dead railroad tracks after he had reportedly been consuming alcohol while in Denver for a Denver Nuggets game. Authorities suggest that an intoxicated Arnold went to a rail yard in close proximity to the Pepsi Center and jumped aboard a train.

Lynn Gordon "Gordie" Bailey Jr, (September 17, 2004, University of Colorado) Bailey and the other pledges had begun the evening Sept. 16 blindfolded and abandoned in the woods near Gold Hill. Police said the pledges were told to drink large amounts of Ten High whiskey and Carlo Rossi wine.Later, when they were driven back to the fraternity house after midnight, Bailey had passed out. The next morning Bailey was found face down on the floor, and could not be revived. His blood-alcohol level was 0.328 percent, four times the legal limit for driving in Colorado.

Bennett Bertoli, (December 11, 2004, Colorado State University) Bennett was discovered lying on a couch, unresponsive, inside a home close to the CSU campus which had been the site of a party the night before. Bennett died of a lethal mix of alcohol, methadone and tranquilizers. His blood alcohol content was 0.12 percent, a level that not considered lethal by itself. The combination of the three proved fatal.


John Hunter Hauck, (May 3, 2010, Colorado State University) John partied with some friends at an off-campus house Sunday night. Police believe he was drinking beer, smoking marijuana and possibly using prescription drugs. John’s roommates found his body at their northwest Fort Collins home Monday afternoon. Tests showed John's blood/alcohol level to be .212

Michael Alexander Hoffman, (21, August 30, 2011, University of Colorado) Michael Alexander Hoffman was a student in the College of Arts and Sciences. His death is believed to be the first apparent alcohol death of a CU student since Gordie Bailey died in 2004 after a hazing ritual by his fraternity. Test showed Michael had had lethal amounts of alcohol and painkillers in his system.

Samantha Spady, (September 5, 2004, Colorado State) University Samantha had a blood alcohol level of 0.436 when her blood was tested after her death. That's more than 5 times the legal limit in Colorado. She consumed alcohol over 11 hours starting before the CSU/CU football game on Saturday and ending with her presence at the fraternity house, where she consumed "additional significant amounts of alcohol."

Kendra Walthall, (19 (non-student), January 1, 2010, University of Denver) Kendra fell unconscious at after consuming alcohol, prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs while at a house party near the University of Denver campus. Authorities and neighbors described the house as a “college party house” which was the scene of numerous police interventions in the recent past.

Bennett Bertoli, (December 11, 2004, Colorado State University) Bennett was discovered lying on a couch, unresponsive, inside a home close to the CSU campus which had been the site of a party the night before. Bennett died of a lethal mix of alcohol, methadone and tranquilizers. His blood alcohol content was 0.12 percent, a level that not considered lethal by itself. The combination of the three proved fatal.

John Hunter Hauck, (May 3, 2010, Colorado State University) John partied with some friends at an off-campus house Sunday night. Police believe he was drinking beer, smoking marijuana and possibly using prescription drugs. John’s roommates found his body at their northwest Fort Collins home Monday afternoon. Tests showed John's blood/alcohol level to be .212

Michael Alexander Hoffman, 21, (August 30, 2011, University of Colorado) Michael Alexander Hoffman was a student in the College of Arts and Sciences. His death is believed to be the first apparent alcohol death of a CU student since Gordie Bailey died in 2004 after a hazing ritual by his fraternity. Test showed Michael had had lethal amounts of alcohol and painkillers in his system.

David Mueller, 19, (July 19, 2009, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) David was a passenger in a car that crashed in where the car ended up on its roof in a field alongside the road. The intoxicated student driver survived the crash. Authorities determined speed and alcohol were factors and the driver faced charges.

Samantha Spady, September 5, 2004, (Colorado State University) Samantha had a blood alcohol level of 0.436 when her blood was tested after her death. That's more than 5 times the legal limit in Colorado. She consumed alcohol over 11 hours starting before the CSU/CU football game on Saturday and ending with her presence at the fraternity house, where she consumed "additional significant amounts of alcohol."

Kendra Walthall, 19 (non-student), (January 1, 2010, University of Denver)Kendra fell unconscious at after consuming alcohol, prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs while at a house party near the University of Denver campus. Authorities and neighbors described the house as a “college party house” which was the scene of numerous police interventions in the recent past.

 

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Did Congress Really Just Get A Pay Raise?

This is the worst Congressional Body in history, and we are rewarding them…….

I just don’t understand how we reward people for screwing us over?  When did this practice become OK in America?  And why as Americans have we been so bamboozled that we accept it?

The issue is none of us will do anything. The electeds will all point fingers and still take the pay raise. In Colorado, I believe every one of our federally elected officials are multimillionaires.

What are we going to do about this? I would email all of them and let them know if they take the pay raise they have lost your vote. All of them! Dems and Repubs. I would then stick to that promise.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…

According to the order, Biden’s pay will increase from $225,521 to $231,900 a year, before taxes. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will see his salary increased to $224,500 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will take home an annual pay of $194,400 after his raise.

