Monday, November 28, 2005

Hammer of Truth - Marijuana No Longer the Key Gateway Drug

Hammer of Truth - Marijuana No Longer the Key Gateway Drug: "Not only might one argue that Viagra is frequently abused by people taking it for recreational use, but it also leads to more dangerous activities. The strength of the DEA argument against marijuana has always rested on the distortion fact that marijuana is a gateway drug. Viagra is much more of a gateway drug, as it is not only associated with the use of hard (no pun intended) drugs, but it also leads to such things as marital enhancement for those with erectile dysfunction and the restoration of healthy sex lives for our elderly. Like marijuana, it must be outlawed today before our society slips into further decay."

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According to U. S. District Judge John L. Kane in: “The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenging the Drug War” edited by Sheriff Bill Masters, our so-called war on drugs began with the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914.

Back then, all types of recreational and self-medicating drugs were legally available on grocery store shelves for pennies per dose, with no questions asked. Back then, about 1.3 percent of our adult population were addicted to drugs.

Back then, the term “illegal drugs” didn’t exist. Back then, the term “drug related crime” didn’t exist either. Neither did drug lords or even drug dealers as we know them today.

Today, after 90 years of fighting our so-called drug war, we still have about 1.3 percent of our adult population addicted to drugs.

And in the process, we have completely wasted more than a trillion dollars and become the most incarcerated nation in the history of human civilization.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Drug Policy Reform Conference Long Beach November 10-12



Halcyonpink and TassPink, Southern California video bloggers, interview a cross section of convention goers about mainstream media's drug coverage.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Mark Levine's Radio Inside Scoop: This Bush Crony Has Blood on His Hands!

This Bush Crony Has Blood on His Hands!
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THE INSIDE SCOOP on George W. Bush's Former Ambassador to Italy, Melvin Sembler, who ran a teen drug rehab center where thousands of American teens were physically and mentally abused in horrific, degrading ways.

Guest: Reporter John Gorenfeld

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I was a victim of straight inc in Sarasota Florida. I wish I could call in tonight but I have to work.

If I could have called I would have stated that these abuses have NOT STOPPED there is no regulation of these type of "mal"treatment centers and the directors need only grease the palms of the republicans and they are protected. HMM Hush money, Bribery? Does this smack of racateering?

Another point I think should be made is that "OPRAH" did an entire show on STRAIGHT in the 80s and the admin numbers jummped. To this day "OPRAH" has NEVER made an attempt to amend or take any responsability for being dupped into the STRAIGHT GAME.

And another point is that Alot of kids who left STRAIGHT and went into STATES CUSTODY were questioned and then hidden out of state during the investigation of the 80s. I was hidden in Devereux GA just 25 mins. from the ATLANTA program. As a matter of fact Kristen Stottelmeyer who came from Atlanta and was a victim of straight and also a victim of Devereux Killed herself. Alot of kids from the VA and Atlanta programs have attempted suicide, What the hell went on up there! I remember JR and SR staff from Sarasota were sent up there to start the program and I was threatened to be sent there. My mother tried to enrole my sister there 3 years after I escaped, It was by the grace of God that she was spared the heinous treatment I and all the other victims suffered.

It seemed the more Straight got away with the more they did to hurt us.

I hold the STATE OF FLORIDA RESPONSIBLE along with all members of STRAIGHT Staff Directors Parents and volunteers. Any one who says "They didn't know" are FULL OF SHIT! there were reports, children bloodied AND bruised, hospital records when we were lucky enough to be brought to the hospital. I was brought there once to SARASOTA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, Penny I forget her last name and Lisa Ringland accompanied me with a couple of other straightlings My shoulder was dislocated after being sat on for hours it is in the hospital report somewhere, I told them of the abuses at STRAIGHT, My mother was a nurse there. YET I WAS SENT BACK TO STRAIGHT.

Another STRAIGHTLING then LIFER Mary Azadian has stated that she would tell the truth about me being bloddied she remembers and she is a PRO LIFE/Straight person. try to find and talk to her. You see it was a terror camp a gulagh a time in my life that I wish I could forget but instead is burnt into my memory FOREVER. And every day I remember more.

