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Nederland Could Be First Town To Set Up Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on February 17, 2013 at 12:27:55 PT
By Joe Rubino
Source: Huffington Post
Colorado -- Marijuana advocates unhappy with the state's progress toward implementing Amendment 64 are pursuing passage of a local ordinance in Nederland that would make the mountain town the first in Colorado to set up a recreational marijuana industry -- well in advance of pending statewide regulations. Yet Mayor Joe Gierlach dismisses the group's efforts, saying the ordinance has been drafted by people who don't understand the careful assessment and planning processes town officials soon will undertake to set up marijuana businesses regulations that make sense for Nederland.
An Amendment 64 "shadow task force," made up of advocates who are monitoring the governor-appointed task force assembled to make legal recommendations for the establishment of the state's new recreational marijuana businesses, recently brought its ordinance to Nederland Town Clerk Teresa Myers. Rico Colibri, who said he moved to Nederland in January, is a member of the group and helped draft the proposed "Marijuana Establishment Regulation Ordinance." The slow progress the governor's task force is making in establishing statewide regulations for the industry -- which many expect may not be finalized until 2014 -- demonstrates it's not ready to give voters what they asked for -- which is to have marijuana regulated like alcohol, Colibri said Friday. He said Nederland, which has a record of being marijuana-friendly as demonstrated by the 2010 passage of a ballot issue that eliminated municipal pot penalties, is a prime place to show Colorado is ready for legal pot. "Amendment 64 was a message to D.C. -- that is what they said during the campaign -- and our ordinance is a message to the General Assembly," Colibri said.One of the issues driving the ordinance is a desire to push out black market distributors. As Colibri points out, it is now legal for adults 21 and older in Colorado to obtain up to an ounce of marijuana and use it in their homes, but without regulated businesses, many marijuana purchases are still supporting criminals. "Where does it come from? The magical marijuana fairy?" Colibri said. "That would be great, but they don't exist. What does exist is sophisticated drug cartels. Nederland is a small town that could use the tax revenue and we'd like to set an example the state could take notice of." 'Measured and Smart Process' The ordinance as drafted would create separate licenses for cultivators, manufacturers of marijuana products, and retailers, and would clear the way for Amsterdam-style coffee shops, or marijuana "brew pubs," Colibri said, where production, sale and consumption could legally take place under the same roof. Once the ordinance language is verified, proponents will set out to collect 420 signatures from registered Nederland voters. Besides the number's obvious pro-marijuana connotation, Colibri said that in a town where a combined 375 votes were cast in last spring's mayoral election, the number would demonstrate strong support and encourage the Board of Trustees to adopt it without putting it on the ballot for the next election. Town Administrator Alisha Reis on Friday confirmed that city staff is working with Colibri and his group on the ordinance, but has not yet made it available to the trustees because it has not yet cleared the town's administrative process. "We're doing everything to move things along, but we have to comply with state law, which means we have to be very detailed in our processing," said Reis, who noted the ordinance is 20 pages long. "We just want to make sure that we have a measured and smart process for regulations because we recognize we are a small town with very limited resources." 'Sensible Way That Makes Sense' Mayor Gierlach referred to the ordinance as "premature" and said that while Colibri may recently have moved to Nederland, he is clearly not familiar with the local planning process, which involves a healthy dose of resident input. "We don't even build a sidewalk in our town without consulting our people," Gierlach said. "We're moving forward with our code revisions and we're going to use the Nederland planning process and that is what is best for our citizens." Gierlach said he has read a bit about the proposed ordinance, but is concerned it does not do enough to address potential zoning issues that may arise. In response to the black market concerns raised by the ordinance, the mayor notes that many Nederland residents grow their own marijuana, another local practice he feels may be negatively impacted by the ordinance. The town has a public meeting scheduled for Feb. 26 during which the town attorney will give an update on the implications of what is taking place at the state level, Gierlach said, and a local implementation task force will be seated. From there, the mayor said, additional meetings with the town's advisory boards will be scheduled and sustainability criteria will be applied to any new regulations. "Until we can revise our codes in a very sensible way that makes sense for the community, who knows?" Gierlach said. "I don't think people even want Rico (Colibri) to write our local code." Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Joe RubinoPublished: February 17, 2013Copyright: 2013 HuffingtonPost.com, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/Xce3nQmmCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on February 18, 2013 at 21:35:48 PT
Superplant to the rescue again and again.
