Coalition in Support of Proposition 19, to Legalize Cannabis in California, Grows as Election Nears

Press release from Free and Equal, October 28:

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, an additional two groups and nine individuals have joined eight very diverse groups and political parties who, last week, signed on to a coalition strongly in support of Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis throughout California.

Marijuana Policy Project (MPP); National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML); Eric Garris, founder and director of AntiWar.com; Honorable Judge Jim Gray; Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico and honorary chairman of OurAmericaInitiative.com; Wayne Allen Root, 2008 Libertarian vice presidential nominee; U.S. Senate candidates for Connecticut: John Mertens of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party, and Warren Mosler, independent; Illinois gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney of the Green Party; U.S. Senate candidates for Illinois: LeAlan Jones of the Green Party and Mike Labno of the Libertarian Party, said they agree with the coalition that, the passage of Proposition 19 is a vital step towards ending the War on Drugs, bringing peace and safety back to our neighborhoods, and producing an extra revenue source for struggling businesses in California. If you’re looking for a medicinal CBD vendor and you’re not sure who to go with you may want to have a look at different reviews like this select CBD review here.

The new signatories join the Green Party of California, Peace and Freedom Party of California, Republican Liberty Caucus of California (RLCCA), Progressive Libertarian Caucus, National Black Police Association, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), The Free and Equal Elections Foundation and Hempire Media, all of whom joined the coalition last week.

Further, a number of signatories agreed:

“The Republican and Democratic Parties have sided against the people by failing to endorse Proposition 19. This historic proposition, if passed, would allow possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and over in California, for personal consumption, and in turn, would allow for the taxing and controlling of cannabis, similar to alcohol and tobacco, thus allowing all Californians and small businesses across this state the right to realize the potential of Cannabis, California’s number one cash crop. Many businesses already sell CBD oil, similar to what is sold by this supplier so it would be a good idea to check out their website for more details on CBD its self.

“We ask that voters join us, as well as police officers, cancer patients, teachers, doctors, judges, nurses, journalists, students and everyone else across California to tell our government that we demand an end to prohibition of cannabis because it simply doesn’t work. Our prisons are bursting at the seams with cannabis arrests, which now comprise more than 50% of all drug arrests nationwide.

“We strongly urge California voters to legalize this herb in California by voting YES on Prop 19 this November. Together we can make our streets freer, smarter and safer.”

Mark Hinkle, Libertarian National Committee chair; Mike Feinstein, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States; C.T. Weber, state chairperson of Peace and Freedom Party of California and candidate for lieutenant governor of California; Laura Wells, Green Party candidate for governor of California; Carlos Alvarez, Peace and Freedom Party candidate for governor of California; Ann Menasche, Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State; Christina Tobin, Libertarian candidate for California Secretary of State and founder and chair of The Free and Equal Elections Foundation; Lex Green, Libertarian candidate for governor of Illinois; Todd McCormick, founder of Hempire Media; and Mark Seidenberg, vice chairman of the American Independent Party State Central Committee.

“The policy of Marijuana Prohibition has not only failed, it’s hopeless,” Judge Gray said. “As just an example, marijuana today is California’s largest cash crop – all untaxed, by the way – and it is more available for children than a six-pack of beer. Proposition 19 certainly will work better than that. In fact, things can only get better than they are today.”

“California has the potential to start the domino effect in this country that will lead to bringing about rational drug policy nationwide. Proposition 19 can be the beginning. With just a little bit of education and awareness I see people moving on this issue everyday,” Johnson said. “Let’s make it happen. Tax it, regulate it and control it. Let’s stop this needless war that is making criminals out of otherwise tax paying, law-abiding citizens.”

“The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) supports Free & Equal Elections’ efforts … to address the American hemisphere’s elephant in the room: the failure of cannabis and drug prohibition and the destabilizing effects on the hemisphere’s economies and democracies,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director, NORML. “Clearly elected policy makers do not possess the will or want, to address the many problems created by government abdication of regulating and taxing adult commerce like cannabis, and they often look to the general public and the stakeholder community to create alternatives to failed and tax-draining public policies that do not achieve even the government’s minimum stated goals.”

“It is great to be part of this diverse coalition in support of ending marijuana prohibition in this country. The people are ahead of our nation’s ruling class on this issue, and that is reflected in the support from these groups, which are dedicated to ideas, not beholden to special interests. We look forward to working with this coalition in the future as we bypass elected officials and enact laws to tax and regulate marijuana though the ballot initiative process,” said Steve Fox, Director of Government Relations, Marijuana Policy Project.

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34 thoughts on “Coalition in Support of Proposition 19, to Legalize Cannabis in California, Grows as Election Nears

  1. 215 concerned patient

    How will Prop 19 affect you?

    • Are you age 18-20? You will not be allowed to consume cannabis legally under Prop 19. Currently, all you need is a medical recommendation to do so.

    • Do you interact with anyone under age of 21? You will be looking at up to 6 months in jail for passing them a joint. (If the person is under 18 you will be looking at up to 7 years in prison.)

