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Colorado Marijuana Legalization Discussion Just Beginning

Staff CMM - Wednesday, November 28, 2012
With the onset of marijuana legalization in Colorado thanks to the passing of Amendment 64 in November, Governor Hickenlooper is just starting out on a series of discussions with various officials regarding both the impact on the state and the direction it will be heading as it moves forward. One of the primary concerns Governor Hickenlooper has is how the federal government will respond ot the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and whether the federal government will choose to execute power over the legalization. The main area of concern is that while the U.S. Justice Department officials have stated that the federal government will continue to consider marijuana possession illegal under federal law regardless of individual state laws, they have been vague regarding the specifics and it is that detail Governor Hickenlooper is making an attempt to gt clear answers to. A spokesman for the Governor stated recently that Hickenlooper will continue urgent efforts to get the federal government to state its position on the issue.

Colorado Marijuana Activist Credits Careful Strategy for Amendment 64 Success

Staff CMM - Monday, November 26, 2012
Mason Tvert, a strong Colorado marijuana activist, made the news again recently as he credited his many years of careful strategy to the success of Amendment 64 being passed in Colorado this November. Tvert’s past strategies included actions such as crashing a law enforcement conference where he was booed by police officers and staging a news conference outside the Drug Enforcement Agency’s local office along with several cases of beer and a wanted poster with Governor Hickenlooper’s face on it. Tvert admits these strategies were mainly for effect but more to simply raise awareness for marijuana in Colorado. Other efforts included hiring a female Latino spokesperson to appeal to the Latino community. Tvert feels his efforts helped Amendment 64 gain the momentum necessary to give it a strong presence on the ballot in November and feels that the past eight years of effort helped raise awareness in such a manner that people are no longer seeing marijuana in Colorado as an illegal substance, but as more of a profitable business prospect.

U.N. Concerned Over Colorado Marijuana Law Initiative

Staff CMM - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Recently, heads of the United Nations Drug Watchdog Agency expressed concern over the passing of the recent Washington and Colorado marijuana laws which decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over. The U.N. heads are urging federal officials in the U.S. to challenge the recent ballot measure, as they feel this measure sends out a very bad message to both other states in the U.S. as well as to other countries abroad, giving the impression that marijuana possession is acceptable in the U.S. A recent statement by Raymond Yans, the head of the International Narcotics Control Board, to the Associated Press, expr4essed hopes that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will take the necessary measures to ensure that marijuana possession and use continues to remain illegal throughout the U.S. Until officials come to a decision, both Washington and Colorado are holding off on regulating and taxing the drug pending word as to whether the Justice Department will assert federal authority over the recently passed drug laws.

Latin Countries Concerned About Marijuana Vote In Colorado

Staff CMM - Friday, November 16, 2012

As the law was passed this November to legalize marijuana in Colorado, leaders of several Latin countries including Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica expressed extreme concern over the impact this law will have on their efforts to curb illegal drug smuggling from their own countries to America. The leaders called for the Organization of American States to study the impact of the votes. It is expected that the United Nations’ General Assembly will hold a special session on the prohibition of drugs by 2015. With these countries already experiencing a very high percentage of drug trafficking, leaders are concerned about the death toll that will follow as they continue their attempt to police illegal drug activity. Drug exporting is expected to rise as a result of the law being passed and with the increased inflow of marijuana in Colorado, officials are concerned that more dangerous drugs will also begin to follow suit.

Cloudy Future for Colorado Marijuana

Staff CMM - Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Although the measure was passed on November 6, 2012 to legalize marijuana in Colorado in small quantities, the future of this law is still in question as is the impact it will have on the state. Officials in Mexico are expressing concerns regarding cartels and the pot that is sent from Mexico to the U.S. and Colorado illegally. It is speculated that the passing of this measure will encourage a heavier import of the drug, making work for law officials harder and potentially more dangerous than it already is. According to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, speculation that the pot measure will increase Colorado ‘pot tourism’ is unrealistic. Although the ease of obtaining the drug will initially attract people, it will be difficult to take the drug out of the state and although marijuana in Colorado is legal, it is still considered illegal under federal law. It is believed that federal officials will be keeping an even closer eye on the drug trafficking activity occurring in the state.

