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NAACP Endorses Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director August 23, 2012

    This morning, the Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana conference of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) endorsed Amendment 64, a Colorado ballot initiative that aims to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. This adds to the growing list of organizations getting behind the ballot measure, which already includes groups such as the Democratic and Libertarian Parties of Colorado, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.

    Speaking in support of the endorsement, conference president Rosemary Harris Lytle stated, “In ending the prohibition against adult use of marijuana we might affect mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on African-Americans and other people of color.”

    The latest polls show growing support for Amendment 64 among Colorado citizens, particularly driven by an influx of support from independent voters. When first polled in early June, a Public Policy Polling survey had support for the initiative at 46% to 42% opposed. In early August, PPP conducted their first survey of “likely” Colorado voters, and the spread had increased to 49% support and only 40% opposed. During that time, independent voters moved from 49% support and 40% opposed in June to 58% support and 28% opposed in August.

    Learn more about Amendment 64 by visiting the campaign’s website here. You can also learn about all the other ways marijuana law reform comes into play during the 2012 election by reading NORML’s online voter guide “Smoke the Vote.”

    21 Responses to “NAACP Endorses Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64”

    1. Bhonze says:

      I can’t wait! I will book me a flight to CO. They will not only reap the benefits of taxation of cannabis but tourism will soar. Hope y’all are ready CO. Better have plenty of food too cause we will all have the munchies! lol

    2. […] NAACP Endorses Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 This morning, the Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana conference of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) endorsed Amendment 64, a Colorado ballot initiative that aims to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. This adds to the growing list of organizations getting behind the ballot measure, which already includes groups such as the Democratic and Libertarian Parties of Colorado, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, and the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. Speaking in support of the endorsement, conference president Rosemary Harris Lytle stated, “In ending the […] […]

    3. St. Nick says:

      This support will cause other organizations to join the legalization movement. Maybe companies will follow. Keep moving and making it better. Old habits and ways die hard. That means everyone born after 1936 has had pot illegal for some godless reason like racism. That’s why it’s called Marijuana, to sound Mexican. Pot is a good plant with many medicinal, industrial, spiritual, recreational and other uses. It causes you to feel very good. It cannot and will not kill you, unlike ALL other drugs. It even tastes good. Try and be cool and try it if you haven’t. You’re missing out on something great if you don’t and I feel sorry for you, than, too.

    4. Luke says:

      St Nick,
      “This support will cause other organizations to join the legalization movement. Maybe companies will follow.”
      Once this happens, it’s all over on a national scale. I’m pro-free market, but even I freely admit that corporation money finds its way into some campaign somewhere. Let enough corporations start wanting it, and see how fast our politicians, one and all, want it too.

    5. Its great to see this everyday is bringing another positive! Colorado has taken huge steps into ending this prohibition and it is really starting to show cause! Hopefully more and more companies will get involved to help finally put an end to this stupid 75 year prohibition!!!!

    6. Fed-Up says:

      @St.Nick,

      I don’t think Pot makes everyone “feel very good”.I know a lot of people that have tried it,and some have had negative experiences of introspection and self judgement…It’s not for everyone.

      It’s not an instant “feel good’ party drug like cocaine or alcohol.

      The disturbing thing is, is that we have been lied to and told that Marijuana Prohibition is(was) meant to be a “deterrent”to keep people away from using the drug.

      But in actuality(knowing that it has a strong human appeal and attraction=cannabanoid receptors) it has become just another form of symbiotic parasitism on the human race,for past, present & future generations.

      This is modern day slavery,where prison labor can be utilised very cheaply and a huge overhead can be made by the Prison -for Profit Industry.

      What is hard to beleive for many trusting and naive souls, is that there are people out there looking to exploit other humans, in anyway possible,

      Prohibition-psychopaths, that are able to justify their reasoning and detach themselves from the harm and exploitation that they are doing to others.

      And i am not talking about marijuana smokers.Im talking about the people that have created and abused these “infrastructures’ to entrap them,and destroy their quality of life.

    7. Fireweed says:

      If this passes tourism increases there should be a boom in restaurant business!!

    8. St. Nick says:

      I know people in charge don’t care if Marijuana is good or not, they want to win the war. And from my experience unless I have a major tolerance, Cannabis makes me feel good. I know it’s POSSIBLE to not have fun on pot… Annoying people who get afraid on pot and then badmouth it. It’s YOUR fault you got scared on pot. Pot doesn’t cause anyone to fear. Pot does’nt MAKE anyone kill themselves or others. It’s the persons fault as I can smoke with NO bad effects and VERY GOOD effects. It’s a spiritual problem. What if drugs like pot and lsd are a preview of life after death? It’s NOT impossible.
      I take drugs everyday that are prescribed like Lithium, Geodon, Ritalin and Ambien. I need drugs to feel good, fall asleep, etc cause I have chemical imbalances. The only one(s) that I take without prescription is Pot and sometimes cough medicine. I can’t get anything else.
      These people we are fighting are just evil pieces of shit. But they got elected. Although they WILL die and not be in power forever, they are screwing things up now.
      We either need to start donating, donating more to Norml and pro pot officials and people need to start fighting and speaking up about it. We already have the majority. I say we get spiritual and USE God(s) for this good purpose. And if you don’t believe, I don’t care and you’re part of the greed/evil problem.

    9. Fed-Up says:

      right on…..we are obviousely on the left.

      but. you have to realise,at some stage,or point of life,,,,left is right and right is left…

      yes or know?

    10. Fed-Up says:

      Sorry about my last post,drinking and blogging should be illegal.
      But,getting back to the topic of this thread, If you want to see a good example of why the NAACP is endorsing this initiative,look no further than the reality show:” COPS” and watch how much effort they go through to make a pot bust,and the disproportionate number of inner-city youth that are targeted.

      The theme song,is a nice little reggae number,called BAD BOYS,oh the irony! watching this show for any length of time is a perfect example of why cannabis should be legal.And for a good contrast, they also show a lot of violent alcoholics with no shirts on.

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