Nov 292015
 November 29, 2015

colorado legalizes marijuanaMarijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet were very certain that Colorado voters would regret voting for marijuana legalization in 2012. Three years later, there is no buyer’s remorse in Colorado. In fact, the same percentage of voters that approved marijuana legalization in Colorado on Election Day 2012 stated that they still support it according to a poll recently released by Quinnipiac University. Per 9News:

Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters say they support the voter-passed law that legalized marijuana in the state, while 41 percent are opposed. And 53 percent said they believe that legalizing marijuana has been good for the state.

There’s a large gender gap when it comes to marijuana approval rates. Men are higher in the votes while woman are divided on the issue. Forty-five percent are saying it’s a good thing, and 47 percent believe marijuana is negatively affecting the state.

55.32% of Colorado voters voted ‘yes’ on Election Day 2012 for Amendment 64. I don’t expect Kevin Sabet to change his tune after the release of these poll results. However, I do expect him to look even dumber than usual if/when he continues to act like marijuana legalization in Colorado hasn’t worked. Colorado’s citizens have spoken, again, and they have expressed that they like their decision to legalize marijuana. I expect similar results in every other state that follows in Colorado’s footsteps.

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  47 Responses to “Colorado: 55% Of Voters Still Support Marijuana Legalization”

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    It’s so perverse that women are leading the opposition to weed. Women need to protect themselves and their children by making sure there is a legal, far safer alternative to killer alcohol. Women prohibs are letting the bigots and control freaks and special interests pull the wool over their eyes.

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      It may be more related to age than gender. Opposition to MJ legalization is highly concentrated among voters 65 and over, where there is a larger percentage of women relative to younger voting groups. I would like to see the numbers for men vs women within each age group to confirm (or refute) this.

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        Kevin Sabet is only 35

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          Doesn’t matter what age Kevin Sabet is, he’s old, and so are you.

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            Is it possible that skoallio is on Sabat’s payroll(or maybe it is Kevin, they have almost the same level of knowledge)? All the disposable income from his obscenely large speaking fees has to go somewhere. Whenever skoallio shows up on a legalization article’s comment board he mentions his admiration and adoration for Sabat. Click on the skoallio hotlink and read the rhetoric.

            On the other hand maybe it’s The Donald incognito honing his wit and admiring his own brilliance.

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            Personally, I think what he posts is mockery aimed at Kevin Sabet. I could be wrong, but I sense a satirical wit there.

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            Possibly, but his posts go back for 2 years(just click on his name) with the same rhetoric including accolades for Rehab Ranger Patrick Kennedy. He sounds like a 1950s pre-adolescent fan of rock stars when it comes to Sabat and Kennedy. That’s a long time to maintain character without taking a bow or growing up. I think what you see is what you get and it wouldn’t surprise me if he wears a tinfoil hat.

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            I have to recant on some of the above. After reading more of his posts he says he’s for legalization but seems to think Sabat and Kennedy are the ‘caped dynamic duo’ and can not be defeated because they always convince their audiences that they ‘know’ Cannabis is bad and they have the fancy visuals with bells and whistles that are irrefutable.
            I’ve had enough futility for one day. See youall down the road.

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            He’s not here to have a serious discussion with anyone, which I guess is the definition of a troll. It is an exercise in futility to think you can talk with him, but sometimes I take the bait anyway.

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            Ah, so that’s where troll comes from. Trolling around and getting someone to take the bait. I never got past thinking about Golem the troll. Or maybe Golem and the hobbits helped the usage take off too.

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            He predicted that the legalization measures in Colorado, Washington and Oregon would all be defeated. I remember on this blog he asserted that Sabet’s “marijuana education” tour in Oregon would sink measure 91. What did become of the “marijuana education” tour is that it was exposed for spending taxpayer dollars and using state e-mail accounts of public officials to promote a political issue, in violation of state campaign laws, and consequently it was greatly scaled back, they had to scramble for private funding at the last minute, and the organizers were put on the defensive for the rest of the campaign. Skoallio is a concern troll who seems to think that Kev Kev is some kind of invincible god. He has been proven wrong over and over again, yet just keeps doubling down on his assertions, no matter how often they are disproved.

