“The Ugly Politics of Being the Change” or “The Real Trouble w/ Jared”

I recently read the Eli Stokols hit piece on Jared Polis “The Trouble with Jared” and I thought  "the trouble with Jared?" How about the trouble with the Democratic Party. The “Trouble with Jared” is, he is a Democrat and it appears the rest of the Party has forgotten what that means.

While the Denver insiders fret about the fact that they still can’t control Jared, the rest of Colorado is cheering him on. Jared is a leader. Leadership was explained to me by my military father and my time in the military, I grew up understanding that leadership is sometimes lonely. Jared is always on the right side of being a democrat. Jared’s a disrupter, he always has been. He is out there being the change the Democrats wanted to see. And it appears he is always alone on the right side of history.

He was making the establishment unconformable when he started his schools for recent immigrants at a time when the Democrats in the state were campaigning on passing the toughest immigration laws in the country.

They were mad as hell when he proposed Amendment 41 to limit gifts and free dinner from lobbyist to law makers. That pissed off a bunch of the “buy me and my friends’ tickets to all of ball games, galas and expensive dinners in exchange for my vote on your issue” elected officials. (Yeah, you know who you are)

Then there was my favorite move by Jared, he supported the cannabis industry.

He honestly supported it. He did not give the behind the door cowardly response of, “Well, Wanda, of course we support not locking up minorities, but I have tough race and I am too much of coward to actually let people know what I think” crowd. Jared was upfront about his approach. And like all of his decisions, he was unwavering and on the right side of the issue and on the right side of history. He introduced a bill in Congress to legalize marijuana only to have his home state actually do it a few months later and now the NY Times is calling for Congress to take up his bill.

While Jared is making the political class “nervous” they might be wise to tune into what the people of Colorado are saying. We are in desperate need of bold leadership and a vision for the future. To be honest, can any of you give one example of vision from any of the elected officials? Supporting Oil and Gas is not visionary.

The trouble with Jared, is that he belongs to a party that is increasing out of step with Coloradans and they are spinning their wheels trying to take him down a peg. He is rich, he is gay, he is outspoken and he wears bow ties with polo shirts. They have no idea how to handle him. And I love it. And apparently, so do the voters of Colorado.

In municipal elections, nearly 100,000 Coloradans have already cast ballots to ban or place a time out on fracking. These voters are not radical environmentalist, they are our neighbors in Lafayette, Broomfield, Boulder, Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins that are feed up with the lack of action from our legislature and a Governor that is way more concerned about multinational companies that own mineral rights than homeowners and parents. They have taken matters into their own hands because the political leadership in this state has failed them. Except for Jared, he is listening.

I have never worked with a person I don’t believe in. When Jared and I discussed his campaign in 2008 for Congress, we decided to run on the fact he would be “a different” kind of congressman. One that is not beholden to the special interests. He continues to make me proud by proving that to not to be an empty political promise that changes his tune depending on who is writing checks.

Funny that the Democrats (and their staff hit squads) that are anti-Jared, are also the ones in the most danger of losing their seats. They appear to have no issue with selling their soul, their constituents and the person that paved the way for Democratic ideals in Colorado to continue to get a government check and free trips to meetings and dinners.

If the Democrats are in bed with oil and gas, the privatized prison systems and anti-immigration reform, then maybe we shouldn’t be voting for them in the first place.

My response to the lies and racism that Rachel O’Bryan of SMART Colorado is promoting

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Hi Rachel,
My name is Wanda James and I am former Naval Intelligence Officer, a former marketing director at two Fortune 100 companies and I served on Barack Obama's National Finance Committee. I was also a part of the Amendment 64 campaign and task force work group. And I'm Black.

