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Colorado Marijuana Battle Just Beginning

Staff CMM - Saturday, December 22, 2012

Although the state of Colorado has made it legal for adults to possess one ounce or less of marijuana, the individual cities and counties in Colorado are not so keen on following suit. Erie, Lafayette, Superior and Broomfield are all in the process of constructing their own individual laws regarding the drug. Currently, the town of Erie disallows medical marijuana dispensaries in town and officials for Erie, Superior and Lafayette are planning to prepare an ordinance banning retail marijuana stores within town limits. The city of Broomfield plans to vote January 22nd on a first reading of an ordinance temporarily banning marijuana related businesses through 2014 and as of this time, medical marijuana businesses are not allowed within the city limits. Although President Obama stated that the federal government would not be prosecuting individuals in Colorado who are found to possess one ounce or less, law enforcement will still be on the lookout for those driving under the influence.

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.

Marijuana Issue May Be A Stumbling Block For Obama Reelection

Staff CMM - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
As the subject of medical marijuana in Colorado gains momentum, political figures are finding it more difficult to walk both sides of the fence and are being forced to choose a platform of either being pro medical marijuana or being against it and risk losing votes either way. President Obama is finding his stance on the subject particularly precarious as he is forced to comply with federal laws and back them without compromise. Although the state of Colorado has passed a law making medical marijuana possession legal, marijuana is still considered an illegal substance, punishable under federal laws. President Obama had made an earlier statement on the subject, saying they were not going to prioritize prosecutions of people using the drug. However, this statement preceded action by the U.S. District Attorney’s office to shut down 47 dispensaries in the state of Colorado. Some believe this goes against what President Obama promised in the beginning and these actions may hurt his chances for obtaining votes in the state.

Obama Visit Draws Attention From Colorado Medical Marijuana Industry

Staff CMM - Friday, June 01, 2012

During President Obama’s recent visit to Colorado, medical marijuana advocates turned out to voice their concerns regarding the federal government’s recent activities in shutting down many of Colorado’s medical marijuana businesses in Boulder, Colorado. The businesses were warned by U.S. Attorney John Walsh that they were within the 1,000 foot limit of schools and were ordered to move or be shut down. Many of the businesses shut down after the warning and supporters of medical marijuana in Colorado believe this effort by the government has had a detrimental effect on Colorado’s economy, potentially costing the state over1,000 jobs just as the state is struggling to recover from a recession. Advocates for medical marijuana in Colorado are asking the President to commit to protecting these jobs just as he would protect the jobs of any other industry, citing that medical marijuana is a legitimate business and should receive the same treatment as other businesses in the state.

Celebrities Jump On Marijuana Bandwagon

Todd Davis - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

If celebrities in the U.S. get their way, Colorado medical marijuana growers could possibly see a boost in sales. Pushing for marijuana legalization is Mexican singer and guitar player Carlos Santana, who stated that legalization of the drug would offer more opportunities for the country to divert funds currently used to prevent marijuana use to more needy programs such as teachers and education. During a recent online town hall meeting, President Obama said he did not think the legalization of marijuana was good economic policy. Celebrities such as Santana continue to advocate for the drug’s legalization in the country.

President Obama Fields Marijuana Legalization Questions

Todd Davis - Saturday, August 08, 2009

Although medical marijuana in Colorado and some other states has been legalized, basic marijuana use across the country continues to remain illegal. At a recent online town hall meeting held at the White House, President Obama responded to questions regarding the overall legalization of marijuana.

President Obama’s reply, while jovial, was that legalization of the drug was not a good economic strategy would probably not be useful in turning the economy around. Marijuana legalization was a very small portion of the overall discussion which included universal healthcare, mortgages, education, the auto industry and veteran’s care. The President hopes to hold more of these online town hall type discussions in the future.


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