Fourth California Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed

And then there were four. Famed marijuana cultivation expert Ed Rosenthal, the "Guru of Ganja," announced Friday that he was filing The Cannabis Policy Reform Act of 2014 and dropped it in the mail to Sacramento the same day.

And off it goes! Ed Rosenthal & Mickey Martin file the 4th CA marijuana legalization initiative of year. (
Three other initiatives have already been filed: The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014, the perennial effort by followers of the late Jack Herer to legalize marijuana, which is in the signature gathering phase, but appears unlikely to make the ballot. The other two initiatives, The Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana Act of 2014, filed by the Drug Policy Alliance, and The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014 have both filed revised versions and are awaiting titles and ballot summaries from the state attorney general's office.

Rosenthal's Cannabis Policy Reform Act of 2014 would allow people 21 and over to possess up to three ounces of marijuana and grow up to 100 square feet outdoors. (Indoor limits would be energy-based and capped at 2600 watts.) The state would regulate commercial growing and sales, with licensing handled by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

There would be a 6% gross receipts tax at each stage of production, although farmers who sell directly to the public would be taxed only once. There would be no tax on high-CBD marijuana destined for the medical market.

The act would not create a per se limit for driver while impaired, nor would it allow localities to ban personal cultivation. Localities could ban stores, but only after such a measure is approved by voters.

"The deed is done: The Cannabis Policy Reform Act of 2014 is on its way to the State Capitol! Looking forward to true legalization, regulation, and taxation in California. Let's help the police by freeing them from such trivial matters to better focus on the more serious problems of society, like violent crime," Rosenthal wrote on his Facebook page.

Any putative 2014 California legalization initiative faces both high financial hurdles and a ticking clock. Initiatives need more than 500,000 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot, an effort initiative watchers could cost a million dollars. And to get on the November ballot, signatures have to be in by April.

The Drug Policy Alliance says it will decide early next year whether to proceed with its initiative. Rosenthal said part of the reason he filed his initiative was that if the Drug Policy Alliance decides to move forward, it will at least have a good initiative (his) to work with.

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Bullshit, Just more of the same lame incremental retardation!

The Cannabis Policy Reform Act of 2014 is on its way to the State Capitol! Looking forward to true legalization, regulation, and taxation in California.

Setting Nixon Lies Aside.
Now Lets Make Policy on Cannabis. Doh!

"Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon
and the White House."
~ John F. Kennedy

Nixon's 40 Year War On Drugs... Drugs Won!

Nixon Lie Keeps on Killing

Once-Secret Nixon Tapes Show Why the U.S. Outlawed Pot


AMA Calls For Ending Nixon's Lie?

Richard Milhouse Nixon to Raymond P. Shafer"

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"You can't depend on the man who made the mess to clean it up."
- Richard Nixon

Shafer Commission (US federal government, 1973) 

Drug Use in America: Problem in Perspective
National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse.
Nixon, Marijuana, and the Shafer Commission

Nixon Commission Report

1972 US Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding
US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse

Richard Nixon On Pot

"You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?

"You're enough of a pro," Nixon tells Shafer, "to know that for you to come out with something that would run counter to what the Congress feels and what the country feels, and what we're planning to do, would make your commission just look bad as hell."

- Richard Milhouse Nixon

"Marijuana does not lead to physical dependency, although some evidence indicates that the heavy, long-term users may develop a psychological dependence on the drug"
The Shafer Commission of 1970

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Outside View: Nixon Tapes Pot Shocker
One can imagine Nixon's surprise when rumors began circulating in early '71 that the "L-word" was on the table. He responded curtly at his next press conference: "Even if the Commission does recommend that it be legalized, I will not follow that recommendation.

Transcripts of the tape
Nixon's private comments about marijuana showed he was the epitome of misinformation and prejudice. He believed marijuana led to hard drugs, despite the evidence to the contrary. He saw marijuana as tied to "radical demonstrators." He believed that "the Jews," especially "Jewish psychiatrists" were behind advocacy for legalization, asking advisor Bob Haldeman, "What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?" He made a bizarre distinction between marijuana and alcohol, saying people use marijuana "to get high" while "a person drinks to have fun."

Nixon Launched The 40 Years' War as Election Issue 

Just What Was He Smoking? 

