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  • Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.

    In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

  • Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”

    Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

VICTORY – Amendment 64 Passes!

November 7, 2012

On Tuesday, Colorado joined Washington State in becoming the first two states to end the costly and harmful prohibition of marijuana, sending a clear message to the federal government that citizens are not willing to spend any more money and effort on the unnecessary prohibition of marijuana. The amendment passed with a sizeable majority, 54.8% for and 45.1% against with 96% of precincts reporting. The decision means that Colorado adults over the age of 21 will be able to purchase, grow, and consume small amounts of marijuana, with revenue gained from sales going to the construction of public schools. In addition, it will free Colorado law enforcement to pursue more serious crime and will eliminate the racial profiling that so often accompanied marijuana prohibition enforcement.

Many of the "nuts and bolts" of the new marijuana legalization and regulation still need to be worked out by the state legislature and there are still many questions that await answers. However, none of that takes away from the major civil liberties victory achieved by the voters in our state yesterday. 

To learn more about the next steps, check out this video from the Denver Post in which Brian Vicente, Executive Director of Sensible Colorado, discusses the amendment and what it means for Coloradans.

Additionally, the ACLU of Colorado will be working with our coalition partners and others to develop a marijuana legalization fact sheet in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!



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