Target: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Goal: Stop the establishment of unregulated marijuana clubs in Colorado until legislation on regulation is approved.
Since Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in November, two marijuana clubs have opened offering people a place to enjoy their marijuana. Without any regulation from state officials, these clubs are challenging the federal government to intervene, and neglecting the responsibility to implement the landmark amendment thoughtfully. Please sign this petition and urge Governor Hickenlooper to close and stop the establishment of marijuana clubs that threaten recreational marijuana use in Colorado.
Amendment 64 allows anyone over the age of 21 to recreationally use marijuana in private in the state of Colorado. Less than a month after the amendment was approved, two marijuana clubs have opened offering people a private but social environment to use marijuana. Businesses are not yet able to sell marijuana, so the clubs offer a place for people to bring their own marijuana for use amongst friends and fellow enthusiasts. Unlike Colorado’s medical marijuana establishments, the marijuana clubs are operating under zero regulation or instruction from state officials.
Marijuana supporters are fearful that these establishments will challenge the federal government with their in-your-face approach to using marijuana. Colorado’s medical marijuana industry implements and upholds the highest state regulations and is considered a success because of the necessary adherence to state laws. Unlike California, which does not operate under similar regulation, Colorado is proud to have avoided the wrath of federal intervention experienced in California. It is Colorado’s responsibility as one of the first to approve recreational marijuana use to regulate it in a way that protects marijuana users, the community, and the reputation of the state.
It is mandatory for Colorado to respect the federal government’s ability to trump state law and stop recreational marijuana use despite the vote. Colorado’s implementation of amendment 64 can either serve as a “how to” or a “how not to” as other states await their chance at recreational marijuana use. It is pivotal that unregulated marijuana clubs be closed until further examination and concrete regulation can be implemented.
Dear Governor Hickenlooper,
With the passage of amendment 64 comes a great responsibility not only to the Colorado community, but to other states enacting similar laws. The Colorado medical marijuana industry is one of the highest regulated industries and has been copied and silently approved by the federal government. The recent emergence of two unregulated marijuana clubs challenge Colorado’s responsible implementation of recreational marijuana use. Please close these marijuana clubs and restrict similar businesses from opening until legislation is approved to regulate their practices.
Although the marijuana clubs do not sell marijuana, they allow marijuana enthusiasts over 21 years to enjoy marijuana in a private and social environment. Patrons bring their own marijuana to be enjoyed by themselves and friends in club-like settings. While the clubs are not breaking any laws, they are challenging the recent approval of recreational use in Colorado. Without regulation, how can we know the clubs aren’t admitting patrons under 21 years of age? Are patrons carrying more than the one ounce allowance? Was all of the marijuana grown by each individual patron? If so, where did they get the seeds or immature plants, which are illegal to purchase without a medical marijuana license? Are patrons leaving the clubs safe to drive?
These questions and many more need to be answered with regulation to prevent the amendment from becoming a joke that necessitates federal intervention. The Colorado medical marijuana industry is success due to the intense regulation implemented. In order for recreational use to also be a success, it is necessary to think before we act.
Please shut down and stop marijuana clubs from opening their doors without regulation from Colorado state officials.
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