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  Mannix Drops Anti-Marijuana Ballot Initiative
Posted by CN Staff on May 05, 2008 at 14:01:24 PT
By James Pitkin  
Source: Willamette Week 

medical Oregon -- Conservative ballot-measure supremo Kevin Mannix just told WWire he and his cohorts are dropping a proposed ballot initiative to kill the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

"That petition's going to stop this week," Mannix says. There was not enough time or money to gather the 82,769 valid signatures needed, he says.

"That's the best news I've had all day," says Paul Stanford, head of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, a Portland-based national chain of medical marijuana clinics.

Mannix says the decision to drop the petition drive had nothing to do with lack of public support, but rather lack of resources. But Stanford says he believes Mannix ran into trouble because the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, approved by voters in 1998, is still supported by a clear majority.

Stanford says it's good news for medical-marijuana advocates that the petition has been dropped.

"We don’t have to waste our resources encouraging people not to sign that petition," Stanford says. "We don’t have to mount a campaign against them in the fall. It just saves us a lot of time and effort."

The so-called Oregon Crimefighting Act would have done three things:

• Given repeat "major felony" sex offenders a minimum 25-year sentence.

• Made third-strike DUII convictions a felony.

• Replaced medical marijuana with prescription THC pills.

Stanford has called the initiative a cynical effort to tear down medical marijuana by tagging it onto slam-drunk issues like opposing drunk drivers and sex predators. He says many marijuana patients oppose the change because THC pills are too expensive and not as effective.

Mannix told WWire that the ballot initiative, which he drafted, had financial support from the Florida-based nonprofit Save Our Society From Drugs. He says backers may return with another effort to gut medical marijuana in the 2010 election.

Source: Willamette Week (OR)
Author: James Pitkin
Published: May 5th, 2008
Copyright: 2008 Willamette Week
Contact: mzusman@wweek.com
Website: http://www.wweek.com/

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Comment #16 posted by Hope on May 07, 2008 at 07:47:23 PT
comment 13 OverwhelmSam
Lol!

"His name reminds me of grape jelly."

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Comment #15 posted by FoM on May 07, 2008 at 05:45:23 PT
OverwhelmSam
I thought you might appreciate this link I found on Senator Obama's blog this morning.

Ron Paul Favors Obama In Presidentials?

Excerpt: Instead, Paul favors Sen. Barack Obama because of positions on foreign policy. “But that’s doesn’t mean that’s an endorsement,” Paul quickly added.

http://agonist.org/schecter/?p=9556

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Comment #14 posted by FoM on May 07, 2008 at 04:34:46 PT
OverwhelmSam
I have been an Obama supporter since 04. I am an Independent that leans to the left. I'm for the people that's why I am more a Dem then a Repub. He'll make a good President.

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Comment #13 posted by OverwhelmSam on May 07, 2008 at 04:12:49 PT
There Are Only Four Reasons I Support Obama
1. He is anti-establishment.

2. He will at least put a damper on federal marijuana law enforcement.

3. Ron Paul, a man I beleive would return the federal government to it's constitutional mandates, is out of the running (Damnit).

4. His name reminds me of grape jelly.

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Comment #12 posted by FoM on May 06, 2008 at 20:09:48 PT
BGreen
Tim Russert just said there are over 200,000 votes not counted yet. My husband's home away from home is Gary, Indiana. Go Gary!!!

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Comment #11 posted by BGreen on May 06, 2008 at 19:44:05 PT
Hillary's giving her victory speech
She's proving that she's crazy because NBC says it's too close to call. Even if she wins it's only by 4% at this point, and she can never get the delegates she needs without subverting the will of the American voters.

Just wait until the votes from Gary, IN are counted because it's a HUGE African American population.

The Reverend Bud Green

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Comment #10 posted by FoM on May 06, 2008 at 19:37:05 PT
BGreen
I couldn't be happier. I knew he would be President someday when I heard him at the DNC in 04. I just knew it. The world will not be so angry with us with Senator Obama.

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Comment #9 posted by BGreen on May 06, 2008 at 18:47:45 PT
FoM
Wow, I'm feeling really good tonight.

How about you? :)

The Reverend Bud Green



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Comment #8 posted by FoM on May 06, 2008 at 11:26:05 PT
OverwhelmSam
After Bush I am so looking forward to a President that is smart, knows when to say something and most times knows when to say nothing.

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Comment #7 posted by OverwhelmSam on May 06, 2008 at 11:22:42 PT
Do We Give Politicians Aptitude Tests?
How is it that these disturbed freaks get into office in the first place? Oh yeah, people still vote for Hillary too.

Come on Americans, crack a book or two, do some independent research, you don't have to live in a black hole for the rest of your lives!

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Comment #6 posted by museman on May 05, 2008 at 21:57:02 PT
watch out gov, yer nakedness is showing
"Mannix says the decision to drop the petition drive had nothing to do with lack of public support, but rather lack of resources."

Notice the intricate weave of cloth, the brilliant colors of the threads... pay no attention to that child over there who claims to see nothing... don't you wish you were adorned with such finery of drape and fold?

Card houses begin to fall.

Fall, card houses, fall.

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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on May 05, 2008 at 19:12:47 PT
Dr. Robert Melamede, assoc. prof at U of Colorado
OT:

CN BC: Expert Testifies Cannabis Helps Slow Aging, Nelson Daily News, (02 May 2008) http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v08/n458/a05.html?176

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Comment #4 posted by Hope on May 05, 2008 at 18:07:10 PT
Observer
I suspected a Sembler pocket zipped shut on him for one reason or another.

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Comment #3 posted by observer on May 05, 2008 at 18:03:56 PT
Slave Our Society Using Prohibition
Save Our Society From Drugs.

A Betty Sembler (of Straight, Inc.) astroturf group. They obviously did their own polls that showed their lying "Crimefighting Act" didn't have a snowball's chance, and so it wasn't worth another nickel.

http://www.google.com/search?q=Sembler+%22Save+Our+Society+From+Drugs%22

Save Our Society, my foot. These modern-day slavers are making good money off of jailing Our Society.

see: http://www.google.com/search?q=UNICOR+slave+labor

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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on May 05, 2008 at 16:52:38 PT
Mannix
That guy's a shifty little control freak huh?

Tagging the MM issue onto DUI and sex offender issues. Shameless.

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Comment #1 posted by RevRayGreen on May 05, 2008 at 14:35:32 PT
all I can say is.........
HA !!!!!!!!!

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