Thank you for having the courage to expose STRAIGHT FOR WHAT IT WAS AN AMERICAN GULAGH KINDER JUGEN A TORTURE CAMP paid for by our parents and sponsered by the state and federal government.

Posted by: samantha monroe at November 10, 2005 01:06 PM

Thank you for doing this story. I was in Straight Dallas in 1989 for 5 months. I had smoked pot one time a year before. I was screamed at constantly, told that I was lying about everything, that I was a drug addict and that I was full of shit. I lived in fear of being stood up and confronted for god only knew what...whatever they decided to make up that day. I didn't understand what was happening, and I was too young to consider that the people running that place were crazy. I eventually "came to believe" (as in the the 2nd step I believe) that I was a drug addict. I grew to be in constant fear of being full of shit, fake, prideful, of thinking of running away (which was also against the rules), of singing any songs in my head, of looking the wrong way during raps. I learned how to lock up all of my "wrong" thoughts into a little box and keep them there. That place was deplorable and how it could stay open and have spin offs in operation even today is something I just can't even fathom.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO / Supervisors OK S.F.'s first rules on medical pot / Compromises allow neighbors' input, limits on sales

SAN FRANCISCO / Supervisors OK S.F.'s first rules on medical pot / Compromises allow neighbors' input, limits on sales: "San Francisco's first-ever medical marijuana regulations, approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, will allow most of the city's 33 dispensaries to stay open while limiting the amount of pot a patient can buy and giving residents a say in where the clubs can operate.

The new rules, pushed through by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, appeared stalled at City Hall just a few weeks ago. An earlier version of Mirkarimi's legislation would have forced the closure of many clubs. He faced criticism from pot club advocates and fellow Supervisor Chris Daly that the ordinances would have limited access for about 8,000 medical marijuana patients registered in San Francisco. At the same time, Mayor Gavin Newsom and his political allies expressed serious reservations about clubs' selling marijuana near schools.

But after a flurry of amendments, Mirkarimi's critics changed their tune, and Tuesday supervisors voted unanimously to approve his legislation on a first reading of the ordinances. Medical marijuana advocates hailed the vote. " (more)

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > North County -- Man, 38, faces three years in jail on medical pot conviction

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > North County -- Man, 38, faces three years in jail on medical pot conviction: "VISTA - A 38-year-old man faces the prospect of spending three years behind bars after being convicted of three drug charges in what is believed to be North County's first medical marijuana-related trial.

An eight-man, four-woman jury found yesterday that Dean Childers had more marijuana plants in a rented Fallbrook home than allowed under California's voter-approved Compassionate Use Act.

Childers was found guilty of possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana and possession of more than 28.5 grams of the drug. He faces about three years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 14." (more)

Monday, November 14, 2005

Colorado State Collegian - Alaska legalized marijuana first

As a student and daily reader of the Collegian it deeply disturbs me that on the front page of an issue of your paper that an (article) would be completely false and nearly devoid of fact. And that the writer of the (article) obviously did not research this as well as it should have been.

The city of Anchorage, Alaska as well as the whole state of Alaska would be the first to legalize possession and use of marijuana in 1975, a decision by the state Supreme Court. It was re-criminalized in 1990 but recently overturned, making pot legal. On a lesser note several other cities have de-prioritized possession of marijuana essentially making it legal to possess. Those cities are Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland, Calif.; Amherst, Mass.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Madison, Wis., among other places.

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Drug Policy Alliance: Building a Movement for Reason, Compassion and Justice: Pictures

Drug Policy Alliance: Building a Movement for Reason, Compassion and Justice: Pictures: "Photo Gallery of the November 9th reception. Westin Hotel Long Beach, CA.


From left to right: Leah Rorvig, Alliance Director of Publications; George Zimmer, CEO of the Men's Warehouse and longtime supporter of drug policy reform; California Assemblyman Mark Leno; and Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Alliance.

