A-64 endorsed by Boulder Weekly and former Boulder city councilman and county commissioner

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A-64 endorsed by Boulder Weekly and former Boulder city councilman and county commissioner

In an editorial this week, the Boulder Weekly encouraged its readers to vote YES on Amendment 64.

If Colorado becomes the first state to legalize marijuana, it would send a powerful message to the federal government, perhaps a powerful enough one to effect a change in the U.S.’s inept drug laws. Should the United States government soften its stance on marijuana, we could see a ripple effect, stemming from fewer people in prison to less violence on the Mexico border.

The same issue also included a great column from former Boulder city councilman and county commissioner Paul Danish, who also endorsed Amendment 64. The piece discusses the failure of marijuana prohibition and the problematic message being sent to young people by opponents of Amendment 64:

The case for repealing alcohol prohibition, of course, closely parallels the case for legalizing marijuana — including the point about regulation making it more difficult for kids to obtain the regulated substance. Like alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition does not protect “our kids,” and especially not our teenagers. Multiple surveys of teenage drug use have reported teens saying it’s easier for them to get illegal (and unregulated) pot than it is for them to get legal (and regulated) alcohol. In other words, regulation works better than prohibition for protecting our kids.


If kids need protecting from anyone, it’s from the marijuana prohibitionists. Marijuana prohibition has resulted in millions of young Americans, both teenagers and young adults, being burdened with criminal records — which can adversely affect educational and employment opportunities, among other things — for conduct no more serious than drinking beer in Governor Hick’s brew pub. Moms who might be inclined to vote to keep pot illegal might want to consider whether they are doing their kids any favors if the price of keeping them away from pot at age 16 is a criminal record at age 21.