Let’s get ready to MMJ rumble!
In anticipation of tonight’s Gazette sponsored debate that will be televised and aired on the Radio (KVOR) and TV (Channel 5), I thought it would be important to highlight the Colorado leaders representing the people. They are, after all, just people too.
These representatives have been elected to represent a diverse background of Colorado residents in their districts and to know about issues that impact communities and the ways these impacts affect citizens. Far too often, history teaches us the lesson that we seldom seem to learn. Power leads to power corruption. It is the duty of our representatives to educate themselves on every issue, for the best of the majority. It is the duty of the people to be educated about their leaders. Together, fulfillment of these expected duties creates a strong, progressive democracy and balances the power structure that has come to control our modern environment.
Dan May Colorado Springs District Attorney:
Personally supports medical marijuana but not in the current dispensary format that is regulated and controlled. Prefers caregiver model (default model if ban is in place) that forces caregivers back underground and into neighborhoods. Claims having dispensaries near schools will lead to increase teen use and higher drop out rates.
Mark Waller – Representative District 15:
Questions PTSD as a condition helped by MMJ despite being an Airforce officer for over 8 years. He never saw combat and never inhaled. Waller interprets Amendment 20 intentions to exclude the current model for dispensaries. The Amendment, passed in 2001 by State majority vote, guarantees patients the constitutional right to “dispense” medical cannabis. Waller insists the bill has no verbage allowing “dispensaries” and he’s right. Of course, the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms but not necessarily to own gun stores.
City Councilman Sean Paige:
Helped form the MMJ task force for the city. Has objectivley learned about the MMJ industry and has been open to helping the industry regulate itself. Understands that banning dispensaries simply changes the medical marijuana distribution model to small scale neighborhood operations. Has seriously analyzed and reported the likley consequences of the ban movement to conciously decide against it.
City Councilman Tom Gallagher:
Also helped form the MMJ task force. Supports the licensing, taxation, and regulation model for dispensaries and understands the impact this industry makes. Understands amendment law prohibits local municipalities from regulating caregivers and patients. Wants a compliant, revenue generating, and crime stopping industry for the future.
This November’s election is a pivotal opportunity. We’re all a bit down as a commercial nation during a historically severe recession. Its time for the people to stop blaming the politicians, and to start blaming themselves for electing these representatives.. for allowing matters of discourse, and points of shaded views to disrupt the betterment of a State and its people. It is time for Coloradoans to educate themselves and to look at the objective, historic, economic, and political motivations of their modern leaders.
Enjoy the debate, I know I will.