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Re: “California's Legalization Quagmire

We need Unity in the Community.
As a legitimate cannabis patient,
I just want Safe and AFFORDABLE Access.
I would really like to hear the views of the
Marijuana Anti Prohibition Project on this.

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Posted by Rory Murray on 01/20/2015 at 3:49 PM

Re: “California's Legalization Quagmire

With optimism and a RSVP invitation I attended this meeting, suffering from "walking pneumonia," still I drove up from Santa Cruz to hear and be heard.

I really felt inspired, activated even, during the first part of Mr. Zimmerman's keynote speech; however, as he went on to champion DPA as the tool and "...there will be winners and losers," I started to feel betrayed. Then when he so slickly spoke about 1/3 California voters are ready to approve legalization, 1/3 always will oppose such, and 1/3 are still riding the fence, a bell started ringing in my head...maybe it was just the pneumonia, but my common sense light was starting to strobe: didn't he earlier say over 50% of Californians polled want to see marijuana/cannabis legalized? Don't all the major polls show similar majority support among Californians! So, if over 50% want to see this marvelous plant made a respectable member of California's medical and recreational culture then why all that 1/3 -1/3 - 1/3 hyperbole?

Then there was Mr. Zimmerman's "...elections are not won by committee." comment. Since when? Yes, having a well known, or intelligent front man works wonders; however, for example, President Obama never utters a word publicly that hasn't been vetted by a team of advisors, a committee. I feel Mr. Zimmerman is the front man for Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Smoothly he wants the rest of us to more or less sit-back and let the potentates at DPA craft what rules they think best for the rest of us. Seeing all the turmoil in other states where DPS has held sway over the main ballot measure's language, I'm more strongly than ever for final wording input from other cannabis legalization groups, instead of the unilateral approach Mr. Zimmerman so subtlety proposes.

Then there was Mr. Zimmerman's "...going to cost four times more than they do.." comment. As Mr. Zimmerman pointed out we already know what the arguments against legalization are, will be. Fine, craft now, ahead of time, instant response "zingers" that we, too, already know are effective counters to the disinformation our opponents will attempt to infect Californians with. This is the "5 P" rule: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

When presented the opportunity I raised my own personal issue during one of the Q & A periods: the 2016 ballot measure must contain language that places California state law supreme over local county and municipality ordinances. The Brown Act states such, but so far a long list, and growing longer every month of California county board of supervisors, and cities and towns are opting to pass local ordinances that effectively strangle-to-death the ability for cannabis patients and the businesses that supply these patients adequate amounts of medicine. This not only flys in the face of the Brown Act, but effectively says local rule trumps state laws. And, as I see it a number of counties and municipalities are using such obstructive and repressive ordinances as a frame work for even greater restrictions on recreational cannabis, up to and including completely banning such from their county. This isn't being made any easier with California's high court's recent ruling giving the green light to local rule over state law.

Perhaps a better way to demonstrate the absurdity of this is to offer an absurdity: There is a state law making murder illegal; however, it can be argued that "...some people need kill'n," so this or that county could make an ordinance that says " _____ county it is legal to kill some people." This ordinance could claim in its defense the precedent established by California's Supreme Court giving counties, etc., the right to side-step, effectively pay no attention to state law, and ignore the will of the people of California so that a small but vocal and organized percentage of that county's citizens could just go out and kill who ever they think need killing. Absurd isn't it; well, that's how California's high court sees local marijuana ordinances: legally able to trump legislated state law and the will of the majority of California voters.

So as not to be seen as just another voice against this or that, I offer that language in the 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California contain something like: "The rights and privileges now afforded the people of California within this law legalizing recreational use of cannabis can only be challenged at the state level Any and all California counties and or cities or towns who wish to decrease or void such protections must appeal their wishes to the California legislature for an up or down vote on such measures.
Yes, I know the wording in not perfect, still, I'm showing my intent here not to be just another pot-hole in the highway toward full legalization, but willing, if asked to work with those who beyond the hyperbole are willing to work toward crafting a ballot measure that will get that +50% of the California voters who already are in favor of legalization to get off their arse and vote for it.

Otherwise all the grand words in what ever is presented to the voters in 2016 is just so much "Hogwash.", using Dale Sky Jones comment.

No, I do not propose I have all the answers; however, I do not think we should rely on DPA to have all of them either. What's worked in the past for DPA is all well and good, but that's a classic Platonian logic fallacy to think that because it worked in the past it will work now. It might not even be DPA who leads ind developing what will be presented to Californians in 2016, but rather just one of several level-headed members of the team, the committee that congeals the will of the people into a cohesive whole that does protect all of us, that does not leave out any of us.

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Posted by Grady Padgett on 01/20/2015 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Residents Collect Donations for Victim of West Oakland Bike Crash, Robbery

Thanks for writing this piece. Let's wish Greg a full and speedy recovery. The mother is very courageous in such trying circumstances.

As far as the "human beings" who robbed these two people in such a horrible accident, what the h-ll is wrong with you as a human being? Robbing someone who is unconscious and also an 81 year old man? You bring shame on humanity by your dispicable acts.

Let's help this family so that they understand that there are caring people in Oakland and the East Bay.

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Posted by E. Gonsalves on 01/19/2015 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown Channels His Inner Republican

What is disturbing about Jerry Brown is his inconsistences. He claims global warming is his highest concern and yet he coddles the oil industry. When he was governor in 1975 he pushed for the end of oil depletion allowances, but in 2015, he is silent on that, and deaf to cries to stop allowing fracking.