While Obama’s order made no mention of merit for such a raise, HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel reported on Friday that the 112th Congress is set to end the session as the most unproductive since the 1940s, with only 219 bills passed by the body becoming law.

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Hick takes Weed Money and Denounces Weed….

How do I know Hick took weed money?  The fundraiser was at my restaurant with Medical Marijuana business owners and patients.  

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today he is opposing Amendment 64, Colorado’s marijuana legalization measure which seeks to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol and will on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Gov. John Hickenlooper Opposes Legal Weed: ‘Colorado Is Known For Many Great Things, Marijuana Should Not Be One Of Them

I am in shock that a man that makes and sells alcohol would be brazen enough to make that statement. I guess selling a drug that kills 75,000 people per year and destroys thousands  of lives is better thing for Colorado to be known for.

Mighty Republican of you, Hick.  

Governor Hickenlooper’s statement today ranks as one of the most hypocritical statements in the history of politics,” Tvert said. “After building a personal fortune by selling alcohol to Coloradans, he is now basing his opposition to this measure on concerns about the health of his citizens and the message being sent to children

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…

Hick is also supporting racist policies by allowing law enforcement to racially target Blacks.

African Americans made up roughly 4% of the population in Colorado in 2010, but they accounted for about 9% of marijuana possession arrests and 22% of arrests for marijuana sales and cultivation. The numbers in Denver are particularly staggering. According to a report prepared by the Denver Police Department for the the city’s Marijuana Policy Review Panel, African-Americans accounted for more than 31.5% percent of arrests for private adult marijuana possession, despite making up less than 11% of the city’s population.

I  am sick of Democrats, who receive well over 95% of Black vote, act like the drug reform is not their problem.  

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Polis 1, DEA 0. Can the head of the US DEA be this clueless?

 

Congressman Jared Polis questions DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart during a hearing on the agency’s priorities. He repeatedly pressed the administrator on the relative health impacts of marijuana versus other drugs

Obama doesn’t have to come out for drug reform, but should he have someone this out touch in charge of this agency?  I remind you that over 800,000 people are arrest each year for marijuana possession.  75% are Black or Brown.  Answer this, is marijuana more dangerous than a felony conviction at 17?

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AG Suthers supports PILLS that KILL

Nonmedical use of painkillers in Colorado is 19 percent higher than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TO ILLUSTRATE THE “EPIDEMIC” NATURE OF OPIOID ABUSE, THE CDC SAID ENOUGH OF THE PAINKILLE…RS WERE SOLD IN 2010 TO MEDICATE EVERY AMERICAN ADULT WITH A TYPICAL 5-MILLIGRAM DOSE OF HYDROCODONE EVERY FOUR HOURS FOR A MONTH.

http://www.denverpost.com/news…

HEY AG SUTHERS, WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?  WHY AREN’T YOU PROTECTING THE CHILDREN?

Will someone explain to me why the Attorney General is focused on pot when his Big Pharma campaign contributors are killing Coloradoans at an alarming rate?

Will someone explain to me why people are in jail for choosing to smoke pot to ease pain?

Will someone explain to me why we are so supportive of whatever Big Pharma makes billions of dollars on, yet we choose not to protect the public?

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Willie, Snoop, and 2000 other people?!

How many Americans must smoke pot before we stop sticking our heads in the ground and just legalize! THIS IS STUPID.

Interstate 10 – a main artery linking cities from California to Florida – Now the highway is sending thousands of drug bust cases Sierra Blanca’s way, courtesy of a Border Patrol checkpoint just outside of town where drug-sniffing dogs inspect more than 17,000 trucks, travelers – and tour buses – daily for whiffs of contraband..

http://news.yahoo.com/celebrit…

Seriously, I am not sure what the politically correct argument is anymore or what message  polls the best for soccer moms and NASCAR dads.

However, what I do know is marijuana sales are not far behind alcohol sales.  And Medicinal Marijuana sales equal the sales of Viagra.  That is a bunch of Americans smoking pot.

http://www.gazette.com/article…

How much longer can we ignore the fact our CIA, DEA, FBI is knee deep in controversy surrounding drugs and the drug war is completely corrupt?

Moreover, how much longer can we ignore that arresting 800,000 Americans a year for anything pot related is just wrong?  

How much longer can we decide to ignore these facts?  

Please, someone, tell me why we just can’t end this war?

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MARIJUANA = 9% DROP IN TRAFFIC DEATHS

A New Study Found That Laws Legalizing Medical Marijuana Have Resulted In A Nearly 9% Drop In Traffic Deaths And A 5% Drop In Beer Sales.

Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults,” said Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver. The study was co-authored by D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University.

http://www.thedenverchannel.co…

The economists said they analyzed traffic fatalities nationwide, including the 13 states that legalized medical marijuana between 1990 and 2009. In those states, they found evidence that alcohol consumption by 20- through 29-year-olds went down, resulting in fewer deaths on the road.