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Medical marijuana ID cards come with uncertainty

DailyBulletin.com - News: "JOSHUA TREE - One hundred dollars, a chronic medical condition and a note from a doctor can get you free reign to possess and use marijuana.

Just don't get too happy -- Federal law trumps California's.

That's the lesson people learned in Joshua Tree on Thursday as public health officials announced future compliance under Senate Bill 420 and the issuance of a possible 7,000 Medical Marijuana ID cards.

Passed in 2003, the law imposed statewide guidelines outlining how much medical marijuana could be grown and possessed.
It also required the state's Department of Health Services to establish a voluntary medicinal marijuana patient registry and issue identification cards to qualified patients.

Individual public health agencies are responsible for issuance of those cards.

'The card is really going to be a driver's license-type in that it will be valid throughout the state of California,' said Jim Felten, the county's public health director during the special meeting organized by the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project.
The group has chapters in San Bernardino and Riverside counties." (more)



Thursday, November 10, 2005

Bill Maher - NORML 2002 Conference



Bill Maher Speech Transcript (Excerpt)

11 I mean, the problem with this drug
12 is complacency. It's not that it's too hard
13 to get. It's too easy. Let me quote you
14 Mr. Redman ---- magazine. He said, "Yeah, I
15 used to think let's legalize it so I could
16 smoke all day, but damn, I smoke all day
17 now." And that's the problem is that the
18 government is so ineffective, inconsistent,
19 and it lulls us into this sense of
20 complacency and we forget about the people
21 who really are suffering, who are arrested
22 for it. (read more)

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Traverse City, Ferndale voters favor medical marijuana

Traverse City, Ferndale voters favor medical marijuana: "TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Laura Barber says she's convinced good will come from a newly approved city ordinance instructing police to go easy on those who use marijuana for medical purposes, although critics dismiss it as a worthless gesture.

'I believe in my heart that it will have an effect,' said Barber, executive director of the Coalition for Compassionate Care, which led the petition drive to get the measure on the local ballot.

Her 32-year-old husband, Matthew Barber, was convicted of possession last year. Laura Barber says he uses marijuana to relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis. " (more)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Santa Cruz Okays City-run Medical Marijuana Distribution

Santa Cruz Okays City-run Medical Marijuana Distribution: "The city council of Santa Cruz, California on Tuesday passed for the second time an ordinance paving the way for the nation's first-ever government-run medical marijuana distribution program. A portion of the ordinance would hold off enactment until federal courts resolve current cases dealing with the issue.

Under the measure, the Santa Cruz city government will set up an Office of Compassionate Use that will handle procuring and storing marijuana and dispense it to 'qualified patients' under California's nearly ten-year-old Compassionate Use Act. A council-appointed five-person board, made up of at least two approved medical marijuana users or caregivers and two medical professionals, will oversee the office's actions and report back to the council." (more)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

SignOnSanDiego.com > Supervisors sue state over medical pot law

SignOnSanDiego.com: "SAN DIEGO - Rather than wait to be sued for refusing to follow state medical marijuana laws, the county Board of Supervisors is going to force the issue by suing the state first.

The supervisors voted in closed session Tuesday to challenge the law that requires counties to provide identification cards to medical marijuana users exempting them from criminal prosecution.

"The focus is on whether or not the state mandate is legal" County Counsel John Sansone said after the meeting. "The argument would be that the state legislation is pre-empted by federal law."

The dispute is over Proposition 215, passed by the voters in 1996, and a follow-up measure by the state Senate in 2003. The laws permit users of medical marijuana to show identification cards that would keep them from being prosecuted under state laws." (more)

SignOnSanDiego.com > Oregon court hears case on medical marijuana in the workplace

SALEM, Ore. – An attorney for Columbia Forest Products Inc. argued before the Oregon Supreme Court that voters who approved the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act never intended to force companies to let employees come to work with the drug in their systems.

But Philip Lebenbaum, an attorney representing a mill worker who was fired after failing several drug tests, told the justices Monday that his client's medical condition left him legally disabled, requiring his employer to make reasonable accommodations for him in the workplace under the Oregonians with Disabilities Law.

