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Libertarians Speak Against State's Drug Sentencing
Posted by FoM on May 07, 2000 at 05:09:53 PT
By Dan Luzadder, Denver Rocky Mountain News Staff 
Source: Rocky Mountain News
Colorado Libertarian Party candidates and advocates of medicinal marijuana protested drug-war criminal sentencing Saturday at the Statehouse at a Millennium Marijuana March.The gathering, which had about 100 participants, drew at least one state official  Rep. Penfield Tate, D-Denver  who asked advocates to urge other legislators to examine the war on drugs.
"A study of drug sentencing in Colorado was the No. 1 priority for (the) Legislative Council this year," Tate said. "But a bill to authorize funds for that study was defeated in the Senate Appropriations."He said the state's Department of Corrections is housing many nonviolent drug offenders. He said he wants a study of the economic impact of those decisions on taxpayers and on the families and children of those incarcerated.Chuck Wright of Louisville, a Libertarian candidate for state Senate District 17, agreed with Tate. "One of my major issues, is to bring attention to the injustice of the war on drugs," he said. "People who grow marijuana in their yard are sometimes sentenced to more prison time than those convicted of murder, rape or robbery." Unlike other marijuana-related Statehouse protests, the march did not feature individuals smoking marijuana in public.Dr. Shawn Glazer of Wheat Ridge, a family practice physician and a Libertarian candidate for the Colorado House in District 24, said she wants to educate the public on the drug issue."I'm not allowed to even talk about the potential benefits of marijuana to my medical patients ... like nausea control for cancer patients ... because of the hysteria about the drug," she said.Published: May 7, 2000  Copyright, Denver Publishing Co Related Articles & Web Sites:Libertarian Partyhttp://www.lp.org/Millennium Marijuana Marchhttp://www.cures-not-wars.org/mmm/Cannabis 2000 National Million Marijuana March http://www.cannabis2000.com/mmm/mmm1_1.htmPot Advocate Announce Creation of Federal MJ Partyhttp://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread5632.shtmlLegalizing MJ - Medical Pot Sparks Park Rallyhttp://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread5629.shtmlExtravaganja Draws A Crowdhttp://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread5627.shtmlCannabis Campaigners on the Marchhttp://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread5626.shtmlCannabis Protest in Capitalhttp://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread5625.shtmlParade Pushes Pot Lawhttp://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread5624.shtmlJ-Day 2000, Albert Park, Auckland, Saturday 6th May http://www.norml.org.nz/norml/Files/Events/jday2000.htm 
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