America Speaks – Abortion, Same Sex Marriage, and Legalizing Marijuana

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The mid-term election was full of hot topics including a ban on abortion, same sex marriages, and legalizing marijuana. Americans have spoken and their views on these hot issue topics were tallied throughout Tuesday night.
Voters in South Dakota disapproved of a ban on abortion, one of hottest measures on the ballot this election. The measure would have banned all types of abortion, including those due to rape or incest, except when the mother’s life is in danger.

A huge loss for some conservatives, they were hoping to take the case back to the Supreme Court and readdress Roe v. Wade. The measure on the ballot was easily passed by legislative in South Dakota, however, voters rejected the ban by 56%, sending a clear message to the Conservative Party.

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Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, believes this is a clear message to other lawmakers across America that the citizen’s decision on Roe v. Wade will not change.

Other hot issues on the ballot this election included a ban on same sex marriage. In seven of the eight states, the measure to ban same sex marriage passed. In Arizona they are still tallying the votes, but it appears the measure to ban same sex marriage will pass. Many conservatives used the issue of same sex marriage to have a bigger turn out for their party. Some believe this will effect the decision of the recent ruling in New Jersey on same sex marriages.

The issue to allow citizens to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana, bought in Government regulated pot shops was not passed in Nevada or Colorado. The measure had surprise supporters, including a reverend from a local church in Nevada, however, voters felt marijuana is a gateway drug and legalizing it would not help fight the war on drugs.

The decisions on such hot issues such as same sex marriages and legalizing marijuana could be issues considered in other states in the upcoming Presidential election in 2008.


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Reefer Mania! Denver’s Gone to Pot – an Opera About Marijuana

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Denver goes to pot in a new opera, arranged by David Nehls and choreographed by Margaret Skokan, playing from October 3rd to November 3rd at the Crossroads Theater. Still plenty of time to catch it if you missed opening night.

Denver residents know we have gone to pot with dispensaries on every corner, now potheads have another reason to hold their heads up high. A new opera is playing in Denver. Winner of the most unlikely opera title is, “Reefer Mania! Denver’s Gone To Pot.” Well, why not? After all, there are classic operas dealing with just about every controversial subject known to man.

Why not a made for potheads opera?

A man waves a Colorado flag with a marijuana leaf on it at Denver's annual 4/20 marijuana rally in front of the state capitol building
A man waves a Colorado flag with a marijuana leaf on it at Denver’s annual 4/20 marijuana rally in front of the state capitol building in downtown Denver April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Location, Location, Location

Denver certainly is an appropriate location for an opera about the life and times of Mary Jane. From Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” to it’s recent legalization of medical marijuana, Denver has a long history of loving the green stuff. It even grows wild here, although, as I’m told, the wild variety isn’t exactly primo. I wouldn’t know. The seventies were long ago and far away, and I’m more into being a Grandma these days.

What’s It About?

“Reefer Mania! Denver’s Gone to Pot,” celebrates 90 years of pot culture with song. It’s a vaudeville style show with pot songs dating back to the 1920’s. Even if you’re not too into it, this could be an interesting and unique night out. How many times have you said you need something new to do in Denver? Well, here is your chance to be in on a first. The first pot opera! At least, to my knowledge.

Age Limits

“Reefer Mania! Denver’s Gone to Pot” is not a PG-13 kind of show. Only those 16 and over may attend. Sort of like an R rating, minus a year. Some parents might not like the fact that their kids can attend an opera about pot. On the other hand, hopefully their parenting skills will prevail over one night of entertainment. Look at it this way, your kids want to see an opera. That can’t be all bad.

What the Heck?

For those of you who are sick of being inundated with dispensaries, this might be one to miss. For the rest, however, it could be something to talk about over the dinner table. After all, this is bound to be a unique experience. So, what’s the skinny on, “Reefer Mania! Denver’s Gone to Pot”? Where and when is it playing, how much per ticket, etc. etc.?

The Scoop

“Reefer Mania! Denver’s Gone to Pot”, plays at the Crossroads Theater, Okt 3 – Nov 3 2017. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. To make reservations call 303-295-1833. Go to this website for more details about this first ever pot opera! The cost is a mere $18.00 per ticket, a small price to pay for a very different sort of entertainment!

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