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          Whatever his age, it’s obvious that Kev-Kev has never tried it, hence knows not what he’s talking about. He’s a virgin pontificating about the perils of pre-marital sex. In another day and age, he’d be riding in on his Unicorn to warn us of the horrors of self-abuse, complete with eye-charts to convince the guilty that they should at least stop by the time they need glasses.

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          A 35 year old moron then.

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          All you have to do is follow the money and Kevin Sabet’s position and motivation for it become very clear. Sabet is the mouth piece for the drug rehabilitation industry. Legalization of cannabis cuts into the drug rehabilitation industry’s profits enormously. In states where cannabis is illegal persons caught with small amounts of cannabis tend to be forced into drug rehabilitation as part of their sentence or as a diversion from sentencing. Losing this easy money can actually bankrupt many rehabilitation centers. It is no wonder why they fund the FUD campaign that is Kevin Sabet’s Project SAM.

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          It’s astonishing he has managed to become such a corrupt and hypocritical charlatan in those few years!

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            I agree, but we need to be more persuasive in efforts to legalize. We certainly do not need the Ohio pattern to take shape again. As far as Ohio, fuck you if you did not get out to vote.

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          He is one taco eating packman. Thank god I don’t look like that. We have already taken his wait and see approach. Colorado and other states that have legalized are doing just fine. The sky has not fallen little chicken.

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        That’s a good point. I’m guessing that doesn’t account for the majority of the difference, but it has to be a factor.

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      I think there’s a larger stigma for women who use cannabis. I’m not one to play that card usually, but there’s a definite implication that male “stoners” might be stupid and immature, but women who associate themselves with that are easy and oblivious – like burnout groupies.

      On the other hand, the support and influence of women in activism for medical marijuana has been a pretty strong force in changing public opinion, especially the past few years. Especially if you’re in the child-bearing years because mom-material certainly doesn’t try to make it easier for children to get illicit drugs.

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    Pretty discouraging to me that more than 40% of Colorado voters still want to take away from their fellow citizens the right to use a substance that has now been conclusively proved to be far safer than alcohol in Colorado when it is legal. And you know a lot of that 40% are Tea Party types, often alcohol users, who go on and on about how important their freedom is, and refuse to even have an honest discussion about why cannabis users don’t deserve freedom. When it comes to cannabis all these freedom lovers want to do is give orders. Their motto is liberty and justice for us and our buddies. They should really stop being such hypocritical pigs.

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      Marijuana is bad for you. It causes schizophrenia, reductions in IQ and psychosis. All the latest studies point to the same conclusion. Listen to what legitimate reputable scientists have to say.

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        The majority of legitimate and reputable scientists are lining up behind the legalization of marijuana. I suspect you are referring to that highly suspect report floated out of the UK recently about psychosis being tied to high powered weed.
        You really need to read all viewpoints and studies and not just the ones that reinforce your beliefs.

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          You’re overestimating the depth and quality of the opposition. Facts only confuse those who won’t change their minds.
          I’ve been waiting to see the King’s College, Pa, USA study you cited and it’s peer reviews. Still don’t understand most of the UK media’s rabid “Reefer Madness” when the pro legalization trends of the general population are mirroring the rest of the English speaking world’s attitudes.
          I love the Brits ‘Feed the birds’ that sow Cannabis seeds in public places and keep their Bobbies occupied with playing whack-a-mole.

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        If you had credible citations for your specious claims, I would follow up your words with some research, but you don’t. Therefore, they remain a mere opinion without a source. Fools play.

