Today, as Governor John Hickenlooper delivers his State of the State address at the Capitol, cannabis activists will gather at nearby Lincoln Park for what they're calling the Marijuana State of the State Rally.
The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to (naturally) 4:20 p.m. and feature speakers aplenty. Organizer Miguel Lopez gives us a preview.
"As the governor addresses members of the Senate and the House, the voices of the people are abandoned and ignored," Lopez says. "There's a conglomeration of big business and marijuana that refuses to acknowledge small business survival. But first and foremost, we want to speak for the patients and marijuana victims who are continually disparage, as it's business as usual at the Capitol."
Speakers range from Dr. Robert Melamede to police beating victim Alexander Landau; see the full release below. And while activities are planned throughout the day, despite the chilly weather, Lopez notes that the first addresses will get underway at around the same time Hickenlooper takes to the podium. "One year when Bill Ritter was governor, the moment he mentioned the word 'marijuana,' we could be heard outside the Capitol chanting, 'Marijuana power,'" he recalls. "The idea comes from black and Chicano and other social-movement groups who were able to show that they had voices and power as well."
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Here's the aforementioned release:
2012 Colorado Marijuana State of the State Rally January 12th 2012 Lincoln Park, Denver, 100 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO. 10:30 a.m. -- 4:20 p.m
This year as Governor Hickenlooper (a.k.a. Chickenlooper) gives his State of The State Address, The 2012 Colorado Marijuana State of the State Address will be held. We will rally on the conditions of the state and how they continue to affect our communities. We will also be addressing this year's oppressive session, challenges and priorities will be. Topics include changes to marijuana law. It's "Reefer Madness" over regulation and what effects this will have on the communities residences, and businesses.
We will also be discussing the Governor & Law Enforcements biased, financed and scientifically unfounded campaign for marijuana D.U.I. criminality.
We are also including issues like ending the continued criminal punishment of felons from job or business opportunities since they are the victims of disproportionate numbers of the war on poverty and drugs. This assembly is organized by The Denver 4/20 Rally.
Dr. Robert Melamede, Ph.D., Former Chairman of the Biology Department at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Travis Simpson, Associate Attorney with Robert J. Corry & Associates: will discuss the recent rejections and denials of medical marijuana registry cards by The Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment and the steps he and Rob Corry are talking to protect the patients and doctors who have been affected by the CDPHE arbitrary policy preventing physicians assistants and nurse practitioners from performing examinations for medical marijuana evaluations
Jose Guerro and Eli Lynch , as seen on HBO's Brave New Voices: Both are 20 year old poetry slam artists.
William Chengelis: Chairman of the US Marijuana Party.I-40
Chloe Villano, Clover Leaf Consulting
Laura Khriho Legalize 2012
Sean McAllister, Attorney at Law with McAllister, Darnell & Associates, P.C. Attorneys at Law
Cultural Musical Entertainment by Lyrical Lords: Evident, Purgatory & Travistie.
**Defense for petty charges of possession & distribution provided by Robert J. Corey Attorney at Law.**
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