Wednesday, November 02, 2005

On A Higher Note

This is the headline:
Denver pot issue passes by thin margin
By Christopher N. Osher
Denver Post Staff Writer
So my question is, exactly what is a thin margin? - POLITICS: "The measure passed 54 percent to 46 percent.

'It just goes to show the voters of Denver are fed up with a law that prohibits adults from making a rational, safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol,' said Mason Tvert, executive director of Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, or SAFER.

The measure will change the city's ordinance to make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in the city.

Denver follows the city of Oakland, which last year voted to make marijuana possession its lowest enforcement priority and required the city to develop a plan for licensing and taxing the sale, use and cultivation of marijuana for private use. Voters in Telluride Tuesday defeated a similar measure.

Denver is 'the second major city in less than a year to pass a vote which says that marijuana should be treated essentially like alcohol, taxed and regulated,' said Bruce Mirken, the director of communications for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, one of the largest groups opposing jail time for the use of pot. 'This has been characterized as a fringe issue, and clearly it's not.'"
It passed by 8 points (not even medical) and that is considered a thin margin when it comes to legalizing marijuana, but Twig's margin was 3.4 and it was considered a "landslide". Now it sounds more like a snow induced molehill.

Denver, the Mile High City. Now it can live up to it's name.

Plus, they voted not to take tax rebates because their infrastructure needs help. Quite the progressive city.

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