Rupert Baxter 
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Re: “As Housing Crisis Rages, Hayward City Council Prioritizes Large Estates

"The article says that these will be large quarter acre lots when the facts are that the lots will be 10,000 sq ft on average"

10,000 square feet is equal to 0.23 acres.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 07/18/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “California Legalization Campaign Launches With Top-Shelf Officials, Tepid Polling, Dangerous Foes

Although the poll is worrying, it could well be an outlier - the Probolsky poll this past February showed 60% overall support statewide, with the Bay at 69%, LA County at 65%, Central Valley 54%, Other Southern CA 53%, Other Northern CA 57%.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 05/09/2016 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Dubious Stock Pitched As California Marijuana Legalization ‘Campaign Donation’; Our Rating: Sell

John Thomas: Well put. Let me go further to try to illuminate where our priorities should be. If AUMA passed and _every single jurisdiction_ in California decided to ban recreational marijuana business of all types - every single city, every single county, between Crescent City, Alturas, San Diego, and El Centro - it would not be an ideal situation, but AUMA would still have been a great victory. The point is to stop criminalizing personal use and growth, stop the drug war which destroys the lives of thousands of people, predominantly of color: that is the moral priority.*

Setting up a viable commercial structure, eliminating the black market, and ensuring safe access is important but secondary, and to some extent must be be a battle for another day.

* And no blather, please, about AUMA criminalizing activity: the vast majority of AUMA's criminal provisions are eliminating or loosening penalties, it merely doesn't create the no-regulation libertarian utopia absolutists seem to want; it does explicitly gives the Legislature authority to further loosen penalties down the line by majority vote as we work out the ideal set of rules.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 03/12/2016 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Dubious Stock Pitched As California Marijuana Legalization ‘Campaign Donation’; Our Rating: Sell

I have some magic beans to donate to MCLR. That giant really know how to collect signatures.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 03/10/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Legalization Is NOT A Burning Issue for Californians

The implication, FF, is that because so many voters in the Californian center do not see recreational legalization as a burning cause in itself, a lot of little things could make them vote no on an initiative. That means there will have to be a lot of elements that activists dislike - things like limits on personal grows, continued local government veto power, continued penalties for under-21 use, etc. Once legalization takes place, those things can be re-looked at.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 12/12/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “California’s Leading Legalization Initiative Gathers Momentum

Curious, Kevin, what are your problems with CRTAUMA? I've seen you on other threads here supporting the new AB266 structure, and CRTAUMA is very much going down the same path of marijuana-as-commercial-product.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 12/11/2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “California’s Leading Legalization Initiative Gathers Momentum

The actual full text with amendments is now up on the Attorney General's website, FYI.

Posted by Rupert Baxter on 12/09/2015 at 2:40 PM

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