And if the elected officials would like to argue jobs and economy, we have something for them there as well…

Marijuana sales tax in DENVER

from Jan 2011 – to Mar 2011 = $976,726

Marijuana sales tax in DENVER

from Jan 2010 – Dec 2010 = $3,580,336

Marijuana jobs (approx) created in DENVER 4,125 (from just direct hires to work in MMCs, MIPs and Grows)

All of this with no government assistance, without banking relationships, without business loans, with extreme restrictions on location and ownership and with NO INVESTMENT CAPITAL FROM OUT OF THE STATE OF COLORADO.

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A Walk of Shame

How are you feeling about Police Brutality in America?  Where are our leaders?  Why haven’t they spoken up?

This week we have seen protesters clash with cops in Denver, people ticketed for honking, an 84 year old woman pepper sprayed and now a group of students, seated and peaceful, being pepper sprayed.

According to David Lane, it is because they are all in collusion…

Today, attorney David Lane released open-records requests over alleged “collusion between top city or state officials and those in other cities and states to suppress the Occupy movement in violation of the First Amendment.” The State of Colorado denies this charge; the City of Denver hasn’t responded at this writing.

Yesterday, Lane told Westword’s Kelsey Whipple that he was planning both a federal injunction and an open-records request related to Occupy Denver. The injunction involved reports of Denver Police harassment against supporters of the occupation, exemplified by citations for dropping off donations and honking in support of the group at Civic Center Park. As for the open records requests, they’re motivated by the suspicion that local officials are coordinating with officials across the country to time crackdowns.

http://blogs.westword.com/late…

According to Lane,

“The issue is very clearly established when the cops start moving simultaneously on Oakland, New York, Denver, everywhere on the planet at the same time, and they’ve been doing this since the beginning,” says Lane, “Anytime there is action, it rises up all across the country, and it’s obvious to anyone paying attention that this is not coincidence.”

Students Pepper Sprayed that were sitting in peaceful protest…Is ths the next move on the CU or DU Campus?

Leaders, it is time to do your job…

A WALK OF SHAME! Very Powerful….

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5,000 Pissed Off Americans March on Wall Street, and very little Mainstream Coverage!

I was surprised to find this out via Facebook!  

NYPD closes Wall Street and over 5,000 people march and barely a mention from NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC or CNN.  WHY?

9 yr. old Sam knows America is corrupt…

“They’re just doing the reverse of Robin Hood. They’re stealing from the poor for all their things to live and giving it all to the rich! It makes no sense!”

Ad nauseam, we heard about Michele Bachman’s stupid comments, we saw two plane crashes and we argued about Obama finaly taxing the rich instead of 85 year old grandmothers on medicare, but so little about this.

The UK Guardian covered it!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm…

Our leaders are getting richer, yes, even the ones you like, at our expense.  Now, our media has decided what they will cover.  

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Polis Saves America!

Congressman Polis, your plan involves marijuana, gambling and immigration. I’m already intrigued. Let’s start with how marijuana is going to help solve our debt crisis.”

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/…

And, by the way, so when we’re talking a $4 trillion year, a $2 trillion year, those are 10-year figures. So when you’re saying $2.5 billion a year from reducing the tax on marijuana that is $25 billion right there that brings to the table, because that’s a 10-year number. But, absolutely, this doesn’t mean the cuts go away, entitlement reform goes away, but it’s a way to put revenues on the table that’s consistent with the pledge that many Republicans have made not to raise tax rates.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/105…

Sorry,I can not get the video to embed….

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Pres. Jimmy Carter calls on end to 40 Years of Failed Drug Policy

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the War on Drugs.  This war has cost us $1 Trillion dollars, the rise of cartels, rogue law enforcement attacks on the minority communities and millions of lives ruined.  And not one thing was gained!

Today in the NY Times, Presdient Jimmy Carter noted

But they probably won’t turn to the United States for advice. Drug policies here are more punitive and counterproductive than in other democracies, and have brought about an explosion in prison populations. At the end of 1980, just before I left office, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America; at the end of 2009 the number was nearly 2.3 million. There are 743 people in prison for every 100,000 Americans, a higher portion than in any other country and seven times as great as in Europe. Some 7.2 million people are either in prison or on probation or parole – more than 3 percent of all American adults!

America is infamous throughout the world with our focus on drugs and not on education.  We are now one of the worst educated countries on the planet, with the most people in prison!

Not only has this excessive punishment destroyed the lives of millions of young people and their families (disproportionately minorities), but it is wreaking havoc on state and local budgets. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed out that, in 1980, 10 percent of his state’s budget went to higher education and 3 percent to prisons; in 2010, almost 11 percent went to prisons and only 7.5 percent to higher education.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06…

Rolling Stone Magazine Chimed in as well

Happy Birthday, Drug War! You’ve come a long way: a trillion dollars spent, millions of tokers and small-time pushers busted, countless jails built and crammed full (and then crammed full some more). And drugs? More plentiful than ever! Everybody wins! Or, to put it another way – the way a gold-plated panel of former world leaders recently put it – “the global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.” Right, then

http://www.rollingstone.com/po…

We can all disagree on MMJ or MJ.  But I have never been more convinced than what I am doing is the right thing.  It is time to legalize marijuana.  People who are believing the silliness that gets passed to us by AG Suthers and other uninformed law makers need to read up on this subject and quit acting like the world will end if we legalize a plant that has been used by people since ancient Egypt.

