Tensions over Amendment 44 in Colorado have reached a fever pitch as self-appointed marijuana experts continue to emerge with absurb predictions.
A rally at the state Capitol on Friday morning turned into a shouting match between the groups for and against a proposed amendment that would legalize small amounts of marijuana in Colorado.
Gov. Bill Owens and the state's top law enforcement officers planned a press event on the west steps of the Capitol to urge voters to turn down Amendment 44, which would legalize adult possession of one ounce of marijuana.
Supporters of pot legalization tried to shout them down.
If Governor Owens is gonna say stuff like this, I canât say I blame them:
"In addition to human costs, legalizing marijuana is sure to have an economic impact on every Colorado citizen. These costs include increased costs for substance abuse treatment and other social programs as well as lost revenue due to decreased worker productivity.â
Once again, legalizing marijuana wonât increase treatment costs. It will reduce them dramatically. Most people in marijuana treatment are enrolled against their will following an arrest, which wonât happen anymore if Amendment 44 passes.
As for decreased worker productivity, show me some data and weâll talk. If the government had the guts to actually study this, theyâd find that marijuana users who havenât been hung out to dry by the criminal justice system are just as productive and successful as non-users; probably far more so than heavy drinkers. The data would then be buried and brought up only by us.
Next they gave the microphone to Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener:
Wegener, who is the president of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, said, "We are also concerned that legalizing marijuana will cause a spike in impaired driving fatalities and injuries caused by more motorists driving impaired on marijuana. The reality also exists that it is more difficult for law enforcement to detect impairment caused by marijuana and other drugs as compared to alcohol."
Clearly somethingâs got to be done about these mischievous stoners who are too sober to fail a sobriety test.
This is getting ridiculous. Is it so crazy that we want to try something different? Weâre asking to step back from a policy thatâs done nothing but piss people off for 70 years and these guys start giving prophesies of a great plague. What do they know?