| 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.”