TIME TO GET REAL AND LOOK AT WHAT LOCKING UP PEOPLE IS COSTING US!!!!!!

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Lying, Thug Cops cost Denver taxpayers $795,000!!

“WHERE’S THE WARRANT NOW, YOU FUCKING NIGGER!”

On Monday night, the city council unanimously approved the settlement, one of city’s largest payouts in a police brutality case.

I have blogged about this before.

http://www.coloradopols.com/di…

Anyone care to defend the cops now?  How much more money do all of you taxpayers want to donate to lying, thug cops bad behavior?

http://neighbors.denverpost.co…

I’m glad to see financial justice done.  Now explain to me why these cops are not in jail for assault?  Wouldn’t you or I be charged for attempted murder if we did that to another citizen?

http://www.thedenverchannel.co…


•April 26, 2011: 2 More Denver Officers Disciplined For Misconduct

•April 20, 2011: 2 More Denver Police Officers Fired For Lying

•April 5, 2011: Fired Denver Police Officers Challenge Termination

•March 25, 2011: Both DPD Officers In Lodo Beating Case Fired

•August 29, 2010: Marchers Angry, Cite ‘Police Brutality’

•August 24, 2010: For Some Victims, HALO Cam Evidence Tough To Come By

•August 23, 2010: Mayor: Safety Manager Resigned After Losing Public Trust

•August 23, 2010: Denver Police Chief Talks About Beating Investigation

•August 20, 2010: Mayor Vows Fair Probes In Jail Death, Alleged Police Beatings

•August 20, 2010: 8 Level Matrix Used To Mete Out Police Discipline

•August 20, 2010: Victim Of Alleged Police Beating Says Officers Should Be Fired

•August 19, 2010: DPD Reopens Internal Investigation Into Police Beating

•August 19, 2010: Another ‘Police Beating’ Video Raises Numerous Questions

•August 17, 2010: FBI Will Review Denver Police Beating Case

•August 16, 2010: Monitor: Officers’ Story In Apparent Beating ‘Pure Fiction’

•August 14, 2010: Police Camera Pans Away As Officers Subdue Suspect

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James Mejia: the right candidate not just for providers and patients, but for all of Denver

As the owners and operators of Simply Pure, a medical marijuana edibles company and 8 Rivers Modern Caribbean Restaurant and James Foxx Communications PR Firm, we employ over 30 people in our small businesses based in Denver. We know James Mejia is the right person to lead our city.  

While some candidates pay lip service to Medical Marijuana, James actually understands the needs of our community.  More importantly, he understands the role we play within both the broader medical and business communities.  James supports the rights of patients, and understands that regulation must ensure patients have access to safe, quality medicine.  Furthermore, he understands that dispensaries and licensing provide create revenue for our city in these tough economic times.

While it’s important to know that Mejia stands with our community, we must look at the broader economic picture as well.  As a Denver small business owner, one of the most compelling parts of James’ policy is his “buy Denver initiative.”  Buy Denver will help encourage local businesses, creating jobs here.  By giving priority to local companies in the City’s procurement process, and through promotion of locally made products, we can insure the prosperity of our city.  Imagine a Denver where our neighborhoods are filled with locally owned businesses, selling products you know are created right here in the Metro area.  With every purchase, you will know you are not only buying high quality items, but supporting our local economy when you see the “made in Denver” label.  A recent study showed that such an initiative can have a 127% increase on the local economy.

Finally, Mejia is running the best campaign operation in Denver: he has the vision, staff, and supporters to carry him into the runoff and into the Mayor’s office.  It is now official that there are ten candidates on the ballot running for mayor.  While we personally know and respect many of them, James Mejia is the only candidate who has both the vision for Denver and the ability to win.  We hope you will take a minute to visit www.mejiaformayor.com to learn more about his campaign and join us in supporting a new era of economic prosperity for our city.

Wanda James and Scott Durrah

Released by James Mejia about MMJ in Denver

Medical Marijuana

In 2000 the voters of Colorado amended the State Constitution allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Since that time the medical marijuana industry in Denver has grown to be the largest in the nation. As Mayor, I will continue to support medical marijuana. I have seen the benefits: when a friend of mine was in the last stages of her battle with cancer, medical marijuana was the only thing that would relieve the pain. We need to ensure that those who use marijuana for medicinal purposes are able to receive it.

Prior to marijuana becoming legalized for medical purposes, too many patients who needed access were driven into the shadows. Although the current process isn’t perfect,today Colorado has a clear system for approving patients, growers, and dispensaries. Additionally, the revenue from these operations has had a large beneficial effect on our economy.