As a Black woman, I am more concerned with the arrest of black and brown children over cannabis. Clearly this is a racial issue. The NAACP and the ACLU have clearly outlined the destruction of the black and brown communities over cannabis arrests. I find your misinformation and flat out lies truly disturbing.

https://www.aclu.org/billions-dollars-wasted-racially-biased-arrests
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/04/us/marijuana-arrests-four-times-as-likely-for-blacks.html?_r=2&

I watched in horror as you and your counterparts presented a series of misinformation and political spin in Florida. It is sad to watch. Yes, 94% of people on the Marijuana registry have pain. I'm sure you know that pain is the leading condition for the over prescribed, Oxycodone and it is killing our population. As a matter of fact Colorado has the second-highest rate of prescription-painkiller abuse in the nation, according to a new federal report, boosting the urgency of various state efforts to curb rampant overuse of the pills.

Six percent of Coloradans said they used prescription painkillers — such as Percocet or OxyContin — for nonmedical purposes in 2010 and 2011, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That was second only to Oregon, where the rate was 6.37 percent. And BTW, over 500,000 children have been prescribed this drug.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/19/us/children-s-use-of-prescription-drugs-is-surging-study-shows.html

So, if people choose a plant that has NO ability to kill them, isn't that a better choice. Facts Rachel, you must address the facts.

Secondly, since when hasn't food been considered medicine? And where did you get your MD from? According to the Hopkins University, food is apparently the best medicine of all. Dr. Oz has said the same; if medical scientific studies are too difficult understand. There is also this little tidbit from a guy in ancient times….
“Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine." — Hippocrates

And lastly Rachel, as for the person that took an edible and jumped out of a window, truly a tragedy. Not unlike the kids that die each year at CU Boulder and other American universities from guzzling whiskey. And I am sure that you are aware that Colorado tops the list of alcohol related deaths. 1 in 7 adults die from alcohol in this state.

http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2014/06/29/alcohol-responsible-for-1-in-7-deaths-among-co-adults/11699461/

So, I implore you to stop with the reefer madness and give people facts. The fiction created by you and a bunch of racist law enforcement officers for the purpose of continuing to harass black and brown people, and lock up their children for the purposes of slave labor, will not go unanswered. But of course, the idea of parenting for white women is obviously not the answer. You are happier with black and Latino mothers losing their children to life in prison, than the simple idea of white women teaching their children how to deal in world full of temptations, like alcohol, sex and too much sugar. Your White Privilege does not trump facts. Nor does it trump our right to Freedom.

Wanda James
wanda@cannabisglobal.org

Does Hickenlooper “hate” underage alcohol deaths as much as he “hates” cannabis?

Dear Gov Hickenlooper,
Here is a report of alcohol deaths among college students, most underage. It is a shocking report, including a number of deaths at all of Colorado's major universities.

After reading your comments in the Huffington Post about “Hating Colorado’s Cannabis Experiment”,  I am wondering if you hate these deaths as much as you "hate" cannabis?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/hickenlooper-hates-legal-weed_n_4589926.html

I find it hard to support your stance of protecting children, since you seem to be not at all concerned about underage drinking because you are frequently promoting the use of alcohol, by easily influenced children, with the amount of pictures of you chugging back a cold one.

On behalf of business owners that employ thousands of women and vets, and on behalf of hundreds of thousands of people of color who are locked up because of racist marijuana laws, I am asking you stop treating us like stupid constituents who do not clearly see through your issues with your alcohol partners.

When you return to private life, you can say whatever you like. But as long as you are a public servant, we are demanding you do your job and serve the public that voted 55% vs 45% (a political landslide) to legalize cannabis. That would include telling the facts of this amazing "experiment". 

Those facts include incredible revenue to the State of Colorado. 

Those facts include amazing medical research benefiting children suffering from epilepsy.  Children like Charlotte Figi who went from over 900 seizures a month to two.  This was widely documented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN. 

Those facts include the drop of incarcerating hundreds of Coloradoans. 

Those facts include the creation of over 5000 jobs. 

Those facts include increasing Colorado's tourism. 

Those facts include an increase in money to be used for schools. 

And lastly those facts include the relief to over 214,000 medical patients over the last five years in Colorado.

Those are the facts that you are stating you hate.  You must change your attitude and present the truth when asked about your state's "great experiment". And you must give some credit to the hard working Coloradoans that have fought to serve their patients and the state in a legal and safe manner.  It is insulting to business owners to hear you speak about us in that manner.

