T he Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center (RMPJC) has taken a "Vote Yes" position on four ballot issues in the 2012 election, two statewide, one City of Boulder and one Longmont issue.
The first is Amendment 64, the statewide initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol. According to regulatemarijuana.org, Amendment 64 "makes the personal use, possession, and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older; establishes a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol; and allows for the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp."
Forty million dollars of the yearly taxes raised will fund construction of public schools.
RMPJC supports Amendment 64 because we believe that adults are capable of making their own decisions about marijuana use. In addition, criminalization has been extremely harmful to millions of people and been very wasteful of limited resources.
Amendment 65, initiated by Colorado Common Cause, would instruct the Colorado congressional delegation to propose and support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allows Congress and the states to limit campaign contributions and spending and would instruct the state legislature to ratify any such amendment passed by Congress.
The enormous amounts of corporate and private money poured into our elections is destroying our democracy and creating untold damage to our economy, society and environment. We need to stop this obscenity. For more info, commoncause.org/CO.
RMPJC supports Ballot Question 300, which prohibits fracking in the City of Longmont. Fracking uses pressurized injection of water and toxic chemicals to fracture the shale under the earth to release the oil or gas.
Current state regulations allow it 350 feet from homes and schools. OurLongmont.org, which is organizing the campaign, lists several reasons to ban fracking: the health effects of toxic chemicals; damage to property values, community image, beauty and infrastructure; and noise and lower quality of life resulting from 24/7 heavy industrial activity.
Finally, we endorse City of Boulder Ballet Question 2C which provides for "measurement by year rather than by month for compensation for City Council members".
This would slightly increase compensation for Boulder's poorly paid City Council members. In the future, we'd like to see the Council paid a living wage, which would allow people from lower socioeconomic classes to run and would increase diversity on the Council.
Carolyn Bninski is on the staff of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center..