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Prosecuting Attorneys Plans To Fight Marijuana Legalization

Luke Niforatos, from the national group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, says marijuana legalization in Colorado has been

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Luke Niforatos, from the national group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, says marijuana legalization in Colorado has been "a nightmare." He says the group is also against putting people in prison for petty crimes involving the drug.

The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council Wednesday delivered a firm warning to state lawmakers about marijuana legalization.

Leaders of the council say they’ll fight any legislation to legalize marijuana in the state, whether it’s for recreational or medical use.

They levied a slew of arguments against legalization – that it functions as a gateway drug for young people, that it leads to increased traffic fatalities, and that a lack of regulation around the industry has created dangerous, unstable markets in states like Colorado.

And Executive Director David Powell says there isn’t enough evidence marijuana has a positive impact on any medical needs.

“So if there’s research out there that says it’s OK to smoke pot and it’s healthy, and it’s good for you, I’d like to see it. That’s real research, and not anecdotal, or an opinion, or a survey of marijuana smokers,” Powell says.

Attorneys were joined at the event by supporters including Mike Ripley of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Sheriff Mike Nielsen of Boone County and, by video, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.

Marijuana legalization advocates have pushed in recent weeks for loosened restrictions on medical marijuana. That effort includes the American Legion.

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  • lastcamp2

    Continuation of the failed War on Drugs will keep up the millions and millions in cash flowing to police and prosecutors, and continue the national policy of mass incarceration as the US moves deeper into the police state.
    “When there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.” – Ayn Rand

  • Duncan20903

    Colorado authorities certainly do not concede the propaganda which so many people claim is fact.
    ——————————————————–
    The truth about Colorado
    By Sal Pace
    June 26, 2017

    /snip/
    You see, the day before my constituent’s opinion piece was published in Vermont, I stood in front of the Pueblo County Courthouse and handed out scholarship certificates to 210 recent high school graduates to attend a local college of their choice. These scholarships were funded from the excise tax placed on the cultivation of cannabis in our community. Kids were dressed in their finest clothes, parents flashed their cameras and everyone in attendance was glowing. Today in Pueblo County, every high school senior is guaranteed a scholarship to a local college, if they opt in, because of the legalization of adult-use cannabis. In Colorado, the state is generating $200 million in tax revenues annually from marijuana tax revenues. In fact, the General Assembly just increased marijuana taxes temporarily to fill a funding gap in the state budget.

    /snip/
    Pueblo County has historically been poorer than the rest of the state. We’ve faced rampant unemployment since the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company shut its steel factory doors in the 1980s. Before legalization of marijuana, our unemployment rate was mired above 12 percent. Today, we sit at 3.2 percent unemployment and we have more Puebloans employed than ever in our history. The construction market is booming because 50 percent of all construction projects are directly attributed to cannabis projects. We’ve seen well over $100 million in outside capital investment into our economy, and we are exporting $50 million annually of marijuana products to communities mostly around the Denver metro area of the state. Our local university has gotten into the mix. We created the Institute of Cannabis Research at CSU-Pueblo, which is the first multidisciplinary research program of its kind at an accredited university. There are literally three dozen doctorate degree holders studying cannabis science, medicine and social impacts.
    https://vtdigger.ORG/2017/06/26/sal-pace-truth-colorado/

  • Duncan20903

    The voters in Colorado certainly do not concede the propaganda which so many people claim is fact.
    ——————————————————–
    On Election Day 2016 after almost 3 full years of legal cannabis commerce the voters of Pueblo City and Pueblo County Colorado were asked if they wanted to eliminate regulated cannabis commerce via a ballot initiatives sponsored by the sycophants of prohibition. The voters told the dimwitted prohibitionists to pound sand. They did so by margins well in excess of the margin of victory of 54.8%-45.2% for Amendment 64 on Election Day 2012.

    Pueblo City Colorado Question 300:
    Pound sand: 61.15%
    Re-criminalize cannabis commerce: 38.85%

    Pueblo County Colorado Question 200:
    Pound sand: 57.84%
    Re-criminalize cannabis commerce: 42.16%

    …and just to make it a little more fun:
    Donald J. [expletive deleted]: 46.11%
    Hillary Clinton: 45.61%

    http://pueblovotes.COM/images/PCED/2016/General/Election-Summary-Report-11-22-2016.pdf

  • leestraw

    So the few most powerful people in the state plan to go against the majority? It sounds like the greedy drug companies are at play here preventing the will of the people. Big Government interfering with our ability to allow compassion for patients by allowing cannabis.

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