MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER Colorado Initiative is Not
"It would be inaccurate to call this legalization,"
Steve Fox, Washington D.C. lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project
and the main co-author of the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER eight ballot
initiatives that were filed with the Secretary of State on May 19,
2011, says their initiatives should not be considered "legalization."
This announcement came at the Title Board held a hearing on June
15, 2011 to se the titles for the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER eight ballot
initiatives. The ballot title is the short description of the ballot
initiative and it is what voters will see on the ballot when they
go to vote on a measure. The Title Board sets the language of the
title, in a way that fairly and accurately describes the initiative
so that voters know what they are voting on.
The Title Board wanted to put the word "legalization"
in the title, but the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER alliance argued strongly
against it. Steve Fox argued that the word "legalization"
should not be included in the ballot title for their initiative
because it would be misleading to voters. He said, "Tomatoes
are legal, you can buy them anywhere. Tomatoes have been legalized.
As you've seen with medical marijuana, it's a highly regulated system
by a regulatory agency and not what we're proposing that marijuana
be regulated because it's entirely unregulated right now."
Mason Tvert of SAFER and their attorney Ed Ramey both also argued
that their initiatives consisted of more regulation, not less. They
stated that their initiative was definitely not "legalization"
as the term is commonly understood.
Legalize2012.com, testified to the Title Board that they would
be "happy to own that term." Legalize2012.com representatives
pointed out that the MPP/DPA initiatives were very much modeled
after the Medical Marijuana Program, which has resulted in hundreds
of pages of new laws and regulations, not fewer. They agreed that
the MPP/DPA initiative could not be considered "legalization"
and told the title board that Legalize2012.com was bringing forth
a different ballot initiative that would be "true legalization."
Steve Fox testified that Legalize2012.com representatives "made
our point better than we have, which is, legalization is not what
this is." Fox continued to say that Leglize2012.com "said
it clearly, and they're going to propose an initiative regarding
the legalization of marijuana. What we are doing is regulating marijuana.
There is a significant legal difference. It would be inaccurate
to call this legalization."
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