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Infighting Plagues MMJ Advocacy Groups
Posted by CN Staff on February 21, 2011 at 06:25:17 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- When it comes to medical-marijuana advocacy groups at the state Capitol this year, it takes a program to keep them straight. There are the Medical Marijuana Industry Group and the Association of Cannabis Trades for Colorado. There are Sensible Colorado, the Cannabis Therapy Institute and the Rocky Mountain Caregivers Cooperative. Acronyms abound — MMAPR, CCPC, NORML.
When the legislature held its first public hearing last week for a bill concerning medical-marijuana regulations, people representing at least eight medical-marijuana advocacy organizations testified, voicing opinions on the measure that ranged from solid support to angry opposition.Many advocates cite the level of involvement as a good thing."There is certainly less cohesion in the industry, although I don't know that that's necessarily problematic," said Betty Aldworth, the former executive director of the now-defunct dispensary trade group Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation. "My most significant concern is that people are involved and aware," she said.The advocacy gusher has, however, created problems this year, such as when a state representative last week tore up a planned industry- friendly bill amendment that one group had lobbied hard for because the legislator grew irritated at the tactics of another group.That incident culminated with a medical-marijuana lobbyist and a medical-marijuana activist shouting at each other in the hall outside the hearing. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: February 21, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on February 21, 2011 at 17:43:31 PT
Comment 3 
:0)Colorfully stated, and well.
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Comment #6 posted by Graehstone on February 21, 2011 at 14:29:28 PT
City attorney, Pulitzer-winning Seattle paper call
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on February 21, 2011 at 11:53:59 PT
US MT: Poll: Leave cannabis law in place
Pubdate: 21 Feb. 2011
Source: Helena Independent Record (MT) This week’s Question of the Week received a heavy turnout in our unscientific online poll and no shortage of thoughtful comments on both sides of the issue. We asked whether the Legislature should overturn Montana’s medical marijuana law, which was approved by a ballot initiative in 2004.Among more than 4,000 votes cast as of late Friday afternoon, 2,417 said the lawmakers should leave the law in place, while 1,666 votes came in in favor of repeal. Here’s a sampling of some of the comments from those who took the time to write:Cont.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 21, 2011 at 11:15:33 PT
I could never say what you just said but my oh my how I agree with you.
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Comment #3 posted by herbdoc215 on February 21, 2011 at 11:04:49 PT
Ron Paul couldn't get elected President
If he gave everybody that voted a quarter bag, nobodies going to forget his racist past or buddies, no matter how he sugarcoats his beliefs and if he represented any other district outside red-neck USA he would have been shown the road long ago, just like his crazy-ass kid in Ky...I am so tired of watching us support lost causes and people I can't stand it anymore. This story is the #1 reason I got out of the 'movement' and just try to live my life, as these people will use you up and be quite happy to laugh while you sit in poverty of their construction while they play us for their fortunes. I am still amazed at the numbers of people the abc groups keep finding to shove down the cannon or finance their quixotic adventures? Peace, Steve
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Comment #2 posted by disvet13 on February 21, 2011 at 10:49:51 PT:
divide and conquer
we can all hang together, or we will all be hanged separately, ben of the reasons california's legalization failed...the growers would lose to much money, so they voted against us. as long as pols can keep up the division, against a vote by the majority...montana, michigan, colorado...they'll keep on dividing and conquering, at the expense of your tax dollars. that's right, your tax dollars pay them, and they are following their own agendas, not the votes of the majority. a government of, by and for the people following their best interest, not the vote of the majority. being politically active by contacting officials lets them know where the majority stands, and yet they vote against the majority. the answer? my answer is getting ron paul and gary johnson to have a combined campaign platform based solely on the complete legalization of all cannabis. by embracing the green technologies and educating the nation on what has been scientifically proven for bio-fuels, clothing, paper, and having a federal medical marijuana program for those who qualify, under doctors guidelines, and regulating cannabis under the alcohol and tobacco regulations would prove to be the greatest economic boom in history. it would save billions in law enforcement, judicial court costs, and prison costs. if it doesn't happen soon our skies will be filled with helicopters, our communities will have drug warriors walking to and fro, and the complete militarization of life in america will only grow to look like the nazi war machine gearing up for the complete loss of we the people, we will become a nation of slaves, paying taxes and tribute to the war on drugs...wait, we already are, they just increased the budget to finally win the war on marijuana. ron paul and gary johnson, together, on a single platform of complete legalization. winners by the largest percentage of votes in history. i can't believe they haven't thought of it already.
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Comment #1 posted by Graehstone on February 21, 2011 at 06:57:49 PT
What a waste, 134 tons just burned ... but hey, it's the government, doesn't matter what country really.
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