Medical Pot Industry Split on Prop. 19
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Medical Pot Industry Split on Prop. 19
Posted by CN Staff on August 25, 2010 at 05:06:07 PT
By Peter Hecht
Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento, CA -- The Canna Care medical marijuana dispensary has a truck driving around Sacramento with a sign telling people to vote "no" on the state ballot initiative that would legalize pot for recreational use.George Mull, a lawyer for several Northern California pot shops, is fighting Proposition 19 on claims it threatens protections put in place for medical pot users with the 1996 passage of California's medical marijuana law.
And a Humboldt County dispensary operator complains that the new pot measure simply isn't needed. "They say they're legalizing marijuana," said Stephen Gasparas, who runs the iCenter pot dispensary in Arcata. "It's already legal. All they're doing is taxing it."California's landmark initiative to legalize marijuana use for adults over 21 and permit local governments to tax retail pot sales is backed  and bankrolled  by leaders in California's medical cannabis movement.And yet some of its more stubborn opposition comes from a vocal segment of the same community who worry their dispensary operations may be negatively affected."I'm against this because I feel patients have been sold a bill of goods that is going to take their freedom away," said Lanette Davies, who runs Canna Care.Another opponent, Don Johnson, who operates the Unity Non-Profit Collective in Sacramento, said he worries about contradictions between California's medical marijuana law and Proposition 19.For example, Johnson's marijuana store can legally serve an 18-year-old who has a physician's recommendation. He wonders how that squares with Proposition 19, which restricts recreational pot use to people over 21."It seems to me there will be a double rule on the books," Johnson said. "It's mass confusion."Proposition 19 supporters say they are puzzled over the opposition and argue the initiative will protect tens of thousands of Californians from arrest and generate a windfall in taxes.In Sacramento, for example, voters will consider a companion measure to Proposition 19 that would levy a 2 to 4 percent gross receipts tax on existing medical pot dispensaries and a 5 to 10 percent tax on new retail pot outlets. Snipped   Complete Article: Sacramento Bee (CA)Author: Peter HechtPublished: August 25, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Sacramento BeeContact: opinion sacbee.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on August 25, 2010 at 07:39:05 PT
I have always been shocked at the price they charge sick people. It totally goes against my whole belief system.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on August 25, 2010 at 07:36:07 PT
Just a wonder
We may notice some of the people and businesses selling cannabis to sick citizens may want to vote no on PROP 19...But how many sick citizens want to vote no???Sick citizens must pay about $300 to $400 for an ounce for the plant material, today. THAT'S PER OUNCE!If cannabis were to be RE-legalized, sick citizens may purchase the GOD given plant for far less money! And not have to get permission and pay extortion money to the state!"""fighting Proposition 19 on claims it threatens protections put in place for medical pot users"""THAT'S LAUGHABLE!Once RE-legalized, it is rational to believe if a person may use cannabis recreationally, then a sick person may also use the plant.The smell of greed and a plant prohibited doesn't smell as good as the unrestricted plant itself.People in the business of making millions off selling cannabis at black market prices to sick citizens may be scared of losing the privelage of taking advantage of sick citizens.Recreational cannabis users have largely helped sick citizens get the ability to use the plant and they should not discard the recreational cannabis movement at this point.Same goes with the hemp movement. They can not afford to distance them from the recreational movement...
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on August 25, 2010 at 06:17:27 PT
Article About Just Say Now Campaign
With Banned Pot Leaf Image, Facebook Pushes U.S. Morals on WorldFacebook is a global phenomenon of epic proportions. So why is the site pushing U.S.-centric morals on the rest of the (sometimes more enlightened) world? Case in point: Banning images of a marijuana leaf, which was only being used to spur political debate.The "Just Say Now" group is a new independent entity that's pushing for a rethink of the strict anti-marijuana laws in the U.S. at a political and public level. Its members include transpartisan politicians, judges, students, and a whole bunch of other people representing a pretty good slice of society. They've got a website, and they mean serious business in the face of foot-dragging on the matter by the usually progressive Obama administration. To achieve access to a wider public audience, the group has also crafted a Facebook page, and received approval for adverts to promote it on August 7th. The advert contained, of course, the most iconic and attention-grabbing image it could--one that's already well-known to the public: A marijuana leaf.Complete Article:
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