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Second California Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #698)
Politics & Advocacy

And then there were two. A group of Northern California attorneys, activists, and at least one prominent medical marijuana doctor Friday filed the text for a second marijuana legalization initiative aimed at the 2012 election in Sacramento Friday.

The 753-word initiative, the Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act, simply does what the title suggests: It would repeal all sections of California law imposing criminal penalties for pot possession, cultivation, or distribution for adults. The state Department of Health would be charged with regulating public smoking and pot use by minors, which would remain illegal. Driving while impaired would still be illegal, and providing pot to a minor would result in a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Anyone possessing, growing or otherwise involved with less than three pounds of pot would face no taxes. The Department of Public Health would have 180 days to come up with regulations for cannabis commerce.

The initiative is being backed by some familiar Northern California faces. Official proponents for the measure are Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney Joe Rogaway, Sebastopol criminal defense attorney Omar Figueroa, Oakland medical marijuana attorney Bill Panzer, Mendocino County medical marijuana activist Pebbles Trippet, and Berkeley-based medical marijuana physician Dr. Frank Lucido.

The repeal initiative is the second legalization initiative to get moving this year. Late last month, the Regulate Cannabis Like Wine initiative, filed by Libertarian Party and marijuana activist Steve Kubby and former Orange County Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, was approved to begin signature-gathering.

Observers are also waiting to see what will happen with the folks behind last year's Proposition 19 campaign, which came achingly close to victory with more than 46% of the vote. They are still keeping mum, despite rumors they will wait until 2016 because of a lack of funds and poor polling results.

Any legalization initiative will face the huge hurdle of actually gathering enough valid voter signatures to make the ballot. It will take more than 504,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot, and repeal initiative organizers estimate it will take $1.25 million just to gather the signatures.

And then there were two. Before this is over, there could be one or two more. Now, it becomes a matter of who can come up with the money to get one (or more) on the ballot for November 2012.

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Brinna (not verified)

Without question, the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012 is the most thoughtful, comprehensive, well crafted piece of legislation that I have seen in a long time (on just about any subject, for that matter). Read the full text here:

Frankly, it is curious to me why MPP, DPA, ASA DRC, SSDP, NORML etc. have not yet been more vocal and energetic in their support of this fine act. 'Vocal' and 'energetic' would mean to me providing a constant, upfront, easily found link to the RMLW website, constantly mentioning it, encouraging support including volunteer activity and monetary donations. Of course, I know that y'all have your own agendas, and of course do your own fundraising, but to my mind, RMLW has the greatest chance to succeed, addresses all of the problems with Prop 19, and completely protects medical marijuana patients and industry. 

What I particularly like in this bill (besides its medical marijuana protections, and promotion of hemp agriculture) is the restriction against any commercial advertising of "get you stoned" pot. 

This is extremely significant because it is the one factor which will prevent the "Mordor-ization" of the recreational cannabis industry. Large corporate interests will be hamstrung if they are not allowed to push their "brands" through commercial ads. This one restriction will allow mom and pop growers to continue on with the lifestyles they've chosen, as word-of-mouth advocacy is the means by which they have always achieved "brand" loyalty.

Hell, it might even please the MERP guys.

If this initiative succeeds, and it has all the potential to do so, it will break the back of the prohibition drug war once and for all, and that is what we are all about. Come on DRCnet, lead the charge. It's not gonna get better than this. 

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DdC (not verified)

Medical Marijuana Activists Rally Against U.S. President Obama Sep 21 2012
Ten years ago, when Steph Sherer started using medicinal marijuana as a way to cope with the chronic pain caused by a neck injury, she didn’t know she’d be at the forefront of a movement that would spread throughout the United States to the one million patients who use cannabis to help treat serious illnesses, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS.

Why Medical Marijuana Patients Are Protesting at Obama's Campaign Headquarters Today
Sep 20 2012
When Obama's supporters come to volunteer this evening, they will be greeted by a crowd holding political signs. It's not an Occupy protest or a Republican rally -0 it's a rally in support of medical marijuana access, organized by voters who feel left out of the electoral debate.

“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


For those with obama short term memory loss...
smoke better pot. - DdC

Toke-A-Day May Keep Old Memory Functioning

No state initiative will over ride the Commerce Clause but this is only for exchanges, sales or charity. Not individuals growing a reasonable amount for themselves. These laws will protect individuals from federal and state persecution, unless they sell it. The Raich case established the precedent to permit the IRS to bust Buyers Clubs, not the DEA. Same as CA and Alaska have in place. MMJ laws restrict individuals according to state law, not feds. Potentially more draconian in some states with high vested ignorance in profits on perpetuating the Ganjawar. Obama hasn't done anything he isn't allowed to do. Protesting Obama for fiction and wishful thinking is the same as fiction Rmoney's Neocons put out on purpose. This is a Wall St Neocon War on Americans, paid by Americans and profited by mostly Americans. Here anyway. Until that is dealt with we will go in circles another 40 years.

Compassionate Use Act not the MMJ Act
Anyone for Any reason

A reasonable amount has been established by the Feds IND program where they grow, crush, roll and ship 300 joints every 25 days or 12 a day for the 4 remaining patients.? CA's Prop 215 states Anyone for Any reason... Just can't sell or give it away. Guess who will...

Is The DEA Legalizing THC?

