Prop. 19 Backers Plan New MJ Legalization Effort

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  Prop. 19 Backers Plan New MJ Legalization Effort

Posted by CN Staff on November 04, 2010 at 16:23:20 PT
By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times 
Source: Los Angeles Times 

Calif. -- Supporters of legalizing marijuana in California spent the day after the election laying the groundwork to rebound from their 54%-to-46% defeat and return to the ballot in two years."We have a debate that was just heard around the world, and the conversation has only just begun," said Dale Sky Jones, a spokeswoman for the Proposition 19 campaign.
Although California voters did not buy the argument that marijuana should be legalized like alcohol, many agreed that it should be taxed like it. Voters in 10 cities overwhelmingly approved taxes on sales of medical and recreational pot. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council instructed the city attorney to draft a measure for the March ballot that would ask voters to approve a tax on medical marijuana.In Santa Barbara and Morro Bay, voters rejected bans on dispensaries, while voters in Berkeley approved a plan to allow six commercial marijuana factories in the city's industrial zone.Jones said the legalization campaign has made overtures to opponents and state lawmakers, and plans to try to push bills through the Legislature as well as draft a new measure aimed at the 2012 election."We see definite opportunities to break off bits and pieces of Prop. 19," she said, such as authorizing the commercial cultivation of hemp, the non-psychoactive variety of marijuana.The campaign, which won endorsements from black and Latino organizations as well as from some major labor unions, plans to try to weld that support into a broad-based organization to press for changes in marijuana laws. "We don't have to start from scratch," Jones said.Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which worked to pass the initiative, said he believed the idea of legalizing marijuana was so new to voters that more money would not have made a difference. The campaign spent more than $4 million."It's been sort of a dry run because it's given people the opportunity to have the first go-round of conversations," he said.Proposition 19 was the idea of Richard Lee, an Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur who for most of the campaign was both the money man and the driving force.The measure would have allowed cities and counties to approve commercial cultivation and retail sales of marijuana, as well as impose taxes. It also would have allowed adults 21 and older to grow up to 25 square feet of marijuana and possess up to an ounce.Proposition 19 found its strongest support in the Bay Area, passing in San Francisco and four nearby counties. San Francisco voters were most supportive, favoring the measure, 65% to 35%.The initiative also passed in the Central Coast counties of Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, as well as in Alpine and Mono counties on the state's eastern border. Los Angeles County, home to a quarter of the state's voters, tilted 53% to 47% against the initiative.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: John Hoeffel, Los Angeles TimesPublished: November 4, 2010Copyright: 2010 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #13 posted by FoM on November 06, 2010 at 06:47:58 PT
Thank you.
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Comment #12 posted by ezrydn on November 06, 2010 at 06:16:51 PT:
Our "Doolittle Raid"
When Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle lead his raiders off the deck of the USS Hornet, headed for Tokyo in April of 1942, they all knew they'd cause very little damage with their cargos. However, the bomb bays were NOT the point of the raid. It was to send a psychological messago to Tojo that we could make such a strike into their territory. And it worked!That is what Prop 19 achieved for us. Psychological shock to the Prohibs. It's no longer an "uphill" battle. We're now standing eye to eye, toe to toe with them. Realistically, without much trying on our part, we came to within 5 percentage points of winning. They didn't expect that. And they now know, as Tojo learned, there is a "force" to be reckoned with.The statistics that were provided by the Prop 19 vote are still coming in, all to our positive side. In my opinion, Prop 19 did not fail. It gave us proof of what's to come and supplied much needed Intel on the voters.Would you say Apollo 10 failed because they didn't land? They were there, they made it, they were very close. But, no landing.All the above is what we garnered from Prop 19. Failure? I don't think so.
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Comment #11 posted by DrDunkleosteus on November 06, 2010 at 01:24:26 PT:
"The House on Wednesday passed H.B. 17-47 with 10 members voting yes and seven voting against it.Introduced by Rep. Stanley T. McGinnis Torres, Ind.-Saipan, H.B. 17-47 will allowpeople who are at least 21 years old to posses, cultivate and transport marijuana for personal use." those who don't know, Saipan is located here:, a U.S. territory (joined in 1986), is known primarily for the controversy over labor laws. Apparently, Saipan can manufacture goods at low costs because it doesn't have to meet the regulations of labor laws or wage requirements. Essentially sweat shop labor.I don't know how this news slipped under the radar, but Saipan passed HB 17-47, which appears to be very similar to prop 19!
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Comment #10 posted by Ras James rsifwh on November 05, 2010 at 10:57:57 PT:
Cannabis debate
The debate to normalize the selling of Cannabis Sativa was given new life by the Prop 19 vote in this latest California election. A debate that has been won long before the debate began. The marijuana prohibitionist can only lose in any honest debate on this issue; and can only win by blocking an open, truthful and fair discussion with regards to the pros and cons of marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and heroin.
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on November 05, 2010 at 10:19:02 PT
Quoted: 'Just Say Now' emailed me an interesting questionnaire asking what was done right? What was done wrong? What could be done better? Where do we go next? -0-When Colorado didn't pass it, I noticed one group of votes against was flatland farmer counties. Do You know if those citizens received some attention about 19?Now Colorado is running a legalization movement for 2012 and I hope We do not ignore them. After all, farmers stand to win also.Communist Chinese farmers grow hemp and so do Canadians but free U.S. farmers are prohibited. It's time to reintroduce hemp as a component of American agriculture.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on November 05, 2010 at 09:41:33 PT