    • Do you live in the same “space” and a minor? (Space could mean anything from the same house to an entire apartment complex.) You will not be allowed to consume cannabis.

    • Do you rent your home? Prop 19 will only allow you to grow cannabis if you have permission from your landlord. Due to the risks involved, many (if not most) California landlords do not allow it. How is this legalization?

    • Do you grow cannabis with a doctor recommendation? Prop 19 will likely be interpreted by law enforcement and judges to limit your grow space to 5?x5?.

    • Do you provide your extra medical cannabis to dispensaries? It will be a crime to do so if Prop 19 passes. In addition, large Oakland growers and tobacco companies will take control of the market and push you out.

    • Do you currently have to use your medical cannabis anywhere but home? Prop 19 will prevent patients from using their medicine anywhere in pubic. Which for many people with illnesses is not always possible.

    • Do you sell your extra medical cannabis to other medical patients? Prop 19 will make this practice illegal. Even if you are only selling it to cover your growing cost.

    • Do you currently enjoy the use of cannabis free from Government interference? Not only will the Government impose excessive taxes under Prop 19, but the federal government will likely respond with unprecedented action against California cannabis users. “The federal Controlled Substances Act makes it a felony to grow or sell cannabis. California can repeal its own marijuana laws, leaving enforcement to the feds. But it can’t legalize a federal felony. Therefore, any grower or seller paying California taxes on marijuana sales or filing pot-related California regulatory paperwork would be confessing, in writing, to multiple federal crimes.”

    sad that such a large amount of supporters of prop 19 will be voting to degrade the quality of weed and make it illegal for any person under 21 (even with medical cards) to use. handing over the industry to big tobacco, and create new felonies.

  2. Andrew

    Get out and vote against violent gangs and organized crime, vote against the unregulated market for marijuana, vote for individual liberty and vote YES ON 19. Don’t waste this opportunity! YES ON 19!

  3. Jordan Heller

    Great article and very well articulated. One of my favorites so far and I have read alot. Bypass those political criminals that don’t give a damn aboutthe people they supposedly ” serve”. Or, line them up and shoot them, either or.

  4. lover

    LEGALIZE CALIFORNIA. 🙂 for the lovers, fighters and homies <3 End the lies about marijuana— lets get happy <3

    YES ON 19!!! Californiadam <3

  5. Dustin

    I will be VOTING YES ON PROP. 19. It’s time to set the world free and end the insanity. Weed is everywhere. Set it free..

  6. Bob

    What the media has overlooked the fact that many pot-smokers themselves are AGAINST Prop 19, for several reasons. It would take too long to list them all here, but a website that covers it quite thoroughly is http://no-on19.com (Marijuana Users Against Prop 19).

  7. William Conde

    To those opposed to prop 19 I would like to say
    IF: you see the thing as unclean
    THEN: for you it is unclean
    IF; I don’t see it as unclean
    THEN: for me it is not only clean but a holy sacrament from the creator

  8. paulie Post author

    1, 8, 9:

    Discerning patients should vote with their dollars and take their business elsewhere if their dispensary is pushing for a no vote out of short sighted self interest.

  9. citizen cannabis

    The above comment by a grower masquerading as a “concerned Prop 215 patient” shows that greed and the motive to keep illegal profits alive exists and thrives in the black market of cannabis. It appears that this alleged “concerned patient” is more concerned with boosting his bottom line than he is with helping to end the failed war on cannabis. What tactic is being employed here? Fear mongering.

    It’s a sad day when forward thinking supporters of cannabis reform have to rally against other cannabis users (usually profit-hungry growers) who are voting to protect their black market gravy train. That being said, truth with prevail in the end. I will debunk each and every lie that he has made.

    Should 18-20 year olds be able to use cannabis?

    ->It is currently against the law for non-patients in this age group to use cannabis. Prop 19 does not change this and begins to treat cannabis similar to how alcohol is treated for non-patients. This means Prop 19 legalizes cannabis for people 21 and up for whom it is current illegal.

    ->The exception to this is that those between 18-20 who need cannabis for medical reasons can still obtain a medical recommendation via Prop 215 laws. Yes, you heard me. Prop 19 was specifically designed not to alter Prop 215 laws, but rather enhance them. Read Prop 19 for yourself (while paying attention to the word ‘notwithstanding’) to confirm this claim.

    Should you be able to pass a joint to someone under 21?

    ->Only if that person is a qualified patient under Prop 215 laws. Otherwise this would be treated similarly by law enforcement as providing alcohol to those under 21, which is illegal.

    Should you be able to pass a joint to someone under 18?

    ->I can’t believe you asked this. But no, it would be illegal to pass a joint to a minor. This is true in every instance of current law, Prop 215 law, as well is the impending Prop 19 law. There are very rare exceptions for those who are under 18, that have a medical recommendation, and parental permission could potentially be legally passed a joint by another patient. But by and large, no. Nobody should being passing joints to minors for nearly any reasons. Doing so is against the law, then and now.

