AG Eric Holder Urged To Oppose MJ Ballot Issue

Jun 14, 2012

A Col­orado com­mit­tee formed to defeat a mar­i­juana issue on the Novem­ber bal­lot has asked U.S. Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder to weigh in with his oppo­si­tion. Amend­ment 64 would allow adults statewide to pos­sess up to 1 ounce of mar­i­juana for recre­ational use. The mea­sure is opposed by a cit­i­zens group called Smart Col­orado, which is rep­re­sented by the Den­ver law firm of Hol­land & Hart. In a let­ter to Holder, Smart Col­orado attor­ney Jon Ander­son noted that Colorado’s bal­lot mea­sure “par­al­lels” a Cal­i­for­nia mea­sure, Propo­si­tion 19, that vot­ers there defeated in 2010. The Depart­ment of Jus­tice “aggres­sively” opposed that mea­sure, Ander­son said, and Smart Col­orado wants the depart­ment to do the same in Col­orado. “As you know, Col­orado has the most expan­sive med­ical mar­i­juana indus­try in the coun­try,” he wrote Holder. “To fur­ther expand their drug prof­its, this indus­try will invest enor­mous sums of money to erase all state restric­tions on grow­ing, trans­port­ing, and sell­ing mar­i­juana in Col­orado. It is crit­i­cal that Col­orado vot­ers under­stand the seri­ous legal and pol­icy impli­ca­tions of pass­ing such a dan­ger­ous law.” The let­ter sur­prised Mason Tvert, the leader of pro-Amendment 64 groups. “This seems like a polit­i­cally tone-deaf request in light of the recent Ras­mussen poll show­ing 61 per­cent of likely vot­ers in Col­orado sup­port reg­u­lat­ing mar­i­juana like alco­hol,” he said. “Who­ever is ask­ing the Obama admin­is­tra­tion to oppose Amend­ment 64 must be secretly root­ing for Mitt Rom­ney to be elected pres­i­dent in Novem­ber.” Five cam­paign com­mit­tees sup­port­ing Amend­ment 64 have col­lected close to $2 mil­lion in money and in-kind dona­tions to try to ensure its pas­sage, accord­ing to fil­ings with Col­orado sec­re­tary of state. Tvert’s group is the Cam­paign to Reg­u­late Mar­i­juana Like Alco­hol. He was crit­i­cal of Smart Col­orado, describ­ing it as a “small group of law-enforcement offi­cials” who want the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to “inter­fere with Colorado’s busi­ness.” Weld County Dis­trict Attor­ney Ken Buck, who helped orga­nize the oppo­si­tion group, said it is a “broad-based coali­tion of indi­vid­u­als con­cerned with our children’s health.” Read more: AG Eric Holder urged to oppose Col­orado mar­i­juana bal­lot issue – The Den­ver Post http://​www​.den​ver​post​.com/​p​o​l​i​t​i​c​s​/​c​i​_​2​0​8​4​3​6​4​3​/​#​i​x​z​z​1​x​o​Q​m​W​Mu2 Read The Den­ver Post’s Terms of Use of its con­tent: http://​www​.den​ver​post​.com/​t​e​r​m​s​o​f​use Source: Den­ver Post (CO) Author: Lynn Bar­tels, The Den­ver Post Pub­lished: June 13, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 The Den­ver Post Web­site: http://​www​.den​ver​post​.com/ Con­tact: openforum@​denverpost.​com

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