Medical Marijuana Supported by Former Anti-Drug, Reagan-Appointed U.S. Attorney...His son was hit by a car in 1997, and due to complications from that, he's had persistent nausea. Sure enough, McDonald says none of the medications have helped his stepson like marijuana has.Cont.http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2013/02/medical_marijuana_supported_by.php
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on February 18, 2013 at 17:32:19 PT
Stoned Drivers Hit Test Course In Washington 
Video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/18/stoned-drivers-test-course-marijuana-dui_n_2711358.html
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on February 18, 2013 at 17:27:49 PT
uh-oh
sure, we still have the 1st amendment, right.....http://m.usatoday.com/article/sports/1923475?preferredArticleViewMode=single>>>A 65-year-old woman was pulled over by police officers while driving through Tennessee after the officers mistook her car's Buckeye stickers  those commonly seen on the helmets of Ohio State football players  for a marijuana symbol.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on February 18, 2013 at 06:42:32 PT
Free gifts when making a purchase!
Marijuana-for-donation swaps test limits of Colorado lawhttp://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_22611792/marijuana-donation-swaps-test-limits-colorado-law
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Comment #4 posted by observer on February 17, 2013 at 23:27:33 PT
re: Nederland
I do remember the name of that town and indeed has been mentioned on this site before 
http://www.google.com/search?q=Nederland+site%3Acannabisnews.com
 I first remember hearing about someone there who was persecuted by a prosecutor/judge there after speaking her mind while on jury duty. (At that time their judges, juries and executioners were separate offices.) Seems she (Nederland resident with spine) wouldn't go along to get along and just simply convict someone gov't said was a bad bad person because they took drugs. (What further need of witnesses have we?)The spineful Nederland juror didn't break any laws - other than the unwritten one: never contradict government especially when govt has the guns trained at you, which is always, of course.) You see, She Knew Too Much About FIJA.org, that was her sin.Eventually the judge/prosecutor, in his slow-witted and trogloditic way, must have realized that the truth would be given more publicity the longer he persecuted her, so the prosecutor/judge relented and let her go, hoping a pliant propaganda police-state serving press would do their part and hush the matter up. He wasn't disappointed. 
http://FIJA.org
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on February 17, 2013 at 16:25:27 PT
Nederland
I'm not sure if Cnews readers know what this word means, I want to make 2 points:Nederland is the actual name (in Dutch) of "the Netherlands"2: Nederland means netherlandAnd now from the netherland (read low land, and lowly underdog-land, nefarious-land) we are going to get legal cannabis. Ha, pretty ironic, wouldn't you say?
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on February 17, 2013 at 16:17:01 PT
Thank you observer!
I agree with your observations, why does it take years to figure this out?I've been in the business for 30 years and I have Masters in economics, it would take me a few days to hammer it out and get going... whats the prob?If something is not perfect it can be adapted along the way, we can implement legal cannabis now and go from there.Maybe the feds behind the scenes. But the fact remains, state officials are the problem here and if there is anything fishy going on, they should come forward.We the people, have to hold their feet to the fire. Time and again, over and over until our will is implemented. 
Legalize it now, no more delays.
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Comment #1 posted by observer on February 17, 2013 at 14:32:07 PT
slow progress the governor's task force
re: "The slow progress the governor's task force is making in establishing statewide regulations for the industry -- which many expect may not be finalized until 2014 --"Notice the difference: when voters demand they get back some tiny sliver of their traditional freedoms over their own bodies, government moves at a glacial pace. Of course, it will take years and years to discuss how not to lock up pot smokers.Compare that to when a new law goes into effect (that steals your traditional freedom and lets government poke additional guns at your back and head - although government pressitute stenographers are loathe to put it that way of course). Laws like that (i.e. "the usual") go into effect at the stroke of midnight, laws that let government filch your freedoms. Summary:New laws that let government police steal more freedoms? Implemented immediately.New laws that return a bit of traditional freedom? Takes years, if ever (think NJ MMJ or DC MMJ laws).re: "demonstrates it's not ready to give voters what they asked for"Voters didn't ask government for anything. They demanded they be given their freedom back. And MMJ, if nothing else, serves as an eye-opening civics lesson. All that hooey about "freedom" and "consent of the governed" and "majority rule" was just something that government people say, to get you to shut up and go along. Especially for pot, which repudiates and is a slap in the face of prohibitionists of every stripe. Here they were screaming for several lifetimes that pot is the root of all evil, and we didn't believe government/police prohibitionists and we disobeyed government/police prohibitionists. So now, in Colorado and Washington, the same prohibitionists who lied to us all their careers - many building their careers by arresting, jailing, and stealing property using pot as their self-righteous excuse, those same prohibitionists have to swallow their pride, admit they were wrong and implement legalized marijuana? It can't be they say. It mustn't be! Surely, say these careerist prohibitionists, there must be some way to keep locking up people for pot. If not, what does that make those careerist prohibitionists in government that were earning their living all those years, on the backs of pot smokers? 
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