Update below: Last month, a majority of attendees at the Denver Republican Assembly backed Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. And enthusiasm is even more widespread among Democrats. Saturday’s Dem state convention and assembly in Pueblo formally supported Amendment 64 — an action that proves to proponent Mason Tvert that the measure has growing appeal across party lines.
“While there may be more support among Democrats and independents, this is quickly becoming a popular position,” Tvert says. “Supporting an end to marijuana prohibition and regulating marijuana like alcohol is a position that spans the political and ideological spectrum.”
This view is echoed by Cindy Lowery-Graber, chair of the Denver Democratic Party. In a statement, she argues that “this is a mainstream issue. Polls show that more than 60 percent of Democrats and a solid majority of independents believe marijuana should be treated like alcohol. A broad coalition is forming in support of Amendment 64 and I am proud to say that it now includes the Colorado Democratic Party.”
Indeed, fifteen counties, including eight of the ten largest, have adopted resolutions supporting the regulation of marijuana like alcohol. They are: El Paso, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer, Boulder, Douglas, Weld, Pueblo, Garfield, Eagle, La Plata, Delta, Routt, Elbert and Pitkin.
In the meantime, what’s been the response to the pro-marijuana-regulation billboard recently erected near Sports Authority Field at Mile High? “Incredibly positive,” Tvert maintains. “It’s sparked a lot of conversation, which was the purpose. We saw it quickly spread on the Internet, and we also encouraged people to take action and share the billboard with friends and family, to start a discussion about marijuana and why it makes sense to end marijuana prohibition. These are the kinds of discussions that will result in more support for regulating marijuana like alcohol, and we’ll be continuing to foster them.”
This is how it has to happen. From the states up… eventually national politicians will get on board. We can’t expect it to happen at the federal level first.
Obama is being a shill on this issue.
Do some looking around, there were sound bites on NPR about how he thinks we should continue the war on drugs and that legalization is not a viable solution and would cause more harm. Which goes against almost every study on the issue.