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        First of all, let me educate u on weed. Not all weed is created equal, different strains, different species, such as indica, vs sativa, hybrid, edibles etc, depending on CONSUMPTION method , vaporizer, ,bong, joint type of person, mood, how much when, where, indoors, outdoors in nature, alone vs friends.
        Besides, like I said there are literally 100’s of different kinds of weed strains. As far as causing schizophrenia, or going crazy, conventional, big pharma, (A TRILLION DOLLAR MAFIA, CRIMINAL CORPORATION, CAUSES schizophrenia, depression, and deaths .ARE U A GOVERNMENT AGEN, OR SOMEONE WHO WORKS FOR BIG PHARMA? )

        Again, let me teach u about weed, yes, some weed strains can cause paranoia, and or anxiety, depression etc. For example if u have panic disorder and or anxiety disorders, u might want to stay away from sativas, like sour diesl, which if over done, can make u hyper aware. Or, if u are proned to paranoia, don’t smoke Durban poison ,a psychedelic sativa strain. If u have severe depression, stay away from most kush indicas, as they can sometimes bring out, or amplifie depression. (try cheese, purple, blueberry indicas if u need medicine for pain, insomnia, stress, anxiety, or muscle spasms, these indicas are more uplifting, yet mellow, type of effects /high. ) Or u can try hybrids, which are great for depression, and anxiety. As u can see, weed is real medicine, not all are the same. I hope I was able to educate u a bit on this magical, mystical, spiritual, healing, natural plant, that has been around for at least 5 thousand years. Remember, my friend EDUCATION IZ KEY! Do your research, lefly. Com or medical marijuana. net are some websites that can help u learn about all kinds of weed, their effects, good bad, etc. It’s like a virtual med school of the future. PEACE!

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          Nah, don’t waste your breath, skoallio is in love with Kevin ‘I AM an authority’ Sabat, especially his visual aids and bells and whistles. He believes if you can’t provide a PowerPoint type presentation with a whole lot of pretty pictures and graphs you’re obviously not telling the truth. When you run into idolizers of used a car salesman best to not confuse them with the facts, they’re already confused. I don’t know what skoallio hopes to prove by repeating his already dis-proven rants to informed activists but he’sh can be a nuisance. Check out Sabat’s bio and you’ll understand the lack of depth and the quality of skoallio’s opinion.

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        Jeez, is that some lame-ass trolling; talk about a reduction in IQ, so what’s your excuse … ?!

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        Yes, listen to what scientist have to say. But first be aware that many published studies cited in the mainstream media are not as legitimate as you may think.

        The Editors in Chief of Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine have made serious charges about the reliability of such studies. Dr. Richard Horton of the Lancet: “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.” http://www.thelancet(dot)com/pdfs/journals/lancet

        And

        Dr. Marcia Angell longtime Editor in Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine said: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine”

        The much cited 2012 Duke University study asserting that adolescents who use cannabis risk a 8 point IQ drop is based on one of those flawed studies. Uncritically cited in the headlines and used by ignorant prohibitionists as “compelling evidence” of harm from cannabis use.

        However, as with most studies the devil is in the details and not in the headlines. https://www.washingtonpost[dot]com/news/wonk/wp/2014/10/22/no-marijuana-use-doesnt-lower-your-iq/

        IQ tests are abstract, narrowly defined, reductionistic attempts to measure and quantify something that is far more complex and holistic than a simple test or lab experiment can shed light on. It is like trying to understand the complexity and intelligence of the cannabis plant interacting with another intelligent system, the endocannabinoid system, by using synthetic THC (Marinol) on lab mice to determine the effect of cannabis on humans living in the complex, real world. Both will give you only a superficial understanding of IQ and cannabis.

