Colorado's Anti-Pot Group

An anti-marijuana group has been generating a lot of conversation lately.  The group, which aims to restrict the potency of cannabis products, is working towards having a measure on the ballot this November.

The Healthy Colorado Coalition (HCC) is seeking to impose a long list of restrictions on the state's recreational cannabis sector.  They feel as if cannabis products should come equipped with labels that suggest that marijuana use could lead to birth defects, depression and long-term addiction.  They also do not want cannabis producers to manufacture products with more than 16% THC - which is significantly less than the states average 17% for flowers and whopping 62% for concentrates.  In addition, they want to force the industry to distribute cannabis products with labels containing warnings for various health conditions, such as "permanent loss of brain abilities."

Amendment 129, the HCC's ballot measure, may not be too concerning to some herbalists but many growers, distributors and patients realize how dangerous this amendment could be to the foundation of legal marijuana.  The proposal is more based on speculative scientific analysis rather than actual facts.  The HCC's initiative is poorly devised and will in turn lead people to using more marijuana to receive the same effect as well as aid the black market.  Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, told Merry Jane, "The initiative is very foolishly written and would have a variety of unintended negative consequences when it comes to public health and safety."

HCC has until August 8 to collect and submit 98,000 signatures in order to quality for the ballot.  According to the Associated Press, the passing of Amendment 139 would officially outlaw nearly 80% of the cannabis products being sold throughout the state.

In response to the HCC, another well-fumed organization has created a campaign to stop Amendment 139.  The Colorado Health Research Council (CHRC) has raised $300,000 so far to tackle the anti-cannabis initiative and is expected more money to come in as the word spreads about Amendment 139.  CHRC is, "a coalition of cannabis patients, caregivers, scientists, cannabis industry leaders, the business community and ordinary citizens," looking to maintain the efficacy of recreational cannabis in Colorado.

The Denver Post interviewed supporters of Amendment 139, who stated they do not have the "financial muscle" to compete with the CHRC.  However, they remain confident in their efforts to create more "reasonable controls" on the cannabis industry.