Positive Point: The Buzz About Proposition 19
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Positive Point: The Buzz About Proposition 19
Posted by CN Staff on October 04, 2010 at 09:36:29 PT
By Richard Mazzucchi
Source: Red Bluff Daily News
California -- Under current state law, the possession, cultivation, or distribution of marijuana generally is illegal in California. Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine, while selling marijuana is a felony and may result in a prison sentence. In November 1996, voters approved Proposition 215, which legalized the cultivation and possession of marijuana in California for medical purposes.The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005, however, that federal authorities could continue to prosecute California patients and providers engaged in the cultivation and use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Despite having this authority, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in March 2009 that the current administration would not prosecute marijuana patients and providers whose actions are consistent with state medical marijuana laws.Proposition 19 changes state law by legalizing the possession and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana for personal use by individuals age 21 or older, and authorizing various commercial marijuana related activities under certain conditions. Nonetheless, these marijuana related activities would continue to be prohibited under federal law and it is not known to what extent the federal government would continue to enforce them. Currently, no other state permits commercial marijuana- related activities for non-medical purposes.Under the measure, persons age 21 or older generally may possess, process, share or transport up to one ounce of marijuana; cultivate marijuana on private property in an area up to 25 square feet per private residence or parcel; possess harvested and living marijuana plants cultivated in such an area; and possess any items or equipment associated with the above activities. The possession and cultivation of marijuana must be solely for an individual's personal consumption and not for sale to others, and consumption of marijuana would only be permitted in a residence or other "non public place."The smoking of marijuana in the presence of minors is prohibited.The measure also sustains existing laws that prohibit driving under the influence of drugs or that prohibit possessing marijuana on school grounds. Any person age 21 or older who knowingly gives marijuana to a person age 18 through 20 could be sent to county jail for up to six months and fined up to $1,000 per offense.Prop 19 allows local governments to adopt ordinances and regulations regarding commercial marijuana related activities including marijuana cultivation, processing, distribution, transportation, and retail sales.However it does not permit the transportation of marijuana between California and another state or country nor permit sales to persons under 21.Whether or not local governments engaged in this regulation, the state could, on a statewide basis, regulate the commercial production of marijuana.The state could also authorize the production of hemp, a type of marijuana plant that can be used to make products such as fabric and paper.Prop 19 requires that licensed marijuana establishments pay all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and fees currently imposed on other similar businesses.In addition, the measure permits local governments to impose new general, excise, or transfer taxes, as well as benefit assessments and fees, on authorized marijuana related activities. The purpose of such charges would be to raise revenue for local governments and/or to offset any costs associated with marijuana regulation.In addition, the state could impose similar charges.Prop 19 could result in savings to the state and local governments by reducing the number of marijuana offenders incarcerated in state prisons and county jails, as well as the number placed under county probation or state parole supervision. These savings could reach several tens of millions of dollars annually.The measure would result in a reduction in costs for enforcement of marijuana related offenses and the handling of related criminal cases in the court system.Proposition 19 is carefully crafted to decriminalize personal marijuana use and production so those over 21 years of age may decide if it is something they wish to consume.By so doing it enhances freedom of choice, engenders respect for the law, protects children, regulates marijuana use and production, and significantly reduces burdens on our police, justice, and correctional systems. Vote YES on Prop 19 to halt victimless crimes. Source: Red Bluff Daily News (CA)Author: Richard MazzucchiPublished: October 4, 2010Copyright: 2010 Red Bluff Daily NewsContact: editor redbluffdailynews.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #14 posted by runruff on October 05, 2010 at 09:18:07 PT
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Comment #13 posted by JiMorrison on October 05, 2010 at 08:54:56 PT:
Well everybody, we're coming down to the wire. What can I say that has not been said already in support of P19 ? 
I have been a smoker since 1971, the year Jim Morrison died. I have dreamed for four decades that one day, America would wake up from the Nixon-Reagan-Bush `drugwar', & judgement day is indeed near. All we can do is to finish strong, like a 200-meter hurdler, and be proud of all the hard work & courageous people who've given unstintingly of their time to advance the cause of freedom.
Sadly, Jerry Brown has Not gotten on board for fear of galvanizing the far right. I call on Jerry to forsake his political ego, stand-up, & be courageous enough to do the right thing for his state & its people.
The late Senator Wayne Morse once famously remarked,"The greatest cancer on our system, is that politicians will not enter a fight until they think they can win it". Lets hope that Brown will embrace rationality & humanity, & help us overturn our long national nightmare, by starting with the Vanguard state, California.
Progress will be swift, & a Tsunami of freedom will head east transforming the world.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on October 04, 2010 at 19:08:20 PT
Thank you, Rev.
I saw you in that video the other day about the red sweater brigade. I saw you even though the sound was so low I couldn't really hear what was going on. You looked great...well, strong, tough as a boot... and still fighting. You're doing a lot of good.
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Comment #11 posted by RevRayGreen on October 04, 2010 at 19:03:36 PT
 btw #9 Glad to see you back Hope
many thought and prayers for you......dang typo...the show is Green CENTRAL Station.
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Comment #10 posted by RevRayGreen on October 04, 2010 at 19:00:39 PT
GreenCentrakStation Show#7 Reeferseed brings it with some red-eyed soul LIVE in the studio with 'Down to Seeds and Stems' along with an original song 'Brother Can You Spare a Dime(bag). Major discussion about the 'Red Sweater Babes from Jones County' and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy meeting 9/28/10.. 
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on October 04, 2010 at 18:57:39 PT
Glad to be here and I'm glad you're here, too. And I voted, too, The GCW. 
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 04, 2010 at 18:28:44 PT
It's also great to hear from you.
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Comment #7 posted by Dankhank on October 04, 2010 at 17:38:12 PT
As usual ... cutting to the quick ...great point, glad to hear from you ...GCW ... I voted, too ...
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on October 04, 2010 at 17:31:40 PT
Something very important... I'd think.
With the governator's newly signed decriminalizing bill, if they catch you, they will steal/confiscate your cannabis from you... along with the hundred dollars.Please, Vote Yes on 19. 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 04, 2010 at 14:37:58 PT
Article From The Sacramento Bee Blog
If Price Drops, Future May Be Hazy for California Pot Workers October 4, 2010One key question could affect the commercialization of the California marijuana business and the drive to organize the trade for union-scale workers.How much will the price of weed drop if voters pass Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana for recreational use?The Rand Corporation has estimated that legalizing marijuana beyond current medical use could cause its price to drop by more than 80 percent, bringing the cost of a joint to as low as $1.50.URL:
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on October 04, 2010 at 11:23:14 PT
Thank you for the link. I am happy to see some of the changes. I remember when my husband and I stopped reading Hightimes many years ago and for reasons that we just didn't like how they were advertising. 
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Comment #3 posted by konagold on October 04, 2010 at 11:18:54 PT
ABCNews main-streaming pot
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 04, 2010 at 10:45:56 PT
Thank You The GCW
I voted!
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on October 04, 2010 at 10:34:42 PT
A new law reduces possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction, similar to a traffic ticket. Do you agree? -Yes, law enforcement should spend time going after bigger crimes. 24% 
 -No, it's only going to encourage more use of this gateway drug. 35% 
 -I support this but I still think marijuana should be legalized. 42%Total Votes: 279
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