Friday, August 24, 2007

And in the other corner, we have...

Dear NORML Supporters in Colorado, This Monday, Aug. 27, the Denver City Council will be holding a public hearing on the latest marijuana policy reform initiative in Colorado's capitol city. The measure would create a new city ordinance designating adult marijuana possession as the city's "lowest law enforcement priority," and it would establish a Marijuana Policy Review Panel to oversee its implementation. The City of Seattle adopted a virtually identical measure in 2003, and since then the city has significantly reduced the number of marijuana arrests and prosecutions for simple marijuana possession. The Denver City Council has been trying to derail this very important initiative, and they have publicly stated they will be using Monday's hearing to campaign against the measure. The initiative's sponsors, Citizens for a Safer Denver, are working to counter this effort and use the hearing send a huge message to Denver officials and voters. You can help this campaign by attending Monday's hearing or contacting the council members to demonstrate your support for this latest initiative. Attending the hearing: The more people who show up and show their support for this effort, the better. Thus, you are encouraged to bring as many friends or family members as possible, but please be sure everyone you bring appears professional. WHAT: Press conference and City Council hearing WHEN: This coming Monday, Aug. 27, 4:45 p.m. WHERE: Denver City-County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Denver (map) A short press conference will begin at 5 p.m. out front (please, NO signs). The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., but there is no way to know exactly when the Council will consider the initiative. If you cannot make it at 5 p.m., please still consider attending the hearing any time before 6:30 p.m. Or, if you can make it at 5 p.m. but cannot stay for the hearing, that would also be helpful.


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