Sincerely,
Wanda James
(one of your campaign contributors, cannabis business owner, and sister of a black man that was arrested for cannabis possession)

http://compelledtoact.com/Tragic_listing/Main_listing_victims.htm
Devon Arnold, 22, (February 3, 2010, Colorado State University) Devon was found dead railroad tracks after he had reportedly been consuming alcohol while in Denver for a Denver Nuggets game. Authorities suggest that an intoxicated Arnold went to a rail yard in close proximity to the Pepsi Center and jumped aboard a train.

Lynn Gordon "Gordie" Bailey Jr, (September 17, 2004, University of Colorado) Bailey and the other pledges had begun the evening Sept. 16 blindfolded and abandoned in the woods near Gold Hill. Police said the pledges were told to drink large amounts of Ten High whiskey and Carlo Rossi wine.Later, when they were driven back to the fraternity house after midnight, Bailey had passed out. The next morning Bailey was found face down on the floor, and could not be revived. His blood-alcohol level was 0.328 percent, four times the legal limit for driving in Colorado.

Bennett Bertoli, (December 11, 2004, Colorado State University) Bennett was discovered lying on a couch, unresponsive, inside a home close to the CSU campus which had been the site of a party the night before. Bennett died of a lethal mix of alcohol, methadone and tranquilizers. His blood alcohol content was 0.12 percent, a level that not considered lethal by itself. The combination of the three proved fatal.


John Hunter Hauck, (May 3, 2010, Colorado State University) John partied with some friends at an off-campus house Sunday night. Police believe he was drinking beer, smoking marijuana and possibly using prescription drugs. John’s roommates found his body at their northwest Fort Collins home Monday afternoon. Tests showed John's blood/alcohol level to be .212

Michael Alexander Hoffman, (21, August 30, 2011, University of Colorado) Michael Alexander Hoffman was a student in the College of Arts and Sciences. His death is believed to be the first apparent alcohol death of a CU student since Gordie Bailey died in 2004 after a hazing ritual by his fraternity. Test showed Michael had had lethal amounts of alcohol and painkillers in his system.

Samantha Spady, (September 5, 2004, Colorado State) University Samantha had a blood alcohol level of 0.436 when her blood was tested after her death. That's more than 5 times the legal limit in Colorado. She consumed alcohol over 11 hours starting before the CSU/CU football game on Saturday and ending with her presence at the fraternity house, where she consumed "additional significant amounts of alcohol."

Kendra Walthall, (19 (non-student), January 1, 2010, University of Denver) Kendra fell unconscious at after consuming alcohol, prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs while at a house party near the University of Denver campus. Authorities and neighbors described the house as a “college party house” which was the scene of numerous police interventions in the recent past.

Bennett Bertoli, (December 11, 2004, Colorado State University) Bennett was discovered lying on a couch, unresponsive, inside a home close to the CSU campus which had been the site of a party the night before. Bennett died of a lethal mix of alcohol, methadone and tranquilizers. His blood alcohol content was 0.12 percent, a level that not considered lethal by itself. The combination of the three proved fatal.

John Hunter Hauck, (May 3, 2010, Colorado State University) John partied with some friends at an off-campus house Sunday night. Police believe he was drinking beer, smoking marijuana and possibly using prescription drugs. John’s roommates found his body at their northwest Fort Collins home Monday afternoon. Tests showed John's blood/alcohol level to be .212

Michael Alexander Hoffman, 21, (August 30, 2011, University of Colorado) Michael Alexander Hoffman was a student in the College of Arts and Sciences. His death is believed to be the first apparent alcohol death of a CU student since Gordie Bailey died in 2004 after a hazing ritual by his fraternity. Test showed Michael had had lethal amounts of alcohol and painkillers in his system.

David Mueller, 19, (July 19, 2009, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) David was a passenger in a car that crashed in where the car ended up on its roof in a field alongside the road. The intoxicated student driver survived the crash. Authorities determined speed and alcohol were factors and the driver faced charges.