You betcha, If a pharmaceutical product contains THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would be a legal commodity. Wait, it gets even more absurd. Since the cannabis plant itself will remain illegal under federal law, then from whom precisely could Big Pharma legally obtain their soon-to-be legal THC extracts? There’s only one answer: The federal government’s lone legally licensed marijuana cultivator, U.S. Fort Schwag Mississippi, which already has the licensing agreements with the pharmaceutical industry in hand.

Why Do YOU Think They Call it DOPE?
Scientists Re-Re-Re-Discover Cannabis Stops Metastasis!
Kochroach & Aleech
Forfeiture $quads

The vast majority of prohibitionists
profit on the drug war,..
... and that is their only motive

NeoCon Flicts of Interest Bush Barthwell & Drugs
Health regulators have sent an uncompromising message that smoked cannabis will not be approved for use by MS sufferers, leaving the way open for GW's under-the-tongue spray version of the drug. Justin Gover, the managing director, said GW's shares had attracted attention from private investors.

US Government Patents Medical Pot

This has resulted in a tangled mess of conflicting laws and regulations that begs to be cleared up quickly.

Soon We Will Know
Marijuana: the law vs. 12 million people
Life magazine Oct 31, 1969. 25-35

The only confusion, is why 40 years have gone by and Nixon's lie lumping Hemp and Medicinal into the bogus Controlled Substance Act continues. Or how the Supreme Court decision overturning the Marihuana Tax Act was disregarded with the CSA simply changing the title. All doing more to profit drug worriers and keep renewable organic products from fossil fools and drug companies competition. Have we dumbed down society to the point simple logic escapes us as a society? Their entire Drug War infrastructure depends on lies and perpetual confusion. Our tax is paying for profiteers to lie to us. Seriously, this is the fear of legalizing, bury your heads in denialism and pretend your good intentions don't pave the road to hell. It always does. The "harms" and "victims" of drug use is caused by Prohibition, not the drugs. The only Ganja users seeking rehabilitation are those doing so b y court order. How many go to court for the deadly aspirin? This is the moral authority scheduling meth (speed) as less harmful than my hemp blue jeans. So their go go pills reach the soldiers. The diet and ADD industry, truckers getting us fresh produce and kids cramming for mid terms learning how to be future dung worriers. Fashion staple and now thanks to disposable labor lowering wages crank is the redneck choice for two jobs and double shifts. Ganja mellows out the sharp edges of raising your metabolism three or four sizes. Plus exerting energy doing labor. Heart says kaboom, He's so young but he looks so old. Wall St. treats misery they manufacture and advertise for our convenience. GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab 'Torture' Centers There are no misunderstandings or pretenses. No just following orders, and for sure certain it is most definitely never really about the kids.

Initiative is a Step Toward Making Sense of MJ Law

Lies behind laws make ignorance bliss.

State Could Be Test Case in Marijuana Legalization

No CA and Alaska have been legal for a while...

What Happens If Colorado Legalizes Marijuana?

Koch Bros will cry,
Coors will get drunk,
ER's less crowded,
cops eat more doughnuts.

Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect Next Week
Lions, tigers and bears oh my!

Are there any adults in government? Do their brains become liquified once inside the dc beltway? Are they ac? Even when they get close to reality, they amend it out again. Or tack on lollypops and sprinkles. Forfeitures and confiscations and all the cash you can stuff in your pockets. How does anyone spell corruption? Or is it a Nixocon thang like if the president does it, it's not illegal. GOPers running around like chickenhawks screaming the sky is falling. Regardless of the Trillion bucks spent and the 20 million Americans domestically terrorized in some degree. Now this is gonna make you feel real silly... Cannabis is less harmful than aspirin.

Cannabis is remarkably safe. Although not harmless, it is surely less toxic than most of the conventional medicines it could replace if it were legally available. Despite its use by millions of people over thousands of years, cannabis has never caused an overdose death."
~ Testimony of Professor Lester Grinspoon, M.D.,
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School,
before the Crime Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee,
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., October 1, 1997

Marijuana legalization 2012: Colorado, Oregon and Washington vote

"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the NY Times, Time Magazine, and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings, and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years. It would have been impossible for us to develop OUR PLAN for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a World Government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual ELITE and World Bankers is surely preferable to the national auto - determination practiced in past centuries."
- David Rockefeller CFR Kingpin,
Founder of the Trilateral Commission,
NOW Godfather / June 1991

Why the Federal Government Will Not Reschedule Marijuana
Trillion spent is a Trillion earned.
Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs
Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage


The majority of prohibitionists profit on the drug war,
and that is their only motive.

Policing for Profit
Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers
Got SqWAT?
Business of Fear
NRA History of Mandatory Minimums
ALEC, the Koch Brothers Led CABAL
Nixon's Treason

The prohibitionists are living in an Airplane movie...

?Elaine : The gear is down and we're ready to land.
Kramer : Alright, he's on final now, put out all runway lights except 9er.
Towerguy: Captain, maybe we ought to turn on the search lights now.
MCrosky : No, thats just what they'll be expecting us to do.

[url=]Trillion spent is a Trillion earned.[/url]
Sorta depends on what side you stand whether its spent as wasted taxes or received as profits?.

?"At DEA, our mission is to fight drug trafficking in order to make drug abuse the most expensive, unpleasant, risky, and disreputable form of recreation a person could have."
– Donnie Marshall,
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

?"We have spent over a trillion dollars trying to eradicate the world's most beneficial plant off the face of the earth. Imagine what a better world this would be if that money had been spent on treatment, education and studying the medical benefits of marijuana."
-- Steve Hager - High Times Editor (1988 - 2003)

No, thats just what they'll be expecting us to do.

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