Marijuana Initiative Will Be On November Ballot

By: Alyssa Chin/ KKTV Email
By: Alyssa Chin/ KKTV Email

Initiative 30, asking voters if marijuana should be legal without a prescription, will appear on Colorado ballots this November.

The debate is heating up across our state. It's been a hot button topic for years, and recreational use would allow anyone who's at least 21 access to the drug.

Medical marijuana has been a growing industry for Colorado. In 2009, El Paso County had roughly 30 dispensaries. Last year, the tally for medical marijuana shops was around one hundred fifty.

Supporters say this initiative to legalize it for non-medical users would bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue for the state.

A similar proposal failed 60-40 in 2006, but folks in our community are still split on the issue now.

"At a legalized limit then maybe there would be less danger to children because it being sold on the street illegally," a Colorado Springs resident said.

"From the information I've got I know it's very complicated, both side of it, but just that it is a gateway drug," another responded.

"It's a money maker. I mean taxes, just like, but better than alcohol because people are not nearly as stupid," another Springs resident added.

The initiative would allow people to grow marijuana at home as long it's kept in a closed and locked place away from public view. You could have up to six plants, but only three can be, what law makers consider, mature plants.

Much of what these activists are proposing are similar to the laws we abide by for alcohol use. Driving under the influence would still be illegal.

Supporters of the initiative originally submitted 163,632 signatures to the Secretary of State. Those initial signatures were found to be insufficient, but they submitted an additional 14,151 signatures on February 17. Those additions were accepted.

Barring a successful protest, the initiative will be numbered “Amendment 64.”

Washington state also has a marijuana legalization measure on ballots this November.

