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Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

What an utter and complete waste of airtime. This is probably the most embarrassing campaign video I have ever seen and I've been a communications pro for 15 years. My face hurts from cringing at the lack of intelligent messaging and cliche presentation. Please consider that bad media can do MUCH more harm than NO media. Tread carefully and strategically.

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Posted by Elle Dub on 02/28/2015 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Oakland City Councilmembers Want Repeal of State Welfare Rule that Restricts Aid to Families with Newborns

WIC does not pay for free diapers. As far as I know, no government agency does. If one is lucky, you might find a church willing to give diapers away if they get it donated. Some people, both on welfare and off, get Housing subsidies, but even with housing subsidies, they still have to pay 30% of their total income. HUD does not pay the entirety of anyone's rent. Most people on welfare are not getting housing subsidies, mainly because there are not enough slots. The wait list in Oakland and Berkeley open up about once every two year and they are based on a lottery system, where you might be on the list and then wait about 5 more years before you get housing. Supportive services on welfare is limited to 4 years and after 4 years, the supportive services ends. Half of the people on welfare work and participate in the employment programs, but the jobs are hard to come by, or pay so little, that the family still remain on welfare. Or try participating in WTW activities when you are homeless. Homeless is destructive and it turns lives upside down. Ask anyone that is homeless about what it is like to get by day by day, especially with kids. Benefits need to be large enough to pay for housing. I grew up on welfare and am now an attorney. My siblings are cosmetologists, an insurance agent, a pharmacist, a real estate agent. We were all raised on welfare and it helped my family get ahead. We didn't need to be punished. We needed to be encouraged and helped to fulfill our potential, mainly from our parents, but from the government is well. Punishment does not work so well to provide children with opportunities and access. Punishment has very limited capacity in making a society healthy.

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Posted by Luan Huynh on 02/28/2015 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Washington Post: End Drug Testing - It's Illogical

good riddance, these these tests are incredibly invasive and come off like a relic of the RR "just say no" days

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Posted by Alan Lopez on 02/27/2015 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Black Leaders Were Misled About Marijuana, Columbia Professor Says

No one is in prison for a joint. in the State of California, SB 1449 state if a person is caught with an ounce or less (that's a hundred and sixty joints) it is an infraction, no arrest, no jail time, no record. It's less than $100 fine.

But I also know addiction can last a lifetime! that's a far worse prison than physical prison. I know this to be true from my own experience with drugs

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Posted by Bishop Ron Allen Phd on 02/27/2015 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Oakland City Councilmembers Want Repeal of State Welfare Rule that Restricts Aid to Families with Newborns

This report discusses only the amount of cash aid currently allowed but it does not include the WIC benefits that pay for free diapers and formula or the Food Stamps at about $300/mo. for Mom and an additional amount of the same for each child. It does not include the HUD housing for Welfare with children and the discounted utility payments made available by the State nor does it include the free medical care for all welfare recipients. The article makes it sound like welfare moms live on 430/mo and that simply is so untrue.

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Posted by Jeanne O'Neill on 02/27/2015 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Oakland City Councilmembers Want Repeal of State Welfare Rule that Restricts Aid to Families with Newborns

There are too many people receiving welfare because they refuse to make use of the welfare programs that provide free babysitting so the parents can go to school learn a trade and get a job.

What about the taxpayers that actually work for a living and don't sit home and neglect their children all day? No one deserves to be supported because they decided to have a child. Birth control is free and it is irresponsible to have a child when you are not in a position to support it. No one helped me support mine and I worked all the time to provide a decent home and food.

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Posted by Jeanne O'Neill on 02/27/2015 at 9:21 AM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

@Patrick Monk

>>>"to describe the legislation passed in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon as 'winning' is problematic at best. If by 'winning' he meant to say it 'passed', fair enough, but who and what was won. The legislation he refers to basically perpetuates prohibition and continues the criminalization of cannabis."

Gaia save us from the "true believers." To deny we are winning and finally putting the prohibition beast down is flabbergasting, ego-driven mule-headedness. - While the rest of the country emerges from the madness, your group will continue to live in a self-constructed prison.

