Colorado Teachers Union Opposes Marijuana Proposition

Doesn't want pot money paying for education


At an 11 a.m. press conference, representatives of the Colorado Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, will announce their opposition to Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act.

Backers of the measure portray it as pro-education, with proceeds from an excise tax earmarked for the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund. But the CEA sees a disconnect, says a 64 opposition spokeswoman.

"I think this puts to rest the proponents' rationale that you can fund schools with pot money, and that it will be acceptable to people," says Laura Chapin of Smart Colorado, the main No on 64 group.

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  1. The CEA has exhibited a very scary side . They seem to find a peculiar satisfaction out of watching people go to prison for marijuana, and they want to keep it that way. Collectively they possesses what can only be described as a true mean streak. Comparing their fascination with punishment to Dick Cheny watching torture and water boarding videos may go too far, but their disposition should be measured on that same scale. Teachers Unions have taken a beating, in their desperation they are acting like a cornered animal.

  2. It’s a shame the Colorado Education Association wants us to support the gangs and cartels that sell marijuana to children and perpetrate violence. Why do you support the black market instead of regulated outlets? Since the main result of this is that gangs and cartels keep their lucrative market selling to children with no competition from legal suppliers who don’t, one wonders why the Colorado Education Association wants children to have greater access to marijuana? Or do they just prefer gangs and cartels to legal regulated supplies?

  3. The largest backer of “Smart Colorado” is Melvin Sembler, who has been implicated in running teen torture centers. I will be voting YES on A64.

    “Mel Sembler’s name is most likely to strike fear into the hearts of anyone involved in teen drug rehabs. Sembler and his wife, Betty, founded a chain of such institutions under the name Straight, Inc., which at its peak in the ’80s had 12 clinics in nine states and a track record of extreme abuse.

    In one of many stories from Straight that have been exposed, a teenage girl testified to being compelled into the program after being caught with an airline bottle of liquor given to her by a friend, and then beaten, raped, locked in a janitor’s closet in pants soiled by urine, feces, and menstrual blood..

    Newton, who held a PhD in public administration from an unaccredited institution, was chosen by the Semblers to be their national clinical director. He has had to pay out over $12 million in damages to his victims, who he has thrown against walls, held against their will, kidnapped, restrained in leg irons, forced into servitude, and otherwise abused.”


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