PD Editorial: No on 19
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PD Editorial: No on 19
Posted by CN Staff on September 28, 2010 at 06:01:27 PT
Editorial Opinion
Source: Press Democrat
California -- One of the traps that continues to ensnare California is the belief that complex problems can be resolved with simple solutions at the ballot box.The latest example is Proposition 19 on the Nov. 2 ballot. The bait with this one is the idea that all would be better if voters would simply legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Proponents contend that the violent criminal market ó which appears to be making itself at home in the North Coast ó would go away, the high cost of policing marijuana sales would disappear, and California would be able to pocket $1.4 billion in additional sales tax revenue.Donít believe it.Proposition 19 is so poorly worded and filled with loopholes that itís likely to create more confusion than clarity. And, as with Proposition 215, which legalized medicinal uses of marijuana, it would still leave California law in conflict with federal law, creating more regulatory and policy gridlock at all levels of government.Of greatest concern is that Proposition 19 would create dangers where they donít exist now. Chief among them is that the initiative does not create a standard for ďdriving under the influence.Ē Under Proposition 19, drivers may legally be able to operate vehicles even if they have marijuana in their systems.Proposition 19 also would afford marijuana users protections that would frustrate, if not prohibit, businesses from enforcing a drug-free workplace. School districts, for example, could be powerless to take action against a school bus driver who arrives at work with marijuana in his or her system.Thereís no guarantee that legalizing marijuana in California will reduce the number of illicit pot farms on public and private property. It may do just the opposite, making California an even more attractive place to grow marijuana to sell in states where it still will be illegal.We recognize that thereís probably a good argument to be made for legalizing marijuana. But this is not it.This flawed initiative is guaranteed only to bring more unintended consequences, political gridlock and court battles. California has enough problems to worry about.This is why we join Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of the state candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and numerous other California newspapers in recommending a no vote on Proposition 19.Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)Published: September 28, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Press DemocratContact: letters pressdemo.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by Dr Ganj on September 29, 2010 at 16:47:01 PT:
The Napa Valley, 1932
"Thereís no guarantee that legalizing marijuana in California will reduce the number of illicit pot farms on public and private property. It may do just the opposite, making California an even more attractive place to grow marijuana to sell in states where it still will be illegal."I bet the newspapers said the same thing about grapes in 1932.I clearly remember the same pathetic spew about Prop 215 back in 1996, where the newspaper editors proclaimed the sky was going fall, children were going to be stoned-out zombies, and the streets and freeways were going to be wrecking yards filled with carnage and death.We have seen prohibition does not work. Let's finally try something new. I'll wager the sky won't fall. Please vote yes on Prop 19. If you do not live in California, then please donate, as this will help you in the future.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on September 28, 2010 at 21:29:12 PT
The editor is suffering from a spell induced by government propaganda which is widespread and turns vulnerable people into zombies. One of the benefits of voting YES on 19, is that it may end the suffering of zombies and free them of their spell, through out California and may lead to ending the zombie spell nationally.Well, maybe not. But it would be immoral to not try.
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Comment #4 posted by GentleGiant on September 28, 2010 at 07:25:12 PT:
The Only Thing Flawed Here Is The Editor's Brain.
The only thing flawed about this initiative in this editorial is the editor. Your an editor and you don't fact check. Three studies in the world say cannabis drivers are safer drivers than straight drivers, because they drive more cautiously. You've already had 14 years of marijuana drivers and you didn't know it? Alcohol is much more dangerous than marijuana for driving and for your health. For health, I would put up marijuana over alcohol anyday of the week. You must think that marijuana isn't medical. It was prescribed by U.S. doctors from 1850-1937. There is 10,000 years of written history about marijuana as a medicine. It was called cannabis, not the mexican slang, marijuana. Apparently, your flawed judgement and your denial to fact check is very dangerous when you sprout words and you don't have the slightest idea what your talking about.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on September 28, 2010 at 06:36:55 PT
Please god...
...let me debate this man is public and kick his ass in private!
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Comment #2 posted by Rainbow on September 28, 2010 at 06:23:34 PT
Piper pens great editorial
Anotehr great opinion piece in CNN this time
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on September 28, 2010 at 06:22:55 PT
"Donít believe it." Duh!
Yes, don't believe this dumb article that clearly shows the authors have not done any research and know nothing!
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