The case pits an employer's right to ensure a safe workplace against a worker's right in Oregon to use marijuana at home to treat pain. It started in 2001, when Robert Washburn was fired from the company's mill in Klamath Falls after several failed urine tests.

Washburn had a state-issued card allowing him to use marijuana to ease neck and muscle pain that disrupted his sleep. Washburn, who said he used the drug at home, sued the company, claiming it should have made an allowance for his disability.

A circuit court dismissed the lawsuit, citing a provision in the state medical marijuana law that employers don't have to "accommodate the medical use of marijuana in the workplace." (more)

Colorado State Collegian - An Interview with The Weasel About Ganja

I know the legalization of cannabis (let's see how many different terms I can use today) is a high-priority grassroots issue for Coloradans (pun intended). With this in mind, I decided to write a column about the issue after interviewing a prominent member of the weed community here in Fort Collins who smokes "copious amounts of ganja" and also happens to be a good friend, known as the "Weasel."

I asked the Weasel about his thoughts on I-100 and the legalization of marijuana and he thought the I-100 measure would do little to help legalize marijuana other than making the issue a hotly discussed topic right now. The initiative hasn't done much more than that, because although the voters in Denver have spoken, state laws supersede city laws. Denver police will continue to write citations for the petty offense.

On the issue of the actual legalization, the Weasel said the hypocrisy at hand is that the state looks down on cheeba, but has no problem with alcohol. Indeed the I-100 campaign even raised these same talking points about being high versus being drunk.

The Weasel asserts being high is different for everyone, but it's not near as debilitating as being drunk. He also told me the government clearly has an alternate agenda with pot because of the propaganda they put out against the substance. (more)

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Rocky Mountain News: Editorials: City must enforce state pot law

Rocky Mountain News: Editorials: "The decision by Denver voters to legalize the possession of a small amount of marijuana is more symbolic than real: Only 36 adults were charged last year under the now-defunct city ordinance prohibiting possession.

Meanwhile, 1,565 were charged under the state law, which remains intact.

But Mason Tvert, the executive director of the group that put the initiative on the ballot, insists Denver authorities should respect voter wishes and stop charging anyone under the state law, too.
'Right now,' he told one reporter, 'there are city officials denying the will of voters who put them in office, and I think that's disturbing.'

We understand Tvert's frustration, but the matter is not as simple as he makes it out to be. Yes, prosecution of even the state marijuana charges in Denver is left almost exclusively to city attorneys, who for such cases are deputized as special DAs. The regular district attorneys are too busy pursuing more serious crimes. In theory, the mayor could order Denver attorneys simply to stop pursuing such cases.

But it would be unwise for him to do so, for three reasons. " (more)

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Rocky Mountain News: I-100 author smokes foes

Rocky Mountain News: Election: "It's not even noon and Mason Tvert already has hit seven television and five radio news shows in his post-election victory lap as the architect behind an effort to make Denver the first U.S. city to legalize adult marijuana possession.

Tvert has drawn international coverage by turning the tables on the drug war.

He calls marijuana the "safer alternative" for society and criticizes the "hypocrisy" of elected officials who condemn pot while condoning alcohol use, despite studies showing that alcohol fuels deadly violence, car wrecks and abuse.

He even hounded Denver's super-popular, brewpub-owning mayor, John Hickenlooper, to debate - a challenge the mayor ignored." (more)

By Alan Gathright
Rocky Mountain News

Pot considered 'murder weed' in 1937

Rocky Mountain News: Election:

"On Oct. 2, 1937, in the somewhat shady Lexington Apartments at 1200 California St. in Denver, Samuel R. Caldwell became the first person in the United States to be arrested on a marijuana charge. Caldwell, a 58-year-old unemployed laborer moonlighting as a dealer, was nailed by the FBI and Denver police for peddling two marijuana cigarettes to one Moses Baca, 26.

