(CBS4) DENVER Three new billboards that were scheduled to go up Monday to try to drum up support for an initiative that would legalize marijuana in Denver have been delayed.
One of the ads was set to be placed on a billboard near Invesco Field at Mile High.
Some people are concerned that the billboards will send the wrong message.
The billboards will say nothing about what Initiative 100 is and won't make any reference to the issue legalizing marijuana. They feature a downcast woman with a black eye with her abuser lurking in the background. The slogan is "Reduce Family And Community Violence ... Vote Yes On I-100."
Mason Tvert, director of a group called Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation, said Initiative 100 would lead to a safer city if it were passed.
"If this passes it will make the city of Denver safer by allowing adults over 21 to use marijuana as an alternative to alcohol," Tvert said.
Tvert believes alcohol is what fuels crimes, such as, domestic violence and lifting the prohibition on marijuana will reduce incidents like these.
"We're clearly sending a message that the use of alcohol is acceptable and we're encouraging folks to use it when many of them would otherwise be willing to use a far less harmful substance," Tvert said.
Opponents say supporters are hiding the real issue.
"This initiative will not put more cops on the street," Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown said. It will put more marijuana on the street, and how you can relate that to making a city more safe ... it's just incomprehensible to me."
The billboards are being paid for by a group from outside Colorado. The group last week rejected calls to drop the ad campaign, but on Monday they said they were going to hold a press conference on Wednesday to address the issue.
Ellen Stein Wallace, director of Safehouse Denver, called the billboard outrageous.
"It really minimizes the brutality and lethality of the issue. And it's almost as if they're saying this would go away if people just smoked enough marijuana to chill out," Wallace said.
Wallace pointed out that Safehouse Denver has served plenty of women whose batterers smoked marijuana.
Doesn't matter. Every single Colorodian could vote for it, every single one, and it could pass with unanimous consent, they could have a big pro-pot parade down the streets of Denver heralding their new era, they could do whatever they wanted, and it would still be usurped by federal law. Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Arizona, Hawaii, DC, Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio -- all have passed referendums attempting to loosen the criminalization of marijuna, and in all cases the ballot initiatives that passed (in most cases with overwhelming support) weren't worth the paper they were printed on. The Supreme Court has decided that, in all cases, federal drug laws trump state ones.
The Bush administration, incidentally, is imminently interested in keeping that balance of power as far away from state voters as possible, which is one big issue on which Miers and Roberts were both hand-picked to uphold. Make no mistake, centralization is probably the Bush cabal's primary judicial interest, far above Roe v Wade.
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Maybe our government is taking a huge cut from drug cartel money. Otherwise it's ridiculous that pot is still illegal.
That sucks,man. I was thinking if it would pass wholeheartedly,of like the biggest asylum pissup smoke fest in asylum history. We would play quarters with weed. Two hour time limit. Once your in,YOU CANNOT LEAVE!
The billboards are ridiculous misrepresentations and give the whole pro-pot movement a bad name.
That having been said, "insane" does not begin to describe the war on cannabis in particular. Consider this astonishing fact: there are now more Americans arrested annually for the possession of marijuana than for all violent crimes COMBINED. It sounds like some sort of statistical games-playing...not so, it is the simple truth. How many man-hours do the law enforcement and criminal justice system spend on pot users now? What would America be like if those man-hours were spent instead on, say, assault? Theft? Rape?
Colorado may in fact be the first state to legalize.
quote: Marijuana legalization wins support from some Colorado Republicans
On Tuesday, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado, former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo and Republican state Sen. Shawn Mitchell all came out in favor of Amendment 64, as supporters of the ballot initiative attempted to make their case to conservatives.
â€śThe core value of the Republican Party is personal responsibility rather than collective prior restraint,â€ť the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado said in a statement.â€ť Personal responsibility means holding all individuals responsible for the actions they take rather than the words they use, the thoughts they think or the products they consume. Personal Responsibility means that a person who enjoys alcohol or marijuana without harming others is no criminal.â€ť
Joining members of the Republican Liberty Caucus at a press event in Denver, Tancredo described marijuana prohibition as a symptom of the â€śnanny-state.â€ť Last month, the former congressman compared marijuana prohibition to alcohol prohibition.