    Does sharing space with a minor impede use of cannabis for patients?

    ->Currently Prop 215 patients can use cannabis in the same space with minors under current law. Prop 19 does not supersede Prop 215 for legitimate patients with medical recommendations. However, all of the adults 21 and up that are going to become legal users of cannabis via Prop 19 would be doing themselves and everyone else in the culture a huge favor if they did NOT smoke cannabis around minors. This is just common sense.

    Can landlords prohibit cannabis cultivation on their property to those that rent?

    ->You bet they can. This is true under both Prop 215 as well as Prop 19. It’s also true of dog ownership. Renters need permission for activities that create liabilities for landowners. This is especially true when activities remain illegal under federal law and leave owners liable to property forfeiture laws.

    How will a Prop 215 grow be affected by the 25 square-foot limit that written in Prop 19?

    ->Prop 215 grows will not be affected by the new Prop 19 law. Prop 19 does not supersede Prop 215 laws for qualified patients. It just means that those non-patients ages 21 and up can now also grow under new Prop 19 guidelines.

    Does Prop 19 make criminals out of Prop 215 patients for following the laws, rules, and regulations of both the state and their local cooperative?

    ->Absolutely not. See above how Prop 19 does not supersede Prop 215 for patients. Don’t believe the lies of growers making illegal profits.

    I’ll leave you with the simple statement that everyone who has ever smoked cannabis, currently or in the past, should vote Yes on Prop 19. Do if for the sake of the whole culture. Those that don’t are hypocritically trying to have their cake and eat it too. They want to keep the status quo to continue to make obscene profits off of other patients.

    Please, vote Yes on Prop 19.

    It is the only sensible way to fight back against oppressive cannabis laws that remain on the books in this state and around the country.

  10. paulie Post author

    Thank you citizen cannabis. Your comment makes a lot of sense.

    I can only add that people who don’t and never have used cannabis should also support Prop 19, because prohibition is just plain wrong and damaging to society as a whole, not only to cannabis users or former users.

  11. 215 unconcerned patient

    Protect medical cannabis patients’ rights

    Control cannabis like alcohol, allowing adults 21 and over in California to possess up to one ounce of cannabis, to be consumed at home or licensed establishments

    Give state and local governments the ability to tax the sale of cannabis for adult consumption

    Put our police priorities where they belong, by ending the arrests of non-violent cannabis consumers, saving hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars a year and enabling police to focus on violent crime

    Generate billions in annual revenue to fund what matters most in California: jobs, healthcare, public safety, parks, roads, transportation, and more

    Cut off funding to violent drug cartels across our border who currently generate 60 percent of their revenue from the illegal U.S. marijuana market

    Protect our kids, our roads, and our workplaces, by increasing the penalty for selling marijuana to minors, banning the smoking of marijuana in public, on school grounds, and while minors are present, maintaining strict criminal penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana, and preserving employers’ rights to maintain drug-free workplaces.

  12. Best We Can Do? [Lake]

    paulie // Oct 31, 2010:

    “…… people who don’t and never have used cannabis should also support Prop 19, because prohibition is just plain wrong and damaging to society as a whole, ”

    [a] and such might be needing pot later as a recreational avenue

    [b] and such might be needing pot later as a medical relief

  13. WolfBlade

    I already voted yes on Prop 19. If we lose this time around we’re definitely going to win in 2012.

  14. Andrew

    Dispensaries are greedy bottom feeders who say ” I got mines and that’s all that matters.”
    Free yourselves from their grip and vote Yes on Prop 19

  15. John Chase

    After alcohol prohibition ended in 1933, many states and localities in the South opted to stay with prohibition, primarily by the economic clout of Baptists and bootleggers. I know because I was there in the mid-1950s. I’d buy beer from a service station between two towns in Mississippi. Local police raided him occasionally to keep him in line, but it was safer than federally enforced prohibition. Now, 50 years later, beer is legal; life is safer and less dishonest.

    I expect cannabis prohibition to end gradually after the passage of Prop 19, but that’s OK. Vote for 19 to start the process.

  16. BigDave

    “. . .Alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin, ecstasy and crack cocaine, a new study has said.

    Researchers rated alcohol the most dangerous substance based on the overall dangers to the individual and society as a whole.
    Marking substances from zero to 100 based on their criteria, alcohol scored 72 overall, compared to 55 for heroin and 54 for crack. Other drugs examined included: crystal meth (33), cocaine (27), tobacco (26), amphetamine/speed (23), cannabis (20), GHB (18), ketamine (15), methadone (13), ecstasy (9), anabolic steroids (9), LSD (7), buprenorphine (6) and magic mushrooms (5). . .”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5it8Jw6Q05h9lZvHNvPMBpxp3itdg?docId=N0084821288579288652A

  17. medical marijuana in colorado

    It was a good fight for Prop 19 in 201o and we lost by only slim margins. With all the increasing number of states passing pro mmj measures, the Proposition in California should pass with flying colors next go around. Lets hope at least…

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