It would be funny if you weren't creating such a drag on reform. - If I were on the prohibition side, I would say, "Thanks, for this great commercial. We couldn't have done it better ourselves." Then plaster it across the media, undoing decades of hard fought struggle to dispel the destructive stereotypes the world's largest propaganda campaign has churned out to demonize and marginalize millions of good Americans.

With friends like these....

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Posted by John Thomas on 02/27/2015 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Berkeley High Retaliation Case Results in State Complaint Against School District

So proud of Brian Crowell for standing up for what he believes in. Go Brian!

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Posted by Lucianna M. Sanson on 02/27/2015 at 12:05 AM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

This has caused quite a tempest in our little 'tea' cup. I'm attaching a link to my comment on the original, but will include a couple more on this post by Mr Downs. I personally find his implication that Mr Jolson might be 'an undercover police officer' distasteful from one who apparently presents himself as a 'professional' journalist, but then he may not be one. Also to describe the legislation passed in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon as 'winning' is problematic at best. If by 'winning' he meant to say it 'passed', fair enough, but who and what was won. The legislation he refers to basically perpetuates prohibition and continues the criminalization of cannabis. Not the kind of win that any of us looking for real reform of cannabis prohibition and the protection of individual rights are fighting for. Can't the paper find someone better equipped to cover this complex issue. Just my 2c.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/patrick-mon…

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Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 02/26/2015 at 11:58 PM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

What's the big deal? This is only one brief video ORIGINALLY MADE FOR HASHBAR TV, not the mainstream.
There are many more videos from various other supporters and volunteers of the CCHI. Made by a wide variety of people who come from many different backgrounds, and have different target audiences. This particular video is targeted to the Venice beach cannabis patients and recreational users who bring a small fortune to the local economy.
All of us are working on different ways to get the details of the California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative/CCHI (OFFICIAL Jack Herer Initiative) out to the public.
Many of us, myself included, strongly believe that if the mainstream were to read the initiative that they too would support it! It only makes sense...
No other legalization movement would protect California's Cannabis industry from being taken over by Monsanto and other large corporations.
No other legalization movement would free the non-violent cannabis "offenders" thus freeing up already limited resources.
No other legalization movement would reopen the hemp industry!
Hemp! Hemp can literally save the planet! We can become free of our dependence on foreign oil by de-criminalizing hemp! With hemp farming legal the US can become a nation of production again! No longer would we be slaves to our political enemies due to our need for their imported products! ANYTHING, from home's to cars to meals and thousands of purposes in between can be made out of HEMP!
Don't ignore the FACT that the CCHI is the first current legalization movement to have a video on television. Remember, even "bad" publicity is good publicity...
CCHI AND NOTHING LESS!!!

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Posted by Dov Sniderman on 02/26/2015 at 9:40 PM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

I agree with the author. When I first saw this video, I couldn't believe it. It looked like aggressive, homeless people blowing pot in the viewer's face.

I thought - "This must be a sneaky anti-legalization ad paid by Sheldon Adelson." - I still wonder.

Responsible reform groups should condemn this action and work to make sure it isn't repeated.

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Posted by John Thomas on 02/26/2015 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Berkeley High Retaliation Case Results in State Complaint Against School District

He is not alone. There are many others who were retaliated against for raising ocncerns about RTI, ULYSS, ignoring 1s and 2s to raise the scores of 3s in attempts to move API.

District leaders nationally are a corrupt bunch.

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Posted by Richard Sugerman on 02/26/2015 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Schaaf Hires Emeryville City Manager Sabrina Landreth to Be Oakland’s City Administrator

Landreth appeared to be an efficient and articulate budget analyst back when she worked for Dan Lindheim who was Ron Dellum's City Administrator. She spoke well at public meetings and was significantly more forthcoming with information than Lindheim himself who seemed never to have numbers available, suggesting that he needed to sort out the possible political consequences before letting go of any info.

