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Re: “The Winners and Losers of California's New Medical Marijuana Regulations

Well, hopefully the voter initiative in 2016 will simply legalize personal cultimavtion for everyone, everywhere, and that will be the end of it.

Posted by Haywood Jeblowme on 09/28/2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “The Winners and Losers of California's New Medical Marijuana Regulations

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Posted by Editor on 09/28/2015 at 9:32 AM

Re: “The Winners and Losers of California's New Medical Marijuana Regulations

The ending fact about prices per gram falling to 1 per gram in Washington is just not true. I have friends that live there and say that pot is hard to get, and expensive due to the small amount of growing permits issued. The local clinic in the small town they lived in was selling 100 eights of og. I realize thats not whole sale, but there's no way pot was going for $456 a lb. LOL

Posted by Haiku DeReynier on 09/25/2015 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The Winners and Losers of California's New Medical Marijuana Regulations

"The state's medical cannabis industry will be for-profit for the first time" - a very funny statement! It has all been about profit, big profit, at all links in the chain, all along. Look a little deeper....

Posted by Steve Heilig on 09/24/2015 at 5:32 PM

Re: “The Winners and Losers of California's New Medical Marijuana Regulations

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Posted by Editor on 09/24/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Can Pot Help Cure PTSD?

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Posted by Editor on 09/09/2015 at 7:53 PM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

VICTIMS OF UFCW REPRESENTATIVE DAN RUSH contact: danrushvictims@yahoo.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKARXRqChK0
Because a tainted voice is no voice at all!

Posted by Carl Anderson on 09/01/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

People need and deserve real cannabis freedom not fake freedom monopolies.

Vote for initiatives that provide the most freedom like the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016.

http://cchi2016.org/index.html

Grow 99 Plants, No permit, license, or tax shall be required for non-commercial cultivation with CCHI 2016.

Posted by Ruben Hernandez on 08/27/2015 at 6:14 PM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

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Posted by Editor on 08/27/2015 at 5:11 PM

Re: “The Best Marijuana Strains of Summer 2015

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Posted by Editor on 08/27/2015 at 2:32 PM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

Gee Brian, What are you trying to hide with your 7 posts in a row of cheerleading? Oh, here it is, maybe this comment from Bud Green about special interests trying to run the show?

AB 266 is all stick and no carrots. The claim that a complex overlay of state regulations involving multiple agencies will encourage local governments to play ball is unconvincing. What we have seen, so far, is an emerging coziness between local politicians and dispensary operators in a relative handful of cities, spurred on by the likes of union organizer Dan Rush. The "local control" provisions of AB 266 will open the floodgates to more influence-peddling involving local officials.

The "haves" would like to cement their gains, of course, while lining up new companies and silent partnerships for state licensing plays. The "have-nots" ... well, they're screwed, but at least they're not lining up for the next Green Rush at the expense of other patients and would-be business owners. Financially, AB 266 is a multi-headed monster that doesn't pencil out, even assuming Emerald Triangle growers and L.A. dispensaries are willing to provide the lion's share of application fees and tax revenues.

Or maybe this post from Mara Felsen reminding us that Weedmaps is trying to run the show?

You stated, "In April, marijuana technology entrepreneur Justin Hartfield parked $1 million in a committee to support a middle-of-the-road effort. But other than that, the Secretary of State's website reports no other substantial donations to legalization committees."

What is the committee to support a middle-of-the-road effort to which you refer? That seems like an important detail to omit if Hartfield donated to it 5% of the amount needed to mount an effective legalization campaign.

Or perhaps this reminder from Jeff Clark that Sacramento legislators are about to commit a federal crime if they vote yes on these atrocities?

Janet Reno said in 2008 well allow this as long as there is no lower government intervention. Legislators swore an oath to the constitution of their state and the United States,therefore any voted in legislators are guilty of not upholding their state oath or their U.S. oath by 1. Accepting a state tax on a substance that is illegal federally ,therefore should be prosecuted.
2. Taxation without representation by allowing feds to arrest in this state people that are abiding by state law that was written by and voted in by the People.
vote for CCHI2016org filed 8 24 2015 in California.

And I'm shaking my head David. Just when I think you're coming around you go and lose a little credibility in my eyes when you fail to mention out the gate that the UFCW's Dan Rush was a main driving force behind "the most credible effort for the ballot."

Posted by Deborah Tharp on 08/26/2015 at 6:55 PM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

Janet Reno said in 2008 well allow this as long as there is no lower government intervention. Legislators swore an oath to the constitution of their state and the United States,therefore any voted in legislators are guilty of not upholding their state oath or their U.S. oath by 1. Accepting a state tax on a substance that is illegal federally ,therefore should be prosecuted.
2. Taxation without representation by allowing feds to arrest in this state people that are abiding by state law that was written by and voted in by the People.
vote for CCHI2016org filed 8 24 2015 in California.

Posted by Jeff Clark on 08/26/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

You stated, "In April, marijuana technology entrepreneur Justin Hartfield parked $1 million in a committee to support a middle-of-the-road effort. But other than that, the Secretary of State's website reports no other substantial donations to legalization committees."