Samantha Spady, September 5, 2004, (Colorado State University) Samantha had a blood alcohol level of 0.436 when her blood was tested after her death. That's more than 5 times the legal limit in Colorado. She consumed alcohol over 11 hours starting before the CSU/CU football game on Saturday and ending with her presence at the fraternity house, where she consumed "additional significant amounts of alcohol."

Kendra Walthall, 19 (non-student), (January 1, 2010, University of Denver)Kendra fell unconscious at after consuming alcohol, prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs while at a house party near the University of Denver campus. Authorities and neighbors described the house as a “college party house” which was the scene of numerous police interventions in the recent past.

 

Did Congress Really Just Get A Pay Raise?

This is the worst Congressional Body in history, and we are rewarding them…….

I just don’t understand how we reward people for screwing us over?  When did this practice become OK in America?  And why as Americans have we been so bamboozled that we accept it?

The issue is none of us will do anything. The electeds will all point fingers and still take the pay raise. In Colorado, I believe every one of our federally elected officials are multimillionaires.

What are we going to do about this? I would email all of them and let them know if they take the pay raise they have lost your vote. All of them! Dems and Repubs. I would then stick to that promise.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…


According to the order, Biden’s pay will increase from $225,521 to $231,900 a year, before taxes. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will see his salary increased to $224,500 and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will take home an annual pay of $194,400 after his raise.

While Obama’s order made no mention of merit for such a raise, HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel reported on Friday that the 112th Congress is set to end the session as the most unproductive since the 1940s, with only 219 bills passed by the body becoming law.

Hick takes Weed Money and Denounces Weed….

How do I know Hick took weed money?  The fundraiser was at my restaurant with Medical Marijuana business owners and patients.  

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today he is opposing Amendment 64, Colorado’s marijuana legalization measure which seeks to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol and will on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Gov. John Hickenlooper Opposes Legal Weed: ‘Colorado Is Known For Many Great Things, Marijuana Should Not Be One Of Them

I am in shock that a man that makes and sells alcohol would be brazen enough to make that statement. I guess selling a drug that kills 75,000 people per year and destroys thousands  of lives is better thing for Colorado to be known for.

Mighty Republican of you, Hick.  


Governor Hickenlooper’s statement today ranks as one of the most hypocritical statements in the history of politics,” Tvert said. “After building a personal fortune by selling alcohol to Coloradans, he is now basing his opposition to this measure on concerns about the health of his citizens and the message being sent to children

.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…

Hick is also supporting racist policies by allowing law enforcement to racially target Blacks.

African Americans made up roughly 4% of the population in Colorado in 2010, but they accounted for about 9% of marijuana possession arrests and 22% of arrests for marijuana sales and cultivation. The numbers in Denver are particularly staggering. According to a report prepared by the Denver Police Department for the the city’s Marijuana Policy Review Panel, African-Americans accounted for more than 31.5% percent of arrests for private adult marijuana possession, despite making up less than 11% of the city’s population.

I  am sick of Democrats, who receive well over 95% of Black vote, act like the drug reform is not their problem.  

Polis 1, DEA 0. Can the head of the US DEA be this clueless?

 

Congressman Jared Polis questions DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart during a hearing on the agency’s priorities. He repeatedly pressed the administrator on the relative health impacts of marijuana versus other drugs



Obama doesn’t have to come out for drug reform, but should he have someone this out touch in charge of this agency?  I remind you that over 800,000 people are arrest each year for marijuana possession.  75% are Black or Brown.  Answer this, is marijuana more dangerous than a felony conviction at 17?

AG Suthers supports PILLS that KILL

Nonmedical use of painkillers in Colorado is 19 percent higher than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TO ILLUSTRATE THE “EPIDEMIC” NATURE OF OPIOID ABUSE, THE CDC SAID ENOUGH OF THE PAINKILLE…RS WERE SOLD IN 2010 TO MEDICATE EVERY AMERICAN ADULT WITH A TYPICAL 5-MILLIGRAM DOSE OF HYDROCODONE EVERY FOUR HOURS FOR A MONTH.

http://www.denverpost.com/news…

HEY AG SUTHERS, WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?  WHY AREN’T YOU PROTECTING THE CHILDREN?