I also believe we need to look at the laws and make changes to ensure doctors are writing recommendations for only those who truly need it. In order for medical marijuana to be treated as serious medicine, we must ensure that licensed doctors write recommendations and that dispensaries are held to the same high standards as pharmacies.

We need to engage the neighborhoods where dispensaries and grow operations are located. Simply because an area is zoned in a certain manner does not mean it’s appropriate in all communities. The City must take local input into consideration before allowing a dispensary to open.

The medical marijuana industry has been a boom to Denver’s economy. Dispensaries now occupy properties that previously sat empty. The City collects taxes that generate revenue. It creates jobs for those who work in the dispensaries and growing operations. From an economic standpoint, medical marijuana is good business for Denver.

It is very likely in 2012 the legalization of marijuana in Colorado will come before the voters. If the voters of Colorado choose to legalize marijuana, I will support the will of the people and work to ensure the transition to the free market proceeds smoothly.

For more information about the Mejia for Mayor campaign, visit www.MejiaForMayor.com

www.MejiaForMayor.com

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“Where’s that warrant now, you fucking nigger?”

Did I get your attention?  Good.  Westword front page story last week, “Black and Blue”….

Two friends, one Black, one White. Marijuana in the car.  Black kid beaten beyond recognition, White kid given $160 ticket and sent home.

Eventually, Landau blacked out. When he came to, he was being dragged out of the bloody gutter. One of the first things he remembers hearing is one of the cops telling him,

“Where’s that warrant now, you fucking nigger?”

http://www.westword.com/2011-01-20/news/alex-landau-beaten-denver-police-lawsuit/

OK, once again tell me how this was just ANOTHER incident that I have taken out of context, the cop feared for his life, blah, blah, blah.  Thug Cops.  And this time it is racial!

The mistake the cops made was the “nigger” has two white parents, what a shocker. What LA cops learned in the 1990s is the Black kids they were beating weren’t just gang members, they were the wealthy kids of rap stars and Hollywood elite.  In other words, “Niggers With Lawyers”.

Fast forward to Denver, Colorado circa 2000.  Thug cop beatings galore.  And now, the racial beating.

The Governor should be all over this.  Where is the outcry from the Black community?  Where is Wellington Webb, Councilmen Michael Hancock, the Black Chamber and the Urban League? I have seen this escalate first hand when I was a witness to the LA Riots in 1992.  I guess Denver is fortunate not to have enough radical BLACK PEOPLE TO TAKE ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE FACE OF OUR YOUTH BEING BEATEN.

I am once again sickened by law enforcement.  Why?  Because my car, my brothers car, and my husband’s car smells like cannabis.  We transport it all the time.  I have forgotten my wallet before.  So, in Denver, is my family fair game for thug cop beatings over cannabis?

Every time I get pulled over, I call a lawyer on my cell phone and inform the cop that my lawyer is listening or the call is being recorded.  I have my husband and my brother do the same.  I am fearful that the cops would use us as an example.  

This, people of Denver, is why pot should be legal.  

Yes, I care about patients, but I am sick to death of hearing about Black and Brown boys being arrested,  beaten and given felonies over pot.  A plant that NO ONE HAS EVER DIED FROM, unless you are beaten to death by law enforcement.

Gov. Hickenlooper, AG Suthers and whoever is the next Mayor, I want to know what you are going to do about this? My family’s safety is at risk by your Denver cops!

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Polis Pushes to Decriminalize Marijuana on the Fed Level!

Once again, my favorite Congressman is showing leadership. True Leadership.

http://www.denverpost.com/sear…

I would like to call out Congresswoman Diana DeGette whose district has benefitted greatly by the Medicinal Marijuana industry by the creation of jobs and money.   Congresswomen, time for you to take a stance!

871 licenses for MMJ centers or legal grows throughout the state.  Take approximately 7 employees per on average and you have created over 6097 jobs without one penny from the government.  

Then let’s look at all the new business around MMCs.  Realtors making money, insurance companies making money, the convention center and hotels making money, print shops making money, security companies making money and Colorado benefitting in a time of the worst recession in history.

And before anyone starts, there is no more crime at dispensaries than any other pharmacy. And no teenagers are not smoking more pot or turning into meth heads as AG Suthers would like you to all believe.  If that were true, then most of the graduating class of 1986 from CU would all be meth heads!

I would like to call out Congressman Ed Perlmutter who I understand gets this, but is nervous about what happens to his seat if he comes out for it.  Congressman, time for you to take a stance!

I would suggest that elected officials worry more about what will happen to their seat if they don’t come out for decriminalization.

The momentum is huge and the people supporting are not just hippies and unemployed slackers.  They are lawyers and entrepreneurs, you know the people that support your re-election campaigns!

Go on Jared!  You Rock Hard!

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KushCon advertises on RTD with, “Have a Kush Day!”

The DP is running an article today about the advertising for KUSHCON on the RTD buses.

http://www.denverpost.com/sear…

I think this is a great step toward looking at this industry as a legitimate part of our society.

Gov Ritter used $9 million of marijuana dollars to help balance the budget and now Denver gets to host a convention that will bring even more marijuana money to the city and the growing industry together under one roof.  300,000 square feet of the Colorado Convention center!

