Not done up north
Locals are fighting back against the town of Palmer Lake's decision to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana under Amendment 64, and may be headed for a community vote on overturning the ban in April. Joshua Havens with P.L.A.N. 64 — Palmer Lake Activist Network 64 — says in an e-mail that the group is already drafting hypothetical regulations for discussion.
"We are concerned about taxes, and how they will be spread out," he writes. "We want this fair for the ENTIRE community. Everyone is fairly excited and are gearing up. ..."
The Indy was unable to reach town representatives prior to deadline. For more information, see facebook.com/plan64.
Talking it out
The fate of the world will be the topic of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council Young Professionals' talk on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Titled "Global Implications of the Legalization of Marijuana," the panel discussion kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., csworldaffairs.org), costs $15 to $20, and features speakers like Mark Slaugh, advocate and owner of iComply; Dr. Donald Klingner, from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and anti-marijuana activist Rachel O'Bryan.
"Learn about implications for the military and business communities, as well as the international landscape during this Q&A style conversation with those in the trenches of this issue, sure to shape our future," reads the release.
No new taxes
The No on Proposition AA (noovertaxation.org) campaign hates the November marijuana-tax question, and wants to argue about it with its backers. "Coloradans deserve to hear both sides aired out in a fair and open debate," says campaign member Rob Corry, a Denver criminal-defense attorney prominent in the cannabis world, in a press release. "We challenge AA proponents to put their dangerous ideas to the Truth Test. If Coloradans hear equally from both sides, voters will roundly reject this excessive tax."
Those so-confronted include Attorney General John Suthers, Colorado Sen. Pat Steadman and Brian Vicente, co-author of Amendment 64.
"These tax increases," continues Corry, "will decimate small and medium sized marijuana businesses." Recently, the pro-marijuana group Colorado NORML also came out against the proposition.
On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report showing that 82.2 percent of all drug-related arrests were for possession only, and of those, 42.4 percent were for possession of marijuana. Read the report at tiny.cc/FBIstats.