Mitchell also announced his support of marijuana legalization on Tuesday, saying it was â€śclear the War on Drugs isnâ€™t working.â€ť
If approved by voters, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (Amendment 64) would allow for the limited possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults age 21 and over. It would also allow the state and local governments to enact regulations on the commercial production and distribution of marijuana, as well giving local governments the option to prohibit marijuana sales altogether.
Yes on 64 uploaded a video to YouTube on Tuesday that presented the â€śconservative caseâ€ť for marijuana legalization. The video featured an old interview with economist Milton Friedman, where he criticized then-President Ronald Reagan for declaring a â€śwar on drugs.â€ť The video also shows quotes from conservatives like Pat Robertson and William F. Buckley Jr.
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. But Colorado would be the first state to legalize the drug for recreational use. A ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in California â€” Proposition 19 â€” was defeated in 2010.
Apparently after reading my voting book that came in the mail,this Amendment to legalize Pot without a license,this Amendment 64 will actually be on the ballot this November. This can really happen this year boys and girls.
They will treat it just like Alcohol.
quote: Guest opinion: The real world impacts of marijuana prohibition
The marijuana legalization initiative on November's ballot in Colorado, Amendment 64, is currently ahead in the polls. Opponents of this initiative have been on the attack in recent weeks claiming the initiative is bad for young people in Colorado. Contrary to arguments by the defenders of the status quo, current marijuana policy in Colorado fails young people and is indefensible.
There are 13,000 arrests or tickets for marijuana possession in Colorado each year. Nationally, 90 percent of marijuana arrests are for young people 18-30. The typical demographic of a marijuana user is that people will experiment with marijuana when they are young, but as they get older, and get a mortgage, and have kids, use tapers off. So far from protecting young people, the war against marijuana is actually a war on young people. Young people are the main target of our pot laws.
Once arrested for marijuana, young people will suffer long term effects as the result of having a criminal conviction. A person with a marijuana conviction can expect the following problems in life: (a) they will have a hard time getting housing, and may be evicted from government housing; (b) they will have a hard time getting a job with a criminal conviction; (c) they may lose student loans; and (d) every time they are asked on any application if they have been charged or convicted with a crime, they will have to answer yes. While the formal penalties through the court may be modest, usually a small fine, the informal penalties last for a long time.
Current policies are not working. Young people report that marijuana is easier for them to get than alcohol. DARE programs have been shown to be counterproductive ---- just say no campaigns not based on science send a message to young people that people in authority aren't truthful about marijuana. If you care about young people, you cannot defend the status quo.
Right now, black market drug dealers control distribution for recreational purposes. Those drug dealers use violence to enforce their contracts. They push harder drugs on people only looking for marijuana. Their transactions are unregulated, untaxed, and a harm to society. In contrast, regulation has worked in Colorado. The Center for Disease Control recently released a study saying that since the regulated medical marijuana dispensaries came into existence in 2009, teen marijuana use in Colorado has gone down -- not up.
All this focus on young people and Amendment 64 is a smoke screen and distraction from the real issue in this campaign. We don't criminalize other adult behavior just because a few young people might try it. If that were the case, then alcohol, sex, marriage, making a contract, gambling, and many other adult activities all would be illegal just because young people might not be able to handle them. Amendment 64 is a referendum on our society's commitment to freedom. Opponents of legalization believe the government should be punishing adults even if their actions have no harm on others. Those in favor of Amendment 64 believe that freedom to choose a substance less harmful than alcohol is more important than the bad actions of a few.
I stand next to young people in court every day who see that the war against marijuana is worse than marijuana itself. We hear leaders talking about how concerned they are about young people at the same time they support laws that criminalize youth. The truth is that approximately 40 years after the beginning on the war on drugs, we have spent hundreds of billions of dollars nationally and we have changed use/consumption very little. Marijuana prohibition has failed at all of its stated goals and young people should not be used as a smoke screen to continue these failed policies.
Sean T. McAllister is one of Colorado's leading drug policy reform lawyers, and based in Denver. His practice focuses on civil rights, medical marijuana issues, criminal defense, DUI, and family law.
Mostly college students and a cross section of the working society.
Also the introduction of the dutch 'wiet-pass' in parts of eastern-netherland, which prevents non-dutch citizens from acquiring marijuana, was such a great success, that the turnovers of the dutch retail in the affected cities dropped casually up to -60% and entailed several public campaigns, which makes it more than possible, that the whole project will be dropped, after the right VVD-party is removed from the dutch parliament at the next election.
neat contribution though, why do americans have a problem with your perception?