Most Californians Support Marijuana Legalization

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  Most Californians Support Marijuana Legalization

Posted by CN Staff on September 28, 2013 at 07:01:18 PT
By Lydia O'Connor, The Huffington Post	 
Source: Huffington Post 

California voters’ support for marijuana legalization has hit a record high -- no pun intended. A survey released Wednesday by the Public Polling Institute of California found that 52 percent of the state’s residents advocate the legalization of marijuana, marking the first time a majority of the state has supported legalizing the drug. On top of those record stats, 60 percent of likely California voters supported legalization, and 68 percent said the federal government should not intervene in states’ jurisdiction on marijuana.
“As California goes, so goes the nation, and right now the best thing this country can do to enhance public safety, decrease incarceration, and smartly regulate drugs so that they don’t fall into the hands of kids is to legalize marijuana,” retired lieutenant commander Diane Goldstein of the Redondo Beach Police Department said in a press release. “Californians recognize that, and will soon be able to show the rest of the country how sensible regulation is a much smarter way to handle drug use and abuse than by treating it as a matter for law enforcement.”According to the PPIC survey, a survey conducted in March 2012 polled that only 45 percent of California voters supported marijuana legalization. Efforts to legalize the drug with Proposition 19 in 2010 famously failed, leaving many wondering why the ‘early adopter’ state with an already relaxed marijuana policy couldn’t pass the final push in drug policy reform.Meanwhile, voters in Washington and Colorado legalized recreational use of the drug of the drug last year.The new numbers suggest good news for organizers aiming to get a marijuana legalization bill on California’s 2014 ballot. The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative has been cleared for circulation, and signature gathering will begin in October.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Lydia O'Connor, The Huffington Post	Published: September 27, 2013Copyright: 2013, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:   -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #27 posted by museman on October 03, 2013 at 11:23:57 PT
Angry man
That's me. To save those who do not understand, who have not seen, felt, and lived with the corruption of this government, hell all of 'em, as I have, unnecessary pain and confusion, I have learned over the years to mute that anger and redirect it into music and writing.When I first came to this site nearly a decade ago at the urging of my good friend runruff, I was a bit raw, and inexperienced in the ways of what has become the standard protocols of internet communication. I immediately jumped in and started stirring up shit.I only pissed off a few people over the years, tried to take my marbles home at least twice, but even as in those early days I had not learned the simple understanding that in discussing things online in text format, that I was not really dealing with a person, but merely their words on virtual paper, I was still drawn to the 'front porch' as I used to call our little discussions and had to find a way to deal with my frustrations and anger towards certain persons, -no actually only one...I tried oh so hard to get to the positive resolutions that burn inside of me, wanting to get out and go forth and multiply, but the subjects seemed to have always put me into defensive mode, and reflect the things that make me deeply angry at the ways and means of the status quo. I have sat back and shook my head in wonder at the way I must appear to some to be.I spent most of my life on the other side of the century in what most would consider to be a 'negative state of mind' having to do with the nature of the subject matter that I was able to get out in those days, mostly through song. But then the century turned and some pretty dynamic realizations started coming to me having to do with the solutions to all of the problems that I ranted on about last century.When I tried to get a conversation going about it back then, I can count on one hand the number of people who understood and could actually hold a conversation with me on 'eye level.' Three of them died last year.Now youtube, a gazillion forums, and any other medium that can cash in on the hype, are all talking about the things that no one wanted to hear back when I and a few others were braving the mockery of our 'peers' and saying it anyway.Believe me I can see the irony. Now that we need to be talking about the solutions (which do not come from governments, I'm sorry, I wish Big Brother was a big brother, but its just a Big Demon) most everyone is all hung up on the problems.All of these things have given fuel to my inner anger towards the false powers and principalities in the world, but now I have a friggin nuclear reactor feeding my anger, literally.Though if you try to find information, it is all very sketchy and anecdotal (oh how the PTBs like that word!) but the clouds of radiation that hit the west coast in the months after fukushima have done damage that is only beginning to surface. And within a year people started dying of cancer. My friend Cole died 3 days before his 55th birthday. My sister died at the age of 48. Just less than a month ago another of my good friends Rob passed less than a week after he turned 50. I have talked with many people I do not even know who have reported the same thing on a scale that is so big, the absence of the media and the government weighing in on it just makes all that 'anecdotal evidence' seem quite valid. Within two weeks after the disaster, all of the radiation monitoring stations on the west coast were shut down by the gov. with some lame excuse that they were 'outdated.' And nothing was put back in their place. So only a few citizens with old geiger counters got