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  • by Brandt Location: Clarksville on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster featuring Uncle Willie Nelson and The Teapot Party for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at Drop in and let me know what you think!
  • by Donna on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM
    When I was growing up my grandma always taught us two wrongs don't make a right. Just because alcohol is legal (I do not drink or ever plan to) is not an excuse to add to this nation's problems.
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      by Josh on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM in reply to Donna
      Alcohol has nothing to do with this subject. It's good that you don't drink. I don't either. I do use MMJ and there have been no problems added to my life or the lives of people around me. In fact, my quality of life and productivity have greatly improved since I began using it years ago. Most people would never know I used it and are shocked when they find out because I don't fit the image they had in their heads of people who use it.
  • by non-doper Location: space on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    Can't wait to vote NO on this one....ha, ha!
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      by Lance on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM in reply to non-doper
      Please, share with us your reasons for voting no.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:32 AM
    MMJ Vs Legalize! I have a MMJ red card for my 24/7 constant PAIN. The feds are already after MMJ here and if legalized the feds are gonna be all over us! Morphine Vs MMJ? I choose MMJ!
  • by This will work! Location: CS on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    I say legalize it! The more dopers out there the more good jobs available for the straight folk. Usage would almost be like tagging the idiots and libs - just drug test everyone and exclude the potheads from any meaningful employment.
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      by Yeah right on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:35 AM in reply to This will work!
      I smoke and still manage to carry a 3.5 GPA in business. When I re-enter the workforce I will have to switch back to the Vicodin. Gonna fire me too? .....your loss..... and by the way, I am a registered Republican.
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        by 6string on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:45 AM in reply to Yeah right
        if you really are a registered republican, hats off to you! I have a couple friends one of whom graduated from the air force academy, they both worked for defense contractor's starting back in the 80's. they both had top secret clearances and were only drug tested when seeking new employment, they would study hard for 30 days pass the test and right back to smoking. both of them were republican's. and i am certain people with this type of responsibility and with top secret clearances are still doing it. why do employers waste the money on initial drug testing a surprise quiz would be a better way of catching people who are violating policies or waiting for a injury.
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          by Yeah right on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM in reply to 6string
          See the thing here is, I don't look at this any different than booze when it comes to work. I would never go to work stoned, but I don't want to get nailed on Monday for managing my pain Sunday Night.
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          by 6string on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:37 AM in reply to 6string
          what i am trying to say is testing is a waste of money.every time a cop or a fireman gets injured perforning their duties are they subject to testing? if those who gaurd our top secrets are doing it don't think those who wear a badge don't use, after all it's a job and they are human too.
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        by Only a 3.5? on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM in reply to Yeah right
        Not much to brag about.
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      by Yeah right on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:39 AM in reply to This will work!
      I smoke and still carry a 3.5 GPA in business school. When I re-enter the workforce I will have to switch back to Vicodin, I have no choice. Gonna fire me too? ..... your loss..... I have 25 years of Management experience and do my job well. and by the way I am a registered Republican.
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        by That's Odd on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:48 AM in reply to Yeah right
        "When I re-enter the workforce"??? You better think about switching or quitting right now - me thinks your short term memory is shot, maybe from some kind of, I don't know, - substance abuse? You forgot what you posted @ 10:35 and reposted a variation at 10:39 – That’s odd!
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          by No on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:58 AM in reply to That's Odd
          No this crappy message board didn't show my first reply when i submitted it. All the drugs in the world won't change a crappy message board. Nice try at a redirect tho :-)
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          by @No on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM in reply to That's Odd
          I wouldn't consider it a nice try...looked kinda' stupid to me.
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      by Dennis on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:59 AM in reply to This will work!
      Interesting concept. So you're saying that I, as an outstanding, productive, punctual, hard-working employee known by the company for which I work as an "asset" should be fired because I use medicinal cannabis for chronic pain that would keep me from being the type of employee I just described if I didn't use medicinal cannabis? An interesting concept, indeed... a foolish, uneducated one...
  • by Barb Location: Colo. Springs on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:30 AM
    This will be right up there with the dumbest thing the people in the state of Colorado could ever do. Voting Marijuana legal to get more tax revenue in the bank is dumb. To think that drug money would be supporting our schools is way over board. Its time the people in this state stand up and fight. NO TO LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUAN IN THIS STATE. You want to be known as the drug state, I don't.
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      by Nathan on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:38 AM in reply to Barb
      Washington State has also a cannabis legalization measure on their ballot. The reason this is happening more and more is now people are getting a proper, unbiased education about cannabis instead relying on old, obsolete, fear-based propaganda. Try doing the same and spare yourself the wasted time fighting against something you clearly don't understand.
  • by megcol Location: colorado springs on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    ok, they say it will generate millions of dollars in revenue for the state, then in the next sentence they say it will be legally sold on the street. how in the world would they regulate any of that. more of the potheads blowing smoke up our.........
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      by Reality on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:28 AM in reply to megcol
      How many other non-drug products get sold "on the street" unregulated in this country?
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        by megcol on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM in reply to Reality
        of course it gets sold on the streets unregulated AND ILLEGALLY you moron. the whole spin on this story is that it will bring revenue to the state, that's what the potheads want everyone to believe. just like everything would be fine with MMJ being legalized, and look at all the problems they're having....always trying to slip in the doggie door.
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          by Reality on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM in reply to megcol
          Please try to stay calm and rational instead of getting all huffy and calling people names. If you aren't going to put any effort into properly understanding that which you oppose so strongly, keep your uneducated opinion to yourself.
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      by Cameron on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:30 AM in reply to megcol
      Nice spin! It's fun taking things out of context, huh?!
  • by Its a no go on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:04 AM
    All that hard work getting signatures from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck will go to waste. Here is what the Supremacy Clause Is all about and why the Feds will shut this law down. It doesn't stand a chance!

    " In Edgar v. Mite Corporation, 457 U.S. 624 (1982), the Supreme Court ruled: "A state statute is void to the extent that it actually conflicts with a valid Federal statute." In effect, this means that a State law will be found to violate the supremacy clause when either of the following two conditions (or both) exist: [2]

    1. Compliance with both the Federal and State laws is impossible, or 2. "...state law stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress..."
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      by Reality on Feb 28, 2012 at 08:21 AM in reply to Its a no go
      You might have had a better shot at appearing to be enlightened with your limited interpretation of a court case if you hadn't opened your comment with what is actually the most childish of all propaganda I've seen on this article's comment section so far.
  • by Anna Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    I say legalize it, regulate it and tax it. It'd be great revenue for the state. Frankly it's a natural drug that yes has it's medical uses. And frankly if it's regualted and kept safe it's not much different from cigarettes, some people will overuse it and end up broke because they're irresponsible, same goes for cigarettes.
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      by Reality on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:58 AM in reply to Anna
      ...same goes for food, too...
  • by Reality on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    This will not succeed this time around because there are still far too many under-educated, fear-based people in this state.
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