Important to keep in mind that Emeryville, where Landreth has been working recently, is a city of 10,000 with far fewer and less complex social and economic problems than in Oakland where there are 400,000 of us and 30,000 kids living under the poverty level.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/26/2015 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Oakland City Councilmembers Want Repeal of State Welfare Rule that Restricts Aid to Families with Newborns

"Oakland has significant pockets of deep poverty,”

And how! Oakland, in the heart of the most vibrant regional economy in the country, has signficantly more poor folks and struggling families proportionally than California as a whole.

New CM Campbell Washington and CM Brooks are doing the right thing but they should look very hard at the depth of Oakland's real needs and come up with much, much more to address the problems of poverty and inequality.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/26/2015 at 3:12 PM
Posted by Mickey Martin on 02/26/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

Everyone is a Critic. The State of Ca. is Huge! All you have done is taken an outside look and made judging statements about some True Hearted People. Who are working for Free on Something they believe in. We are diverse group from all over California!
CCHI has had difficulty raising funds because this initiative is for the people, DOES NOT take Cultivation rights away, like other States have done. It Does not Exploit the Plant or its People. There is no Monetary Advantage or Monopoly created for a Big Corporation with CCHI, so there is no incentive for Corporations to Monetarily participate- other then it being a Morally/economically right choice for California.
I like that CCHI distinguishes numbers between non commercial and commercial grows. It has taken into account the unique web of patients/people and how they cultivate and heal together up and down this State. It addresses the Ma and Pop and the Corp. grower.
Mr. Downs your article Comes across as a Esoteric Asshole.
You make raising millions of dollars sound like a mole hill or some insignificant hurdle.

“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.”

― Eve Ensler

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Posted by Jeff Jonaitis on 02/26/2015 at 3:37 AM

Re: “The First California Marijuana Legalization 2016 Video Is A Bad Joke

David? I expected more from you..

I find you relevant, timely and often at the top of the spear..

This was just a warm up.. A simple video.. To 'taint' CCHI as a whole ,by your hit piece , says more about you than it does about CCHI..

This is serious business David.. Please brother...


Kevin P Saunders,

CCHI

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Posted by Kevin Saunders on 02/25/2015 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Richmond Selects New Councilmember — Finally

"He's very neutral," said Bates when nominating Pimple last week. "He's a very intelligent young man and when you consider what he had to overcome being blind, going to school and getting a law degree, well I can't help but admire a young man of that nature." Nat Bates speaking in support of Mr. Pimple being selected for the Richmond City Council vacant seat. West County Times 2/25/2015

Yes, it is true that Mr. Vinay Pimple has overcome many challenges in his life but that does not change the fact that he has no right to the vacancy. The voters did not vote for him. The voters voted for Jim Rogers and if Rogers, as the highest vote getter, was not acceptable there should be another election. Once again, the Council itself selected the most important seat on the Council, the position that will often be the swing vote.

This is the third time in eight years that this has happened and every time Richmond voters have voiced their disapproval. Unfortunately, there will be no voter blowback because Richmond is shackled to the system of at large elections which teach our politicians that there is no accountability. Whatever crimes and misdemeanors they may have committed during their term in office will be forgotten and/or covered up at election time with expensive, colorful mailers financed by their rich and powerful friends.

Richmond is a company town; it is run by powerful, connected rich people and corporations. Even the RPA is made up of residents living west of I-580 and other affluent areas of Richmond. It is for that reason we will never see district election coming from our elected officials. According to Tom Butt we don’t need district elections. Butt is telling the truth he and his constituents don’t need district election but the rest of us sure do.

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Posted by Charles T. Smith on 02/25/2015 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Black Leaders Were Misled About Marijuana, Columbia Professor Says

I'm stoned? Is it your contention, Ron, that Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and 7 former presidents are all high on drugs?

How Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and 7 Former Presidents Changed the Worldwide Debate on Drugs:

http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/how-kofi-an…

Posted by Flutie Flambert on 02/25/2015 at 11:59 AM

Re: “California Lawmaker Seeks Stricter Community Benefit Standards for Nonprofit Hospitals

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