the real scoop.The water, soil, and thus the food and animals are all irradiated. Drinking milk is a dangerous activity as the radiation metabolizes into human systems quite quickly through milk (its what caused a lot of thyroid problems in the midwest during the 50s from nuclear testing in NM and Nev.) and don't even think about the fish!The levels are 'acceptable' by the standards of the rich people who can literally live wherever they want to, but to those of us who can't afford a penthouse on Long Island to hang out in while the beach house is contaminated, they are far from 'acceptable.'When I was in the Navy they tried to murder me as a test case for a meningitis vaccine. I had an epiphany while on the east coast that led to me getting released from the military. But then I had to find work. Anyone ever hear of 'spin numbers'? Its an interesting read if you google it (maybe the info is somewhere). Suffice it to say all 'my government' ever did for me was to give me the shaft. And I noticed over the years that it really liked to do that to people that dared to stand up and speak out. (thats if they couldn't buy them out first with money or position).Sometimes I have felt that cannabis prohibition was created just for folks like me. And it was!Somehow, somewhere, I got this notion of "liberty and justice for all." I created an expectation that the rest of america wanted it too. What a disappointment to realize that nothing could be further from the truth! How could I not be angry! Oh I suppose I could just ignore it and 'go about my business' but wait, my business is the truth. Damn.And now all of the hype about the dangers of cannabis -even as they have been revealed to be false -have got the offices of our government from the cops on the street to the white house all up in it trying to shore up the holes in their various hypes about it, thus ensuring their continuing control over parts of the population that don't bend over and take it on a daily basis of compromise and capitulation.How can i give credence to those who give credence to that? I cannot.This government and the ilk that have populated it since times immemorial have murdered my friends and family.I thought it was bad enough that they declared war on me over smoking an herb, but now?Damn them. I can have no forgiveness for their knowing destruction of lives and our planet. Their time is ending, but too many keep giving them their power. This has to stop.If people believe in this country, the government has got to be brought to heel, and this 'government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich' has got to be ended forever!Its a big mess, but only we can clean it up. All the gov does is push the filth around a little bit, calling it 'acceptable compromise' while creating more filth with the lies they use to cover up their messes.The electoral system is a joke, and if there were any true 'Fathers of this Country' concerned with liberty and justice for all, they would certainly be just as angry as I am. I'd like to think that Thomas Jefferson would be in the trenches with me and the few other warriors of Truth and Freedom that haven't sold their soul to the company store."Capitalism" is not a "Free Market" -it is owned and operated by the corporate feudal lords of the 21st century. Uncannily enough they seem to be the same kind of ilk and 'people' that mucked it all up in Europe, then came here to continue the process.Its time to wake up from the "american dream" and realize it is a horror story, not a desirable situation. Of course many will not realize the truth until they too are murdered by the evil that rules.Are there enough awake to turn the tide of destruction that these evil men and women have brought down upon us? That remains to be seen.In the meantime mr Big Bother, DON'T TREAD ON ME!Thank you FoM, you are also an inspiration.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on October 03, 2013 at 09:49:09 PT
Thank you. Today and yesterday was and is just a sad day.
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on October 03, 2013 at 09:06:17 PT
The Opium Wars
Thank you, Museman and Afterburner.The Opium Wars. Dang.
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on October 03, 2013 at 09:04:07 PT
I'm so sorry, FoM. 
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Comment #23 posted by afterburner on October 03, 2013 at 07:27:51 PT
FoM -- re: Dave
you have mail 
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on October 03, 2013 at 06:43:09 PT
Thank you. The pup did bring them much joy.
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Comment #21 posted by ekim on October 03, 2013 at 06:28:06 PT
looks like the pup brought much joy
thanks for all you have done FoM.
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on October 03, 2013 at 05:44:51 PT
Thank you. I want to take a minute and tell you how much you mean to me. You have inspired me to always search my soul. You are loved.
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Comment #19 posted by museman on October 02, 2013 at 21:05:40 PT
I understand, thank you. Yhwh bless.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on October 02, 2013 at 18:01:11 PT
That's Ok. He is not in pain anymore. He suffered with a disease that consumed his brain. The headaches and dementia were horrible. Now the pain is gone. This is a picture of Dave and his wife Robin when they came and picked up their Rottweiler puppy from us last August. Their dogs live with us now.
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Comment #17 posted by mexweed on October 02, 2013 at 17:53:46 PT:
FoM #15
Believe me, I didn't mean to trump your note about Dave. He lives on if the works he did continue to inspire you in running this extremely important and importantly titled website.
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Comment #16 posted by mexweed on October 02, 2013 at 17:46:28 PT:
Mixed with tobacco
