The group Legalize 2012 sent out an email alert today about a marijuana legalization debate happening tonight in Denver, Colorado. For those who can’t make it to the debate, you can watch the live stream here. Below are the details:

Great Legalization Debates of 2012 — Round One

Wed., June 22, 2011

6:30pm to 7:00pm: Updates from
7:00pm to 9:00pm: Debate
9:00pm to 11:00pm: Music Provided by Colorado Goatherders

Casselman’s Bar and Venue, 2620 Walnut, Denver, CO

Free and Open to the Public

Moderated by Patricia Calhoun of Westword

Westword Debate Preview:

Several Colorado groups are interested in putting a citizen’s initiative on the ballot in 2012 to amend the state Constitution to “legalize” cannabis, but what does “legalization” really mean? Can all these groups work together to create true legalization based on cannabis freedom? In attempt to find unity among these groups, has organized the “Great Legalization Debates of 2012”. The goal of the debates is to discuss ideas, policy and strategy on what will work best to protect Colorado cannabis consumers from arrest, prosecution and discrimination. Colorado is a model for the rest of the country, yet we don’t have a clear idea of what is the best cannabis law for the state.

– The Cannabis Re-legalization Act
– Paul Danish, former Boulder County Commissioner and Boulder City
Councilman: The Danish Plan: Marijuana use shall not be punished
– Rev. Brandon Baker of the Greenfaith Ministry: Colorado Safer Communities & Health Initiative, modeled after homebrewing
– Mason Tvert, MPP/DPA/Sensible/SAFER – gives DOR/Law Enforcement total control of marijuana in Colorado
– Kathleen Chippi, the “Inalienable Right” model. Amend Article 2, Section 3 of the Colorado Constitution, making cannabis an inalienable right
– Corey Donahue, Crazy for Justice: Free Colorado Cannabis Act

With increasing public support for legalization, the question is not when cannabis will be re-legalized, but how it will be re-legalized. Cannabis hasn’t been legal in Colorado for all adults since 1937. Will Colorado’s new legalization look like it did in the early 1900s, or will it look like something new in the 21st Century? Now is the time for a Cannabis Constitutional Convention, so we can all get together and discuss the future of cannabis in Colorado.

Join us in this lively and friendly debate amongst legalization supporters to determine the best path for a Colorado citizen’s ballot initiative to amend the Constitution in 2012.

There has been some controversy among legalization supporters in Colorado, and this is a chance for everyone to have their voice heard. If you are in the Denver area and can make it to the debate, we urge that you do so. Everyone should have input into the measures they are going to support.

And after the debating is over, it’s time to close ranks and make legalization a reality.

Joe Klare