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Article posted Dec 04 2012, 12:05 AM Category: Politics/Corruption Source: Print

Colorado Business Groups Ask Feds to Enforce Marijuana Laws

by Phillip Smith

Some 20 Colorado business organizations wrote a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder last Friday urging him to enforce federal laws barring the sale and possession of marijuana. In doing so, the business groups are taking direct aim at the will of the voters, who passed Amendment 64 legalizing marijuana with 55% of the vote last month.

"Passage of Amendment 64 left considerable uncertainty for employers and business in Colorado with regard to their legal rights and obligations," the letter said. "We encourage enforcement of the [federal Controlled Substances Act] to provide the certainty and clarity of law we seek."

Amendment 64 legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and the cultivation of up to six plants by adults 21 and over. That part of the amendment will go into effect by January 5 at the latest. It also directs the state to craft a system of regulations for commercial marijuana cultivation and sales. The state has until October 2013 to complete that task.

Still, marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but the Justice Department headed by Holder has yet to signal how it will respond. The Obama administration initially backed off enforcing federal laws in medical marijuana states, but for the last two years has stepped up enforcement actions.

For Coloradans and others who want to know who is attempting to undercut the will of the voters and respond in an informed and appropriate manner, here is the complete list of signatory organizations:
  • Colorado Concern
  • Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance
  • Associated Builders and Contractors -- Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • Colorado Technology Association
  • Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce
  • Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce
  • Greeley Chamber of Commerce
  • Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
  • Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance
  • Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation
  • Upstate Colorado Economic Development Association
  • Colorado Contractors Association
  • International Electrical Contractors -- Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • National Federation of Independent Business -- Colorado and Wyoming Chapter
  • Club 20
  • Loveland Chamber of Commerce
  • Colorado Bankers Association
  • Colorado Auto Recyclers Association
  • Chrisland Commercial
  • Douglas County Business Alliance

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Posted: Dec 04 2012, 6:57 AM

7541 Wana bet these turds are all geting money from drug artels to do this? Te people of olorado should speak with their wallets and help these jerks go bankrupt.

Posted: Dec 04 2012, 8:45 AM

67142 These are not producers or real businesses. These are their interconnected government / industrial complex representatives. (The elites who run interference for those businesses who want to maintain the status quo and keep the competition away) The 50,000 some odd products that can be made with cannabis is a major threat to these fascists and they probably are nervous because they know that the end of their time of power is drawing to a close. I would say that the people who want to be serious will actively find out who all is directly involved with these people and boycott or even protest these "businesses" to bring attention to them so that people with common sense can choose to not support their various businesses. For instance: If some contractor is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors, choose someone else to do the work. Check for names of business, get lists, spread them around and show them that the will of the people is against them.

Posted: Dec 04 2012, 10:15 AM

7495 I think you nailed it. Some businesses that stand to loose by leagailzation. They are upset that they can not longer capitalize on other peoples misery. People are starting to realize that they should own their bodies

Posted: Dec 04 2012, 10:19 AM

71219 The bankers own the Gov't and the purse-strings. The others listed are beholding to them or fronts for them. They have guaranteed contracts and mostly are impervious to boycotts.

Posted: Dec 04 2012, 4:38 PM

213251 What interest or business do those organisations and associations have in enforcing cannabis prohibition?
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