Will someone explain to me why the Attorney General is focused on pot when his Big Pharma campaign contributors are killing Coloradoans at an alarming rate?

Will someone explain to me why people are in jail for choosing to smoke pot to ease pain?

Will someone explain to me why we are so supportive of whatever Big Pharma makes billions of dollars on, yet we choose not to protect the public?

Willie, Snoop, and 2000 other people?!

How many Americans must smoke pot before we stop sticking our heads in the ground and just legalize! THIS IS STUPID.


Interstate 10 – a main artery linking cities from California to Florida – Now the highway is sending thousands of drug bust cases Sierra Blanca’s way, courtesy of a Border Patrol checkpoint just outside of town where drug-sniffing dogs inspect more than 17,000 trucks, travelers – and tour buses – daily for whiffs of contraband..

http://news.yahoo.com/celebrit…

Seriously, I am not sure what the politically correct argument is anymore or what message  polls the best for soccer moms and NASCAR dads.

However, what I do know is marijuana sales are not far behind alcohol sales.  And Medicinal Marijuana sales equal the sales of Viagra.  That is a bunch of Americans smoking pot.

http://www.gazette.com/article…

How much longer can we ignore the fact our CIA, DEA, FBI is knee deep in controversy surrounding drugs and the drug war is completely corrupt?

Moreover, how much longer can we ignore that arresting 800,000 Americans a year for anything pot related is just wrong?  

How much longer can we decide to ignore these facts?  

Please, someone, tell me why we just can’t end this war?

MARIJUANA = 9% DROP IN TRAFFIC DEATHS

A New Study Found That Laws Legalizing Medical Marijuana Have Resulted In A Nearly 9% Drop In Traffic Deaths And A 5% Drop In Beer Sales.

Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults,” said Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver. The study was co-authored by D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University.

http://www.thedenverchannel.co…

The economists said they analyzed traffic fatalities nationwide, including the 13 states that legalized medical marijuana between 1990 and 2009. In those states, they found evidence that alcohol consumption by 20- through 29-year-olds went down, resulting in fewer deaths on the road.



And if the elected officials would like to argue jobs and economy, we have something for them there as well…

Marijuana sales tax in DENVER

from Jan 2011 – to Mar 2011 = $976,726

Marijuana sales tax in DENVER

from Jan 2010 – Dec 2010 = $3,580,336

Marijuana jobs (approx) created in DENVER 4,125 (from just direct hires to work in MMCs, MIPs and Grows)

All of this with no government assistance, without banking relationships, without business loans, with extreme restrictions on location and ownership and with NO INVESTMENT CAPITAL FROM OUT OF THE STATE OF COLORADO.

A Walk of Shame

How are you feeling about Police Brutality in America?  Where are our leaders?  Why haven’t they spoken up?

This week we have seen protesters clash with cops in Denver, people ticketed for honking, an 84 year old woman pepper sprayed and now a group of students, seated and peaceful, being pepper sprayed.

According to David Lane, it is because they are all in collusion…

Today, attorney David Lane released open-records requests over alleged “collusion between top city or state officials and those in other cities and states to suppress the Occupy movement in violation of the First Amendment.” The State of Colorado denies this charge; the City of Denver hasn’t responded at this writing.

Yesterday, Lane told Westword’s Kelsey Whipple that he was planning both a federal injunction and an open-records request related to Occupy Denver. The injunction involved reports of Denver Police harassment against supporters of the occupation, exemplified by citations for dropping off donations and honking in support of the group at Civic Center Park. As for the open records requests, they’re motivated by the suspicion that local officials are coordinating with officials across the country to time crackdowns.

http://blogs.westword.com/late…

According to Lane,

“The issue is very clearly established when the cops start moving simultaneously on Oakland, New York, Denver, everywhere on the planet at the same time, and they’ve been doing this since the beginning,” says Lane, “Anytime there is action, it rises up all across the country, and it’s obvious to anyone paying attention that this is not coincidence.”



