Cannabis Reform in Colorado 1998
In 1998, two cannabis reform initiatives were proposed in Colorado. The Compassionate Therapeutic Cannabis Act was written by local reformers and put the needs of the patients first. The Medical Marijuana Initiative (MMI) was written by out of state public relations professionals and funded by billionaire George Soros through a group called Americans for Medical Rights, based in Santa Monica, California. The CTCA was never circulated, but was written as an alternative and model for others. The MMI did not make it on the ballot for the 1998 ballot, but was ruled in late 1999 to have sufficient signatures to but it on the Year 2000 ballot.
Colorado Therapeutic Model
Compassionate Therapeutic Cannabis Act of 1998
This ballot initiative was never circulated,
but it is presented as a model for others on how to write a good initiative that puts the needs of patients first.
Colorado Citizens for Compassionate Cannabis
P.O. Box 729, Nederland, CO 80466
Vmail: (303) 448-5640
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Criticisms of Colorado Law Enforcement Model/Amendment 19
promoted by Americans for Medical Rights
Santa Monica, California
Even though the Colorado Supreme Court ordered the votes for Amendment 19 not to be counted because it was ruled that the proponents had not collected enough signatures on the petition to secure a place on the ballot, some counties are reporting the votes cast for Amendment 19.
Cannabis-related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda
to be voted on in the November 3, 1998 General Election
Compiled by Colorado Citizens for Compassionate Cannabis
October 10, 1998
Several initiatives will appear on the ballot this year in various states. Voters
in Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and Washington State will be decide on the
issue of medicinal cannabis. Additionally, voters in Oregon will decide on a referendum to block
the recriminalization of marijuana. Voters in Arizona will decide on a referendum to
block the gutting of the Proposition 200, the Drug Medicalization, Prevention, and Control
Act, passed by 65% of Arizona voters in 1996.
Medicinal Cannabis Initiatives (to be voted on 11/3/98)
These initiatives need to be divided into two different models for allowing use of cannabis by patients.
1) Therapeutic Model (Washington D.C. and Washington State)
2) Law Enforcement Model (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Nevada)
We asked four questions about each initiative:
2) Does the initiative allow for legal distribution to patients?
3) Does the initiative protect patients who are not registered with the state?
4) Is the initiative a constitutional or statutory law?
Colorado's Amendment 19 Medical use of marijuana for persons suffering from debilitating medical conditions
Sponsors: Coloradans for Medical Rights
Text of Initiative
Allows patients to possess and cultivate an adequate supply? NO, allows patients to possess only two ounces and cultivate only three plants.
Allows for distribution to patients? NO.
Protects patients who are not registered with the state? NO.
Constitutional or Statutory? Constitutional.
Colorado Secretary of State