        The association between cannabis use and schizophrenia is not that it causes schizophrenia, but rather that it provides therapeutic relief from the symptoms of schizophrenia. http://psychcentral[dot]com/news/2013/12/10/harvard-marijuana-doesnt-cause-schizophrenia/63148.html The healing potential of cannabis allows someone suffering from schizophrenia to self-medicate safely and find relief from the symptoms without having to use government/corporate approved anti-psychotic drugs that have dangerous side effects. Cannabis is remarkably neuroprotective and enhancing of brain structure and function. Cannabis gives children immediate and profound relief from gran mal seizures; it enhances cognitive function and heightens and broadens consciousness and promotes neurogenesis. http://www.naturalnews[dot]com/051164_cannabinoids_mental_capacity_marijuana.html#

        What cannabis offers is something far better and more important than IQ points. I offers an increase in “EQ” Empathy quotient. It expands our perceptional horizons and allows us to see and experience the deeper connections we have with one another and the natural world and makes us more aware and sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. This is what the world needs more of, not high IQ sociopaths who are very competent at preying on and exploiting others — the sociopaths need the healing herb most of all.

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          All wasted on skoallio, who isn’t here to discuss or debate, but I enjoyed reading it.
          I suspect that weed could be useful in a psychotherapeutic setting for people with schizophrenia, in addition to its self-medicating use for symptom relief. It needs to be studied without further delay, it should have been studied more than 50 years ago.

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        So you are making that comment on The Weed Blog? Interesting. Exactly what do you think the response might be? Do you think you might “convert” one of us regular readers into seeing the light and throwing away our smoke? No, you don’t. You might work for the DEA, but I would expect something a little more nuanced from them. Maybe you are Kevin Sabet or one of his flunkies? Or more likely, just another brainwashed AM radio talk show addict.

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        Studies by King University in London, funny how all the studies focus on heavy users, which is yet to be defined. This term is equivalent to saying how much alcohol consumption it takes to define an alcoholic. Also if there studies are with long term users where did they get them from mental institutions, give me a break. There were studies on the monkeys done at the University of Alabama in the 80’s. They also said the cannabis killed brain cells; however, further studies showed that what was killing the monkeys brain cell was the rigged gas masks used to administer the dosing. Lack of oxygen was the actual cause for brain cell death. Do believe studies that involve qualifiers such as could, can may, maybe, a new study suggests and a few others because what is contained in those reports is utter bullshit.

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      It might be “conclusively proven”. But it hasn’t been “conclusively communicated” to the public yet. We’re working on it but look at the progress we’ve made in the past 10 years.

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        I know, but all that money coming in year after year to be used to build schools in Colorado, the same money that cartels and gangs are being deprived of, police being able to focus on serious crime, economic development, more people smiling, they want to turn their backs on all this. And it’s Republicans who go on and on about freedom who are leading the charge against freedom

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          It’s not JUST Republicans. There’s still about 25-30% of Democrats who oppose legalization as well. Yes there’s a larger % of Republicans that do. But demographically it’s the 60 yrs old and older Republicans that oppose it. The percentages of approval drastically increases the younger the Republican who’s polled.

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            All true, but still it’s Republicans who go on and on about freedom who are leading the charge against freedom, admittedly with help from
            control freaks like Cuomo, Wasserman-Schultz and Feinstein, just to name a few key Democrat bigots.

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      you judgmental hypocrite. Insulting folks that don’t agree with your politics is a really dumb way to lose support. I know tons of baby boomer “tea party types” that want legalized weed in their states. I hope you are not representative of anyone except your petty little pig self.

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        But I didn’t say that all Teas are opposed to weed (I could have been more explicit about that), and I don’t despise everyone who is opposed to legalizing weed, just the ones who refuse to have an full and honest discussion about weed, which pretty much is all of them in my experience.
        My only beef with the Teas supporting legal weed is that they are not confronting the alcohol supremacist bigot control freaks within their ranks. People whose guiding star is freedom have a particular responsibility to explain why they think some folks don’t deserve any, and the Tea Party organizations are shirking that responsibility in spectacular fashion!

        And it’s rich for you to call me judgmental, the people who are being judgmental are the people who have the unmitigated gall to use killer alcohol and use the hammer of the law (cops with guns) to judge other folks for using a far safer substance, plenty of Teas are so barbaric that they are even opposed to medicinal weed, God help their souls. Telling people who need medicine to drop dead, it doesn’t get any more judgmental than that, does it?

