Marijuana Legalization Measure Gets Big Lift
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Marijuana Legalization Measure Gets Big Lift
Posted by CN Staff on September 26, 2010 at 09:46:29 PT
By John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
California -- In a dramatic shift of sentiment, nearly half of California's likely voters now want to legalize marijuana use in the state, according to a new Field Poll. "The numbers have flipped (on Proposition 19) since our July poll," said Mark DiCamillo, the poll's director. "That's a major change in the direction of public feelings on legalizing marijuana."The survey results being released today are especially meaningful since the first ballots for the Nov. 2 election will be cast in a little more than a week from now, starting Oct. 4.
The poll also found that voters remain strongly opposed to Proposition 23, which would suspend AB32, the state law limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Proposition 25, which would end the two-thirds requirement to pass a state budget, holds a solid lead, but the race appears to be rapidly tightening.But it's California's effort to become the first state in the nation to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older that's being watched across the country.Forty-nine percent of those likely voters now support Prop. 19, with 42 percent opposed. In a July poll, 48 percent of those surveyed planned to vote against the ballot initiative, with 44 percent backing legalization.The reversal came despite a total absence of paid advertising for either side. Neither supporters nor opponents of the measure have raised much money for the Prop. 19 campaign, so far relying on word-of-mouth and media coverage to get their stories out.That hasn't kept California voters from paying attention to the race, however. The poll found that 84 percent had seen or heard about the effort to legalize marijuana. By contrast, fewer than 40 percent of the voters had heard anything about the other two ballot measures in the survey.Nine percent of voters are undecided on Prop. 19, which DiCamillo said isn't much of a surprise."Everyone knows about it, and it isn't that complicated an issue," he added.For supporters, the bump in the numbers shows that their message is getting through. Snipped   Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: September 26, 2010Copyright: 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: CannabisNews   -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on September 28, 2010 at 05:52:56 PT
News Article from Mother Jones
A High-Minded Debate Over Legalizing PotSeptember 28, 2010URL:
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Comment #11 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on September 28, 2010 at 03:23:21 PT
Hope 7 - Why? I'll go with the short answer:
They're fucked up.And not in a good way.
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Comment #10 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on September 28, 2010 at 03:16:18 PT
"Proposition 19, the California initiative to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis, is far more popular than any politician or ballot measure this up for a vote this November—at least on the social networking behemoth Facebook" 19 wins and they lose, I hope Boxer and Brown will take advantage of the new law, rather than hurt themselves with a bottle of booze or a bottle of pills or a knife or gun or driving off a cliff or something.
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Comment #9 posted by Rainbow on September 27, 2010 at 12:54:08 PT
Nice Opinion piece
Great opinion piece by David Sirota in the Oregonian.
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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on September 27, 2010 at 10:46:03 PT
NIXON lives?
"Pot is not alcohol. It's not even close. Not even in the same league," Falmouth Police Chief Anthony Riello said. "You don't necessarily get drunk when you drink alcohol if you just have a little, but you smoke pot for one reason: to get high."
US MA: Voters Set To Ponder Legalized Pot
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on September 27, 2010 at 10:38:06 PT
Sinsemilla Jones Comment 5
Cannabis is so dangerous that government does all this and all it's been doing for years to try and keep it from citizens?It's that dangerous? We spend a fortune in resources to keep people from using it. Our government kills and imprisons people over it. It spies on people. It pays people to inform on others about it. They raid homes and businesses like storm troopers from hell. Peoples lives are ruined over the prohibition of a non poisonous herb... a plant... cannabis. People, young and old, are punished... severely...if they are caught using the plant. Why do they think it's so important? So extremely dangerous?Why?
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on September 27, 2010 at 05:55:54 PT
Sinsemilla Jones 
Re: comment #4,Wouldn't it be nice to see results showing people went to the booth and voted for 19 and did not cast a vote for any politicians?
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Comment #5 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on September 27, 2010 at 02:45:16 PT
Of course, there's good reason to be mistrustful -
"A $7 million surveillance plane equipped to detect air, land and sea threats was flown from the Canadian border to Colorado Springs in April to assist in an investigation of marijuana-growing operations that apparently resulted in charges against six people.The Department of Homeland Security plane, a Swiss-built Pilatus PC-12 Spectre, was requested on April 9 as the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence task force prepared to launch a series of searches of buildings where investigators suspected marijuana was being grown illegally.No one was arrested during the searches, which the medical marijuana industry characterized as raids on legal businesses....", our borders are so secure that manpower and equipment can be sent inland to help local leos bust medical marijuana growers! Amazing!
Big guns called in for pot probe
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Comment #4 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on September 27, 2010 at 02:04:08 PT
People are very mistrustful of all politicians...
...more so than ever right now.And all the major politicians in California, both senators and both candidates for governor, have come out against Proposition 19.I think they are actually tipping the balance FOR 19!
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on September 26, 2010 at 21:21:42 PT
About theabc news story and other's
Much news is related to the financial part of the cannabis issue and that's certainly a selling point from the beginning...ButThere are so many reasons to RE-legalize the beneficial plant. People know the difference between right from wrong.Cannabis prohibition is wrong.RE-legalize cannabis because it is the right thing to do. -0-I often feel that people who are against cannabis legalization are afraid of losing their part of some pie. Their turf etc. 
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Comment #2 posted by konagold on September 26, 2010 at 20:43:30 PT
abc news story on the "conflict" of CA pot legislation
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Comment #1 posted by Vincent on September 26, 2010 at 20:09:29 PT:
"their message is getting through"
Thank God!
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