|Posted by Michelle LaMay on March 21, 2012 at 9:35 PM|
I applaud the Gazette and Mr. Laugesen for presenting the argument for SB 163 with such clarity! But, I must remind him that the legislature increased the amount of cannabis in possession for a misdemeanor from 1 oz to 2 ozs as of August 1, 2011 (and redefined possession as the use, cultivation and transportation of cannabis, CRS 18=18=406). Is it not time to put the nail in the coffin in a decriminalized state by stopping fines and sentences for possession of cannabis? Also, indica and sativa cannabis is NOT addictive and users need not be "saved" from it. As a biofuel, a hemp cannabis industry will save this state from financial ruin.
As the author of Initiative #40, the Colorado Relief for Possession of Cannabis Act of 2012, http://www.relief4possession.webs.com/ , I also support the reduction of sentences for possession of schedule I and II drugs for the sake of our tax payer dollars. Enough damage, enough money incarcerating and branding our citizens with the life-long scarlet letter of a felony conviction! Addicts need a lot of help, but incarceration is not the answer. Michelle Alexander, in her book, "The New Jim Crow," attributes the aggressive, 40 year-old Federal Drug War for creating a new caste of mostly the black and browns for which we all pay the cost, socially and fiscally, especially in Colorado, in my opinion.
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