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Oaksterdam's Richard Lee: Marijuana Legalization Is "Dead" in California -- For Now

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 9th 2011 by THCFinder

After spending over $1.5 million out of his own pocket, Richard Lee thinks 2012 has no chance of seeing Marijuana legalized for California. Without any investors backing with support it just won't happen. It costs a great deal of money to get something like Marijuana legalized and without more support he feels the chances are slim to none.

‚ÄčLast year's Proposition 19 was quite a wild ride, but marijuana legalization in California is over.  
 
That's according to Richard Lee, the Oaksterdam University founder and chief sponsor of Prop. 19, which won its place on Californians' November 2010 ballot only after Lee spent his $1.5 million life savings on the requisite signature drive. 
 
Following Prop 19's historic defeat -- the legalization ballot measure lost 54 percent to 46 percent, but won more votes than gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman did -- backers, including Lee, promised they'd be back in 2012 with a successor measure. But the fundraising just hasn't been there, Lee said Saturday at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo in downtown Oakland, held a few blocks away from the Oaksterdam campus. 
 
That means the effort to legalize marijuana in California has stalled out.
 
"It's pretty much dead," Lee told SF Weekly, speaking of the efforts by the "new Prop. 19 committee," the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, to put a successor initiative on the November 2012 ballot. "The funders didn't come through." 
 
 

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Law would regulate pot like wine

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, September, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
We may have lost the battle but we will win the war! It's time to get with the program and be the front runner state that legalizes marijuana and sets an example for the rest of the country.
 
The initiative is very similar to the failed Prop. 19 of 2010, but with one major difference: It would still allow employers to fire workers who test positive for marijuana. Prop. 19 lost one major natural constituency – libertarian-leaning business owners who feared their hands would be tied – and lost 53.5 percent to 46.5 percent. If the new, more business friendly initiative can pick up that crowd, it might win.
 
Moriarty’s estate includes an actual winery, which is why an Orange County pot-brownie baker who goes by the name Pati Cakes asked him to host the event. The initiative would tax and regulate marijuana like wine and, as with wine, anyone 21 or older could possess or use it. In fact, it generally would be illegal to impose on commercial marijuana activity any regulations greater than those imposed on winemaking and sales. See regulatemarijuanalikewine.com for details.
 
Of course, the initiative must make the ballot first, which is going to take about $1 million to get three-quarters of a million valid signatures. That’s was the purpose of the Thursday event, which raised about $10,000. I saw about 50 people there, among them Anaheim high school board trustee Katherine Smith, former county Treasurer candidate Keith Rodenhuis and Fullerton City Councilmember Bruce Whitaker, who was representing his boss, Assemblyman Chris Norby.
 
Rohrabacher, who admitted years ago he smoked pot as a young man, spoke briefly, repeating for everyone’s amusement his oft-quoted response to the question about whether he inhaled: “I did everything but drink the bong water.”
If Pati Cakes represented the medical-marijuana crowd and Rohrabacher the don’t-tread-on-me crowd, speaker Steve Downing, along with Gray, represented the drug-war-didn’t-work crowd. (I could not find an overt member of the let’s-just-get-stoned-and-watch-the-dog-for-three-hours crowd.)
 
Downing, a former LAPD deputy chief, said, “I was one of the original drug warriors,” and all it did was lead to the rise of the Bloods and Crips. (His group’s site, www.leap.cc, outlines why some cops support legalizing pot.) “I’ve never smoked a joint in my life,” Downing said, “and if this passes, I’m not going to start.”
 

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Laws that make no sense....

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, September, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

We have so many of them but this one is right at the top currently...

 


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Marijuana: New Poll shows Americans want it legalized

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, August, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
Americans have spoken and our word has not been heard yet, when will the Government step up and realize Marijuana needs to be legalized already!
 
The ongoing debate on whether marijuana should be legalized gained momentum recently with the release of a new poll in the U.S.
 
A one-ounce bag of medicinal marijuana is displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, Calif. A recent Angus Reid poll found that a majority of Americans would like to see usage of the drug legalized.
 
The Angus Reid survey coincides with other such efforts in showing that the majority of Americans would like to see cannabis legalized.
 
