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Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Johnson: In the medical-marijuana debate, it's time to be grown-ups - The Denver Post

Johnson: In the medical-marijuana debate, it's time to be grown-ups - The Denver Post

The hand-wringing by lawmakers and others over medical marijuana just tickles me, or floors me. I still cannot tell.

You would think they were handing out AK-47s in the state's proliferating number of dispensaries. The Denver City Council now wants to keep them 1,000 feet away from schools. What isthatabout?

So, at 1,001 feet from a school, they can sell medical pot by the truckload?


My favorite proposed law is being dreamed up by state Sen. Chris Romer, whom I admire greatly. But he proposes raising the age at which a patient can legally obtain marijuana for medical use from 18 to 21.

Let us say it is your kid, my kid. Who are you or I going to trust more for what our kids need — Romer, or our family doctor? How quickly would you find the nearest street dealer to assist your pain-ravaged child? Come on.

We really and truly need grown-ups to step forward in this debate.

Read more:http://www.denverpost.com/billjohnson/ci_14130067?source=rsshomecol#ixzz0bqAP9TS0

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