Where he is always consistent is preserving an image of not being soft on crime. Before he ran for Attorney General he used a robo call to urge citizens to vote against a three-strikes reform Prop! And now instead of restoring the cuts to social services, he is increasing the budget for prisons!

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Posted by Joyce Roy on 01/19/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Our Town

All sold out!

Posted by PJ Lenny on 01/18/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Phaneros

Events at this space are over the top amazing. Features plenty of safe parking, a large art showing area, lounge, and rooftop lounge. I highly recommend anything that happens at this location. Run by some incredible community minded folks who know what it takes to create amazing, welcoming, friendly spaces. Get ready to meet and talk to some of the Bay Area's most interesting people while you wander from amazing artwork to the rooftop smoking lounge. I'm looking forward to many more amazing events at Phaneros.

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Posted by MJ Martini on 01/17/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Dear @nna: How Do I Remember My Passwords?

ID federations (single-sign-on services and password managers) create a single point of failure, not unlike putting all the eggs in a basket. It remembers all my passwords when un-hacked and loses all my passwords to criminals when hacked. It should be operated in a decentralized formation or should be considered mainly for low-security accounts, not for high-security business which should desirably be protected by all different strong passwords unique to each account. Needless to say, the strength of the master-password is crucially important.

At the root of the password headache is the cognitive phenomena called “interference of memory”, by which we cannot firmly remember more than 5 text passwords on average. What worries us is not the password, but the textual password. The textual memory is only a small part of what we remember. We could think of making use of the larger part of our memory that is less subject to interference of memory. More attention could be paid to the efforts of expanding the password system to include images, particularly KNOWN images, as well as conventional texts.

By the way, some people shout that the password is dead or should be killed dead. The password could be killed, however, only when there is an alternative to the password. Something belonging to the password(PIN, passphrase, etc)and something dependent on the password (ID federations, 2/multi-factor, etc) cannot be the alternative to the password. Neither can be something that has to be used together with the password (biometrics, auto-login, etc). What could be killed is the text password, not the password.

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Posted by Hitoshi Anatomi on 01/16/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown Channels His Inner Republican

People are still struggling out there. We need to reinforce our social programs now more than ever.

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Posted by Mike Hawkser on 01/16/2015 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The Power of No

Posted by Ruby Rogers on 01/16/2015 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown Channels His Inner Republican

In fact, I think that high speed rail is exactly the type of project that Jerry's father would have promoted. Not clear whether the person who thinks pensions are "stupid stuff" but it is essential to ensure that existing pension commitments are funded if we want to maintain the middle-class in California. Yes, we must patch the holes in the safety net and address severe income imbalance but removing supports for those of moderate and middle income will only create bigger problems, which include driving that voting bloc to the right.

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Posted by Vivian Kahn on 01/16/2015 at 11:33 AM

Re: “The Breakdown of West Oakland Medical Care

1968 - wasn't that the turning point, the period when liberals took over, the time of "ending" welfare, opening the borders?

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Posted by Erik Kengaard on 01/16/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “The Power of No

Yay! So happy all these amazing people are creating such wonderful opportunities for folks. When topics aren't discussed in regular education...well, that's when innovative people have to create learning opportunities for everyone. Good going, guys!

Posted by Sherry Froman on 01/16/2015 at 8:44 AM

Re: “PROFILE: René de Guzman

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Posted by Editor on 01/15/2015 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Shell-Shocked

I am a small boat fisherman, but the first lines of this story insure I wont read it. The industry has real problems without this kind of bashing of one another.

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Posted by Rick McNamara on 01/15/2015 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown Channels His Inner Republican

Yes, and Brown is taking $250 million in cap and trade money to throw at his dumb high-speed rail project. He's both a meany and a dummy.

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Posted by Rob Anderson on 01/15/2015 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown Channels His Inner Republican

Meany faced Jerry Brown has failed to narrow income disparity, and he insists that paying down debt and saving money for stupid stuff like pensions is good policy.
Meanwhile I am going to vote yes for every state bond issue, and sales tax increase that I see at election time. Then, I am going to blame Brown; and not the legislature or the electorate if the state ends up bankrupt.

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Posted by roberttownsenddc346c on 01/15/2015 at 2:40 PM

Re: “California's Legalization Quagmire

"Be very afraid of someone who says "Our belief about what is right has to be put aside""

Sounds like the MJ Taliban speaking.

Fact is that California once was a leader in moving ahead on MJ reform. Now we've fallen 'way behind. We need to move forward. MJ reform isn't about catering to a new MJ industry or MJ medical movement but stopping all the destructive drug war stuff, getting potheads out of prison, etc.

Important to keep one's mind on reality.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/15/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Jerry Brown Channels His Inner Republican

Governor Jerry has turned out to be a bum. nothing like his father who helped to build California. While he dithers with his toy train we are in the wickedest drought in centuries and no plans for desalinization until it is too late. The 2 party system is DOA and California needs to lead the nation in dumping it. All they represent is big money and more misery for Californians in the years to come. Lining their pockets and that of their friends they are the greatest fleece artists in the world. Too bad we don't need fleece.

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Posted by Steve Redmond on 01/15/2015 at 11:07 AM
Posted by Valerie Stone on 01/15/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Shell-Shocked

What William said .

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Posted by Valerie Stone on 01/15/2015 at 9:19 AM

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