An initiative to outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado moved closer to appearing on the November ballot. The city’s Initiative Review Committee signed off on the proposal Friday.
“I am extremely confident that we will be able to get 14,000 signatures plus” to place the initiative on the ballot, said Steven Wind, one of three Colorado Springs residents backing the petition.“We’ve got 180 days to get 14,000 signatures, and the good folks in Colorado Springs outnumber the people that are against us – way outnumber them,” Wind said.
Wind, who is leading the effort to ban dispensaries, said the proposal is “not a commentary on medical marijuana.”
When voters approved Amendment 20, they didn’t expect a proliferation of dispensaries, he said. Colorado Springs went from a handful of dispensaries in early 2009 to more than 100 today, according to city officials. “Give me a break. There’s not that many sick people proportionally to the amount of medical marijuana centers (or dispensaries),” he said. “It defies logic.”
Tanya Garduno, director of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, said opponents of the proposed initiative are gearing up to defeat it. “If you take a look at any dispensary in town, chances are you’re also going to find voter registration (forms) because … we’re citizens, we vote,” she said. “If this goes to the ballot, you will see more patient votes than you ever have in the past.”
In 2000, Colorado voters approved Amendment 20, which legalized medical marijuana for people with “debilitating medical conditions.” But the constitutional amendment didn’t create a system for widespread distribution. The issue took center stage when the number of dispensaries — and patients — ballooned after the federal government said it wouldn’t interfere with states that legalized medical marijuana.
On Monday, Gov. Bill Ritter signed a measure that licenses and regulates the marijuana industry. The law allows cities and counties to ban dispensaries, either by a vote of local officials or a vote of the people.
Senior Oregon Ducks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, 21, has officially been dismissed from the football program, completing a fall from grace that began in January.
Masoli, already suspended for the 2010 season by head coach Chip Kelly, was pulled over by Springfield police on Monday after failing to stop before entering a road. Police then found him to be in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, as well as a suspended driver’s license.
In all, Masoli was hit with three citations: failure to stop at a driveway or sidewalk, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. None of the charges are criminal, and Masoli will have the option of either attending a hearing at Springfield Municipal Court on June 24 or paying specified fines in advance.
Despite the relatively minor nature of the charges, Kelly had seen quite enough. He had originally decided to suspend Masoli for the 2010 season after the quarterback admitted his guilt in the theft of two laptops and a projector from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity house on Jan. 24.
As one of Oregon’s most well-known players, Masoli led the team to a Rose Bowl berth last season. He finishes his career with 3,891 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. His 1,386 career rushing yards rank first in the record books for Oregon quarterbacks.
Two 20-year-old Gilbert, Arizona men were arrested in an undercover operation after an advertisement was posted on Craigslist to trade marijuana for an Apple iPad.
In the posting, Jacob Walker reportedly wanted to trade his Apple iPod Touch and what he called “a quarter of dank blue dream straight outta Cali” for an Apple iPad, Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marino said.
Police were notified about the advertisement by a citizen on the department tip line, Marino said. Detectives replied to the posting and set up a meeting with Walker at Val Vista Drive and Warner Road around 3 p.m. According to Marino, Walker arrived at the scene with Joseph Velarde and gave the marijuana to an undercover detective.
Velarde also had narcotics in his possession, police said. Walker and Velarde were arrested in connection with the conspiracy to sell marijuana.
Treez Says : This makes me f’n sick. The fact that a sting was set up to get these guys is one thing. The fact that some ASSHOLE came across the ad and “ratted” on them is disgusting! I got news for you people….the police pay “rats” all the time for tips. They can’t solve crimes on their own with hard work, so they constantly rely on tips, rats and informants. Don’t talk about your “dirt” to anyone. There is a reward in it for them when they turn on you.