Go to http://www.kushcon.com for more info on the tickets ($20 per day or $50 for all three days), concert series and the over 400 vendors.

Have a Kush Day!

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The Denver Police Issue is a Poor Leadership Problem

I think it is time for city leaders to look at who is running these departments.  It would appear to me the police are reacting to poor leadership and lack of professional oversight.

The Denver coroner has ruled that the July 9 death of an inmate at the new jail was the result of homicide.

http://www.denverpost.com/news…

From the coroner’s report

“The booking deputy was joined by three other officers who forced the decedent first to a chair, and then face down on the floor. Two officers struggled to cuff his hands behind his back; another tried to control his legs; a fourth lay across his upper back and applied a carotid ‘sleeper’ hold around his neck.”

4 police officers, a taser, hand cuffs and a sleeper hold to subdue a 135 pound man.

The coroner said deputies had their body weight on Booker’s back continuously for four minutes while he was face down and put him in a “sleeper hold” for more than two minutes while shocking him with a Taser for eight seconds.

Innocent until proven guilty, in fairness…

The coroner’s finding means simply that another human being caused Booker’s death, rather than from natural causes, suicide or an accident. It is not the coroner’s role to determine who might have caused the death or whether the homicide was justifiable.

Second discipline case erupts for Denver safety manager, lying and cover up charges….

http://www.denverpost.com/news…

For the second time in less than three weeks, Perea clashed sharply with Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal and the Citizen Oversight Board, this time over an officer found to have lied about the use of excessive force.

Office of the Mayor and former City Council member are using strong words…

Roxane White, chief of staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, said late Friday, “Ron is seriously reconsidering his decision.”

“His rationale made no sense to us at all,” oversight board member Cathy Reynolds, a former Denver councilwoman, said of the Sellers case. “There are several things we’re concerned about, like there just being a slap on the wrist for lying. It’s the coverup that gets us.

The victim was a volunteer firefighter, not exactly a crip or blood, has even stronger words…

The push to fire Sellers was applauded by the man who filed the complaint in the case, Jared Lunn, 23, of Commerce City, a volunteer firefighter in Brighton.

“Denver police, to me, are basically criminals with badges,” Lunn said. “I have no respect for them. I somewhat fear them because it’s Wild West out there for them.”

Here is the sad part.  From the the Pueblo Police Vet, whose son was beaten in another case and video taped…

He can’t understand why it happened to his son, who grew up respecting law enforcement, who attended a 1990 ceremony as a toddler when his father received the medal of valor for saving a teenager who fell through the ice into the freezing water of a pond.

“It’s just ripping my guts out,” the father said.

Michael’s 4-year-old niece still doesn’t understand. Police officers are the good guys, she says, searching for an explanation from the grandfather.

“How do I tell her there are good police and bad police?” Anthony DeHerrera asks.

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Cop Beatings: Latino & Black Leaders call for Ron Perea resignation

Looks like the Police are being called on the carpet. This just looks like a cover up.  And then we hear about ANOTHER beating in Aurora.

The Denver Police Department is reopening an internal-affairs investigation into two officers implicated in the beating of a man in Lower Downtown.

Video of the incident and an earlier decision to keep the officers on the force have prompted an outcry, especially from Latino groups.

“Additional witnesses and new information has been made available to investigators,” the department announced in a news release late Thursday. “As a result, the case has been reopened.”

http://www.denverpost.com/news…

Not just in Denver, but in Aurora as well.

Brutality anger hits Aurora

Community leaders will ask Aurora PD to turn over an alleged police brutality investigation to feds

http://thedenverdailynews.com/…

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There is a good amount of evidence that shows cops in Denver to be Thugish!

(Don’t tase me bro – promoted by DavidThi808)

In fairness I updated my title.

This makes me sick to my stomach.  The cop beatings in Denver are out of control.  In the last week I have seen two videos of beatings and one video they won’t show of the guy they killed in police custody.  

These incidents ensure I will never trust a cop in Denver.  I am also shocked at the way these COP THUGS are being treated the City and the Police Unions.  They should be fired and brought up on assault charges, just like you or I would be if we assaulted someone.

This guy was walking his dog, saw a guy get a ticket for running a stop sign.  Approaches the guy the and says he will testify that he saw him come to a full stop and the cops beat him in front of his dogs!  I am surprised they didn’t kill the dogs.  My dogs would have attacked the officers for attacking me.  If that was me, I would have watch my dogs die that day.

 

Here is an even better one.  The kid was on the phone with his dad, a Pueblo Police Officer, when the THUG COP attacked him.  The cop didn’t like the fact the kid was reporting that they were assualting his friend.  

This beating has Mayor Hick calling in the FBI to investigate the cops.  HMMM, is Hick saying that they can’t be trusted to investigate themselves?  Ahh, well, YEAH!

The Denver Police Protective Association says Mayor John Hickenlooper’s move to have the FBI review the arrest and beating of a man caught on video last year is political and says the officers received the actual discipline they deserved.