        Do The Teas believe in liberty and justice for all, or only for themselves and their buddies? As things stand these self-proclaimed lovers of freedom are being uber hypocrites when it comes to cannabis and their own use of alcohol.

        The pigs are the scumbag hypocrites who say one thing (don’t do drugs) and do another (get drunk). You just don’t like hearing them called on it.

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        Get real, the pigs are the people who use alcohol and have the unmitigated gall to tell other folks they can’t use a far safer substance, especially when they go on and on about how they are the only true defenders of freedom. Straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, enemies of freedom parading around as its biggest defender. I’m not talking about all Tea Party members, just the cannabis hating hypocrite scum, especially the alcohol using, cannabis hating hypocrite scum.

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        I’ll boil it down for ya. Using alcohol imposes a special responsibility on people to explain why they deserve freedom but cannabis users don’t. Being a Tea Party member, whose proclaimed guiding light is freedom, imposes the same special responsibility. Being against weed and being both a Tea and an alcohol user doubles the hypocrisy ante into pure fascist league.

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    Those numbers are distorted because of the non-registered illegals who can’t speek up and the non-voters too. I have friends out there and have visited many times. There are a lot more supporters than polled. I think in near to come polls and figures, the percentages will show more favorable for legalizing. Also, there’s still a stigma associated w/reform so a lot of business owners stay out of public view on this issue unless their business is in the business of marijuana.

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      Politicians don’t care about those who DON’T vote! That’s why you’ll even see polls of “MOST likely voters” for polls, in place of “Registered Voters”. If you don’t participate in the system, they really could give a ? LESS what you think. You don’t participate so you WON’T vote them out! So why WOULD they care WHAT they think?

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    Hey skaolio, I been smoking for 30 yrs and I’m not stupid, crazy , psychotic, physically addicted, a burn out, etc. Get a life. You been drinkin the government kool aid

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    Speaking of Colorado, I was there almost 2 years ago in March. HEAVENLY EXPERIENCE, LITERALLY! I recommend 3 great weed doctors, THC, the herbal center, located on Broadway in Denver, AWESOME SELECTION, ,more quality vs quantity, sour d, bd, silver leomon haze, og kush, etc. Plus knowledgeable staff. Another one is medicine man, also good bud. Finally native roots, these guys(girls), are the epidimey of what the future of weed doctors should be. They are professional, knowledgeable, caring for each individual, (they have a great waiting system. ) plus variety, quality, at least 2 locations in Denver. PEACE!

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    It’s disappointing to read that “47 percent believe marijuana is negatively affecting the state.”
    I would like to see some of the reasons behind those opinions.
    Some examples of what they see as negative would be informative.

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      47% of “Women” thought it was negatively affecting Colorado. HELL, that’s just MOM’S! They’ll do ANYTHING to protect their children. Marijuana has been associated with Heroin and Meth for SO long now, these Mothers are bound to oppose it!

      I’ll bet you, IF you ask the same questions in this survey and substitute the word Alcohol for Marijuana. You’d probably get about the SAME percentage, who believe that Alcohol is as detrimental to Colorado, as we’ve got with marijuana

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    That guy Sabet is such a joke. He bases his whole rediclouis argument on propaganda portraded by the media and unscientific studies that are as real as the last Harry potter book. I would love to be at one of his speeches and just crap all over him with facts and truths . that guy is pure evil that’s why all he does is lie. Lying about a plant God made is a sin and calling a plant a racial slur is a sin. It is also like yelling to the world ” I am a dip s÷=t that believes anything”

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    Sabet looks like he has had too many tacos at the moment. We have taken the let’s wait and see long enough. We waited, we saw and all is good in the states that have legalized such as Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and DC. The skies have not fallen in fact they bluer and more beautiful than before legalization. The heck with reefer madness. I hope Massachusetts does not commit the mistakes that the weak mind folks of Ohio did. They actually believed the definition of monopoly handed to them by the state officials. I guess now they will have to wait god know how long before they get another shot at legalizing.

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