California will be voting on Tuesday, Nov 2 on whether to legalize the use of marijuana by all people over the age of 21. If it passes, it will be a stunning achievement for individual liberties and states’ rights in defiance of overbearing and ineffective Federal drug laws.
But beyond the ideological and political reasons, here are some more practical reasons to vote for the proposition-
NO on prop 19
1) IT will be even easier for teens to consume it
2) Probably a Tax increase
3)you are voting for new cannabis crimes
4)The walmartization’ of cannabis by large corporations.
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.”
Would create potential state revenue?
Um, probably not, according to the prop description which states, “Allows people 21 yrs old and older to possess, cultivate, and transport marijuana for personal use.” This means, by my interpretation, that government is basically saying, “Law enforcement has hands off of cracking down on weed as a criminal offense.” This means that the average Joe (your neighbor perhaps) now has the freedom to grow his own “plants” in his backyard and make his stuff for his own personal use.
How does the government have the ability to regulate that! There was no clarity on licensing, and it doesn’t matter. There is no real way of knowing who’s growing the stuff and who isn’t. Therefore, if government can’t regulate, government can’t tax!
Medicinal? According to the OEHHA Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, marijuana smoke is known to cause cancer.
I would personally like to know, If it’s not addictive, why is it habitual? My logic: Anything regularly inhaled into the lungs is bad for human beings, whether it be debris, candle smoke, tobacco, Sharpie permanent markers, glue, brush fire ash and smoke, or weed. And not natural as it is not necessary.
Solve or reduce drug cartel problems? Not so much.
The problem is not that by voting NO on Prop 19, the violent drug lords will be inflamed and cause more violence, as the proponents of Prop 19 argue (who are we to fear them, by the way?). They believe that legalizing marijuana will reduce the drug problems through unbeatable competition?
No, I’m going on a tangent, but here the solution lies in real border security and militant force (helps solve immigration problems too), something that the U.S. government has failed to effectively enforce, fund, support. Remember Former Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos, the man convicted of shooting a drug smuggler? Fishy stuff. And then Obama passes funds to a useless allocation to strengthen security and sends a few troops here and there? Yet the troops can’t shoot anyone unless it’s really self-defense? Basically, the U.S. government does not find drug cartels a priority and may secretly be “dealing” with them in a different way.
Yes on prop 19
A british study on marijuana and driving published last month showed that even people that are EXTREMELY stoned (consumed 5 to 10 joints) are only as impaired as someone with a BAC 0.04, and drivers that consumed less then a joint drove better then sober people, these result are further compounded by the fact that stoned drivers drive slower.
Also, not only has marijuana alone never been linked to any form of cancer, it is one of the most promising substances is a such for a cure. Studies have shown that when tumors are injected with THC most of them go into remission.
And your comparison of prohibition and rape, just plain idiotic, one is a victimless crime whereas the other is one of the most horrible offenses a person can commit.
The war on drugs has, far from helping people, actually only created a hug black market, increased use of hard and soft drugs, created a beachhead for government tyranny, created a bunch of bad precedent in courts, and made drugs easier for both addicts and youth to get. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON FOR PROHIBITION.
-The Federal “war on drugs” has already failed, especially in regards to marijuana. People are going to get weed anyway, so why not let them get it from legitimate growers and sellers rather than from shady drug dealers? This also has the added benefit of taking marijuana profits away from dangerous gangs and Mexican drug cartels that control the market today, much in the way that 1920’s era gangsters were put out of business when alcohol was re-legalized.
-Legalization means new legitimate jobs for the California economy. It also means profits will be taxed resulting in increased revenue for the state. Taxation from marijuana sales is predicted to be in the hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars.
– Marijuana users, growers, and sellers will no longer be arrested or jailed, which will reduce police , court, and prison operations costs.
-Marijuana is scientifically deemed to be safer than alcohol and tobacco. Unlike other drugs ,it’s virtually impossible to overdose on pot, and it’s not physically addictive.
-There are industrial benefits to cannabis production as well. Hemp (marijuana fiber) can be used to produce textiles, plastics, and other products. Some products are of superior quality when produced with hemp than with the standard materials used today.