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When felons fool the people and pursued corporate interest and government greed into our way of life we ALL lose! Shame on you Steve, you could have done it the right way from the start but YOU chose NOT too! Now you finally want to grow your own product and produce your own products like YOU were suppose to be doing all along instead of creating illegal dispensaries middle manning controlled substance transactions just so the state and cities could cash in on our use. If you, a convicted felon can do what you've done then equal protection to all felons I say! If not you will be the poster child and truly regret what you've done because you will be out of business by 2018.
I'll say it one more time folks so listen very carefully, until such time as the federal government removed cannabis from the CSA and IRS Rule 280E is abolished then NO state can legalize a controlled substance and NO one is safe from the potential of federal prosecution and 10 years to life in jail! You can't put the cart before the horse (state law before federal) and the Federal Supremacy Clause is very plain and simple to understand. States would be doing this all on their own if they thought they wouldn't be subjecting state employees to the potential of prosecution so why let them make us believe any different like mindless minions?
We'd all be better off if the police would focus on crimes that have actual victims.
Does anyone, other than those who pad their pockets from prohibition honestly believe that wasting $20 Billion and arresting 3/4 Million Americans annually for choosing a substance scientifically proven to be safer than what the govt allows, is a sound policy?
I thought talking about marijuana was always a joint session. Sorry could't help myself.
Great example of the power of standing up and demanding fair and equitable treatment. Got to love this sister...
People who were oppressed under the tyranny of the unconstitutional, unscientific, and immoral war upon people who use cannabis deserve reparation. This is a beginning.
Being arrested and convicted for dealing drugs has nothing to do with whether you are dealing drugs. The government need not prove their case. Nor do they ever
Why don't police walk through the halls of any corporate office with drug sniffing dogs? And eventually, when the dog alerts, seize all their property and go on a fishing expedition for other corporate crimes (insider trading, defrauding pensions, etc)
Your BS narrative of the black criminal is a self fulfilling prophecy.
"The vast majority of arrests aren't dealers. They are consumers. Whites and blacks consume at equal rates. "
F.F. has a keen eye for the irrelevant. Some 99.8 percent of federal prisoners sentenced for drug offenses were incarcerated for drug trafficking, not consuming. http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/f… Including state prisons too, one inmate in 300 (!) had low-level marijuana possession as his or her most serious offense. http://www.hudson.org/research/10811-why-a…
Consumers are almost never arrested in Oakland, let alone incarcerated. Yet Oakland proposes to reserve a chunk of the limited marijuana business licenses for those who were incarcerated for serious crime.
Your assertion that we're filling the prisons with black drug users is simply false. Your allusions to Wall Street ring true. Guess what - Oakland residents do not want street dealing to flourish while we wait for enforcement against white-collar crimes. Street dealing has been a plague on Oakland neighborhoods. It generates burglaries and robberies; it changes good locations for legitimate small businesses into corners that people avoid; and disputes over turf are a major source of homicide and other violence.
The vast majority of arrests aren't dealers. They are consumers. Whites and blacks consume at equal rates. Whites predominantly don't get arrested. And we're filling the prisons with black drug users.
You're entitled to your opinion but not your own facts.
There have been (for almost a century) hoards of Wall Street players who consume and sell hoards of cocaine and they get a pass - no stop and frisk.
As to rewarding criminals, what do you think Wall Street is? The republican narrative is, when criminals are rich and white then the government is evil and the criminal is innocent. But when the criminal is poor and black, this narrative is turned on its head. "Conservatives" (they aren't conservative in the least) can't stand it when anyone but Wall Street, oil companies, and the banks get massive subsidies and congratulations for their crimes.
As to your definition of a "crime" just because people pass racist laws that make crimes out of things that aren't crimes, that victimize blacks not whites, doesn't mean anyone should abide by these insane laws. In fact, we have a moral obligation to disregard these laws.
"blacks are arrested for weed (nationally) 4Xs more than whites"
First, that has nothing to do with a policy that tells people, hey, incarcerated felons get rewarded with a better chance to hit the license jackpot.
Second, try to think when you read a statistic. In the Oakland flatlands, the statistic is in line with the proportion of street dealers who are black or white (and don't forget Latino). You can argue that street crime gets more police attention than wholesale drug networks run more often by Latinos and Asians. But you are silly to suggest that police overlook hordes of white street dealers.
@charlie pine: news flash: blacks are arrested for weed (nationally) 4Xs more than whites, and depending on the neighborhood, sometimes as much as 110Xs more.
Google "marijuana arrest disparity"
But I guess, according to folks who don't like facts and data, blacks are treated the same as whites.
Those "jailed for pot in the last ten years will go to the front of the line for legal weed permits."
You can't make this stuff up. Oakland felt a need to burnish its laughingstock reputation -- it's been awhile since the Ebonics farce.
"Maintains not less than 50% ownership in the ... worker cooperative ..."
What this article skirts around is that this measure is meant to help people in East Oakland which has been, up until very recently, treated like the armpit of Oakland. It's about time this area got a little love.
Way to stand up Desley Brooks!
It is sad to me that these new regulations are all about business opportunities and making money. What about patient access? What about dispensaries being non profits? It is sad that so much attention is being paid to the potential proprietors in these zip codes while nothing is said of the low income patients in these same zip codes who cannot afford their medicine.
Bad "legalization" laws are a real problem, and certainly are nowdays more "over-regulation" than they are "legalization".
In CA, the AUMA is a disaster. And, people are mistaken in the claims it will "let you grow your own", when it will really permit local governments to flat out ban outdoor grows, and will permit "reasonable regulation" of your indoor grow (and we all know what THAT will mean - besides, most folks cannot grow indoors for many reasons).
This thing is a huge conglomeration of give-aways of power to storefronts and big farms, as well as litigation-ready employment for cops and lawyers. We can't let the crappy be the enemy of the decent law we know is out there. The trick seems to be convincing some moneybag like Parker to back something worthwhile, and to convince the "pro pot lobby" to demonstrate a modicum of selectivity with their endorsements. The incremental "is it ANY better than what we have now?" (somewhat subjective, I might add) is threadbare at best, and probably harmful.
We are not beggars. Demographics are shifting fast. We don't need to settle
for a crap sandwich.
What is more tyranical than making medical patients homeless?
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