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Reader: Conservatives and liberals alike can agree on need for marijuana reform

Our post about the majority-plus support for marijuana regulation at the Denver County Republican Assembly noted that it contradicted the commonly held belief that all conservatives are anti-cannabis.

One reader thinks that myth is beginning to crumble.

RichDream88 writes:

As a '420 Conservative' myself, I am both pleased and encouraged by the emerging trend of growing Conservative support for 420 legal regulation not only locally, but nationally as well. Colorado is the first state to assign an entire section of its Department of Revenue to oversee and regulate legal medical 420 activities. The successful models being demonstrated by the Centennial State continue to demonstrate the forward thinking approach and its benefits for the state's citizens and economy.

I think that Conservatives in general appreciate and respect the capitalistic aspect of the emerging industry, regardless of how they might feel about it ethically or morally. In my own experience, I've seen conservatives, moderates & progressives set aside ALL political differences in the greater interest of working together toward the goal of legal 420 regulation here in Colorado. And the countless hours of hard work and execution by movement pioneers like Mason, continue to inspire and enlighten the rest of us.

Its been really refreshing to not only find an issue that unites politically passionate people from across the spectrum, but also to know that in our ideologically bombastic society today, everyday, common people can still work together on a grass roots level to affect change and progress for the better.

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