Most Mendocino Voters Favor Pot Law Repeal

Most Mendocino Voters Favor Pot Law Repeal
Posted by CN Staff on January 11, 2008 at 18:36:12 PT
By Mike Geniella, The Press Democrat
Source: Press Democrat
California -- A poll of Mendocino County voters show most favor repeal of Measure G, a landmark marijuana initiative that was the first in the nation to decriminalize pot use. Poll results also ranked local concerns about illicit drugs above job, growth, immigration and environmental issues.
The findings reflect what political and community leaders view as a “sea change” among county residents, who for 30 years seemingly tolerated small-scale marijuana cultivation. A backlash has emerged in the face of the county’s growing national reputation as a haven for marijuana growers, and large-scale commercial growing operations.“There’s been a huge shift,” county Supervisor John Pinches said this week.Pinches and three board colleagues voted Tuesday to put the issue of whether Measure G should be repealed on the June 3 primary ballot, a move advocated by a countywide citizens group. Board members were presented with copies of the pot poll results before their vote.San Francisco pollster Kevin Brown said Thursday that the poll’s margin of error was 3.9 percent.“The poll has a 95 percent confidence rating,” he said.Brown works for Dresner, Wickers & Associates, an international political consulting firm whose client list includes Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Russian President Vladimir Putin.The Dresner firm was hired by Ukiah businessman Ross Liberty and other organizers of a local drive to repeal the county measure. Measure G garnered national attention in 2000 when it was overwhelmingly passed by a 58-32 percent margin.But Measure G since has been blamed for the county’s soaring marijuana production and crime-related issues. Critics contend Measure G also opened the door for local liberal law enforcement policies surrounding the proliferation of pot cultivation under the guise of medical marijuana.Medical marijuana advocate Pebbles Trippet said Thursday she fears the rights of legitimate users of marijuana for medical reasons risk being trampled in a rush to crack down on commercial dope-growing operations.“There’s a huge difference, and that’s getting lost in the debate,” she said.Liberty said the poll results indicate a rising tide of public opposition to Measure G and marijuana cultivation in the county.Liberty said he hopes the June election will provide a margin of victory so significant that “local politicians will know that voters no longer feel marijuana cultivation is benign.”Note: Backlash to 2000's Measure G decriminalizing marijuana cultivation. Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)Author: Mike Geniella, The Press DemocratPublished: January 11, 2008Copyright: 2008 The Press DemocratContact: letters pressdemo.comWebsite: Articles:Council Supports Repeal of Measure G Seeks To Overturn Measure G
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on January 14, 2008 at 10:53:09 PT
Thank you.
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Comment #19 posted by runruff on January 12, 2008 at 22:51:54 PT:
Thank you.I willandI will
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Comment #18 posted by ekim on January 12, 2008 at 20:30:54 PT
good luck with your show-- man getting a chance to set the record on the prohibition is mind boggling. you have so much gathered on the subject you raydeatei would like to submit a request to you for a show --
e coli is being modified some way by ucla and they just did a deal for it being used in biofuel -- i wonder how much this will reduce the cost of the fuel( not ethanol but some anol) and does it act on cellulose and turn it into sugargood luck you have many eyes wishing you the best-
just be yourself and tell the story in your own wonderful way
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on January 12, 2008 at 19:04:23 PT
Comment 11.I feel the same way. Strongly.
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Comment #16 posted by potpal on January 12, 2008 at 13:47:29 PT
Ross Liberty
More like Loss Liberty.Even the guys name is bullsh*t. Wonder where the businessman's interests lie? 
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Comment #15 posted by John Tyler on January 12, 2008 at 09:00:08 PT
lying with statistics again
What! As of April 2006 the population was over 88,000. They did a survey of 603 people. That is a less than 1% of the population. How can that have any statistical validity? I think they paid for a survey to find the results they wanted to hear. Now they are going to try to use it.  
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on January 12, 2008 at 08:16:44 PT
Updated Press Democrat Article
Excerpt: Among the 603 registered county voters polled, 53 percent favored repeal, 35 percent opposed it and 12 percent were unsure.
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Comment #13 posted by Toker00 on January 12, 2008 at 08:15:45 PT
Yeah, right.
"But Measure G since has been blamed for the county’s soaring marijuana production and crime-related issues."Prohibition of Cannabis has nothing to do with either of these things, right? It's entirely the fault of People voting to end Cannabis Prohibition, right? So that it can be grown legally and cheaply and quality controlled, therefore producing an even SAFER than Black Market product which is, ALREADY, safer than either legal Alcohol, or legal Tobacco, or legal Pharmaceuticals.Reduce Alcoholism and Social Ills by Ending Cannabis Prohibition Now.Reduce Crime by not Creating It with impossible prohibitions.Toke. 