Students Pepper Sprayed that were sitting in peaceful protest…Is ths the next move on the CU or DU Campus?

Leaders, it is time to do your job…

A WALK OF SHAME! Very Powerful….

1 Marine takes on 30 Cops. This is what is wrong in America!

“There is no honor in this. Why are you hurting innocent people! These are Americans, how do you sleep at night! I won’t let you hurt these people! If you want to be tough and kill unarmed people go to war in Iraq! What is wrong with you, you are sworn to protect us not kill us!”

5,000 Pissed Off Americans March on Wall Street, and very little Mainstream Coverage!

I was surprised to find this out via Facebook!  

NYPD closes Wall Street and over 5,000 people march and barely a mention from NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC or CNN.  WHY?

9 yr. old Sam knows America is corrupt…

“They’re just doing the reverse of Robin Hood. They’re stealing from the poor for all their things to live and giving it all to the rich! It makes no sense!”



Ad nauseam, we heard about Michele Bachman’s stupid comments, we saw two plane crashes and we argued about Obama finaly taxing the rich instead of 85 year old grandmothers on medicare, but so little about this.

The UK Guardian covered it!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm…

Our leaders are getting richer, yes, even the ones you like, at our expense.  Now, our media has decided what they will cover.  

Polis Saves America!

Congressman Polis, your plan involves marijuana, gambling and immigration. I’m already intrigued. Let’s start with how marijuana is going to help solve our debt crisis.”

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/…

And, by the way, so when we’re talking a $4 trillion year, a $2 trillion year, those are 10-year figures. So when you’re saying $2.5 billion a year from reducing the tax on marijuana that is $25 billion right there that brings to the table, because that’s a 10-year number. But, absolutely, this doesn’t mean the cuts go away, entitlement reform goes away, but it’s a way to put revenues on the table that’s consistent with the pledge that many Republicans have made not to raise tax rates.



http://video.foxnews.com/v/105…

Sorry,I can not get the video to embed….

Pres. Jimmy Carter calls on end to 40 Years of Failed Drug Policy

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the War on Drugs.  This war has cost us $1 Trillion dollars, the rise of cartels, rogue law enforcement attacks on the minority communities and millions of lives ruined.  And not one thing was gained!

Today in the NY Times, Presdient Jimmy Carter noted

But they probably won’t turn to the United States for advice. Drug policies here are more punitive and counterproductive than in other democracies, and have brought about an explosion in prison populations. At the end of 1980, just before I left office, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America; at the end of 2009 the number was nearly 2.3 million. There are 743 people in prison for every 100,000 Americans, a higher portion than in any other country and seven times as great as in Europe. Some 7.2 million people are either in prison or on probation or parole – more than 3 percent of all American adults!

America is infamous throughout the world with our focus on drugs and not on education.  We are now one of the worst educated countries on the planet, with the most people in prison!

Not only has this excessive punishment destroyed the lives of millions of young people and their families (disproportionately minorities), but it is wreaking havoc on state and local budgets. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed out that, in 1980, 10 percent of his state’s budget went to higher education and 3 percent to prisons; in 2010, almost 11 percent went to prisons and only 7.5 percent to higher education.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06…

Rolling Stone Magazine Chimed in as well

Happy Birthday, Drug War! You’ve come a long way: a trillion dollars spent, millions of tokers and small-time pushers busted, countless jails built and crammed full (and then crammed full some more). And drugs? More plentiful than ever! Everybody wins! Or, to put it another way – the way a gold-plated panel of former world leaders recently put it – “the global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.” Right, then

http://www.rollingstone.com/po…

We can all disagree on MMJ or MJ.  But I have never been more convinced than what I am doing is the right thing.  It is time to legalize marijuana.  People who are believing the silliness that gets passed to us by AG Suthers and other uninformed law makers need to read up on this subject and quit acting like the world will end if we legalize a plant that has been used by people since ancient Egypt.

TIME TO GET REAL AND LOOK AT WHAT LOCKING UP PEOPLE IS COSTING US!!!!!!