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56% of Denver County Republicans support marijuana legalization | The NORML Stash Blog

I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.

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10 responses to “5610 of Denver County Republicans support marijuana legalization”

  1. Anonymous

    Hi my friend! I wish to say that this article is awesome, great written and include almost all vital infos.

  2. Benjamin

    Agreed. :hippy:

  3. Jake

    Benjamin, I’m not looking to get in a pissing contest. I’m NOT talking about the “old time Republicans” who were the policy makers. I’m referring to the old time Republicans who were the voters, the people, the owners of businesses, the guy in the next office back in the day. These are the types of people I grew up around and I can vouch for the fact that THOSE Republicans were NOT prudes. And they weren’t “fools” as you state. They were rowdy, lived on their own terms and never tried to interfere with other’s rights. And they were a lot more open minded than you give them credit for. The first joint I ever smoked was with one of THOSE Republicans.

    That said, I totally agree that the whole Nixon and then Regan era was insane. But those policy makers (on both sides of the political fence) are only taking their orders from the Cabals and Elite power brokers that put them in office. Nothing has changed today. Obama ran for office and CLEARLY STATED that he would not go after personal use. But now? Now, he’s just doing the bidding of his handlers and backers. The same would apply to ANY mainstream candidate in the White House today, tomorrow, next year, five years from now and so on. That’s why I’m a Libertarian now and support Ron Paul (who is really a Libertarian by his own admission, rather than a Republican.) But when you really start digging into this mess, you’ll see that the whole Republican vs. Democrat is just another ploy to divide and conquer all of the “little people” and prevent clear discussions and resolutions to our lives. The Elite corporate interests have infiltrated BOTH sides of the aisle. It’s two cheeks on the same ass.

  4. Benjamin

    Jake, Republicans have never stood up for cannabis or cannabis consumers and those “old time Republicans” were the fools who started the drug war.
    Nixon signed the CSA and created the DEA- Republican, Regan signed some of the first mandatory minimum sentences into law – Republican. I agree that both sides are not friendly on the issue, but for the most part a nation with Republicans in office= Hell on Earth for tokers.

  5. Jake

    Hey, guys, you cannot lump all Republicans in with corporate shills like Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, etc. Ron Paul is a Republican and you can’t find a candidate who is more about liberty and freedom than he is. He is also for repeal of ALL drug laws. I used to be a Republican until I realized I was more of a Libertarian. I’m for the rights of the individual to do with themselves what they want as long as they don’t hurt or interfere with my rights as an individual. Hell, that USED TO BE the essence of the Republican party before it got hijacked a long time ago by corporate interests and the religious right. The “old time Republicans” were actually fun to hang around with. They had the best parties. No joke. Democrats put out chip and dip; Republicans had steaks on the grill and an open bar. I guess fiscal conservatism had its rewards back in the day.

  6. Joe

    I’ve never thought of legalization as a right-left issue. I know plenty of libertarian type Republicans who support legalization on 9th amendment grounds. A number of them argue that medical laws do not go far enough due to the government being part of the paradigm (a concern I share but alas no medical law here). I also know plenty of liberals/Democrats who either want the status quo or no more than medical laws. I say the bed is big enough to let everyone in (including Pat Robertson) who supports legalization regardless of how they arrive at the conclusion.

  7. delpart

    Mini-radical rant …

    @moldy – Vote for anyone else , vote for something … it really is important.

    There is a strong argument usually made that the write-in ballot entries or alternative party listings just hurt the process. This is perpetuated by people who have lots to gain (and more to lose) from this. They tend to be called Republicans and Democrats.

    Either picking someone like Gary Johnson, or simply a vote of “None of the above” sends a strong message. If more people were willing to do this and not be brainwashed into thing they have to pick “Blue or Red” on the ballots, we’d see a lot of elections clearly show that there really isn’t 51% of voters in support of *most* candidates.

