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Denver voters want marijuana legalized

November 3, 2005

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— Residents of the Mile High City have voted to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults. Authorities, though, said state possession laws will be applied instead.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, 54 percent, or 56,001 voters, cast ballots for the ordinance, while 46 percent, or 48,632 voters, voted against it.

Under the measure, residents over 21 years old could possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

"We educated voters about the facts that marijuana is less harmful to the user and society than alcohol," said Mason Tvert, campaign organizer for SAFER, or Safer Alternatives For Enjoyable Recreation. "To prohibit adults from making the rational, safer choice to use marijuana is bad public policy."

Bruce Mirken of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project said he hoped the approval will launch a national trend toward legalizing a drug whose enforcement he said causes more problems than it cures.

Seattle, Oakland, Calif., and a few college towns already have laws making possession the lowest law enforcement priority.

The Denver proposal seemed to draw at least as much attention for supporters' campaign tactics as it did for the question of legalizing the drug.

Tvert argued that legalizing marijuana would reduce consumption of alcohol, which he said leads to higher rates of car accidents, domestic and street violence and crime.

The group criticized Mayor John Hickenlooper for opposing the proposal, noting his ownership of a popular brewpub. It also said recent violent crimes - including the shootings of four people last weekend - as a reason to legalize marijuana to steer people away from alcohol use.

Those tactics angered local officials and some voters. Opponents also said it made no sense to prevent prosecution by Denver authorities while marijuana charges are most often filed under state and federal law.

The measure would not affect the medical marijuana law voters approved in 2000. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that medical marijuana laws in Colorado and nine other states would not protect licensed users from federal prosecution.

Comments

sweatpeagj 8 years, 9 months ago

I just hope that this is something that would be looked at in every state. I have always believed that it was safer to smoke marijuana than drink or smoke tobacco. I have never been around someone who was high on dope that has wanted to fight or get violent. I have seen everytime I have gone to a bar seen people get angry and violent. Yeah Denver.

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red6102003 8 years, 9 months ago

You know I don't use marijuanna and even if legalized still wouldn't. I did when I was younger in High School going through the experimenting phase.But that fact is this is no diffrent than when alcohol was illegal. All it did is create orginized crime like we have now in the form of gangs. I say we make it legal and tax the hell out of it to fund schools and the local economy. Everybody seems to be in denial, but about 80%-90% of americans have smoked pot in there life. And millions of people still do today it is something that cannot be stopped.So if an adult chooses to smoke pot that should be there right.Pots not going to make you go out commit crimes. Yeah you may increase your cost for groceries, but that goes back to helping the local economy. I have never known anyone who smoked pot and got into somekind of a violent crime. Your to happy when your high to be violent. That's how I see it.

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BOE 8 years, 9 months ago

Red

Though I agree with most of the points you are making, the last figures I've seen for the % of the US population having tried marijuana is very close to one-third.

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red6102003 8 years, 9 months ago

yeah but you cannot go by those numbers because alot of people lie. Look at bill clinton he didn't smoke pot because he didn't inhale. Alot people lie because if it came out that they did.It it would be damaging to they're carreers.

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