If you're wondering why it took the U.S. government so long to bust a pot dealer, it's because until the Marijuana Stamp Act was passed - on you guessed it, Oct. 2, 1937 - cannabis wasn't illegal. Certainly, it had been vilified in newspapers with headlines such as 'Murder Weed Found Up and Down Coast: Deadly Marijuana Plant Ready for Harvest That Means Enslavement of California Children.'

Neither was it deemed as some benign recreational drug by the nation's law enforcement hierarchy.

Harry J. Anslinger, for example, commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, was a vociferous foe of cannabis. In his book, Assassin of Youth, he labeled marijuana "dangerous as a coiled rattlesnake," and anguished, "How many murders, suicides, robberies, criminal assaults, holdups, burglaries, and deeds of maniacal insanity it causes each year, especially among the young, can be only conjectured."

So great was the government's indignation over marijuana that it didn't seem to matter that, as McWilliams points out, "Marijuana is not even a narcotic."

And so, today, as proponents of Denver's Initiative 100 celebrate, it seems only fitting that they should perhaps pause, take a deep breath, and reflect upon the sad saga of Sam Caldwell." (more)

By James B. Meadow,
Rocky Mountain News


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Friday, November 04, 2005

Evidence reveals genuine health potential for cannabis

Evidence reveals genuine health potential for cannabis: "Recent research and public opinion make a strong case for the legalization of medicinal and recreational hemp, or marijuana.

Denver residents voted 54 percent in favor of an ordinance decriminalizing city hemp laws, letting citizens possess up to one ounce, according to The Associated Press.

This is the latest in a hard-fought battle for changes in federal hemp policy, particularly the Angel Raich case over medical marijuana. Her case went to the Supreme Court in June, back-firing, with the high court saying local and state laws do not trump federal laws.

Denver residents did not negate state and federal laws by passing the city ordinance.

Recreational support relies on public opinion, but medicinal support weighs heavy on scientific analysis. Medical studies conducted in Canada by the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Calgary build a case for legalizing both forms of usage."

Thursday, November 03, 2005

cbs4denver.com: Pot Users Say Initiative 100 Is Just The Start

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"DENVER Pot users were celebrating the passage of Denver's Initiative 100 Wednesday by lighting up a joint.

The initiative allows adults to possess small amounts of marijuana in the city. It passed Tuesday 54% to 46%.

Local authorities said the passage really means nothing. Marijuana is still illegal in Denver and all of Colorado under state law.

Denver police said they will still ticket pot users and dealers under that state law.

Bob Malamede is a Colorado professional who admits he likes to smoke pot. He's a biology professor at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

'I started smoking marijuana when I was 16-years-old, which is when I went to college,' Malamede said.

Malamede was a big fan of Initiative 100." (more)

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Denver Is First City to Legalize Small Amount of Pot - Los Angeles Times

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Denver on Tuesday became the first city in the nation to wipe out all criminal and civil penalties for adults caught possessing a small amount of marijuana.

The ordinance is more radical than pro-marijuana measures approved over the years in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and half a dozen college towns across the country. Most of those initiatives decriminalized marijuana for medical use, or replaced criminal penalties with small fines or directed police to make enforcement of marijuana laws a low priority.

Denver, by contrast, erased adult possession as an offense entirely.

In one stunt last month, (Mason) Tvert dragged a mock corpse in a body bag to City Hall and surrounded it with jugs from Wynkoop Brewery — which is owned by Denver's mayor, John W. Hickenlooper. He then piled bags of Doritos in a heap nearby. His point: Alcohol abuse can kill you. Marijuana gives you the munchies.

City officials reacted angrily to such tactics, warning that pot was a "gateway" to more dangerous drugs. They accused Tvert of confusing the public by using campaign signs that read "Make Denver SAFER." (The group's acronym stands for Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation.) Tvert insisted people understood his message.

"Success breeds success," said Paul Armentano, senior policy analyst with the pro-marijuana group NORML. "I think you'll see this campaign used as a model."

Even Hickenlooper, who opposed the measure, said he thought the vote might prove a bellwether.

