LEAP Reacts to Sheriffs’ Lawsuit Against Colorado Marijuana Law

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Sheriffs file lawsuit vs. Colorado over recreational marijuana
LEAP REACTS TO SHERIFFS’ LAWSUIT AGAINST COLORADO 
MARIJUANA LAW
 
 Refute Claims of Increased Burden on Police, Cite Public Safety Improvements

Today, sheriffs from Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas filed a lawsuit against Colorado’s marijuana legalization law, Amendment 64. The officers claim the law is unconstitutional, and that there is increased burden on law enforcement in neighboring states.

Legalization advocates, including Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, point to the many positive benefits of legalization, including that it has reduced the burden on law enforcement within the state, citing the fact that marijuana possession arrests have
dropped 84% in Colorado since 2010. Colorado is also experiencing significant benefits, including a decreasing unemployment rate, more than $50 million in tax revenue in FY2014-15, and reduced rates of burglary and homicide.

“Legalizing marijuana has allowed police to focus on real crimes but taken away their excuse for otherwise unjustified searches and seizures,” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of criminal justice professionals opposed to the drug war. “Of course some law enforcement officers are going to be upset about that. But I would ask those officers to think about why they joined the force in the first place, why they risk their lives every day just to do their jobs.

I doubt many would say it’s to go after low-level drug offenders, whose lives will largely be destroyed in the process and whose communities have come to see police as the enemy. They would say they went into this job because they wanted to protect people, to
be heroes, and it’s about time they recognize that that’s the opposite of what they’re doing when they defend current drug policy.”

Public safety remains at the forefront of the marijuana legalization debate, with proponents citing that marijuana is easier for children to obtain where it is illegal, that arrest and conviction records harm users and that marijuana prohibition causes police officers to focus disproportionately on drug crimes, leaving violent crimes often
unsolved. For instance, in 2013 there were an estimated 400,000 rape kits in the U.S. that had yet to be tested because drug testing of imprisoned defendants get prioritized over other examinations. The U.S. spends about $51 billion dollars per year on drug enforcement efforts, yet none of the intended goals of drug prohibition have been
attained.

Alaska, Washington and Oregon have also legalized recreational marijuana sales. Alaska and Oregon regulators are in the process of writing the rules for how new marijuana businesses will operate there, and Washington has joined Colorado as the second state to
safely and successfully sell marijuana legally.

We need more action on SB528 from our supporters..

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Pittsburgh NORML Supports this legislation and is looking forward to hearings and the passing of this historic legislation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are asking our supporters to become involved, so Click here to quickly contact your state lawmakers and urge that they support this measure!

http://www.pittsburghnorml.org/register-to-vote/

The measure permits adults to privately possess marijuana without penalty and to cultivate up to six plants (no more than three mature) for non-commercial purposes. Not-for-profit transactions involving small quantities of marijuana are also permitted.

An Act providing for personal use of marijuana, for lawful operation of marijuana-related facilities, for general powers of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, for regulation of marijuana and for employers, minors and control of property; and making related repeals. The full text of the bill can be found here

Also Don’t forget to come out to #LeBOWLskiFest this Sunday!!

On March 6th in 1998 one of the greatest cult movies ever was released! Pittsburgh Norml and the Pittsburgh Norml Women’s Alliance are happy to bring you #LeBOWLskiFest celebrating The Big Lebowski!

Sunday March 8th from 5PM – MIDNIGHT at Hollywood Lanes in Dormont, Pennsylvania.

$20 donation gets you:
-Admission to the event and 10 raffle tickets
-2 hours worth of bowling including shoe rental
-Open bar

There will also be prizes for best costumes, raffle items abd more. Come in costume and get a free Clique Vodka “The Dude” (aka White Russian)

This event is 21+

Proceeds benefit #PittsburghNORML

We just booked AMRCNDREAMING as our Nihilist band for the night!

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TAKE ACTION PENNSYLVANIA: State lawmakers have introduced legislation, SB 528

TAKE ACTION PENNSYLVANIA: State lawmakers have introduced legislation, SB 528, to permit the adult possession and retail sale of marijuana.Welcome-to-Pennsylvania

The measure permits adults to privately possess marijuana without penalty and to cultivate up to six plants (no more than three mature) for non-commercial purposes. Not-for-profit transactions involving small quantities of marijuana are also permitted.

Click here to quickly contact your state lawmakers and urge that they support this measure!

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