This November, Colorado’s voters won’t just be voting on a second term for President Obama. They’ll have a chance to send a huge national message by passing Amendment 64, which would legalize adult possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The amendment has sparked heated debate in the state, and the Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, actually opposes it. But one group just announced that it will be mobilizing voters to support the amendment.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an organization composed of former police officers, will be pushing hard for the amendment this November:
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which is based in Medford, Mass., announced it would support get-out-the-vote efforts for Amendment 64, a Colorado ballot initiative to essentially legalize marijuana.
Tony Ryan, who spent 36 years on Denver’s police force and now serves on LEAP’s board, is pushing for Amendment 64. “I’d been thinking about this much of my career,” Ryan tells Whispers. “I saw that marijuana wasn’t the cause of disturbances, crimes, or homicides—something like alcohol was.”
Former police officers aren’t the only unconventional advocates for Amendment 64. Last week, former far-right congressman Tom Tancredo announced that he, too, backs the measure. “I have decided that it presents a responsible, effective and much-needed solution to a misguided policy,” wrote Tancredo in a letter to state lawmakers.