That was the way I was too. I only voted 2 times before Obama.They will be voting again in 2012 to make sure Obama is re-elected though.
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on November 05, 2010 at 09:11:00 PT

where were the young voters
the young voters probably didn't realize we had an election this year.I'm sorry to say that's the way I was at age 18.

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Comment #6 posted by FoM on November 05, 2010 at 08:19:31 PT

I turned on The Dylan Ratigan Show yesterday and got a good answer as to why the young voters didn't turn out. There is a video on this link called: Where Were The Young Voters?They will be out in big numbers to vote for Obama for President in 2012. That's the year that things could change.
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Comment #5 posted by dongenero on November 05, 2010 at 07:40:48 PT

From 'Just Say Now'
Prop 19 was more popular than any of the statewide Republican candidates."Despite this being one of the best years nationally for Republicans in decades, more Californians actually voted for Prop 19 than for the Republican candidates in the top four statewide races. In the Governor’s race, Meg Whitman got only 3,029,919 votes (41.2% of the vote), in the Senate race, Carly Fiorina got 3,094,338 votes (42.5%), in the Lieutenant Governor’s race, Abel Maldonado got 2,812,582 votes (39.4%), and in the race for Attorney General, Steve Cooley got only 3,215,104 votes (45.6%)." "A quarter of a million more voters supported Prop 19 than they did any of the major Republicans on the ballot."It was disappointing to lose that opportunity in California. But still, I think cannabis prohibition is on the ropes. They were saved by the bell in this round.'Just Say Now' emailed me an interesting questionnaire asking what was done right? What was done wrong? What could be done better? Where do we go next? I think the next rounds become increasingly uncomfortable for freedom hating prohibitionists and their war on private citizens.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on November 05, 2010 at 06:55:59 PT

Just a Note
All the news I am seeing is just the same thing that we already know. I will keep looking though. My hope is that this coming year we see more energy put into changing the Federal Law instead of concentrating on a few states. I hope everyone has a great weekend.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on November 04, 2010 at 22:45:23 PT

I hope you will let us share your theme song and let it be ours, too.Thank you so much... for this song and all you've done and all you've survived.I do love me some Runruff.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on November 04, 2010 at 20:44:38 PT

If they I am going away...
I guess they have not heard my theme song?
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Comment #1 posted by observer on November 04, 2010 at 19:30:45 PT

Lock Up Profits — in Prison Stocks: Analyst
Still locking up people for cannabis - so boom times for privatized prisons, police, prosecutors and other drug war camp followers. But the rest of us groan under the oppression. 
CNBC Stock BlogLock Up Profits — in Prison Stocks: AnalystPrivatized prison stocks have seen a modest gain in the past three months, so is there room to run from here?T.C. Robillard, analyst at Signal Hill, discussed his insights.“You’ve seen prison populations pretty consistently over the last three decades move up a couple percent a year…and from a business model perspective, it’s clearly good news,” Robillard told CNBC
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