Explain to me why the Police Protective Association is helping THUG COPS? They were on film for God’s Sake!!  Do you think we are all idiots.  Ah, yeah, I guess they do!  

An Excessive Force complaint was filed against both officers involved. A Denver police spokesperson says the internal affairs department has completed its investigation, but they are now turning the case over to the independent police monitor. Police won’t say if the officers were disciplined in any way until the investigation is complete.

Investigation!?  What? Review the tape and fire the officers.  There, the investigation is complete.  

Oh, but wait, this is political…WHAT?  Is this Gavito idiot really saying that the video tape was politically planted?  AHH, your guys beat someone on tape.  They are not real bright and, obviously, neither are you…

“This is a case where elected officials are using the media for political grandstanding. It’s hard to say, but it’s as plain as the nose on my face,” Vince Gavito, vice president of the Denver Police Protection Association, said. “The officers had due process. It’s over. It’s done.”

It’s done!  Who the fuck does this guy think he is and what country does he think he lives in?

You should all be outraged.  This could have been your son, your husband, your father.  I am sick of law enforcement these days.  They have become a little too criminal for my taste.  

I have lived in NYC and in LA when the cops went rogue in the early 90s.  Nothing but ugly came out of that (and the rap industry).

Since they can’t harrass people smoking pot anymore, I guess they have turned their anger to people walking their dogs and talking on their cell phone.

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Chris Romer’s War on Small & Local Business

I have to agree with the writer of this letter.  At one point I thought Sen. Chris Romer would have been a reasonable voice for the MMJ business community.  But what is happening is he is in bed with large dispensaries from out of state with promises of big dollars for his mayoral campaign.

And BTW, all this will do nothing to fix the current issues with MMJ. It will just close the smaller Colorado MMJ business and make room for the large California Dispensary businesses with a Colorado figure head.

He is selling out small business for big business and local business for out of state big business.  

Hey Sen. Romer, this is not the work of a good mayor.

Editor’s note: Boulder Weekly rarely agrees to publish a letter to the editor anonymously. In this case, the author of the letter felt that he and his business would be targeted if this letter could be attributed to him. Given the current political climate, we agreed to run the letter anonymously, after confirming his identity.

I remember about a year ago Sen. Chris Romer started courting the local dispensaries and medical marijuana organizations under the ruse that he was going to “pass reasonable legislation to legitimize our growing industry.” As we listened to his proposals, it became clear that his only concern was to make a name for himself as “the one who would tame the Wild West” and his concern for the patient or local industry was a deception to further his political goals. His voiced disdain for the “Wild West” makes him more of an embarrassment to Colorado than a representative of Colorado.

As local dispensaries and others, such as American Medical Marijuana Standards Association (AMMSA) President Larry Hill, met with Sen. Romer, it became clear the senator wanted us to sharpen the knife he planned to stab us in the back with. We tried to explain to him that this industry was quite capable of developing its own regulatory standards for the protection of the patient and the public at large, but Sen. Romer had other ideas – every transaction videotaped; card-swipe technology into a central database recording every transaction; a police investigation of any patient purchasing more that two ounces per week.

Local organizations and dispensaries soon had to distance themselves from the senator to maintain their own integrity. About this time the senator picked up another group of friends to “play” with – California dispensaries. Sen. Romer continues to add as much startup cost to opening a dispensary as he can, his latest proposal a $50,000 dispensary license.

The California chain dispensaries are his most ardent supporters. Support for his proposals at the local level, whether patient or dispensary, is virtually nonexistent.

From Sen. Romer’s own remarks his intent is easy to ascertain: “I plan to reduce the number of dispensaries in Colorado by 50 percent within a year.”

Did you know that 50 percent of the dispensaries in Colorado are California chains? Vincent Carroll’s March 26 article in The Denver Post indicates which 50 percent the senator would like to get rid of: “Romer remains committed to regulatory standards that squeeze out what he calls [a] ‘knucklehead’ dispensary model run by people with no expertise and not enough capital.”

It is sad that he views his own constituents as “knuckleheads without enough capital.” It is the working poor who put him into office.

Later on, Mr. Carroll’s article states:

“He foresees dispensaries as sophisticated ‘wellness’ centers regulated as thorsee oughly as casinos, where every transaction is videotaped.”

Every transaction videotaped? Ever heard of HIPAA or the Fourth Amendment, Sen. Romer?

“Sophisticated wellness centers” is code for “huge start-up expenses.” This “sophistication” he has proposed includes requiring that 90 percent of a dispensary’s medicine be grown on site. So your building store front and grow operation would cost $5,000 to $10,000 a month alone.

It is crystal clear what you are trying to pull, Sen. Romer. Mom and Pop, the working poor and the rest of us knucklehead riffraff can go to hell, while you pursue your Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Wall Street version of “sophisticated wellness centers.”

