Why I’m voting YES on Prop 19 in California

It’s been nearly 14 years since Proposition 215 passed, and patients are still having trouble finding safe access. And at best, are still “suspects” of misguided law enforcement.

I support Prop 19. Although it has its flaws, it will be revolutionary. Adults over 21 will be able to possess up to one ounce and grow a five foot by five foot garden. There will be no probable cause to search otherwise law-abiding citizens. And Patients will still be more protected as they can possess 8 ounces.

Cannabis is safe and effective medicine… If we treat cannabis like the medicine it is, it will eventually be an over-the-counter medicine for adults.

And this could happen in one of three ways:

1. It could be an executive order from the President.

2. It could be re-scheduled from Schedule I to Schedule II or III (and then the insurance companies would lobby to make it an over-the-counter drug, once they have to pay for it).

or more likely,

3. California could vote to “tax and regulate” like the city of Oakland did in 2004 with Measure Z.”

Well, number 3 is upon us.

Ballot summary and good links from Chris Conrad and Russ Belville below.

I am voting YES on Prop 19.

 

Proposition 19 Ballot Summary

Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed.

Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old. Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Savings of up to several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Unknown but potentially major tax, fee, and benefit assessment revenues to state and local government related to the production and sale of marijuana products. (09-0024.)

For more info, here are some links to analysis of Prop 19 of people I trust

From Chris Conrad: Prop 19 Fact Check / Rumor Control

From Russ Belville: California’s Prop 19: A word-for-word analysis

More Prop 19 links sent to me from Chris Conrad:

Yes on Prop 19 Blog

Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum – Prop 19

Video – Chris Conrad Explaining Prop 19

 

Podcast: Chris Conrad debates Dragonfly de la Luz (“Stoners Against Legalization”) on why people should Vote Yes on Prop 19.

Propuesto 19 en Español


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