Jun 162011
 June 16, 2011

colorado marijuanaGreat Legalization Debates of 2012 — Round One
Join Us in Shaping Cannabis Policy for the 21st Century
Wed., June 22, 2011
6:30pm

Casselman’s Bar and Venue, 2620 Walnut, Denver, CO

Free and Open to the Public

Moderated by Patricia Calhoun of Westword

Several Colorado groups are interested in putting a citizen’s initiative on the ballot in 2012 to amend the state Constitution to “legalize” cannabis, but what does “legalization” really mean? Can all these groups work together to create true legalization based on cannabis freedom? In attempt to find unity among these groups, Legalize2012.com has organized the “Great Legalization Debates of 2012″. The goal of the debates is to discuss ideas, policy and strategy on what will work best to protect Colorado cannabis consumers from arrest, prosecution and discrimination. Colorado is a model for the rest of the country, yet we don’t have a clear idea of what is the best cannabis law for the state.

Participants:
– Legalize2012.com: The Cannabis and Hemp Relegalization Act
– Paul Danish, former Boulder County Commissioner and Boulder City
Councilman: The Danish Plan
– Rev. Brandon Baker of the Greenfaith Ministry: The Homebrew Model
– Mason Tvert, MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER: The DOR/Law Enforcement/Oligopoly
Model
– Kathleen Chippi, Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project: The
“Inalienable Right” model. Amend Article 2, Section 3 of the Colorado
Constitution
– Corey Donahue, Crazy for Justice: Free Colorado Cannabis Act
– Rico Colibri, C.A.R.E.

With increasing public support for legalization, the question is not when cannabis will be re-legalized, but how it will be re-legalized. Cannabis hasn’t been legal in Colorado for all adults since 1937. Will Colorado’s new legalization look like it did in the early 1900s, or will it look like something new in the 21st Century? Now is the time for a Cannabis Constitutional Convention, so we can all get together and discuss the future of cannabis in Colorado.

Join us in this lively and friendly debate amongst legalization supporters to determine the best path for a Colorado citizen’s ballot initiative to amend the Constitution in 2012. The MPP/DPA/SAFER/Sensible alliance has already filed their initiative, and the language cannot be changed. So their participation in the debate is not to find unity, but to explain the language that was crafted largely by out-of-state lobbyists (Steve Fox from Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C was the main co-author) to give the Department of Revenue law enforcement division sweeping powers over all cannabis in Colorado. The other groups plan on working together through the fall to come up with ballot initiative language that has a broad base of support in the state, and will be taking public input on the language for several months after this debate.

MODERATED BY PATRICIA CALHOUN OF WESTWORD
Patricia Calhoun, editor of Westword, Denver’s alternative weekly newspaper, has agreed to moderate the debate. Calhoun has hosted many political debates in her long career covering Colorado politics. Westword has covered Colorado cannabis politics extensively, so Calhoun will be the perfect unbiased referee to what is sure to be a heated discussion.

VENDORS WANTED
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Please copy and redistribute this announcement.

Printable PDF Poster:
http://www.legalize2012.com/news/debates/debate.poster1.pdf

The Great Legalization Debates of 2012 are sponsored by:
Legalize2012.com
“Take the Greed Out of the Weed”
P.O. Box 19084, Boulder, CO 80308
Phone: 877-420-4205
Web: http://www.Legalize2012.com

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  • http://A420Nation.com Stephen Keenans

    Its only right. If it helps people why not? We need Mmj in Texas. Free the weed. Blessings

  • ConservativeChristian

    Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child 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. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.
    Next step: How about $100 for a permit to grow a dozen plants? We can use the money for our schools, and it will put the drug gangs out of business for good!

    • dave

      How about we legalize it and sell it like a legitimate product? Why the permit for growing? Some people like to say everyone will just grow it so there won’t be as big a profit as others think off of MJ merchandise, but how many people are willing to wait a month to brew some beer? I’m sure the big alcohol manufacturers are quivering in their boots because there isn’t a permit for personal brewing… People should need a permit to ferment! We’re losing so much money! 2012 for fermenting permits! Unless of course you’re a drug dealing decriminalization proponent.

      Sorry, just sounds a lot like some of the misleading laws of the early 20th century. Non-existent permits, or those that are impossible to qualify for, will probably start popping up in a system like that. Anti-MJ people in office tend to fight it tooth and nail. Once the permits are in place they make a few tweaks and we’re back to square one. There’s already a history of this happening, why play into it? We have a pretty good system for other regulated substances (tobacco, alcohol, and firearms), I don’t see why people have to invent some crazy new system.

  • Truth Sets You Free

    Unfortunately the people who are putting this event on, CTI (Cannabis Therapy Institute) have recently been uncovered as Anti-Semites when CTI’s CEO was found displaying nazi swastikas linking to anti-Jewish websites, on her levellers.org website <they have since been removed). Furthermore, a low-life named Tim Tipton (google: Tim Tipton CO MMJ scam) is fully involved with CTI, more so than any other person say their CEO….

    • you need the truth to set u free

      give it up you moron. The only truthful thing is the name of the Cannabis Therapy Institute. CTI has no CEO. And no board. CTI is comprised of local activists who support patient, caregiver and physicians rights. Your clearly not FREE because you do not speak the truth.