Medical Pot Advocates Oppose Calif. Legalization
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Medical Pot Advocates Oppose Calif. Legalization
Posted by CN Staff on September 21, 2010 at 15:34:29 PT
By Robin Hindery, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Sacramento, CA -- A coalition of medical marijuana advocates came out Tuesday against a California ballot initiative that would legalize the drug for recreational use and tax its sales.Proposition 19 would inadvertently harm the most vulnerable patients by allowing local governments to prohibit the sale and purchase of marijuana in their jurisdictions, California Cannabis Association members said.
At a gathering outside the Capitol, the group predicted many cities and counties would impose such bans if voters approve the initiative, leaving local medical marijuana users with few options."The people who would be most affected are the sick, the elderly - patients who cannot grow their own and cannot travel to pick up a prescription," said Amir Daliri, president of Cascade Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary north of Chico.Supporters of Proposition 19 said it explicitly protects the rights of patients and would provide them with safer and easier access to the drug by creating a strictly controlled, clearly defined legal system for pot cultivation, distribution and sales."Proposition 19 is actually going to further clarify that sales of medical cannabis are legal in this state," said Dale Sky Jones, a spokeswoman for the Yes on 19 campaign. "The intent of our law is to protect medical cannabis patients and their rights."If Proposition 19 passes in November, California would become the first state to legalize and regulate recreational pot use. Adults could possess up to one ounce of the drug.Supporters have targeted two areas of concern for voters: the economy and crime. Legalized pot would bring much-needed revenue to the state and reduce the influence of drug cartels, they said.The measure was endorsed Tuesday by the largest labor union in the state. The Service Employees International Union, which has 700,000 members, said revenue generated by the initiative would help California preserve jobs and avoid cuts to key services such as education and health care.The union represents workers in health care, building services and state and local government.Critics question the economic effects and contend the initiative will simply serve to boost marijuana usage and drug-related crimes.A Field Poll released in July found 48 percent of likely voters opposed the measure, while 44 percent supported it.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Robin Hindery, The Associated PressPublished:  Tuesday, September 21, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on September 22, 2010 at 16:09:11 PT
This Week's Reefer Madness
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on September 22, 2010 at 14:58:52 PT
Poll: Californians Want To Legalize Marijuana
September 22, 2010Polling has gone back and forth on whether or not Californians actually want to legalize marijuana, but the latest numbers show legalization's prospects looking up.Proposition 19, the ballot initiative that would legalize personal possession and growth statewide, while allowing counties to individually legalize commercial sales, enjoys a 47 -38 percent advantage according to Public Policy Polling's September 14-16 automated phone survey of 630 likely voters. Margin of error was +/- 3.9 percent.URL:
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on September 22, 2010 at 14:56:44 PT
Related Article from USA Today
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Comment #9 posted by Abaca on September 22, 2010 at 14:06:49 PT:
Prop 19 
As a collective operator I have this question asked of me everyday.
 Firstly......All the legal precedents that have been set for Medical Marijuana Patients will always remain,and there will always be a need for a clean ,convenient, reasonably priced location for anyone to get their Marijuana.
  Its like Tomatoes... although everyone can grow tomatoes ,most of us still go to the store to buy them!!
 I do strongly believe that without legal prejudices the real medicinal values of Marijuana are yet to be discovered.
 The biggest problem that I see in our society today is that the elected officials in all realms have forgotten that their primary job discriptions are ""PUBLIC SERVANTS'"
 and that we the public should be a lot stronger in making sure that these people understand that!