The online survey, representative of a national sample of 1,003 American adults, found that 55 per cent of respondents support the legalization of marijuana, while 40 per cent oppose it.
 
"As has been outlined in Angus Reid Public Opinion surveys conducted in 2009 and 2010, a majority of Americans are calling for the legalization of marijuana," the polling group said in a news release.
 
According to the poll, the groups most supportive of making cannabis legal in the U.S. are Democrats (63 per cent), Independents (61 per cent), men (57 per cent) and respondents aged 35-to-54 (57 per cent).
 
While the majority of Americans would like to see laws governing the use of weed modernized, citizens are less than supportive and even disappointed when it comes to their government's efforts to battle the flow of other drugs.
 
Only nine per cent of respondents believe the "War on Drugs" - the efforts of the U.S. government to reduce the illegal drug trade - has been a success, while two thirds (67 per cent) deem it a failure, the findings revealed.
 
"Across the country, 64 per cent of respondents believe America has a serious drug abuse problem that affects the entire United States, while one-in-five (20 per cent) perceive a drug abuse problem that is confined to specific areas and people," the survey stated. "One-in-20 Americans (five per cent) think America does not have a serious drug abuse problem."
 
 

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Legalize marijuana, reduce national debt

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, August, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Let me preface this by saying this, I am in no way an admission or advocation of illicit drug use, but come on guys, just legalize it already.
 
From a purely economic standpoint, the legalization of marijuana could drastically help us reduce the national debt and it is a growing market that will bring in more and more profit throughout the years.
 
Harvard economics professor Jeffery Miron said that replacing the current prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation would save the U.S. $7.7 billion a year in State and Federal costs of maintaining prohibition.
 
It would also generate anywhere between $2.4-6.2 billion annually from taxes alone.  Not to mention the fact that if the industry is privatized, it would create — or rather legalize —many jobs.
 
The money procured through this industry currently is illegal and while it may find its way back into the system, it is most likely staying within the drug industry.
 
Crime rates will also fall with the legalization. While there is no correlation between marijuana use and crime, there is crime surrounding the industry. Whether it’s a disgruntled customer or a hotheaded competitor, there have been episodes of violence that can be attributed to the illegal distribution of the cannabis plant.
 
With the drug industrialized, there would be laws and regulations that prevent these drastic measures from being taken.
 
With all the money we as tax payers are pouring into the system, we should be more aware of what that money is doing.
 
Eighty-eight percent of marijuana-related arrests are made for possession of less than one ounce.  This means that these are people who are smoking on their own to deal with their personal issues, not hardened criminals trying to get you and your kids hooked.
 

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51% of Colorado Voters think Marijuana Should be Legal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, August, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
A narrow majority of registered voters in Colorado think marijuana should be legal according to the latest PPP poll and the voters of the state may soon have a chance to make that a reality. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol is currently gathering signatures to put a marijuana legalization measure on the ballot in 2012. From the Poll:
 
Do you think marijuana usage should be legal  or illegal?
Legal ………… 51%
Illegal………… 38%
Not sure ……. 11%
 
Not surprisingly the break down of support for legalizing the use of marijuana in Colorado is nearly identical to the patterns we have seen nationally. Support for legalizing the usage of marijuana is strongest among very liberal voters (82%), Democrats (65%) and voters under 30 (71%). While the least amount of support comes from very conservative voters (28%), Republicans (31%) and senior citizens (36%).
 
One very interesting piece of information from the cross tabs is that individuals who voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election overwhelmingly think marijuana should be legal by a margin of 68 percent legal – 21 percent illegal. In the Colorado, at least, President Obama’s stance on both recreational and medicinal marijuana use is radically out of line with his base.
 
While majority support for marijuana legalization is a good sign for this Colorado campaign, it should be noted that in 2010 the California marijuana legalization measure, Proposition 19, was ahead in early polling but ended up losing narrowly on election day. This Colorado effort  should  be in slightly better shape than Prop 19 was because they are trying to put the issue on the ballot in a Presidential Election year. Presidential elections tend to see much higher turn out among young voters, who strongly support legalization.
 

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