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Boulder, Colo., lines up for free marijuana, tax protest

Sept. 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Marijuana activists at a Boulder, Colo., mall offered free joints Monday to protest a sales tax ballot issue and offer relief for flooding victims, they said.

The line stretched down the street and around a corner to the Pearl Street Mall, the Boulder Daily Camera reported, but noted smoking the free marijuana at the event was still illegal, and officers were on hand to ticket anyone lighting up.

"We want to bring some relief to hurting people in this community," said organizer Rob Corry. "We obviously had historic damage from this flood, and marijuana can be a calming, positive influence on people."

Organizers launched the event, similar to one in Denver several weeks ago, in opposition to Proposition AA, a statewide ballot asking voters in November to approve a 15 percent excise tax, and an initial 10 percent sales tax, on marijuana sales.

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