"Dear CDIA Members and Citizens of Colorado, Those who want to legalize drugs weaken our collective struggle against this scourge of our society. Like a cancer, proponents for legalization eat away at society's resolve and moral fiber. The marijuana-drug legalization movement has nothing to offer users and addicts but more drugs."
"Dear CDIA Members and Citizens of Colorado,
Those who want to legalize drugs weaken our collective struggle against this scourge of our society. Like a cancer, proponents for legalization eat away at society's resolve and moral fiber. The marijuana-drug legalization movement has nothing to offer users and addicts but more drugs."
So begins the letter from Lt. Ernie Martinez, President of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association (CDIA), which he circulated in late August 2006, just after Amendment 44 -- the statewide initiative to remove all penalties for adult marijuana possession -- qualified for the ballot in Colorado. (CLICK HERE to download Lt. Martinez's entire letter and the attached information.)
Lt. Martinez continues to fight progress in Denver from his seat on the Denver Marijuana Policy Review Panel appointed by Mayor John Hickenlooper. As you might recall, this mayoral panel is tasked with implementing the ordinance approved by voters in 2007, which designated marijuana possession the city's lowest law enforcement priority, to the "greatest extent possible." Yet Lt. Martinez was the most publicly vocal opponent against that initiative, so it's not surprising he has no intention of fulfilling the panel's mission. Moreover, his views on marijuana are reprehensible and entirely out of line with Denver voters -- who he actually compares to "a cancer"!
Why would Mayor Hickenlooper appoint such a anti-marijuana crusader to fill a role on a panel working to reduce marijuana arrests and prosecutions in the city? It's time we ask him, hold him accountable, and call on him to rectify his poor decision of appointing Lt. Martinez.
Use the form below to send Mayor Hickenlooper a message calling on him to replace Lt. Martinez on the Denver Marijuana Policy Review Panel, and to let him know those who support marijuana policy reform are not a cancer... we are Colorado! It takes less than a minute to take action and encourage others to do so, as well.
Even if you don't live in Colorado, we hope you will still take action and let Mayor Hickenlooper know that people around the nation are watching Denver and Colorado, and pulling for them to set a good example of how marijuana ought to be treated in our society.