    Abstaining from voting also supports the stereotypes and is actually what most of the established politicians are banking on as well. They really do know who votes and their demographic data. They are sincerely counting on you not showing up.

    People who feel the process is flawed, failed, etc and simply abstain from voting are a major hurdle to getting things where they need to be. A lot of the data being sifted through for any election usually has a certain percentage of unknowns in it. All it takes is a hot item at any ballot cycle to throw their models and polls out the window. They will poll democrat/republicans and get a certain reading, but the hot issues blow these numbers sideways almost every time since it brings out people who “normally dont vote.” And those people tend to be libertarian or similarly minded.

    Just a pet peeve, but as we wind into this very important election year cycle, it’s a good reminder that exercising your vote adds up. It’s not a single vote that changes an election, but it starts with one: yours. What I’m always curious about is how to get about 50-100 Million people who simply opt out to give a crap for a single hour, on a single day, to vote period.

    I do have to throw in there that there are tons of reasons votes dont get cast … Work situations, child care, transportation, disability, etc. The Electoral College system is what many claim. But overall, too many people simply dont think their single vote counts. If we could only get 10% of those who think this way to bother on any level, our nation would be greatly changed. The Electoral College would be screwed if enough people actually didn’t vote Blue or Red. They’d have to all pull out the rule book … that’d be fun to watch.

    Like Russ has said, they’ll take advantage of any and everything. Even people who are nearly religious with their praises to Reagan and his policies (especially his anti-drug ones), are now willing to sucker in voters with false hope. They have zero intention of legalizing, but they will sell you on the idea they support what you do. Voting against them because you’ve kept track of their history, etc will help send them the message back: “Just say No to empty campaign promise trickery …”

    There are other candidates though that have always pushed for and voted for things like marijuana reform and you can pretty much count on them to continue acting on these base motivations. Ron Paul is a pretty good example. He’s even made some impressive numbers in the primary season in comparison to past attempts.

    Basically: Don’t stay home. They’re counting on it …

  8. MatterofLiberty

    @ Moldy, At least go vote for Gary Johnson, he should be on the ballot as the Libertarian Candidate. Then at least you can bitch, so long as you voted :)

  9. Benjamin

    It’s good to see the republicans in Colorado are seeing the light, but for the majority of the time the Republicans nationwide are causing more problems for tokers than Democrats.In reply to moldy- I think now that Obama is talking about bio fuels maybe with more Democrats in congress and a lame duck term he could possibly legalize hemp for fuel and take down the petrochemical complex and maybe even sign a “leave it to the states” bill but the other clowns would be way harder on tokers than Obama.

    Mitt Romney- “I pledge to drug test for social security and all government benefits”, Newt Gingrich-”we should drug test for any federal aid,execute drug dealers and kingpins, and crack down on drug consumption”, Rick Santourum- Is just as bad if not worse than the other clowns running for office.
    All of the candidates besides Obama would set us back to the dark ages when it comes to marijuana law reform nationwide. I say vote Democrat or Libertarian so we are not destroyed.

    The time is coming where the pressure to legalize will be too great for anybody to stop. All we just need to do is keep talking about this issue until they can’t stand hearing how lives are being destroyed by cannabis being prohibited and how we need to use the plant to help our economy since it is a safer alternative to other social stimulants etc.

    Stay active and vote regardless if you are mad with the damage that was done to the medical cannabis community or any other problem you have with Obama. He knows the issues and has said it’s a legitimate topic for debate and we are all ready for that debate, so maybe we can win the debate and convince people that prohibition of cannabis is much more harmful than cannabis itself. It will get more attention once we get out of Afghanistan and get congress working for the people again.

    “The order of nature is that individual happiness shall be inseparable from the practice of virtue.”-Thomas Jefferson

  10. moldy

    The Democrats had their chance. Obama is worse than Bush but voting for a frothy mixture or Mittens would be impossilbe so most likely I’ll stay home. :-|

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