I-3: PROHIBIT CANNABIS POSSESSION PENALTIES ACT COLORADO 2014

Political Action Campaign

 

 Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution prohibiting courts from imposing any fine or sentence for the possession of cannabis? 

                MAKE IT RIGHT: Drive the nail in the coffin of prohibition

                          

PROHIBIT  CANNABIS POSSESSION PENALTIES

Be it enacted by the people of Colorado

Article XVIII of the constitution of the state of Colorado is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION to read:

Section 17. Prohibit cannabis possession penalties.

(1) Purpose and findings.

(a) THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION IS TO DIRECT THE JUDICIARY BRANCH OF

ALL GOVERNING BODIES IN THE STATE OF COLORADO TO PROHIBIT AND

RELIEVE THEIR COURTS FROM IMPOSING ANY FINE OR SENTENCE FOR THE

POSSESSION OF CANNABIS.

(b) IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO THAT

THE COURTS BE PROHIBITED AND RELIEVED FROM IMPOSING A FINE OR

SENTENCE FOR THE POSSESSION OF CANNABIS BECAUSE THE PEOPLE FIND

THAT THE PUNISHMENT FOR POSSESSION OF CANNABIS EXCEEDS THE FISCAL AND SOCIAL COSTS THAT POSSESSING CANNABIS IMPOSES ON THE PEOPLE OF COLORADO.

(c) IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO THAT

THE COURTS BE PROHIBITED AND RELIEVED FROM IMPOSING A FINE OR

SENTENCE FOR THE POSSESSION OF CANNABIS BECAUSE THE PEOPLE FIND

THAT THE PUNISHMENT IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE DAMAGE POSSESSING

CANNABIS IMPOSES ON THE PEOPLE OF COLORADO.

(d) THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO FURTHER FIND AND DECLARE

THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE CONSISTENCY AND FAIRNESS IN THE

APPLICATION OF THIS SECTION THROUGHOUT THE STATE, AND THAT ,

THEREFORE, THE MATTERS ADDRESSED BY THIS SECTION ARE DECLARED TO BE MATTERS OF STATEWIDE CONCERN.

(2) Definitions. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, UNLESS THE CONTEXT OTHERWISE

REQUIRES:

(a) “CANNABIS” MEANS

(I) THE GENUS OF THE CANNABIS PLANT AND ALL ITS SPECIES, LIVING OR DEAD; AND

(II) IN ANY AMOUNT.

(b) “COURTS” MEAN ALL TRIBUNALS ESTABLISHED FOR THE PURPOSE OF

ADMINISTERING JUSTICE, INCLUDING ANY JUDICIAL OFFICERS OR “OTHER

COURTS” ESTABLISHED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF COLORADO AND ALL

MUNICIPAL AND POLICE COURTS ESTABLISHED BY HOME RULE CITIES AND

TOWNS.

(c) “POSSESSION OF CANNABIS” MEANS HAVING CANNABIS

(I) IN OR ON ONE'S BODY OR CLOTHING; OR

  1. WITHIN ONE'S HOME OR AUTO.

d) “RELIEVE” MEANS ALLEVIATE.

(3) Other laws unchanged.

NOTHING IN THIS ACT SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO MODIFY ANY PROVISION

OF THIS ARTICLE OR ANY OTHER CONSTITUTIONAL OR STATUTORY PROVISION

CONCERNING CANNABIS.

(4) Costs of implementing this section.

THIS SECTION ADDS NO FISCAL COSTS TO THE STATE AND IMPOSES NO

TAX UPON THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE.

(5) Self-executing, conflicting provisions.

THIS SECTION IS SELF-EXECUTING AND SHALL SUPERCEDE ANY

CONFLICTING STATE, LOCAL, OR MUNICIPAL STATUTES, CODES, ORDINANCES,

OR PROVISIONS.

(6) Effective date.

THIS SECTION SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE UPON OFFICIAL DECLARATION

OF THE VOTE HEREON BY PROCLAMATION OF THE GOVERNOR, PURSUANT TO

SECTION 1(4) OF ARTICLE V OF THIS CONSTITUTION AND SHALL BE APPLIED TO

ANYONE WHO HAS A SENTENCING HEARING ON OR AFTER SUCH DATE.

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Proponent Colorado Citizen #1:

Michelle Louise LaMay

P.O. Box 181100

Denver, Colorado 80218

303-832-3529

Proponent Colorado Citizen #2:

Isaac Smith

PO Box 1268

Eastlake, Colorado 80614

 

720-292-8272

 
 

"Check out I-3 and tell me why any sensible cannabis user would not vote YES on I-3 in Colorado this 2014," Isaac Smith.