County officials: ‘No’ to marijuana |

County officials: ‘No’ to marijuana

With the upcoming Nov. 7 general election quickly approaching, the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team and the law enforcement agencies involved with GRAMNET encourage the voters of the 14th Judicial District to educate themselves regarding the facts around marijuana and its usage prior to voting on Amendment 44.

This amendment calls for legalizing possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for anyone 21 years of age and older. Unfortunately, this amendment does not stop there. Because of how Amendment 44 is drafted, it also will completely legalize the free transfer of up to 1 ounce of marijuana to anyone 18 and older as well as remove any prohibition in Colorado’s drug statute on free transfers to children 15 and older.

What does that mean? It will no longer be a state crime to dispense free samples of an addictive drug to Colorado high school seniors. As we all know, free samples are a drug dealer’s favorite marketing tactic by allowing them to dispense the samples to children, get them hooked and then turn them into paying customers.

Amendment 44 is by far the best thing to ever happen to Colorado drug dealers and undoubtedly one of the worst things to ever happen to Colorado families and children. As you can see, there has been widespread publicity on this issue on the national level, and unfortunately most of it has been inaccurate. Therefore we hope that you the voters see through the fallacies with the use and legalization of this very dangerous drug.

We encourage you to use your constitutional right to vote and ask that you send a message to our state and federal legislators by sending a resounding ‘No’ to Amendment 44 and the legalization of marijuana possession.

GRAMNET Task Force Commander Dusty Schulze; Craig police Chief Walt Vanatta; Steamboat Director of Public Safety JD Hays; Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead; Moffat County Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg; District Attorney Bonnie Roesink; Routt County Sheriff John Warner; and Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor

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