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Comment #12 posted by The GCW on January 12, 2008 at 06:55:43 PT
US CA: Appeals Court Snuffs Out Warrantless Mariju
US CA: Appeals Court Snuffs Out Warrantless Marijuana Search Sat, 12 Jan 2008
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)"Police can't enter a home without a warrant just because they see someone inside smoking marijuana"""Cont.
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Comment #11 posted by OverwhelmSam on January 11, 2008 at 22:55:56 PT
Now That They Have Diebold Voting Technology
Elections and initiatives can turn out as our selected officials desire.
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Comment #10 posted by afterburner on January 11, 2008 at 22:39:31 PT
Measure G is only 7 years old
The only poll that counts is the polling booth! Look how the "polls" missed the boat in Iowa and New Hampshire. 
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on January 11, 2008 at 21:17:13 PT
I wasn't able to hear it. I'm sure it wasn't as bad as you think it was. We sometimes are to hard on ourselves. We learn as we go and do.
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Comment #8 posted by runruff on January 11, 2008 at 21:13:54 PT:
radio report.
I did the report. I tried a character that floped.It was a terrible performance. A bomb as they say in show business.I will try next week with a different primise and presentation.
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Comment #7 posted by sam adams on January 11, 2008 at 21:12:44 PT
no kidding about the poll #s
where is the poll data? This may be the silliest prohibitionist article ever! What a complete joke.  What the heck, what are we supposed to think, there are no numbers.All I can say is, 8 years ago, 58-32 margin, that's 26 points. Good luck trying to make up that much ground guys! methinks it's going to take cheating to overcome 26 points, I sure hope that doesn't happen.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on January 11, 2008 at 20:22:46 PT
Please do. I'm sorry I've been away from the computer and just saw your comment. That's great!
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Comment #5 posted by laduncon on January 11, 2008 at 20:12:27 PT
What a load of bull-dung...
This shill of a newspaper repeatedly touts the elite-biased polling firm (works for Huckabee & Putin, what a combo!) so as to instill a false confidence in the reader that the results are infallible and should be written in stone as the TRUTH.Interestingly (yet unsurprisingly), the actual polling results are never given the light of day, except apparently to those elites-in-training cloistered in some City Hall meeting. Remember, the poll is 95% accurate with only a 3.9% margin of error; two entirely useless pieces of information without the context of what the actual poll figures were! Also, how were the questions framed (e.g. Would you like to live next to a large-scale marijuana grower taking advantage of lax medical marijuana laws in Mendicino County? I wonder what the outcome would be, sheesh.) This self-parody of a news outfit should really polish there misleading, biased "reporting" so that Jane Doe and Joe Six-pack don't start catching wind of the BS mind-control they are reading daily.Long live Cannabis, and Cannabis News!
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on January 11, 2008 at 20:11:53 PT:
Radio from the Oregon wilderness.
Here is the website: is real backwoods, homemade radio.
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on January 11, 2008 at 19:34:15 PT
Looks like the ruling elites are try to stage a counter-revolution.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on January 11, 2008 at 19:32:40 PT:
It's homemade radio.
FoM, I hope you won't mind if I do a little take off on Cannabis News? I will be doing a spot on Hope Mountian Raido out of Takilma, Or. tonight. We are now on the internet. We started back in '94 as a pirate radio station in a trailer which we had to move around to stay ahead FCC. They did catch up with us about five times and threatened us with jail and fines but we kept moving and broadcasting. Finally they caught u with us bearing the legal papers to arrest and confiscate so we shut down the Takilma Caommunity radio station and went on the internet.I was talking to Spaceman this evening about doing some updates on the drug war. I want to do it with a little humor so I got the idea to call my report the, cannabisnooze, from cannabliss headquarters. I feel I should respectfully ask you if you would mind me borrowing the name [sort of] from your blog site?You could tune in at Hope Mountian Radio.comI'll wait till I hear from you.Peace
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on January 11, 2008 at 19:15:19 PT:
Oooo dat smell!
Where my mother lives in the San Juaquin Valley Calif. 
There is a big asparagas field near her house. It is owned by a big Phillipino family Co-op. There are about one hundred people who live around this field. They have formed a committe to have the field rezoned and stop the asparagas growing operation. My mom is on the Chamber of Commerence in this town. She tells me off the record that the white people in her nighborhood don't like having the Phillipinos there around them all the time. They claim that the peat dust causes respitory problems and the noise from their farm machinery is disturbing. They have other complaints as well but you get the picture. I don't know how much is real and how much is racist?  
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