- 420 Rally Gallery – Stage Photos April 26th, 2014
- Wyclef April 15th, 2014
- B.O.B. April 15th, 2014
- Art Installation Signup Form April 2nd, 2014
- Safety & Public Information April 1st, 2014
Marijuana legalization stands to make a great deal of money for the government in the form of taxes and for those looking to join the growing marijuana industry. When money is involved, special interest groups get involved. Special interest groups are groups of people who have money to pay to lobby, or in other words, influence politicians to do what they want in their own interest. Other interest groups may be people are biased against marijuana, for example police officers who don’t understand the details of the effects of marijuana or those who consider it a substance that is no different than heroin. The Amendment 64 Task force is comprised by special interests and people against marijuana who Governor Hickenlooper, outspoken as he was against marijuana in the past, put together to decide the fate of a law that you, the citizen voted for.
Now that Amendment 64 passed, it is the property of the people and not just special interest groups. It is time to be a pro-activist instead of re-activists and not stand idly by while the Governor’s Task Force attempts to thwart the will of the people because it is an amendment to the constitution and once in place, the regulations will be expensive and time consuming to change. The task force is comprised of people who are lawyers, politicians, medical marijuana business owners and even a person who specializes in marijuana addiction. Where are the people that the law was written for? When was the last time your opinion was sought on regulations impacting Amendment 64? It is time to make your voice heard in response to the proposed regulations that have been handed over to the Colorado General Assembly. These are regulations that impact us and yet we are not being heard, yet there are regulations that severely impact us, for example taxes may significantly increase the cost of marijuana.
Prohibition is not over. There are people whose imaginations are full of fear of what legalized marijuana will do to the community, never mind that people have been using marijuana medically in over 18 states without much incident. Amendment 64 is bringing out the chicken hawks of prohibition, ironically one being Governor Hickenlooper himself, a man whose fortunes were made in alcohol, a substance that causes deaths daily. According to Hickenlooper in speaking about marijuana legalization, “I’m not saying the sky is falling and we’re going to have thousands of homeless teenagers we didn’t have before, but we will have more.” Sounds like a case of reefer madness. This is his task force and the marijuana community and Colorado voters need to express their voices in numbers to ensure their votes aren’t undermined.
It looks like the State of Colorado is afraid of growth and innovation. It also looks like the will of the voters aren’t of much importance to them and that the states is more than happy to cater to marijuana industry representatives, because they of course have the money to buy the regulations in their favor. While there were a couple sensibly proposed regulations, such as discouraging minors from purchasing marijuana, there were some that obviously cater to current marijuana business owners and lobby groups, and others that just completely undermine the will of the voters.
Many of the proposed regulations that should have Colorado voters concerned that could make marijuana almost as prohibitive as it was before legalization. Regulations that stifle growth and innovation keep other people from becoming marijuana entrepreneurs so that the current marijuana business owners can keep a monopoly on the industry. Tax regulations and regulations limiting the amount of marijuana that can be purchased at a time and where it can be purchased are regulations that voters need to express their opinions and concerns about to make sure the will of the voter is not circumvented. Thomas Clark from The Daily Chronic provides the list of regulations proposed and here is an analysis of some of the proposed regulations that citizens who voted for should be concerned about provided by members of the Denver 420 Rally with input from fellow marijuana activists.
The proposed regulations have been sent to the state’s General Assembly were representatives will approve them. This means now is the time for civic action! Just because Amendment 64 passed doesn’t mean that there isn’t more civic action needed. In fact, if we don’t do anything there stands a chance that the amendment will get over-regulated and we will be back fighting for marijuana freedom all over again. It has taken decades to this far, we can’t stop now! Show solidarity by going to the task force meetings and voice your concerns and ideas. Contact your representatives about regulations that are undermining the will of the voters! You can find your district and state representative at http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/03/06/amend-64-author-reacts-to-u-n-pushing-for-legal-pot-challenge/.
The Denver 420 Rally, the nation’s largest historic rally to end global marijuana prohibition is more than just an assembly of people to share their grievances to the government and celebrate the marijuana culture; it is the marijuana culture and embodies it all people from all walks of life. Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado, we are the example setters to the rest of the world. This means that we are the benchmark for which the rest of the world will measure the marijuana community. It is important to remember that we bear the responsibility of the image of marijuana while maintaining our cultural and individual expressions.
Marijuana legalization began in Colorado with medical marijuana, meaning that it was founded in the spirit of caring and compassion. Some people choose to use it recreationally or spiritually. Be sure to always use marijuana responsibility. Teach the world that we can use marijuana and be positive contributors to society. You can be for it, or be from it, just remember to represent it in a way that provides the rest of the world with an example of responsible adult marijuana use.
We encourage everyone to go green and use public transportation for this event. A list of schedules can be found at Denver RTD & Lightrail website.
As for the 2014 420 Rally, it is still scheduled for April 19th, 10am 2014. Miguel Lopez has received criticism by Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown about the political aspect as it has been legalized.
Charlie Brown wants everyone to believe that Amendment 64 fixed all the issues would be misleading to the people. It is clear that the prohibition is still affecting fellow American’s in our surrounding states and our brothers and sisters in other countries where it is punishable by a life of incarceration or death. By continuing to punish the people affected by the prohibition, it is preventing equal business opportunities in the state of Colorado.
Also with the idea that gang violence is associated with prohibition is known, however we have seen a recent rise in gang violence with the legalization of marijuana.
This is why we must continue to fight for our right to be treated equally and given an equal opportunity.
For more information on a detailed account on what happened at the meeting, feel free to contact us or stay tuned on the blog.