Hickenlooper blasted over marijuana

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SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation) released its voters' guide today. (See it here.) SAFER's endorsement is based on the candidate's views on outright marijuana legalization. In it, the guide takes Denver mayor John Hickenlooper to task, saying, "He made a fortune selling alcohol, yet he says it would be too problematic to allow adults to use marijuana — a safer substance."

In a news release, SAFER executive director Mason Tvert says, "In the five years since his city became the first in the nation to remove all penalties for adult marijuana possession, he has yet to explain why it was OK for him to make a fortune selling alcohol, yet it should be a crime for adults to use a far safer substance instead.

"The Democratic candidate to become the state's next top law enforcer [Stan Garnett] agrees that marijuana should be regulated and treated similarly to alcohol," Tvert says. "Why does the Democratic gubernatorial candidate disagree?"

Instead, the group endorses American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo.

• The Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council will be releasing its own voters' guide later this week.

• The CSMCC will also be holding its monthly mixer next Tuesday at the Thirsty Parrot. Look for the meeting at 7 p.m., on Oct. 19.

• The group Marijuana Patient Advocates will be meeting at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 17. An e-mail from the group says to expect "the usual group of long-time MMJ practitioners and patients to share their tips and guidance with lots of less experienced people."

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