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Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative Falls Short, But…

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #720)

The Colorado secretary of state Friday informed the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol that its signature-gathering drive to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot had fallen just short. But that's not the end of the effort -- the campaign has 15 days to collect enough valid signatures to cover the shortfall, somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000.

The campaign had handed in more than 159,000, nearly twice the 86,000 valid signatures required to make the ballot. But the secretary of state's review of the signatures found an unusually high number of invalid ones, leaving the campaign just short.

The campaign said Friday it was confident it could get the required signatures. "Given that we collected an average of 3,000 valid signatures per week during the first six months of the petition drive, we are confident we will complete this process successfully," it said. "In fact, we intentionally started the initiative process early to ensure we would have this curing period if necessary."

The initiative would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and six pot plants for people 21 and over. It would also create a regulated legal framework for commercial marijuana operations, including retail sales.

A marijuana legalization initiative has qualified for the November ballot in Washington state. Efforts are in the signature-gathering phase in California, Michigan, Missouri, and Oregon.

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ConservativeCh… (not verified)

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains.
If the people who want to use marijuana could grow a few plants in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes; it would put the drug gangs out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods.

Fri, 02/03/2012 - 10:12pm Permalink
Church (not verified)

I hope the House goes Dem in the 2012 election so they can review the present bill submitted by Barney Frank that will lower the schedule of reef to a schedule 3. That one move will help states make reef legal across the country. The bill is being held up by the Repugnant committee chairman from Texas. The infighting in different states will cause the rights of reef smokers to come at too slow a pace. We need one loud voice, not bickering. It is a proven fact (Please don’t make me cite my sources.) that the Prop 19 of 2010 was defeated because of the greed of: 1. the Mexican immigrants who make a living from smuggling. (60% of Latinos voted “NO”.) 2. the LA medicinal community. See map - 3. the reef farmers in the three “Emerald Triangle” counties. See same map.
Wed, 02/08/2012 - 1:16pm Permalink

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