Cannabis Consumers Coalition Calls Out Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates and Reminds Voters that Cannabis Vote Could Decide Winner
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Cannabis can’t win with the current governor, nor his challenger Republican Bob Beauprez. Seeming out of touch with Colorado voters, Beauprez said last night during a 9News debate that Coloradans should be asked if they wanted to repeal Amendment 64. Yet, voters supported Amendment 64 by 54%, and since then, 58% of Americans support marijuana legalization according to all major polls. Beauprez’s reasoning? The apparent potential of cannabis use causing brain damage. To date there is conflicting science on the damage that cannabis use does to the brain, and some studies show that cannabis is beneficial for the brain, such as an October 29, 2012 study entitled “The Endocannabinoid System in Pathalogical and Normal Brain Aging” in the British journal, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, that discusses how cannabis helps the aging brain by promoting homeostasis and removing damaged brain cells, and study published on October 1, 2005 called “Cannabinoids Promote Embryonic and Hippocampus Neurogenesis and Produce Anxiolytic- and Anti-depressant-like Effects” published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that shows that not only does cannabis help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, it also helps repair the brain through neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells.
This comes on the heels of incumbent Governor and Democrat John W. Hickenlooper recently calling voters reckless for legalizing cannabis in a debate earlier in the week, and his controversial “Don’t be a Lab Rat” campaign that spent $2 million putting up two rat cages in Denver in an attempt to scare teenagers and children away from using cannabis. This prompted the Cannabis Consumer Coalition’s campaign against the “lab rat” campaign, siting insulting imagery such as prison cells and comparing current cannabis users, which includes medical patients, to lab rats. It appears that Beauprez will bring yet more attacks on the voter mandated cannabis laws. His support of repealing Amendment 64 seeks to undermine cannabis consumers. If Amendment 64 were repealed, the nearly 10,000 jobs created by the new cannabis industry, are at risk. Consider that voters recalled three politicians and over 300 jobs and their rights being infringed on. Then imagine the fallout for our elected officials if they chased thousands of jobs out of our state. Seems a bit, reckless.
It is a wonder that Beauprez and Hickenlooper are behaving this way. With the candidates in a tie to win this November, either one of them could use the power of the marijuana vote. It would be wise for them to reach out to the cannabis community so close to Election Day, not alienate them. Third party candidates, such as Mike Dunafon (I) and Matthew Hess (L), both have open letters to the cannabis community on their websites, with Dunofan devoting a significant part of his campaign supporting the new cannabis laws, and has an endorsement from organizations like the 420 Rally and Festival, an organization that the Cannabis Consumers Coalition’s Executive Director, Larisa Bolivar, has been volunteering for since 2002.
It should be noted that 36% of Colorado voters are registered as “Unaffiliated,” which includes Independent and Libertarian voters. This is a critical demographic to reach out to that is being courted by two cannabis friendly candidates. Any votes from this group towards Hickenlooper or Beauprez could decide the election. It doesn’t seem wise to be alienating this group when other localities are showing a friendlier reception to new cannabis laws. For example, Washington, DC, the Nation’s capital, is moving forward with a bill that will seal the records of non-violent marijuana offenders, before people even vote to legalize marijuana this November. Why is Colorado all of the sudden so behind politically?
“I have to scratch my head at this one. I mean, don’t they realize that there are 36% unaffiliated voters in Colorado, and why can’t they see that whoever the cannabis community backs between the two can win just from that support? You would think they would be courting us a bit more instead of using worn out drug war rhetoric,” says Ms. Bolivar.
While the Cannabis Consumers Coalition is not a political organization, we are dedicated to educating consumers on how political leaders stand on cannabis laws. We also stand up for consumer rights and seek to expose political intentions that run counter to the will of Colorado voters. The Cannabis Consumers Coalition wants to tell all gubernatorial candidates to respect cannabis laws and voters will. To do otherwise is insulting the majority of Colorado voters, and is also a tremendous waste of time. We need real leadership on the issues that over 54% of Coloradans support.
The Cannabis Consumers Coalition is a member based cannabis consumer advocacy group. The CCC was founded after it was noticed by members of the cannabis community that representation for cannabis at the legislative level was predominantly done on behalf of industry players and not individuals. Unlike organizations that were founded to fight for legalization, the Cannabis Consumers Coalition was founded by consumers with no ties to industry and focuses exclusively on consumer rights. For comments, please contact Larisa Bolivar. For more information on the Cannabis Consumers Coalition, visit www.cannabisconsumer.org
The preceding text was a press release from the Cannabis Consumers Coalition. Previous Ladybud articles about the Cannabis Consumers Coalition can be viewed here. The Cannabis Consumers Coalition can also be found on Facebook here.
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