New Colorado Marijuana Law Raises Many Questions

Staff CMM - Saturday, November 10, 2012
Although the vote last Tuesday was an overwhelming yes to legalize marijuana in Colorado, officials and head of the Colorado tourism board felt the initiative is raising more questions than anything else. A major concern is that the passing of the law will bring an influx of marijuana tourists – people who come to the state simply to purchase and use marijuana, thus increasing the possible trafficking of the drug. Another concern is that if this should happen, it will begin to deter others who had planned to visit Colorado, thus bringing down the image of the state. A further concern is the fact that marijuana laws in Colorado do not supersede federal laws. Since federal law still considers marijuana illegal, there is the question as to whether the recreational marijuana measure will actually take effect at all. The U.S. Department of Justice is still pending decision on possible lawsuits directed at the state as they determine the assertion of federal supremacy over drug law. Until the issue is cleared up, the most that recreational marijuana users can do is speculate about the future of marijuana in Colorado.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Types: A Brief Understanding

Staff CMM - Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Throughout the next several blogs, readers will be informed on several different strains of marijuana available at many medical marijuana dispensaries as well as what the different strains are used for.

Purple Kush is a Grade A Indica strain with an earthy taste and fruity smell. Some consider it to have a rather skunky smell. However, it has a smooth taste and is very potent. Purple Kush is mainly used for insomnia, pain relief, depression, anxiety and nausea. Negative effects can include making the user easily tired as well as producing a very ‘stony’ high.

Cinderella 99 (C99) is a Grade A Sativa strain with a rather fruity taste and smell, reminiscent of lemon haze. The flavor is very lemony and the smoke is considered clean and smooth. Cinderella 99 is extremely potent, providing an instant high. Cinderella 99 is used mainly for daytime use, stress and depression.

Bedrock is a Grade C+ Hybrid (Sativa dominant) strain with dark undertones. It has a fruity smell and taste with what seems to be almost a pinch of mocha. Bedrock is used mainly for stress, mild depression and anxiety. Negative effects are minimal, as this strain is quite mild.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Colorado Fear Backlash From Amendment 64

Staff CMM - Friday, November 02, 2012

Although Amendment 64, the bill proposing to legalize marijuana in small amounts to adults appears to be beneficial on the outside, many dispensary owners fear a backlash of problems the Amendment will create should it be passed. Dispensary owners fear that if marijuana should become legal, many dispensaries will open that would not require people to have as medical marijuana card, making it much easier for people to purchase marijuana and therefore circumvent the need for medical marijuana dispensaries all together. There are still a few who hold out hope that the Obama administration will change its mind about marijuana legalization if Obama is reelected, but should Romney be elected, he has already made it clear that he will fight the marijuana legalization efforts tooth and nail.

Political Race Focusing On Marijuana Legalization In Colorado

Staff CMM - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The issue of whether or not marijuana in Colorado should become legal has now spilled into mainstream politics with a fervor and only seems to be picking up speed. Candidates from both sides are working hard to make their opinions known, even going so far as to stand on the steps of the state capitol to hand out flyers. Republicans seem to be pulling ahead as far as favoritism for the bill, while Conservatives and Democrats are showing a stronger preference toward opposing the bill. In Colorado Springs, which has a larger Republican population than any other city in the state, activists stood outside Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan’s rally handing out flyers to inform passing Republicans, stating legalization would be fiscally prudent as it would be able to be taxed, regulated and monitored by the state. Democrats in opposition feel legalization will pose a threat to future generations and feel the bill is not in the best interest of children.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Middle Men Ousted By Enforcement Division

Staff CMM - Friday, October 26, 2012
The function of using middle men to perform transactions between two individuals or operations is common practice. However, when it comes to medical marijuana sales in Colorado, their function has been anything but clear up to this point. Recently, attorney Sean McAllister sought to get more clarification of the rules on behalf of his clients by petitioning MMED Direction Laura Harris. Harris’ response to McAllister’s request finally shed some light on what has been a very grey area by informing McAllister that Colorado state law dictates only persons who have a direct interest, i.e., owners of medical marijuana dispensaries with a license to buy or sell medical marijuana in Colorado are allowed to make transactions involving the drug. Those who do not fit this criteria are not allowed to perform transactions of any kind nor receive commissions for doing so.

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