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Marijuana advocates use Kush Con II as legalization springboard

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    "People are starting to see that (marijuana) is really not problematic," said Mason Tvert, who runs Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER). "Because marijuana has been so prominently in the news, so much objective debate in the Legislature and elsewhere, people are starting to realize Prohibition doesn't work and that (legalization) would be a much safer and more productive system."

    Tvert says the specific wording of the ballot measure has not been completed, but that its first goal will be to do no harm to the current medical marijuana system. Colorado voters rejected a similar proposal in 2006, by a 59-41 margin.

    Critics say legalizing the drug would increase the likelihood that adolescents would have access to it.

    "I've been around this drug problem for 33 years," Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colorado) said. "I know that 12-, 13-, 14-, 15-year-olds smoking pot turn into meth addicts. I know that."

    California voters rejected a measure in November that would have legalized marijuana in that state. During the campaign, the U.S. Justice Department had said it would not recognize the state law if it passed as marijuana use remains against federal law.

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