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Comment #8 posted by museman on September 22, 2010 at 09:16:40 PT
"No adult 
should go to jail for cannabis possession."Pretty much states the simplistic reality, except i'd like to rephrase it to read "No one should go to jail for ANYTHING cannabis related." No one, short small, young or old should have ever had to deal with the draconian attitudes, actions, circumstances and systems existing in and around cannabis prohibition.Ca is only about 20 miles from here, so what happens there certainly effects us. In Oregon we have our own struggles parallel, but unique. We are much divided here about the various 'legalization' efforts, and as a patient myself, not able to grow because of location, I have certainly experienced firsthand the phenom of the "Wild West of Cannabis." Because of the continued existence of prohibition, the black market thrives, and the demand, outside of the medical community is sufficiently large and consistent enough to fuel much greed.In 1849 it was 'Gold Fever'. In 2010 it's 'pot fever.'There is a growing friction between the 'providers' and the patients here, because too many transplants from No Ca have come -with money from their Ca grows- here to capitalize on the very grey areas of medicinal cannabis, and their priority is cash flow, not providing quality medicine for their patients. Unfortunately for those growers who have been respecting the herb all along, just like anything else in amerika, 'money talks' and their honest efforts are overshadowed by the greed and compassionlessness of mercantilism. If 19 passes in Ca, Oregon will follow, but after careful watch on the Ca results, and a lot of local debate.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #7 posted by dongenero on September 22, 2010 at 07:40:00 PT
Med pot against 19
What does 19 have to do with existing medical cannabis laws?If some dispensary owners are opposed to 19, then let them stand with Gil, Walters, McCaffrey, the organized criminals and drug cartels. Pick your friends carefully. Your alliances speak volumes.
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Comment #6 posted by RevRayGreen on September 22, 2010 at 06:44:13 PT
Every ex-marijuana smuggler 
that I communicate with including the 'Black Tuna', and those like me who were never caught, some who weren't smugglers but were career marijuana dealers later raided at age 40, support Prop 19. No adult should go to jail for cannabis possession.We did not represent drug cartels, we represented a bunch a guys who just wanted to put food on our families table, clothes on our backs, forget the 9-5. It was so different for me 20 years ago.Any FACEBOOK friend of mine no matter how old school OG whatever they may be, if they are not 4 19 they are gone.I really have a problem with someone that will either
take the time to show to vote NO after using some the night,week,month,years before the vote. The reasons they give are ridiculous.They just like $400+ an ounce prices, I don't.I also have a problem with those qualified voters in CA that use cannabis, not showing up to vote YES.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on September 21, 2010 at 22:19:42 PT
BGreen, Totalrod2 and fellow activists,
I agree. Many cannabis activists agree. -Screw them. On the other hand, We want to be very keen on how We are perceived by voters on this issue. Prop. 19 may be a very close election and everything We do must produce good results. I'm not sure of the best way to deal with those club owners who are greedy and speak out against 19 but let's deal with them in a productive way. Let them screw themselves.And it's worth noting not all club owners are greedy. Wasn't 19 initiated by a club owner?I want to limit the anger greedy ones bring out in Me. Let Us be right on. We have work to do.The Green Collar Worker
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Comment #4 posted by BGreen on September 21, 2010 at 20:51:37 PT
According to Treating Yourself Magazine
In issue 5 of Treating Yourself Magazine, an article reported so-called "compassion clubs" in CA were charging as much as $800 per ounce of cannabis. These people are money whores and that's why they don't want prop. 19 passed. They don't care about patients because they would never screw a sick person out of $800 per ounce of medicine that could be grown for just a few dollars.If these so-called "compassion clubs" have no other desire except to screw the sick, then SCREW THEM!!!!!!!!!The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #3 posted by Totalrod2 on September 21, 2010 at 19:06:30 PT
Looking out for their own interests
All these groups (e.g. The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, etc.) don't give a rat's ass about the people they supposedly represent. You think they're really searching for cures? If there was a cure, these damn groups would no longer exist! Same goes for the California Cannabis Association. They come up with some BS fancy title (usually it involves the words "association" or "society") and everyone automatically thinks these people must really care about us. Hmmm, they certainly weren't much help to us when LA decided to shut down over 400 of it's dispensaries. These groups all have self serving agendas which typically entail perpetuating the same old failed policies and protocols WHICH ARE THE REASON THEY EVEN EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE! I'm just curious, back in November 2009 the California Medical Association said that criminal prohibition of marijuana is a "failed public health policy." So who the hell do you believe?!
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on September 21, 2010 at 18:10:29 PT
It's really good to see you and yes we will be seeing lots of things between now and voting time. 
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on September 21, 2010 at 18:03:58 PT
Sure leave it to AP ...
Duh!We will see lots more of this kind of 'journalism.'
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