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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

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

There is absolutely no doubt now that the majority of Americans want to completely legalize marijuana nationwide. Our numbers grow on a daily basis.

The prohibitionist view on marijuana is the viewpoint of a minority and rapidly shrinking percentage of Americans. It is based upon decades of lies and propaganda.

Each and every tired old lie they have propagated has been thoroughly proven false by both science and society.

Their tired old rhetoric no longer holds any validity. The vast majority of Americans have seen through the sham of marijuana prohibition in this day and age. The number of prohibitionists left shrinks on a daily basis.

With their credibility shattered, and their not so hidden agendas visible to a much wiser public, what's left for a marijuana prohibitionist to do?

Maybe, just come to terms with the fact that 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!...and Support All Marijuana Legalization Efforts!

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 08/26/2015 at 6:40 AM

Re: “California Legalization Measure to Debut Soon

Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called "Addiction Specialists" who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, - Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don't have one.

The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

Legalize Nationwide!

Posted by Brian Kelly B Bizzle on 08/26/2015 at 6:40 AM

Re: “A 2013 Outdoor Medical Pot Preview

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Posted by Editor on 08/17/2015 at 1:10 PM

Re: “A 2013 Outdoor Medical Pot Preview

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Posted by Editor on 08/17/2015 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Life After Melinda Haag

The stench of the war on drugs, which like all wars, is a war on people, pervades our bureaucratic Puritan culture.

Important that the article points out the ongoing support for the war among local agencies.

The only real answer is total decriminalization at every bureaucratic level.

Medical marijuana is not an answer--it means ongoing regulation and ongoing creation of criminals and injustice system victims all in the name of bureaucratic income.

Some people will have read a bit of history about Prohibition. We have never learned!

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/12/2015 at 9:10 AM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

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Posted by Editor on 08/08/2015 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Oakland's Problem with Rogue Dispensaries

"The City of Oakland is renowned for pioneering cannabis regulations and its policies have served as a model in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana."

And the city's ability to carry out policy and to regulate appropriately is a total mess.

Oakland.

Needless to say the solution to the government-created problem is complete decriminalization/legalization.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/15/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Oakland's Problem with Rogue Dispensaries

Who care? Big deal.

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Posted by Justin Jewsus on 07/15/2015 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Oakland's Problem with Rogue Dispensaries

Article author: Champion street at MacArthur, where First Hemp Bank is located, is distinctly in the DIMOND district. Please don't tar Fruitvale's reputation by repeatedly referring to the wrong neighborhood.

Feel free to delete this comment after you have made that correction.

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Posted by Mas Nickopazno on 07/15/2015 at 7:12 AM

Re: “From Growing Marijuana Outdoors to Maximum THC

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Posted by Editor on 07/13/2015 at 7:44 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

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Posted by Editor on 07/12/2015 at 2:26 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Can President Obama do a executive order to change Marijuana from a schedule 1 drug by himself? Or does the FDA & Congress have to also approve the change.

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Posted by Kim Paluch Moore on 07/11/2015 at 8:51 PM

Re: “A Tectonic Shift for Marijuana

How can you tax sales on a non profit corp? They are donations. Perhaps a class action/group lawsuit would succeed in giving back to operators. They will definitely need to end the non profit and not for profit concept, because it is not reasonable to tax someone whose business model is to not make a profit.

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Posted by Jereme Fishel on 07/11/2015 at 6:35 PM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

It's Nixon's War on Drugs that is Breaking Americas Back,His Antiquated values,are outdated,and all laws prohibiting the use of Marijuana,Should be over-turned,and set cannibus free.

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Posted by Mark Bilsland on 07/11/2015 at 5:38 AM

Re: “It's Official: Marijuana Is Medicine

Half of these comments should be their own articles so I can share them on Facebook. As it is, I can only share this article and hope others read the comments.

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Posted by Perry Schwab on 07/10/2015 at 5:34 PM

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