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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 11:30 PM
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Tell the California Democratic Party: Endorse Prop 19! (Legalize Marijuana) - Online Petition
Edited on Thu Jul-15-10 11:31 PM by lame54
http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/s/EndorseProp19

Tell the California Democratic Party: Endorse Prop 19!
Sign the Courage Campaign petition before this weekend's CDP Executive Board meeting
This weekend, the California Democratic Party's Executive Board will meet in San Jose to make endorsement decisions on the November ballot propositions. Courage Campaign's Public Policy Director, Robert Cruickshank, is a member of the E-Board and will be there to organize the delegates to vote to endorse Proposition 19, the initiative to control and tax cannabis.
Although polls show California Democratic voters support Prop 19, some Democrats are trying to block the party from endorsing it. Senator Dianne Feinstein released a statement on Monday opposing Prop 19, timed to influence the E-Board to vote against endorsing Prop 19.
We can win a victory for Prop 19 this weekend in San Jose -- if we can show the delegates that Californians want them to endorse Prop 19. That's why the Courage Campaign is going to bring a petition in support of Prop 19 to the meeting this weekend. Will you sign our petition? Help convince the California Democratic Party to endorse Prop 19!
We, the undersigned, urge the California Democratic Party Executive Board to reform our prisons, help fix the budget mess, and make our communities safer by endorsing Proposition 19.
We reject the arguments of Senator Dianne Feinstein and others who oppose Prop 19. Prop 19 will provide for more effective regulation of cannabis, including prohibitions on its sale to people under age 21. It will help reduce drug crime by legalizing the growth, sale, and possession of small, reasonable amounts of cannabis. And it allows local governments to generate badly needed revenue by taxing cannabis.
We urge the Executive Board to follow the lead of the majority of California Democrats who support Prop 19 by endorsing it at this weekend's meeting in San Jose. It is time to bring sensible, rational reform of cannabis laws to California...
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 11:56 PM
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1. Sen. Feinstein is against this . . . nuts!
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 06:42 AM
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4. She probably gets money from bop. It's an industry remember. A large one at that.
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FreeState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 12:23 AM
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2. Signed and K&R n/t
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 06:23 AM
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3. .
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-10 02:35 AM
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5. There are very valid reasons to oppose. We could lose federal funds
and contracts, and face crackdowns from the feds. In San Diego last week the feds raided a grower supplying legal medical marijuana clinics. Congress needs to legalize medical marijuana; until they do, we'll continue to face these crackdowns. Full legalization beyond medical marijuana would invite even more crackdowns and limitation.

Reform needs to come at the federal level first, since the feds are refusing to recognize states rights on this issue.

Obama ought to take the lead and ask Congress to do this, but probably won't due to poliical pressures in an election year. Though he surely could get Justice to call off the dogs in CA!
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Gravel Democrat Donating Member (598 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-10 03:01 AM
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7. David Malmo-Levine raises some important additional points...
Prop 19 will not reduce the number of arrests
In fact, it may increase them:

The penalty for carrying an ounce is a mere citation and maximum $100 fine.<4> Moreover, possession of one ounce is on its way to being downgraded from a misdemeanor to an infraction, because the state Senate voted in June to reclassify its status. <5> No one goes to jail for having an ounce or less in California, and no one gets arrested, because it is not an arrestable offense.

One often-quoted statistic in the initiative debate is that misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests reached 61,388 in 2008.<6> However, it is important to note that this statistic does not refer to any arrest demographic that the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Initiative would affect. This statistic refers only to possession of more than one ounce, possession by minors and possession on school groundsoffenses which the initiative will not legalize. It does not refer to nor does it include marijuana arrests for possession of one ounce or less, because this is not an arrestable offense. Therefore, the initiative would have no impact on reducing these arrests rates.

Statistically, the demographic that accounts for nearly one-quarter of total arrests for marijuana possession in California happens to be those in the 18-20 age group. But because the initiative explicitly makes it illegal for even adults age 18-20 to possess marijuana, these arrests will not decrease, and the drug war against young adults will rage on.

Furthermore, since the initiative would keep possession of amounts greater than one ounce illegal and likewise maintain the illegality of private sales of any amount, the overall impact that the initiative would have on ending the drug war, reducing arrest rates and saving on prison costs would be negligible, at best.

As an example of how highly misunderstood this initiative and its potential impact on the drug war is, the California NAACP recently pledged their support for the initiative based on the belief that it will put an end to the disproportionately high number of African-American youth going to jail over a joint. <7> But in reality, the initiative will have no impact on this phenomenon whatsoever. As it is now, the State of California does not jail people for having a joint; it is not an arrestable offense. And, as mentioned above, possession of up to one ounce is on its way to being reclassified from a misdemeanor to an infractionwhich carries no criminal-record stigma. The state does, however, incarcerate people for selling small amounts of marijuana. And since this initiative keeps private marijuana sales illegal, no matter the quantity, there will be no decrease in the number of African Americansor anyone elsearrested for selling a joint.

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Contrary to the belief that it will keep people out of jail for marijuana, this initiative actually creates new demographics of people to incarcerate. (See Fact #2 and Fact #3) It is difficult to see how the government would save on court and imprisonment costs if the initiative merely shifts arrests from one demographic to another.

Myth #2: The initiative will keep young adults out of jail for using marijuana.
Fact: This initiative would put more young people in jail for pot. If it becomes law, any adult 21 or over who passes a joint to another adult aged 18-20 would face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. <8> (NORML's Web site reports that the current penalty for a gift of marijuana of 1 oz. or less is a $100 fine.<9>)

Myth #3: You'll be able to light up freely in the privacy of your home.
Fact: That depends. Under the initiative, even adults consuming marijuana in the privacy of their homes could face arrest if there are minors present (not something one would expect from an initiative that claims to treat marijuana like alcohol and tobacco)<10>. Current marijuana law contains no such restrictions. Thanks to Prop. 215, which legalized marijuana for medicinal use, cannabis consumers have been legally free to smoke in the privacy of their homes since 1997. This initiative seeks to undermine that freedom, making it absolutely illegal to smoke marijuana if there are minors present. (The initiative is ambiguous with regard to whether present means being in the same room as the consumer, the same house, the same apartment building, or within wafting distanceapparently leaving this up to the interpretation of judges.) There is no exception for medical marijuana patients or for parents consuming in the presence of their own children.

http://votetaxcannabis2010.blogspot.com/2010/07/why-pro...
Submitted by David Malmo-Levine on Wed, 07/14/2010 - 14:52.


http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/node/24256
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JonLP24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-10 06:13 AM
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9. Great post
I'm for it and mostly still am (doesn't matter-I live in AZ where cannabis under an ounce is a Class 6 Felony) but your article made me think. Those would be the right decisions to oppose imo. I do think "legalization" is a step in the right direction, however there still going to be issues based on the article.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-10 02:48 AM
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6. Too late to rec but done. n/t
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-10 06:03 AM
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