In response, Mason Tvert with the group behind Colorado’s Amendment 64, co-director of “The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol”, told The Huffington Post this Monday October 15th, 2012…
“These people have made a living off marijuana prohibition and the laws that keep this relatively benign substance illegal. The nation wastes billions of taxpayer dollars annually on the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and people like Bill Bennett and John Walters are among the biggest cheerleaders for wasting billions more.” The Huffington Post
He also went on to discuss Colorado law.
“This is an election about Colorado law and whether the people of Colorado believe that we should continue wasting law enforcement resources to maintain the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. Our nation was founded upon the idea that states would be free to determine their own policies on matters not delegated to the federal government. The Controlled Substance Act itself acknowledges that Congress never intended to have the federal government fully ‘occupy the field’ of marijuana policy. We hope the Obama administration respects these state-based policy debates. If Amendment 64 is adopted by the people of Colorado, there will be sufficient time before any new businesses are established for state and federal officials to discuss the implications.” The Huffington Post
What is happening in Colorado reminds me of a time when Alcohol Prohibition was ending. It wasn’t until each State, one by one, voted for Alcohol Legalization that it ended. Marijuana Prohibition should be fought the same way. It is the States that will determine the outcome of Marijuana Prohibition, not the DEA, not Attorney General Eric Holder, and not the President of the United States, whoever that might be. Without at least one State to start this process, Marijuana Prohibition will never be defeated. It will be up to all of us to make this happen. We are in the process of making history and your Vote is the only thing that will determine whether we spend another Trillion dollars on a failed drug policy that fills our prisons with nonviolent innocent people or whether move forward into a new era of hope and prosperity.