Quantcast
Connect with us

Marijuana legalization wins support from some Colorado Republicans

Published

on

On Tuesday, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado, former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo and Republican state Sen. Shawn Mitchell all came out in favor of Amendment 64, as supporters of the ballot initiative attempted to make their case to conservatives.

“The core value of the Republican Party is personal responsibility rather than collective prior restraint,” the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado said in a statement.” Personal responsibility means holding all individuals responsible for the actions they take rather than the words they use, the thoughts they think or the products they consume. Personal Responsibility means that a person who enjoys alcohol or marijuana without harming others is no criminal.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Joining members of the Republican Liberty Caucus at a press event in Denver, Tancredo described marijuana prohibition as a symptom of the “nanny-state.” Last month, the former congressman compared marijuana prohibition to alcohol prohibition.

Mitchell also announced his support of marijuana legalization on Tuesday, saying it was “clear the War on Drugs isn’t working.”

If approved by voters, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (Amendment 64) would allow for the limited possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults age 21 and over. It would also allow the state and local governments to enact regulations on the commercial production and distribution of marijuana, as well giving local governments the option to prohibit marijuana sales altogether.

Yes on 64 uploaded a video to YouTube on Tuesday that presented the “conservative case” for marijuana legalization. The video featured an old interview with economist Milton Friedman, where he criticized then-President Ronald Reagan for declaring a “war on drugs.” The video also shows quotes from conservatives like Pat Robertson and William F. Buckley Jr.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. But Colorado would be the first state to legalize the drug for recreational use. A ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in California — Proposition 19 — was defeated in 2010.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

WATCH: New Zealand prime minister unfazed as quake hits during an interview

Published

on

A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview.

The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local time (2000 Sunday GMT) at a depth of about 52 kilometres (32 miles) near Levin, about 90 kilometres north of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said.

St John Ambulance and New Zealand Police both said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage. There was no tsunami warning.

But there was sustained shaking in Wellington, where Ardern was being interviewed on breakfast television from parliament's Beehive building, which is designed to absorb seismic forces by swaying slightly on its foundations.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

US farmers are starting to worry as crop prices dip during COVID-19 crisis: ‘It’s kind of glum’

Published

on

Dave Burrier steered his tractor through a field, following a GPS map as he tried to plant as much corn as possible amid the yellow and green rye covering the ground.

Striving to get a massive yield out of his crops in rural Maryland is how Burrier hopes to make it through yet another uncertain year, beset by market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed trade tensions between the United States and China.

"We've had so much price erosion that we're basically at below the cost of production. We've got to figure out how to manage and turn a profit," Burrier told AFP.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘It’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months’: Trump makes excuses for golfing during coronavirus pandemic

Published

on

President Donald Trump was blasted on Sunday for playing golf during the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic economic recession and after proclaiming churches "essential."

Instead of joining his voters sitting in the pews, Trump went for the links, which drew criticisms for the hypocrisy.

"Sleepy Joe’s representatives have just put out an ad saying that I went to play golf (exercise) today. They think I should stay in the White House at all times. What they didn’t say is that it’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months, that Biden was constantly vacationing, relaxing & making shady deals with other countries, & that Barack was always playing golf, doing much of his traveling in a fume spewing 747 to play golf in Hawaii - Once even teeing off immediately after announcing the gruesome death of a great young man by ISIS!" tweeted Trump.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image