Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Calls on Opposition Leader Ken Buck to Stand Behind Past Statement That Making Marijuana Legal in Colorado is "None of the Federal Government's Business"

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Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Calls on Opposition Leader Ken Buck to Stand Behind Past Statement That Making Marijuana Legal in Colorado is "None of the Federal Government's Business"

Buck should disavow opposition group's letter to U.S. Attorney General asking the federal government to help defeat Amendment 64, a citizen initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado

Statement below from advocacy director Betty Aldworth

JUNE 13, 2012 – DENVER – The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is calling on former senate candidate Ken Buck, a recently named leader of the campaign to oppose Amendment 64, to stand behind his past statement that making marijuana legal in Colorado is "none of the federal government's business." Specifically, the campaign is asking Buck to disavow the letter sent by the opposition group to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday, asking for the federal government to help defeat the citizen initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado.

Buck made the following statement during his 2010 statewide campaign, according to the Centennial Citizen:

"If the State of Colorado decides it wants to legalize marijuana, the marijuana is grown in Colorado, it is distributed in Colorado, it is used in Colorado, it is none of the federal government's business what happens here," [Ken Buck] said. "The federal government needs to understand what the 10th Amendment says."

See the full article at http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/centennial/news/senate-hopeful-buck-touts-outsider-status/article_607eb7a4-9839-5068-ab01-1a80d214c90d.html

See the Denver Post's article about the letter to Attorney General Holder at http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_20843643/ag-eric-holder-urged-oppose-colorado-marijuana-ballot

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has released the following statement from advocacy director Betty Aldworth:

"We are simply asking Mr. Buck to stand behind what he told Colorado voters during his statewide campaign in 2010 – making marijuana legal in Colorado is 'none of the federal government's business.' His very clear statement directly conflicts with the letter his group sent to the U.S. Attorney General, asking that they get directly involved in Colorado's marijuana policy decisions. We hope Mr. Buck will disavow this letter or explain his sudden change of position.

"We are pleased that District Attorney Buck is among the many thousands of Coloradans who believe the state should be able to exercise its right to regulate marijuana like alcohol without federal interference. We sincerely hope he will stand up for his beliefs and disassociate himself from the letter sent by his campaign, as well as refrain from working with federal officials to dictate marijuana policy in Colorado."

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