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The Drive To Legalize Pot Encounters Speed Bumps
Posted by CN Staff on November 19, 2010 at 05:52:39 PT
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania -- California has long been a leader of American social and cultural trends. But when it comes to further liberalizing marijuana use, the state may have sent a signal to the nation not by what it did but by what it didn't do. On Election Day, it rejected Proposition 19.This ballot question asked voters whether they wanted to allow adults 21 years and older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana. By 54 percent to 46 percent, they said no -- and they did it across the social spectrum, blacks and Latinos opposing it at about the same percentage as whites.
Voters who opposed the measure crossed gender, income and education levels, too, according to an Associated Press analysis of exit and pre-election data. The most significant divide was not surprising -- voters 65 or older were more likely to be opposed while people under 30 tended to be in favor.It wasn't a landslide defeat -- and supporters of Prop 19 are encouraged enough to think about trying again in two years -- but it does suggest that, for the moment at least, further liberalization of marijuana use was a bridge to a reefer too far.As it is, California remains a place with a permissive attitude to marijuana. In 1996, it became the first state to pass a medical marijuana law and since then 13 other states have followed its lead. Only a month before the election, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law that made possession of up to an ounce of marijuana the equivalent of a traffic ticket with no criminal record involved. Here was another reason for voters to think that the pendulum had swung far enough.As California voted, other states were being similarly cautious -- South Dakota for the second time rejected a medical marijuana law and Oregon refused to expand its existing law. But Arizona narrowly approved a measure that will make it the 15th state to allow medical marijuana use.It seems that the growing acceptance of marijuana use is not taking the form of a wild rebellion but a progress of fits and starts. Whatever happens, Pennsylvania is likely to be unaffected for the next four years. Gov.-elect Tom Corbett is on record as opposing medical marijuana legislation.Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA)Published: November 17, 2010Copyright: 2010 PG PublishingContact: letters post-gazette.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on November 19, 2010 at 17:02:22 PT
Trapped behind the "high" is the hemp!
The most useful idiot in the war on "other than Pharmaceutical drugs" Michele Leonheart is in the mist of her confirmation hearing.You should see her lie and kiss up to the drug warriors in the senate [big time recipients of drug money]. She is channeling old Henry Anslinger propaganda such as , I have seen the destruction caused by marijuana". She should have said, I have caused the destruction brought about by using marijuana".The DEA and federal drug policies which are designed to feed the prison industrial complex and maintain high profits for their masters, the big Pharma, are what is destructive.The DEA destroys families, Destroys lives not cannabis. I'll tell you who's life would be ruined by re-legalization of pot, Michele Leonhart and her rampaging legions would loose their precious budgets and retirements. 
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on November 19, 2010 at 13:13:04 PT
Leonhart, the bulldog princess.
That's it for me! I am divorcing Obama. He is laying down for every idiot and bully in Washington and I am one who believes a backbone isn't just for playing hoops!
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on November 19, 2010 at 12:08:13 PT
 Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML 
Obama's DEA Nominee Pledges To Ignore Administration's Medical Marijuana Policy.
Paul Armentano.
Deputy Director of NORML.
Posted: November 19, 2010 11:03 AM
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Comment #1 posted by Ron on November 19, 2010 at 10:06:13 PT:
"a bridge to a reefer too far".
It's called the "pons asinorum".
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