For immediate release, May 31, 2011
2012 Ballot Initiatives Update (05/31/11)
Wed. June 1, 2011
Review and Comment Hearing on MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER 2012 ballot
House Committee Room 0109
Basement of the State Capitol Building
200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO
On Wed., June 1, the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER alliance will have
a Review and Comment Meeting with the Colorado Office of Legislative
and Legal Services and the Colorado Legislative Council to review
the language of the 8 ballot initiatives they filed on May 19. The
purpose of the meeting is for the State of Colorado to give comment
on the language to make sure it expresses
the intent of the authors.
The Review and Comment Meeting is open to the public, but no public
comment will be taken.
There will also be a written review of the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER
initiatives posted on the Colorado Legislative Council web page
at 1:30pm on 6/1.
Legalize2012.com has been working on a Colorado legalization ballot
initiative campaign since May 2010. We became aware that the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER
alliance was close to finishing their own initiative on May 12,
2011, when they gave Legalize 2012 a draft of one of their initiatives.
However, a week later the MDSS alliance filed 8 versions of their
initiative without warning.
Surprised, Legalize2012.com complained to the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER
alliance that none of the cannabis reform groups in the state had
been asked to comment on their final language before the initiatives
were filed. The MDSS alliance countered that they had solicited
comments on vague "legalization ideas" several months
previous. Steve Fox of the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group
the Marijuana Policy Project, one of the main authors of the Colorado
initiatives, told Legalize2012.com in an email last week that changes
could only be made to their initiative IF the suggested changes
were discussed during the Review and Comment Hearing and only IF
the proposed changes were in direct "response to something
discussed at the hearing." Similarly, Mason Tvert of SAFER
sent out an email last week that said that they could make "only
slight changes to the language if they seem necessary."
We could not find a final version of the initiatives on the Sensible
or SAFER websites, so we posted the versions Sensible sent us after
they were filed.
Strangely, the MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER alliance had agreed to participate
in a community policy debate on June 22, to try to find unity among
Colorado cannabis reform groups on initiative language for the 2012
ballot. Since their alliance filed their initiatives without warning
and can make only "slight" changes to it, it is unclear
whether they are still interested in participating in this community
Wed., June 22, 2011
Great Legalization Debates of 2012 -- Part One
Casselman's Bar and Venue
2620 Walnut, Denver, CO
Participants: Legalize2012.com, Paul Danish (the Danish Plan), Rev.
Brandon Baker of the Greenfaith Ministry, MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER
alliance (invited) and others to be finalized soon
DESCRIPTION: Several Colorado groups have indicated that they are
going to try to put a citizen's initiative on the ballot in 2012
to "legalize" cannabis, but what does "legalization"
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?
In attempt to find unity among all the groups in Colorado who have
marijuana legalization ballot initiative language that they would
like to see enacted, 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.
Join us in this lively and friendly debate amongst legalization
supporters to determine the best path for a Colorado citizen's ballot
initiative in 2012.
The debate on June 22 will be moderated by Patricia Calhoun, editor
of Westword, Denver's alternative weekly newspaper. 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.
The Great Legalization Debates of 2012 are sponsored by:
P.O. Box 19084, Boulder, CO 80308