Marijuana Advocates Push To Legalize Drug In Colorado

DENVER (CBS4)- The Kush Convention is under way at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver this weekend. The expo features marijuana vendors, dispensaries and physicians. Some advocates are pushing an initiative to get marijuana use legalized in the state.

There are hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries across Colorado since the measure was approved by voters in 2000. Now, supporters want to push legalization to the next level.

“By legalizing it, you can better control it and regulate it,” said marijuana legalization advocate Evan Frank.

Eight initiatives were filed in Colorado for the 2012 ballot. All of them pose the question to voters to legalize the use and possession, one ounce or less, of marijuana for those 21 and older.

“It’s a harmless plant, it’s a healing plant, it’s a spiritual plant,” said marijuana legalization advocate Rachel Scott. space Marijuana Advocates Push To Legalize Drug In Colorado

A spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Colorado believes legalizing medical marijuana in the state laid the ground work for the initiatives.

“We knew it was a front from the beginning,” said DEA Acting Special Agent In Charge Kevin Merrill. “It was all about legalization, the whole entire medical marijuana legislation.”

This summer, supporters are expected to start gathering signatures to get those initiatives on the ballot.

Even if a legalization measure is passed by voters, the measure would be in direct conflict of federal law.

“The DEA would continue to do what it has always done is to continue to enforce the controlled substance act in which posession, distribution, manufacture of marijuana is a violation of federal statues,” said Merrill.

A similar effort failed in 2006, but proponents are hoping to see it on the ballot next year.

“The legal drugs are in the market, sugar, tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, those are all way more detrimental to the human body than marijuana is,” said Scott.

Fourteen states, including Colorado, have legalized medical marijuana. None have fully legalized the drug. California voters shot down a similar measure last year.

  • Colorado Mmj Patient

    The Kush Expo was a sham, but the legalization movement is real. We need everyone’s support and vote!

  • Jim P.

    I don’t smoke, but taxation and regulation make sense on several levels.

    • JP

      Go to a Marijuana Anonymous Meeting an listen to the stories of all the lives the drug has impacted in a negative way and tell me you feel the same way after that.

      • Crais Ailexander

        i don’t know anyone who has been effected negatively unless they allowed it to. I smoke multiple times a day and cannabis has been the most beneficial drug I’ve ever used, It is a harmless plant unlike alcohol or tobacco.

  • Robert Chase

    We know that Kevin Merrill is an enemy of the people of the United States. How dare you publish this parasite’s lies?!? The DEA is a rogue agency which takes $2.6 billion of taxpayers’ money and produces nothing other than more Federal prisoners for our bloated, criminal injustice system. Because of the Controlled Substances Act and sc*m like this, America is no longer the “land of the free”; we imprison more of our own citizens than any other nation on Earth. Call Congress today; tell them to de-fund the DEA!

    • JP

      Apearantly we have one more wacco to imprison before we can claim a victory.

  • tom

    Option 1: legalize it.
    Option 2: I’ll keep buying from the drug gangs.

    • JP

      I choose optiuon 2 in the hope you will get shot in a drive by. Thanks for supporting the gangs that terrorize our city.

      • Crais Ailexander

        You’re the one supporting gangs by keeping it illegal. There will ALWAYS be gangs and cartels unless we take away their source of income. If so many people weren’t ignorant sheep like you this society wouldn’t be in such a mess. And pot smokers don’t get shot in drive by’s they get shot by cops moron.

  • Brooke

    JP your such a silly head! :P legalizing it would take the power away form the gangs. but, just for your info not all growers and distributors are violent gang members. Seems like you have a very limited and biased view on all this. Sorry that cannabis use has effected you or your family in a negative way. however, it has also impacted many others in a very positive way. Many know that its not all sugar and rainbows if we legalize it or not. But, it is the better solution.

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