Go Back   Nintendo Wii Forum > Wiispace Community > Open Topic > Politics / Debate
 FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

WON'T YOU JOIN US?
You are not a registered member and
are viewing this site as a guest.
Registration is simple and FREE.
Join this CrowdGather community today.
Registration offers the following perks:

» Less advertising throughout
» Post and participate in discussions
» Network with other forum members
» Free private messaging

join

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-15-2009, 12:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
KFletch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 6,163
KFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond repute
Friends: (110)
Marijuana Legalization on CA 2010 Ballot


The Tax & Regulate Cannabis 2010 campaign has just achieved a major victory in its efforts to legalize marijuana for all adults in California -- they have gathered the signatures necessary for inclusion on the state's November ballot.

"This is the next step to sane cannabis policies and the end to the hypocrisy and unjust prohibition of cannabis," pot entrepreneur Richard Lee told me this morning. He is a major sponsor of the Tax Cannabis initiative and the force -- and money -- behind Oaksterdam, the successful marijuana-friendly section of Oakland.

This win means that Californians will be the first in the nation to decide whether they believe marijuana ought be taxed and regulated for all adults over 21, much the same way alcohol is.

The drug reform movement's eyes will be on California next year, because many advocates believe that if the initiative passes, many other states could follow.

Support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high, with polls ranging from 44 to 52 percent national support. In California, where marijuana has been legalized for medical use since 1996, 56 percent support legalization.

This may be why the campaign's organizers were able to gather so many signatures -- nearly 700,000 -- so quickly. Lee tells me the signature-gathering effort was launched only two months before they had achieved that massive number, although legally they were allotted five months to come up with the signatures. Lee collected a couple hundred himself.

Dale Sky Clare, the executive chancellor of Oaksterdam University, says there were at least 3,000 petitioners collecting signatures -- and they didn't have to work too hard to sell the cause. "Usually, before someone signs a ballot petition, they want to read it, see what itís about, ask questions. But in our case, people didnít even have to finish hearing the sentence -- 'legalize marijuana' was enough," Clare laughs.

By the last week of November, Tax Cannabis had handily exceeded the 433,971 required signatures it needed for ballot qualification and ended the petitioning stage of its campaign.

Clare and Lee share a celebratory and hopefully soothing joint as they field a barrage of calls from the mainstream media. They'll officially submit the signatures sometime in February, I hear Lee tell one reporter, so that they qualify for the November ballot instead of the one in June, which is expected to have a less favorable voter turnout.

Once they submit the signatures, the state will have 90 days to verify them. As long as the minimum amount of the signatures are valid, the ballot is a go.

So far, just over $1 million has been put into the campaign. Most of that money has come from Oaksterdam University, an institution Lee founded to prepare workers for roles in the cannabis industry. Lee says he has put some of his own money into the campaign, and a few other minor donors have also been moved to give.

"We're looking to raise $7 to 20 million" for the entire campaign, Lee says, "depending on opposition and how successful our fundraising is."

For the moment, Lee sees only a segment of the law enforcement lobby as opposition -- specifically, the California Narcotic Officers' Association. Calls to and requests for comment from the CNOA were not returned by the time this story was published.

Regarding fundraising, Clare acknowledges that the economic recession may result in supporters not being able to donate as much as they might otherwise. However, there are strong economic indicators for why this may nevertheless be the right initiative at the right time.

The Board of Equalization, California's tax regulator and the agency charged with collecting alcohol and tobacco taxes, estimates that legalizing marijuana could generate about $1.4 billion in tax revenue annually.

Further, the California Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) published a report stating that legal marijuana would free up "several tens of millions of dollars annually" in correctional and law enforcement resources, which would in turn redirect funds to more urgent matters.

As of Dec. 1, California's debt was $83.5 billion. It is the largest borrower in the country, and pays 21.3 percent more interest on its nearly-junk-rated debt than states with the highest ratings. Public school systems and social programs are feeling the brunt of the debt crisis, which has even included closing national state parks, a source of wounded pride for many outdoorsy Californians.

"The political climate currently has finally allowed for this discussion, though this is a discussion we've been pushing for decades," Clare tells me, as she takes one last puff of her joint before she and Lee leave for a meeting where they will nail down the official talking points for the next stage of the campaign. "So why wait?"

Link




__________________



KFletch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 12:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
meatwad420's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 5,333
meatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond repute
Friends: (11)
yeah, i heard about this...good stuff.

i wish it was nationwide.
__________________



"Get baked and watch a space documentary. It'll change your life."
meatwad420 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 12:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
KFletch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 6,163
KFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond repute
Friends: (110)
Quote:
Originally Posted by meatwad420 View Post
yeah, i heard about this...good stuff.

i wish it was nationwide.
It's one step closer..
__________________



KFletch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 12:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Eanxsh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: sacramento
Posts: 3,144
Eanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to Eanxsh Send a message via Skype™ to Eanxsh
Friends: (39)
<--Ca native lmao. Not into weed at all but singed a lot of petitions for you potheads. Rather have high driving then drunk driving. The facts are there more safer than drunk driving.
__________________



Post-E3 wants


Eanxsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 12:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
KFletch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 6,163
KFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond reputeKFletch has a reputation beyond repute
Friends: (110)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eanxsh View Post
<--Ca native lmao. Not into weed at all but singed a lot of petitions for you potheads. Rather have high driving then drunk driving. The facts are there more safer than drunk driving.
Well all the CA smokers appreciate your signature.
And if it becomes national, the rest of us will aswell.
__________________



KFletch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 12:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Eanxsh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: sacramento
Posts: 3,144
Eanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond reputeEanxsh has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to Eanxsh Send a message via Skype™ to Eanxsh
Friends: (39)
Quote:
Originally Posted by KFletch View Post
Well all the CA smokers appreciate your signature.
And if it becomes national, the rest of us will aswell.
I try to do my part. Lol but yea I mainly singed it to see where it would go if this goes national going to be so ****ing interesting to watch how it plays out.
__________________



Post-E3 wants


Eanxsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 12:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
meatwad420's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 5,333
meatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond reputemeatwad420 has a reputation beyond repute
Friends: (11)
yeah...anyone who says driving high is the equivalent of driving drunk obviously hasnt experimented with pot...lol.
__________________



"Get baked and watch a space documentary. It'll change your life."
meatwad420 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 01:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 7
kevs! is on a distinguished road
Friends: (0)
this is win.
kevs! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 03:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Balore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Waterford/Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 1,050
Balore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond reputeBalore has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to Balore Send a message via MSN to Balore
Friends: (29)
Win, indeed. This is the perfect story to go to bed to, so I must thank you for posting it. California is no small victory; hopefully, other states will soon follow. We can hope.

To bed, I go. :3
__________________

Balore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2009, 03:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
Member
 
chezsu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Nosgoth
Posts: 306
chezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond reputechezsu has a reputation beyond repute
Friends: (15)
Quality news!!!!

I've always wanted to smoke a joint with the Terminator.
chezsu is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
© 2008-2016 Crowdgather