What is the committee to support a middle-of-the-road effort to which you refer? That seems like an important detail to omit if Hartfield donated to it 5% of the amount needed to mount an effective legalization campaign.

Posted by Mara Felsen on 08/26/2015 at 12:48 PM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

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Posted by Editor on 08/26/2015 at 10:27 AM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

"Smoking marijuana is 114 times safer than drinking alcohol"

http://rt.com/usa/234903-marijuana-safer-a…

"Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say"

"Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say New study: We should stop fighting marijuana legalization and focus on alcohol and tobacco instead By Christopher Ingraham February 23

Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.

Those are the top-line findings of recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports, a subsidiary of Nature. Researchers sought to quantify the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly used substances. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkbl…

"The report discovered that marijuana is 114 times less deadly than alcohol. Researchers were able to determine this by comparing the lethal doses with the amount of typical use. Through this approach, marijuana had the lowest mortality risk to users out of all the drugs they studied. In fact—because the numbers were crossed with typical daily use—marijuana is the only drug that tested as "low risk."

http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/02…

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 08/26/2015 at 6:42 AM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

Fear of Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever. So please prohibitionists, we beg you to give your scare tactics, "Conspiracy Theories" and "Doomsday Scenarios" over the inevitable Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny, crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of marijuana legalization, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it's obviously defective.

The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol.

If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about "saving us all" from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?

Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and/or practice a little live and let live. They'll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 08/26/2015 at 6:41 AM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

A long list of successful people have admitted to partaking in marijuana in their lives, including:

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
"When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point."


OPRAH WINFREY
"To kick things off, [television show host Andy Cohen] asked the last time Winfrey had smoked marijuana. 'Uh … 1982,' Winfrey replied. 'Let's hang out after the show,' Cohen joked. 'Okay,' Winfrey laughed. 'I hear it's gotten better.'"

(Source: Bravo)

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
"I experimented with marijuana a time or two."

(Source: YouTube)

ASSOCIATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE
"The White House said today that Judge Clarence Thomas, President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, had smoked marijuana while in college."

(Source: New York Times)

STEPHEN COLBERT
"First, [in high school], I smoked a lot of pot...and that’s how I got to know the people ‘half in’ the society of my high school and we waved at each other over the bong. Then I got to know people by making jokes.”

(Source: San Francisco Chronicle Interview (January 2006))

JON STEWART
“Do you know how many movies I wrote when I was high?”

JOHN KERRY
"Yes." [In response to the question: "Which of you are ready to admit to having used marijuana in the past?"]

(Source: On The Issues)

GEORGE SOROS
"He said he had tried marijuana, enjoyed it, 'but it did not become a habit and I have not tasted it in many years.'"

(Source: Reuters, 2/6/97)

BILL MAHER
"Look, I have never made a secret of the fact that I have tried marijuana... About 50,000 times."

(Source: YouTube)

BILL GATES
“As for drugs – well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice…”

(Source: Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America)

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
"I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."

(Source: New York Times)

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO
"I did experiment with marijuana when I was a youth."

(Source: New York Daily News)

SEN. RAND PAUL
(Source: GQ Magazine)

SANJAY GUPTA
"I have tried it."

(Source: CNN)

GEORGE CLOONEY
“The owner of a local cannabis café told reporters George Clooney was no stranger there.”

(Source: The Weed Blog)

MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
''You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.''

(Source: New York Times)

The list goes on and on.

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 08/26/2015 at 6:41 AM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

In the prohibitionist's world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are "stoners" and "dopers" that need to be incarcerated in order to to protect society.

In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their God given duty to worry about "saving us all" from the "evils" of marijuana use.

Who are they to tell us we can't choose marijuana, the safer choice instead of alcohol for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who "follow the law" also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it's current prohibition of course) .

Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

Several Presidents of The United States themselves, along with Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, and Carl Sagan have all confessed to their marijuana use. As have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

Although that doesn't mean a dam thing to people who will make comments like "dopers" and "stoners" about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, advertises, and even glorifies alcohol consumption like it's an All American pastime.

There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long hard day than having a drink or two of alcohol.

So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can't enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes?

We've worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don't appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

Has a marijuana user ever forced you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either.

Don't try to impose your morality and "clean living" upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won't think you're such prohibitionist hypocrites.

Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 08/26/2015 at 6:41 AM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our tax dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

Marijuana is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

Even The President of the United States has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in prison today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record. Let's end this hypocrisy now!

The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less marijuana "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 08/26/2015 at 6:41 AM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

Every poll in the nation shows A Solid Majority of Americans favor The Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide!

"Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Support surged 10 percentage points in past year, to 58%"
http://www.gallup.com/poll/165...
"A solid majority of voters nationwide favor legalizing and regulating marijuana similar to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are currently regulated. Most also don’t believe it should be a crime for people to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes"
http://www.rasmussenreports.co...

"Americans favor making cannabis legal for adults, according to the findings of a CNN/ORC International survey released late Monday. The percentage is the highest ever reported by the survey, which has been tracking public opinion on the issue since 1973, and marks a 12 percentage point jump in support since the last time pollsters posed the question in 2012"
http://www.hngn.com/articles/2...

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 08/26/2015 at 6:41 AM

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