Guv Hopeful McInnis Wants To Put Brakes on MMJ
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Guv Hopeful McInnis Wants To Put Brakes on MMJ
Posted by CN Staff on June 17, 2010 at 15:44:53 PT
By Tom Roeder
Source: Gazette
Colorado -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis, if elected, would ask President Barack Obama to re-examine lenient federal policies on Colorado’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.The Obama administration in 2009 ordered federal officials to respect state marijuana statutes when they conflict with federal laws outlawing the drug. The change led to explosive growth in Colorado marijuana businesses, which McInnis said Thursday is cause for concern.
“If I was governor I would call the president and say, ‘What are you doing?’” McInnis said after a Colorado Springs event Thursday.McInnis was in town to pick up endorsements from the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association, District Attorney Dan May and El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa.McInnis, a former police officer, has burnished his crime fighting image in recent weeks as he battles through a GOP primary with Denver businessman Dan Maes.McInnis has proposed immigration policies for Colorado similar to those enacted this year in Arizona, where police are now authorized by state law to check the immigration status of suspected undocumented immigrants. Now McInnis is wading into some of the state’s most contentious waters — medical marijuana.Colorado voters approved marijuana as medical treatment a decade ago by passing Amendment 20. The state General Assembly moved this year to regulate the widespread distribution of the drug with rules modeled on those imposed for liquor stores.That has troubled many Republicans, including local state lawmakers, who contend that the amendment doesn’t provide for legal marijuana stores.McInnis said he supports a piece of the new legislation that allows cities and counties to ban marijuana businesses.In Colorado Springs, where the number of marijuana businesses went from a handful in early 2009 to more than 100 now, a group is pushing a petition drive to get a ban on the ballot.“The reason it all started is because of Obama,” McInnis said of the rising number of marijuana businesses.Denver mayor John Hickenlooper, the sole Democrat in the governor’s race, said the new state regulations could alleviate concerns over marijuana businesses.“John supports the will of Colorado voters to give medicine to sick people and he’s hopeful that recent legislation will empower communities to address the common concerns around dispensaries,” said Hickenlooper spokesman George Merritt.Source: Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO)Author: Tom RoederPublished: June 17, 2010Copyright: 2010 The GazetteWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on June 18, 2010 at 18:12:28 PT
We must get as much changed as possible before a Republican gets back in control. We do have until 2012 and hopefully for 4 more years after that.
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Comment #4 posted by Totalrod2 on June 18, 2010 at 17:41:08 PT:
Most of the progress that has been made, happened AFTER Bush was out of office. But you know it's only a matter of time before a republican is back in office again. Maybe not in 2012, but it will eventually happen. What then? They have their heads so far up their own asses, nothing will ever change their antiquated ways of thinking.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on June 17, 2010 at 18:40:40 PT
The CSA is a nullity.
The very structure that they use as an excuse for making bad law, is now null and void!Like they have been doing for the past 70+ years, pretending that they have real authority. Now however, their little piece of flawed legislation has folded in on itself and canceled itself out according to it own criteria.There is plenty of "accepted medical use" in the United States!
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Comment #2 posted by Shielde on June 17, 2010 at 18:11:45 PT
If he was governor
Ok he wants to know why the president isn't enforcing laws that are in direct conflict with the laws his own state enacted. Just like saying "I cannot keep these people under control the way I want to so you do it for me."This all started because the state legislators were not willing to do their own job and create legislation on mmj and let the people write it. 
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Comment #1 posted by kaptinemo on June 17, 2010 at 16:45:28 PT:
I wonder who he's pandering to?
Certainly not the majority of Colorado voters. They had already approved of MMJ. If he thinks he will turn the clock back, he'll find himself tangled in the clock's hands.We can expect more extremism as time goes on, to the point that the antics of the prohibs will become such a stink that people will wave these goofs off, and when they won't get the message (they rarely do, they're that dense) their budgets will be cut. Then they'll sit up and begin to respect the expressed will of the people. But only then, for you're dealing with a breed that furtively seeks to control, control, CONTROL everything around them...ironically, out of fear of what a truly free people might do - to them, for having hagridden the rest of us for so long.
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