Colorado Libertarians Message Board › Ending the Drug War, Starting in Longmont
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Marijuana: Petitioners needed in Longmont for a ballot initiative to reduce the $100 marijuana possession fine to $5.
This is not a joke. This was attempted in Boulder in 2004, but the lead proponent dropped out.
Longmont has three medical marijuana dispensaries that receive police protection, whereas Boulder does not permit use and arrests medical marijuana holders using federal law.
The police chief of Longmont, Mike Butler, has been saying for at least the eight years that I've known him, "Marijuana will be legal by the end of the decade. My officers have something better to do with their time."
Chief Butler provides rip-off protection for dispensaries, and marijuana users are not targeted.
In 2008 there were 166 persons ticketed for public use, meaning that they lit up in public, someone complained and they received a court summons.
The court of Judge Diana VanDeHey collected approximately $20,000 in fines and fees from defendants (marijuana users). In addition, VanDeHey has attempted to force probation, treatment, and community service (slave labor) for defendants that don't understand their rights.
If the fine of possession of an ounce or less where to be no more than $5, then minor possession would be unenforceable. Rather than wait for legislators to give us our rights back, we must act by Citizen's Initiative and force government to stop the madness. It is a small step, but it is a step.
We need people who are US citizens who are at least 18 years of age to circulate petitions in Longmont. They do not need to be residents of Longmont.
We have a 21 day window to collect 4100 petition signatures in the city of Longmont. Petition signers must be registered voters in the city.
This effort must be completed by mid June. We only need to collect 200 signatures a day. That is 200 in aggregate, not 200 per collector. It is a cakewalk, if enough petition circulators get involved.
Please call 720-323-0570.