Any change is resisted because bureaucrats have a vested interest in the chaos in which they exist.
- Richard Milhouse Nixon

Nixon Threads
☮ Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1
☮ While Nixon Campaigned, FBI Watched John Lennon
☮ Nixon's Drug War - Re-Inventing Jim Crow, Targeting The Counter Culture
☮ Nixon's Treason
☮ Shafer Commission Report on Marijuana and Drugs
☮ When leaders act contrary to conscience

"Marijuana is one of the least toxic substances
in the whole pharmacopoeia"
~ Professor Lester Grinspoon,
Harvard Medical School, USA

If it ain't broke don't fix it!

by DdC, December 16, 2013, 02:59am

215 prevents the state from busting people without limits or conditions. NO state initiative can over ride the Feds who have been determined grand rulers of all cannabis commerce. So this statewide Incremental Retardation makes no sense especially since you all know cannabis prohibition started on Nixon rejecting science. Predicting what the voters may or may not do, to back only winners for less than we have now, is illogical. The CUA doesn't require proof of medical conditions and reformers should be educating these backward towns instead of waiting for tinkle-down from the "heavyweights". ID cards are voluntary and only used for dispensaries, who have nothing to do with 215. That are ruled under the jurisdiction of the IRS. That no state can stop with state initiatives. CA 215 is by the citizens and all of these tweaky politician mini laws are invalid. Except zoning laws and again, nothing to stop the Feds. Only a bogus citizens initiative can remove 215 and that is what this will do. The Compassionate Use Act is not a Medical Marijuana Act. Except for silly semantics it is a recreational alternative or alocohol substitute. Outside of selling it.  Prioritizing something lower on the bust list is not legal. But giving states power to bust people the Feds have no interest in is insanity. Stop tweaking 215 and these silly incrementally ill non real law/paychecks for lawyers and reformers. The only logical and sane avenue is to remove cannabis as a controlled substance.

Note. Compassionate Use Act not the MMJ Act

There are no heavyweights over the weight of the people. Apathy comes from empty promises and reform in this country has taken us from over turning the MTA, that never banned medicinal or hemp. To Nixon rejecting his own GOP Commission's findings. While the sheople grazed on hype of a two bit hotel burglary. Shafer was re-evaluating previous Commission findings still available, same as the IOM. Resulting in similar conclusions that cannabis is not by the laws of physics, capable of being a schedule#1 narcotic. It does not fit the criteria. Hemp is a trillion dollar joke, but that money has nothing to do with it? Private prisons need laws like this and typical of thinking busting citizens for limits not included in prop 215. Putting them in state prisons are more Constitutional and moral. more than Federal prisons. Cage is a cage and being caged for Ganja is just wrong. Stop this Gerry Browne nosing the prison industry as he did rejecting the release of non violent drug offenders and suggested a tax to build more prisons. Reform the reformers and I hear Ganja does wonders for Obesity for those heavyweights.

STOP This Cop Science and Incremental Retardation.
Remove Cannabis From the Controlled Substance List.
White House comment line 202-456-1111

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To Avoid Freeing Inmates

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Methinks Thou Dost Protest Too Much

Why Police Officers Lie Under Oath

What happens when cops write initiatives.
Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie
Ending & Pillage Incrementally

“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.” - Tolstoy

The war on drugs is an

The war on drugs is an extension of US foreign policy. In some cases, like Russia, Iran, Pakistan, etc heroin is used as a destabilization tool and in other cases the drugs (cocaine) is used to mop up balance of trade. Send drugs in and then use it as a pretext for 'co-operation'.

Marijuana Is Bad

Too many people smoke pot because they like it and not because they need it medically.
It is easy to get a license to smoke the stuff in California.
Just tell a doctor your stressed and you get a marijuana license.
It's a joke.
I know a few people who have smoked pot for years and I have watched them become paranoid, forgetful, angry at times over nothing and on and on.
Talk to some and it's like the lights are on but no one is home.
The thing is that they don't see the changes, but others do.
Marijuana is a drug that should not be legal.
Also, it smells awful and I am sick of smelling it around Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.
I have a right to be smoke-free and not have it around me.
Marijuana use should only be for people who medically need it and not for the excuse of getting high.
Close down the shops and keep possession of pot a crime.
We have enough brain-dead loonies in California as it is.

George Vreeland Hill

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