Thanks afterburner for that reminder about "European" practice of smoking opium mixed with tobacco. We have the same problem with cannabis today! 1. Check websites and for Derek Williams' coverage of this issue. In Britain allegedly 2/3 of cannabis users roll good herb together with tobacco in a "joint" or "spliff"! Williams notes that many users said to be "addicted to cannabis" are actually victims of this nicotine contamination habit.2. The USA equivalent, though less predominant, is the "blunt" which was hyped in "wRAP" songs since the 90's, when one must suspect Big 2WackGo was slipping money to promoters to get gigs for performers who would mention the "blunt" in their lyrics. Guys with give-away names like Tupac and Cool were involved. Many kids DIDN'T KNOW there was nicotine in the cigar skin, or didn't know it was important. Zap-- hooked for life!Maybe a major reason for the recent progress toward popular approval of cannabis in California and elsewhere is that more citizens are finding out CANNABIS PER SE isn't the cause of character damage that results from nicotine addiction introduced by this MIXUSE. We can learn something from the Chinese tragedy.By the way, a Chinese researcher INVENTED THE E-CIGARETTE in 2003, and our "pen vape" technology followed. We are entering a revolutionary age for both cannabis and tobacco users. H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide papers are dead(ly).
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on October 02, 2013 at 17:41:30 PT
Museman and All Who Care
Our friend Dave passed away today. The pain is over. He was only 49 years old. He tried so hard to live but AIDS is vicious and he lost the battle.
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Comment #14 posted by afterburner on October 02, 2013 at 14:32:37 PT
Hope #11 - I agree with museman
Opium Wars the intro & the overview. It becomes obvious that the opium problem was created by outside British merchants and by the European practice (of smoking opium mixed with tobacco) being introduced to the Chinese. Prior to these European influences, opium was an herbal medicine used without significant detriment to the patient or to society. The pressure of British merchants drove the number of "users" to tragic proportions. "the Opium Wars represented the start of China's 'Century of humiliation'."
--Opium Wars, remember cannabis is not addictive, so any comparison to opium is a strained one.
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Comment #13 posted by museman on October 02, 2013 at 11:06:21 PT
Hope #11
I believe you will find that the "opium wars" were as much a setup by the British Empire as the many puppet governments setup by the US, like Gaddafi, Hussein, and notably the Taliban and Osama.It was the wealthy British merchants that funded, transported, and sold the opium. It was also them that paid British parliament to 'look the other way.'To use that as a comparison is a sneaky trick all right, as most have grown up believing the same kind of lies about that tricky business that prohibition has claimed about cannabis. Our history was written by liars and thieves -the victors in the world conquest wars- and after years of research (and not textbooks) I have realized that there is a hidden reason why all those history lessons were so dry and boring, and told no stories - because the Elite don't want the people to know the real history, even though they pretend to give it. They don't want the human side of all that nation-caused destruction and suffering to come forth.History was my worst subject in school - I learned to sleep with my eyes open in class - but as I investigated other sources besides the academic, history became very interesting to me. Nothing given to me in public school was worth a shit -to me- as I was not a socialite, football hero, or member of any club (except chess club - tried that for a year. I like chess, but there is nothing much that is sadder than a group of nerdy teenagers thinking themselves superior about a game of chess!).The lies that have been fed the people by their governments did not start with cannabis prohibition. But maybe because of it all those lies are beginning to come to light enough to eventually tip the scales in the favor of truth for once.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #12 posted by ekim on October 02, 2013 at 09:05:43 PT
example of how money changes minds on Hemp
only 1000 views -- the future is now
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on October 01, 2013 at 11:53:13 PT
I believe, that as someone that wants 
some of these bad laws changed, that it is my responsibility to keep up and be able to answer any argument for prohibition. Recently, a real oldie was pulled on me. It had been so long since I'd thought about it, I didn't have a really good answer. I was a bit stunned.The Opium Wars. This prohibitionist said that the Opium Wars prove why we have to have prohibitions like the one on cannabis. He said it was awful when it was legal and China had to come down on so many people... like China does and has done. That's not exactly the way I remember what I did know. My response was pretty lame. Now I have to research and study that ugly mess again.
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Comment #10 posted by ekim on October 01, 2013 at 09:17:32 PT
am looking for more info-Hope
ot yesterday the Diane Rehm Show on NPR had a author 
whose book is on 1927 at the end of the interview 
she asked what about prohibition.if interested its at the 11:54:35
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on September 30, 2013 at 17:02:43 PT
Something happened to the link. It goes to the Committee's web site... but not that piece.
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Comment #8 posted by ekim on September 30, 2013 at 10:23:41 PT
hope Rep. Issa will hear from the Hemp Folks
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on September 30, 2013 at 08:48:00 PT
good one runruff
new movie on Hemp
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on September 29, 2013 at 14:13:20 PT

