Cars Flowered With Pot Legalization Literature

With Denver’s 2007 mail-in election nearly a month away, cars are already being covered with local campaign literature to support a measure that would make marijuana possession the lowest law enforcement priority.

A two page pamphlet designed to look like a small newspaper was found on car windshields around Auraria Campus yesterday, urging voters to support I-100, the city initiative regarding marijuana enforcement. The paper, which appears to have been made by the pro-legalization group Citizens For A Safer Denver, even includes brief “news stories” on the issue and how to vote. One article includes retired Denver police veteran Lt. Tony Ryan’s support of the measure, and another includes the personal stories of city residents who the paper says have been “damaged” due to pot possession arrests.

If the ordinance is passed, an 11-member Marijuana Policy Review Panel will also be organized to enforce the implementation of the law and report on its results.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at

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