What does this law allow?
Haven’t we had enough kids die from drugs yet? Do we really need to have more “legal” but fatal drugs on the streets?
Proposition 122, beginning on page 65 of the Blue Book, begins with a smokescreen by talking about treatment centers run on board with facilitators, but facilitators are not required to have formal training, a professional license or degree, only a board-issued license . Four pages into page 69 rule (XI) we learn that “treatment centers” include “private residences” (your neighbor). On this page we also learn that the board can “adopt, amend and repeal rules” (essentially change the law).
On page 72, the law begins to talk about what this law actually is, dealing with personal use with anyone (anyone! No license required!) over 21 having the right to grow in their home with no limit on quantity, possession, use , ingest, process, transport, buy or distribute this drug. Anyone over the age of 21 can have as many people over the age of 21 as they want in their personal residence, and as long as the drug is not sold, they can all use it. If they get a license as a facilitator, then they can sell it. Do you really want this in your neighborhood? Because that’s what this law allows.
Under 21 and have? No problem. This is a minor offense with up to 4 hours of free counseling as the only penalty. Every time.
Oh yeah, if this passes, no locality (county, city or municipality) in the state can say they don’t want it. Valid anywhere in the country.
If this drug was as good as the people who want it say it is, the FDA would approve it. They didn’t approve it. We’ve had enough people, children and adults die from drugs. We don’t need this law written that way. No more!
Mental health help
Emergency mental health services should be provided separately from the police. On October 17, Amara Kins-Dumas was allegedly assaulted by police officers responding to her mental health call. Many of my close friends and family are in a position where they can be abused during a mental health call.
As someone with personal experience in a situation similar to that of Amara Kinnes-Dumas, I am terrified for the safety of my peers. Several years ago several police officers responded to my mental crisis. Their presence didn’t calm me down much as I was very panicked. Having been in a similar position to Amara Kins-Dumas, I can only imagine that my situation would end up the same as hers.
The Colorado Springs Police Department offers a 40-hour training course on how to respond to calls like these, but that doesn’t seem to be enough. Every action taken by the officers described in this article goes far beyond what would be reasonable for this situation. Teens and young adults in need of mental health help shouldn’t be afraid to seek help.
CSPD’s wellness program is said to continue to grow, but it doesn’t seem to be growing fast enough. Police officers are stretched thin, providing emergency trained mental health professionals will not only protect citizens in need of mental health care, but also take some of the stress off our police officers. I hope for justice for Amara and I urge you all to be kind.
An interesting contrast in the stories
The title of Section A reads “Voters to Consider Sales Tax Increase.”
The title of Section B reads “Sales Tax Streak Continues.” Why would anyone paying attention vote to increase this tax when revenues are low? And if it weren’t for rampant inflation, there wouldn’t be a streak!
John (Jack) Rivers
Voters lead the way
I am Ron Casados, the Democratic candidate for the University of Colorado Board of Regents in the 5th Congressional District. Neither the State Board of Education candidates nor I were included in your recent voter guide.
The paper boasts that… “your commitment to good journalism is the lifeblood of a good community, and public education is essential to a healthy government. You are committed to informing, being fair and clearly separating news from opinion as you serve the community of Colorado Springs.” This is from your statement of commitment on page 3 of the October 16th paper.
Having missed the opportunity to update readers on State Board of Education candidates and University of Colorado Board of Regents candidates, I encourage you to follow through on your commitments by first printing this letter to the editor and also, in an informed, honest manner, reporting on the candidates you missed.
Water for new developments
Regarding Gazette article – “Developers at odds over water rule”: A proposed city ordinance that would require Colorado Springs Utilities to have 130% of the water needed to serve existing demand and projected demand from undeveloped land is a reasonable approach to plan to ensure we have enough water for our community.
However, having the capacity to serve against actual water is another matter. As stated in the Gazette article, 70% of our water comes from the Colorado River Basin … a basin that is over-exploited and suffering from extreme drought conditions. Under these conditions, how can the Colorado Springs City Council ensure that there will be enough water for new construction while meeting the needs of existing customers. And how can utility personnel say there is enough water when existing customers are experiencing usage restrictions.
Until better water conservation land use policies are put in place and the ordinance passed, the City Council should delay action on major land development and future annexations. Either that or the voters decide.