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In 2005 voters in the city of Denver voted to remove criminal penalties for adult possession of marijuana. In 2006 the state of Colorado voters declined to vote for legalization, but many cities in Colorado voted to support the measure by large margins.

Sensible Colorado is working to pass marijuana legalization initiatives in additional towns and cities in Colorado.

To run an initiative in your town it would take several dedicated individuals and a few hundred dollars to start. It is easy in Colorado to determine if your county supports legalization

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The University of Colorado chapter of NORML National Organization for Marijuana Reform is hosting a day long forum on marijuana issues in Colorado.

Schedule of events

I will attempt to Live blog the event.

crossposted at SquareState

If you have questions email me at randy80302 at gmail and I will attempt to get them answered.

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Would you pay $200 per month for internet service?

If I was serving my country in Afghanistan and wanted to stay in touch with my family and friends, I would. I remember the photos from early in the war of soldiers sitting in a room of computers e-mailing and blogging to their families and friends from government supplied computers.

My congressman Jared Polis blogged yesterday about his trip to the war zone and it got me reading soldier blogs and I was outraged by this when I read it and thought some light needed to be shined on this policy.

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In meetings in Mexico Attorney General Eric Holder said that as part of the solution to the violence in Mexico he would,

Mr. Holder said he was exploring ways to lower the minimum amount required for the federal prosecution of possession cases.

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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announces at a press conference today that neither Michael Phelps nor anyone else will be charged with a crime at the party where the infamous photo of Michael Phelps apparently smoking a bong was taken. Several people will be charged based on the drugs that were found when their houses were searched to investigate the incidents surrounding the photo.

National Drug Policy reform groups including the Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and SAFER have organized campaigns to publicize the issue.

Sheriff Lott, crawl back into your drug warrior cave or your armored personal carrier and focus on real crimes.

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Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 10:04 PM PST

I want to kill the Byrne Grants

by randy80302

I saw some news that shocked me into action. I have been reading the Drug War Chronicle for many years, three weeks ago I saw this

Feature: Narcs Cheer -- House Economic Stimulus Bill Would Give Byrne Grant Program $3 Billion Over Three Years

The party I had worked for, supported and loved was promoting a program that inflicts mass casualties on our own neighborhoods, erodes civil rights, imprisons innocents and petty criminals alike.

I want to educate progressive activists, politicians other drug policy reformers and motivate them to act.

Byrne grants are a program that Drug Task Forces that focus on small dealers and are mostly targeted on Black and Latino communities.

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http://coloradoindependent.com/...
photo from Colorado Independant of

the Colorado Independent reports that a campaign office manager for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign was arrested for molesting children of campaign volunteers while watching the child when the mother attended a Sarah Palin Rally.

This comes from the party that preaches family values and intolerance for Gay Rights. Expect quick statements from McCain spokesmen and Sarah Palin to claim she is the victim of a smear by the, "liberal media."

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The Stimulus bill includes a $3 Billion package that funds a program the has resulted on some egregious scandals including a case in Tulia, Texas.  

According to the ACLU:  

he most well-known Byrne-funded scandal occurred in Tulia, Texas where dozens of African American residents (representing nearly half of the adult black population) were arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to decades in prison, even though the only evidence against them was the uncorroborated testimony of one white undercover officer with a history of lying and racism. The undercover officer worked alone, and had no audio-tapes, video surveillance, or eyewitnesses to corroborate his allegations. Suspicions arose after two of the accused defendants were able to produce firm evidence showing they were out of state or at work at the time of the alleged drug buys. Texas Governor Rick Perry eventually pardoned the Tulia defendants (after four years of imprisonment), but these kinds of scandals continue to plague the Byrne grant program.

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MPP, The Marijuana Policy Project is seeking people who have been negatively  impacted by American Marijuana Laws.

   "The fact is, today, people don't go to jail for possession of marijuana. I know you like to pretend it does, and there's a lot of misinformation about that. But finding somebody in jail or prison — for a first time nonviolent offender — for possession of marijuana is like finding a unicorn ... It doesn't exist."

   --John Walters, Bush White House drug czar
   September 4, 2008

Are you that Unicorn, that has been caged, had your property seized, lost your family, or other negative impact ?

Rob Kampia today sent out an e-mail appeal seeking people willing to share their stories with the organization, anonymously if you wish.

Please send your stories to rob@mpp.org

They are planning to use the stories to illustrate the impact that Marijuana prohibition has in the lives of real Americans as part of a campaign to change public opinion.

Update: CNBC has show about Marijuana "Marijuana, Inc. Inside America" tonight.

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Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 12:17 PM PST

Marijuana and the White House ??

by randy80302

Whitehouse.gov has continued the policy of the transition, not talking about  marijuana. The Number one question on the transition team website change.gov Citizens Briefing Book was End Marijuana Prohibition Over 3500 voters commented on the question, but silence from the Obama administration.

Change.org also sponsored a vote for the most pressing issues that the Obama administration should address. Number one issue was Legalizing Marijuana for medical and recreational use

A search of the White House website on Jan 20, 2009 resulted in the following:

Search was unable to find any results for Marijuana, you may have typed your word incorrectly, have entered an empty phrase or are being too specific.

Try using a broader search phrase.

The Marijuana activism groups Norml and MPP have been working to build support for a discussion of policy options that are more progressive. Will the White House listen?

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