I will remove the double post.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on September 29, 2013 at 14:12:18 PT

I don't want to target anything. All I want is the laws changed. I don't drink but I don't want to go after the alcohol industry.
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Comment #3 posted by mexweed on September 29, 2013 at 13:49:34 PT:

After going here I saw your note on the other story, I'll try to watch it. But do you disagree with targeting Big 2WackGo?
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Comment #2 posted by mexweed on September 29, 2013 at 13:43:40 PT:

It All Started With Cannabis oops sorry DRUG
"Meanwhile, voters in Washington and Colorado legalized recreational use of the drug of the drug last year." (Sic-- check it out above)Note, in this Huffpo "Marijuana"-story the word "marijuana" occurs 5 times, "the drug" 3(4?) times, "drugs", "drug use", "drug policy", but not once "cannabis". A URL "" is given below.Get bizzy pushing "hemp", "herb" and "cannabis"."Fall into the hands of kids"--This might imply opportunistic first use, or experimentation, with herb obtained adventitiously from peers instead of from parents, and tried out remote from the parents by kids who would be afraid to ask their dad or mom to supervise their experience, mentor them on what to expect or what exercises or creativity to do in the first ten minutes, the first hour, the first four (Our F-our H-our T-our), etc. Not only prohibition per se but the anxiety and defensiveness ("Our" children) of frightened parents the anti-cannabis scaremongering creates is the problem to work at, this ISOLATION of kids from good advice at the key moment when they are trying out our herb.The first thing is to reduce the STANDARD DOSAGE idea from 500-mg joint (giant) to 25-mg single toke, and take out the "overdose" fear factor. Why? Yes, a joint is a H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide drug cocktail with 4221 combustion toxins, avoidable with vaporizer. But also (here comes the hatefearteasing)-- the joint is dangerous precisely because it is shaped like a $igarette, therefore it's a blatant ADVERTISEMENT (Propa&Ganda) for a $igarette, moreover a PARTICIPATORY advertisement in which the kid handed a joint is invited to "participate" in a subculture of arrogant triumph gestures associated with $igarette smoking, so eventually, to show off rote-learned gestures, he/she tries a "real" $igarette... 5-10 "puffs" and a lifelong suckaholic craving is anchored in the somatopsyche! (800,000 get hooked a year, USA, some of them through this "joint" trickery.) Then the character damage caused by nicotine addiction gets blamed on "It all Started With Cannabis". But you knew that already.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on September 29, 2013 at 08:42:13 PT

Why did the chicken cross the road?
'Cause they were serving non-GMO hempseed on the other side!
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