Colorado medical marijuana dispensary owner

http://www.boulderweekly.com/a…

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Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Would Rush Compliance

( – promoted by Danny the Red (hair))

(From Matt Brown the Executive Director of Coloradoans for Medical Marijuana Regulation – CMMR)

Colorado’s medical marijuana industry continues to be a lone bright spot in an otherwise bleak economic landscape. In less than a year, thousands of entrepreneurs across the state have stepped up to shape an entirely new healthcare model serving the previously unmet medical needs for tens of thousands of Coloradans. Perhaps most miraculously, we do it all with virtually no regulation from the state and a federal government that seems to have, at best, a tenuous grasp on its own law enforcement agencies.  

Unlike many of my peers, I spent this 4/20 in the capital watching Colorado’s House have their final debate on proposed medical marijuana business regulations. After more than 2 hours of floor debate and more proposed amendments than this year’s state budget, a 72-page bill emerged that clarifies and protects the medical marijuana supply chain. It gave the Department of Revenue authority to bring all stakeholders to the table to write the rules that accompany a new 72 page law. By July 1 of this year all existing caregiver businesses would have to register their existence with the state, and by July 1 of next year all dispensaries would have to submit a formal application to state and local officials pursuant to the new rules. Most importantly, the 2011 General Session would occur before all the new regulations are put into effect to allow for any changes that will be needed.

In the midst of this debate, I watched several people go the podium only to say “it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs,” which, ironically, was always sure to get a round of laughs from the room. It was less laughable a few weeks before, when GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis spoke about the importance of Colorado’s economic prosperity.

“You know the (jobs) that had 100% medical insurance, the ones that went down to the dealership and bought the big pickups, the ones that were our neighbors, ate in our restaurants… many of us (were) involved in that.”

While Mr. McInnis was talking about jobs lost in the natural gas industry, he just as easily could have been talking about jobs added in the medical marijuana industry. Our industry was built on sweat, equity and personal savings. Bank loans don’t exist for us, and even checking accounts are often hard to get approved. Most dispensaries rapidly reinvest virtually every dollar of profit to upgrade their facilities, hire more employees, and evolve with the industry and it’s regulations. We eat in local restaurants, we hire our neighbors to help build this industry, and the money we earn is quickly reinvested in our community. We are your neighbors, and the benefits felt in medical marijuana are quickly felt across the entire state.

However, two changes made by the Senate appropriations committee on Friday threaten to undo virtually everything beneficial about this bill. No longer does it give everyone – local governments, Department of Revenue, caregivers – a year to pragmatically write and implement this new system. Instead, many of the “new rules” would go into effect roughly six weeks after the bill is signed. Another change eliminates the one-year period for growers and dispensaries to comply with the “70/30 rule”, which says all dispensaries must produce at least 70% of their own inventory. No politician would dream of writing a law requiring Whole Foods to grow at least 70% of the produce they sell, much less on 6 weeks notice, yet the state legislature appears ready to force just such a change on our caregiver businesses.

In contrast, the legislature recently passed HB1365, which incentivizes Xcel Energy to convert three coal power plants to natural gas. This bill requires Xcel to have a plan ready by Aug 15, then allows another 17 weeks for all stakeholders to get ready to implement the change, followed by a full eight years to complete the transition. The bill has bipartisan support from environmentalists, Colorado gas companies, and Xcel and has been praised as a model for other states to follow. Yet such a deal would be unthinkable if Xcel only had a few weeks or months to complete the transition.

Since all actual costs of implementing the program have to be paid by new fees, the chaos of simultaneously writing and enforcing this brand new regulatory structure will require lots of full-time and temporary staff at Department of Revenue, which translates to thousands of dollars in new fees per applicant. So, imagine a new law that not only forced Whole Foods to grow 70% of their own produce, but also that every grocery store in the state would have to pay thousands of dollars in unexpected fees to remain in business beyond next month. Such a sweeping transformation would be unthinkable to force on virtually any other business with only 6 weeks to prepare, yet this is exactly what is now being considered by our state’s Senate.

If you are a patient or provider that has checked out of this process until now, today is the day to get involved. Our legislators still seem to think that the only thing that gets “the marijuana vote” is a ballot initiative with the word “Marijuana” in its title. What they don’t understand is that in 2009, “the marijuana vote” expanded to include everyone that feels the trickle down effects of this new opportunity. Landlords, publishers, contractors, accountants and business lawyers have begun to work with us. Local governments once consumed with quickly implementing moratoriums are now planning their local regulations for after the state has acted. And most importantly, our state’s 100,000+ medical marijuana patients and providers deserve to have a system they can rely on. In return, Colorado can lead the nation in medical marijuana public policy and research into the science of marijuana.

Between July 1 and December 1 of last year – the height of our industry’s growth – 50,400 people across the state found a job and got off unemployment. While medical marijuana certainly didn’t account for all those new jobs, our industry was a catalyst that supported a lot of them. Now is the time to lock in the compromise reached in the House, to provide fair business regulations to Colorado’s medical marijuana industry and to move forward on rationally implementing these new regulations.

Remember, it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs.

Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter: www.twitter.com/co_mmj_regs  

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