Legalization Proponent Says There Is Almost No Dispensary Opposition to Colorado's Legalization Initiative

On Monday I wrote a post about the medical marijuana industry’s opposition to ballot Initiative 502 in California and Amendment 64 in Colorado, both of which would legalize pot. Mason Tvert, the co-director of Colorado’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, objected to the comparison.  

The gist: There is no dispensary opposition to Amendment 64. The dispensary owner whose concerns I cited is an anomaly.

Tvert said I could publish his email, so I’ve done so below:

I caught your post re: medical marijuana providers and the initiatives in Colorado and Washington and just wanted to register a concern.

You mentioned that "medical marijuana dispensaries opposed to Amendment 64 are less organized." There isn't less organization; there's absolutely zero organization. You included one example of "opposition" and from just one dispensary owner, and he said he isn't even sure yet whether he actually opposes it. Pair this with the fact that about 200 medical marijuana providers *supported* the initiative by allowing petitions in their dispensaries during the petition drive and it really begs the question of why Colorado was included in this piece at all, if not to demonstrate the stark contrast with the situation in Washington.

We are finding that following the situation with Prop. 19 in 2010, some members of the media are jumping the gun in their speculation about dispensaries opposing the Colorado initiative. In doing so, they're fueling an inaccurate narrative. I just wanted to bring this to your attention and respectfully encourage you to keep it in mind if you revisit this angle on the issue in the future. Who knows -- maybe some actual opposition will emerge. But as of now we are very thankful that things are going as smoothly as they are in Colorado and would like people to be aware of it.  

Readers, you are now aware. Many thanks to Tvert for the fact-check. 

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  • ||

    Well that's good news. My guess is that the Colorado dispensaries are less calcified in their system. In California, legal MM has been around for almost twenty years.

  • Loki||

    It could be that. I could be wrong, but my impression is that there won't be a huge wholesale change in the way dispensaries here are regulated, aside from not having to ask to see a "get out of jail free card" signed by a doctor before selling their wares to buyers*.

    *I'm far from an expert on the legal minutiae of dispensary regulation in CO, so take with huge grain of salt.

  • R C Dean||

    it really begs the question of why Colorado was included in this piece at all, if not to demonstrate the stark contrast with the situation in Washington.

    Sigh. It doesn't beg the question, it raises the question.

    Still, good to hear. Especially for someone who will be living a very tolerable drive from Colorado soon.

  • Ska||

    For me, beg the question has replaced lose/loose as the most annoying, commonly misused English in a post.

  • ||

    What happens when you lose the dogs of war?

  • Ex Nihilo||

    Af-Pak??

  • BakedPenguin||

    You spend ten years trying to nation-build the place where you last saw them.

  • R C Dean||

    What happens when you lose the dogs of war?

    Well, if you're Barack Obama, it means you miss a meal.

  • R C Dean||

    For me, beg the question has replaced lose/loose as the most annoying, commonly misused English in a post.

    Literally?

  • Paul.||

    Ostensibly. Irregardless.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    You did not see any opposition.

    "I did not see any opposition."

  • Hugh Akston||

    These aren't the droids you're looking for.

  • R C Dean||

    These aren't the droids nugs you're looking for.

  • fried wylie||

    bweeee-oooop dreeet!

  • Mensan||

    "... and it really begs the question of why Colorado was included in this piece at all ...

    No, it does not.

  • Mensan||

    Damnit!
    I will read other comments before I post. I will read other comments before I post. I will read other comments....

  • Paul.||

    Mensan, this is the second time you've attacked the misuse of "begging the question".

    You need to expand your pedant scope. Up blog someone used "healthy foods".

  • ||

    I know I've said it before and I'll say it again. This is why I still read Reason.com.

    That someone had the audacity (audacity I say!) to "fact-check" a post and you a) acknowledged said email, b) deigned to respond to it and c) then posted it outright and clear as a mea culpa continues to prove the journalistic integrity of this organization.

    That or you are a bunch of saps. Either way, I keep reading.

  • Paul.||

    A guy you've never met before claimed that dispensaries are fighting the initiative. Another guy you've never met before or heard of says that's wrong.

    It's hard facts all the way down.

    I keed, I keed!

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