"Peoples' attitudes [about marijuana] are changing," the mayor said. "We have one of the youngest populations of any city in the nation, so it makes sense that attitudes here might be changing faster." (more)


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Press Release: Denver Votes To Abolish Pot Penalties

Denver, CO: Denver voters yesterday approved a city-wide measure to eliminate all civil and criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by citizens age 21 and older.

Fifty-four percent of voters decided in favor of I-100: the Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative. Campaign proponents, SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), argued that local laws should treat the private adult use and possession of marijuana in a manner similar to the private adult use and possession of alcohol, and that its use by adults should not be subject to criminal penalties.

"While cannabis is not harmless, its potential risks to the user and to society do not warrant the blanket imposition of criminal prohibition any more than alcohol's relative risks justify re-instituting alcohol prohibition," said NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre. "Yesterday's vote illustrates that most Americans do not support arresting 750,000 Americans a year for minor marijuana offenses, and that they would prefer that society address cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol."

Last fall, voters in Oakland, California approved a similar ballot initiative that sought to "tax and regulate the sale of cannabis for adult use."

Next week, voters in Ferndale, Michigan will decide on Proposal D (Read Story), which seeks to "exempt" patients from local criminal penalties if they use medical cannabis under a physician's supervision.

Traverse City, Michigan voters will decide on Proposal 3, which would require police to make the prosecution of medical cannabis patients the town's "lowest law enforcement priority."

A Telluride, Colorado municipal proposal (Question 200) that sought to make "the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of marijuana offenses ... the town's lowest law enforcement priority" failed yesterday by 24 votes.

For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, or Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500.

Denver Votes to End Marijuana Prohibition

Denver Votes to End Marijuana Prohibition: "In a vote expected to reverberate nationwide, Denver today became the second major U.S. city in less than a year to pass a measure aimed at replacing marijuana prohibition with policies designed to treat marijuana in a manner comparable to alcohol, passing I-100 by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent, with 83 percent of precincts reporting. A similar measure won by a wide margin in Oakland, California, in November 2004.

I-100 makes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana non-punishable under Denver city ordinances. The I-100 campaign, organized by Safer Alternatives For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), built its effort around the large volume of scientific evidence indicating that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol, America's most commonly used recreational drug. The initiative's language puts the city on record in support of treating private, adult use and possession of marijuana 'in the same manner as the private use and possession of alcohol.

'A few years from now, this vote may well be seen as the proverbial 'tipping point,' the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in the U.S.,' said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. 'Replacing the failed policy of prohibition with common-sense taxation and regulation of marijuana has become a thoroughly mainstream issue, with the voters of two major U.S. cities endorsing such an approach within one year. Even the Denver Post, which opposed I-100, said in its editorial, 'We think it probably would be preferable for the state and federal governments to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana use.'" (more)

cbs4denver.com: Relaxed Pot Law Wins In Denver

cbs4denver.com: Relaxed Pot Law Wins In Denver:



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"We educated voters about the facts that marijuana is less harmful to the user and society than alcohol,' said Mason Tvert, campaign organizer for SAFER, or Safer Alternatives For Enjoyable Recreation. 'To prohibit adults from making the rational, safer choice to use marijuana is bad public policy.'

Bruce Mirken of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project said he hoped the approval will launch a national trend toward legalizing a drug whose enforcement he said causes more problems than it cures.

He said government regulation -- and taxation -- of the drug would halt clandestine growing operations, make it more difficult for teenagers to obtain marijuana and free space in prisons." (more)

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Denver passes pot issue

DenverPost.com - POLITICS: "Denver residents Tuesday voted to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, but the state attorney general said the vote was irrelevant because state law will still be enforced.

PHOTO: SAFER Director Mason Tvert appeared on the local FOX station before the election.

The measure passed 54 percent to 46 percent.

'It just goes to show the voters of Denver are fed up with a law that prohibits adults from making a rational, safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol,' said Mason Tvert, executive director of Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, or SAFER.

The measure will change the city's ordinance to make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in the city. " (more)