Respect Colorado voters and stop prosecuting adults for marijuana
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Mitch Morrissey

Respect Colorado voters and stop prosecuting adults for marijuana

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      Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

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November 2012

Victory

You spoke and District Attorney Mitch Morrissey listened! Last evening, the Denver District Attorney's Office announced that it will be joining Boulder County in dropping pending cases of marijuana possession. This is a huge development on the heels of the announcement by Boulder District Attorney's Office earlier this week that it will begin implementing Amendment 64. And it is part of a larger wave of officials now saying they will begin following the initiative, including police and prosecutors in Mesa and La Plata counties (which include the cities of Grand Junction and Durango, respectively).

When Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, they sent a clear message to law enforcement officials that adults 21 and older should not be made criminals for using marijuana. Yet, in Denver, where the bulk of the state's marijuana arrests occur, and where the city's voters previously passed initiatives to make adult possession legal and establish it as the city's lowest law enforcement priority, prosecutions are still taking place.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey defied voters' wishes on both of those occasions, but now that voters statewide have joined in the call for an end to the prosecutions, we cannot allow him to defy them again. He has the ability to stop prosecuting cases of adult marijuana possession, and there is no good reason why he or any other prosecutor should continue seeking criminal penalties for conduct that will soon be legal. In fact, county prosecutors in Colorado and Washington, where voters adopted a similar ballot initiative last week, have already begun to dismiss hundreds of pending cases of adult marijuana possession.

Please join us in asking District Attorney Morrissey to respect the will of Colorado voters by dismissing all pending cases – and no longer filing cases – in which the sole charge is possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by an adult 21 or older.

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    • karin wrape FRASER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      I THINK WE SHOULD TAKE THE DRUG DEALERS JOBS FROM THEM, AND AS ADULTS WE SHOULD HAVE ANOTHER CHOICE THAN ALCOHOL, AS A SOCIAL THING TO ENJOY, IT WILL GREATLY DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL RELATED INCIDENTS BY SIMPLY PROVIDING ANOTHER CHOICE, FOR OVER 30 YEARS PINBALL WAS ILLEGAL IN THE U.S., BUT BECAUSE IT WAS DECRIMINALIZED, I GOT TO PLAY PINBALL WHEN I WAS GROWING UP. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHOOSE WHAT WE CAN USE RECREATIONALLY, IF WE ARE OVER THE AGE OF 21, AND QUIT SAYING POT IS A GATEWAY DRUG TO MORE HARMFUL THINGS,AS THAT SIMPLY IS NOT TRUE. I THINK IF THE FOLKS THAT WERE FIGHTING THE CIVIL WAR WOULD HAVE JUST SAT AND SMOKED A BOWL, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO HUNGRY TO MURDER EACH OTHER, AND IT IS A PLANT, FOR CHRISTS' SAKES, NOT METH, IF THE COPS WILL USE THE TIME FREED UP BY NOT PROSECUTING MARIJUANA CASES, THEY WILL HAVE MORE TIME TO FIGHT THE GROWING METHAMPHETAMINE PROBLEM- METH IS THE REAL DANGER, NOT POT!!!KARIN WRAPE, FRASER, CO.

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    • Dorsey Delavigne BOULDER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Even tho these laws may be on the books, the majority do not want them enforced. So Mr. M is prosecuting because he know better?

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    • Carol Cromie COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Get the backlog cleared up for more important crimes!

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    • James Tranter DENVER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      We continue to waste money on a losing war on drugs.

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    • Mark Priest GRAND JUNCTION, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because my wife is a survivor of breast cancer for 24 years but still battling with it. And research shows that THC kills cancer cells, chemotherapy kills people. Chemo killed my dad in 1974, my sister in-law in 2000 and my brother in 2011. It's an herb and a plant that grows on planet earth for many reasons, it's even a complete nutritional food source. We personally don't use it recreationaly but think it's really stupid to incarcerate people for trying to medicate with this magnificent healing herb just because the government decided to outlaw it in 1937 in favor of some corporate giants who would benefit by its removal. Our world would be a totally different place if that had not happened. The users who do use it for recreational reasons are much more civil than those that I know who use alcohol.

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