Harry Bawls 
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Re: “California Appeals Court: Cities Can Ban All Medical Marijuana Homegrowing

Honestly I think Prop 19 was a poorly written piece of excrement that gave local governments way too much control. We don't need local politicians piling on exorbitant taxes that would drive the price back into the black market range or banning sales altogether. The whole reason medical marijuana is such a mess right now is because the state allows the counties and cities to set their own rules rather than impose a statewide code. Any initiative that allows individual municipalities to draft their own rules will always end up with the peoples will being subverted. Look at the numbers, WE THE PEOPLE want legalization, regulation, and taxation. The few, those dinosaurs that hold office, are overwhelmingly against us and will openly defy us the first chance they get. They are and have always been opposed to reform and will no doubt take their prejudices to the grave. The closer we get to our goals the more they spew 1930's Reefer Madness propaganda and hope we'll still swallow it. If we won't keep cannabis illegal they'll do it for us. I'm actually glad prop 19 failed, it was a bad law. We can do much better than that. We must have one set of rules for the entire state, protect users from unreasonable drug testing for a legal substance that they indulge in at home in their off duty hours, and protect us from our own LE by banning them from aiding the feds.

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Posted by Harry Bawls on 12/03/2013 at 8:11 PM

Re: “California Appeals Court: Cities Can Ban All Medical Marijuana Homegrowing

There's a simple solution to all of this. Currently being circulated is The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/lzmxzw9) which has until Feb 24 to gather 504,760 signatures. This is the "Jack Herrer Initiative" for those of you familiar with it. It REQUIRES that "Sufficient community outlets be licensed to provide reasonable commercial access to people of legal age, so as to discourage and prevent the misuse of, and illicit traffic in, such products". The law would also limit cannabis drug screening for employment and insurance purposes, disallow any and all state, county, and city law enforcement from aiding the feds in any way, and establish a review of all persons convicted of non-violent cannabis crimes.
It's time to spell out in no uncertain terms that sales and cultivation WILL be allowed and that it is the law of the land. We need to take away the ability of local drug warriors to arbitrarily pass laws that are in direct opposition of the peoples will. This initiative can do exactly that. I know that 2014 is an off election year with historically low voter turn out but if everyone in favor of this bill were to take a few minutes out of their day to cast their ballot it would pass. So PLEASE people, get out the vote!

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Posted by Harry Bawls on 12/03/2013 at 1:32 PM

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