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Old 11-02-05, 08:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Denver & Marijuana....

I caught this on the Supra Forum. What are your thoughts?


Denver became the first city in the nation to make the private use of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older as an alternative to alcohol, a far more harmful drug. By 10.45 p.m. Tuesday night, with 100% of the votes tallied, the Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative had passed 53.49% YES to 46.51% NO.

The Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative is the first local measure in the nation to draw a comparison between the harms of alcohol and marijuana.

The successful I-100 campaign focused on the vast number of health, safety and social problems associated with alcohol use, promoting marijuana use to avoid the prevalence of such problems. The campaign pointed to government reports and scholarly studies that show alcohol is a contributing factor in domestic violence, sexual assaults, and other violent crimes, as well as overdose deaths, whereas the use of marijuana has never been linked to such violent behavior and there has never been a marijuana overdose death in history.

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"It is time our laws reflect the facts, and it is an indisputable fact that marijuana is safer than alcohol, both to the user and to society," said Mason Tvert, executive director of SAFER and coordinator of the I-100 campaign. "Current laws accept and even encourage the use of alcohol over marijuana, thus pushing people toward using a more harmful substance. Why on earth would we prohibit an adult from making the rational, safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol in their own home?"

By approving the I-100, the use of marijuana in public, the use of marijuana by people under 21, driving under the influence of marijuana, and the cultivation and distribution of marijuana would all remain illegal, much like with alcohol.

Cannabis Culture will update this story as more details become available.

Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) is a Colorado-based non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the harmful consequences associated with alcohol, as compared to the safer — yet illegal — substance: marijuana.

Here is the language of the Initiative-100

Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative

WHEREAS, according to the National Institutes of Health, an average of 317 Americans die annually as the result of alcohol overdoses; and

WHEREAS, there has never been even a single fatal marijuana overdose recorded in the medical literature, as noted by the British Medical Journal in September 2003; and

WHEREAS, according to U.S. Department of Justice, “About 3 million crimes occur each year in which victims perceive the offender to have been drinking at the time of the offense. Among those victims who provided information about the offender’s use of alcohol, about 35% of the victimizations involved an offender who had been drinking”; and

WHEREAS, extensive research, documented in official reports by the British government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the Canadian Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, among others, shows that -- unlike alcohol -- marijuana use is not generally a cause of violence or aggressive behavior and in fact tends to reduce violence and aggression;

WHEREAS, it is the intent of this ordinance to have the private adult use and possession of marijuana treated in the same manner as the private adult use and possession of alcohol;

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LOL!!! That is amazing...i can picture Denver's tourist revenues SOURING in the next couple of years...

Most of us would already feel light headed as hell flying into Denver for the first time because of the not only can you get a natural high in Denver, you can toke up too haha!
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"Authorities, though, said state possession laws will be applied instead."

"Opponents also said it made no sense to prevent prosecution by Denver authorities while marijuana charges are most often filed under state and federal law."

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Canada is still the Cannabis capitol

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I'm gonna go dro boarding in Denver hahaha. This trend will continue, although I think marijuana definately has its negative sides it is factual that alcohol is more physically dangerous.
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Canada is still the Cannabis capitol


In Vancouver you can buy and smoke your pot right in front of the Police Station, same applies for Meth, Heroin, Cocaine, Hookers etc..
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hahaha stupid hippies, i wonder how many people will go smoke pot in downtown denver only to get arrested
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I wonder how many more people will read the first post, not read my reply or the article, and say YAY POTS LEGAL!
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I think Im considering moving Denver of course.
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Looks like I'll have to extend my winter vacation at Copper Mountain this year. Interesting article.
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