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Activists Want Marijuana on the 2010 Ballot


Aired 7/29/09

A group of activists from Oakland have filed a ballot initiative that could legalize marijuana in California.

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Above: Reporter Tom Fudge speaks with San Diego Week host Gloria Penner about medical marijuana and attempts to legalize pot in California.

— A group of activists from Oakland have filed a ballot initiative that could legalize marijuana in California.

The Cannabis Act of 2010 would allow the use, cultivation and taxation of marijuana under California law. Richard Lee, one of the sponsors, says his initiative would also allow local governments to regulate any marijuana operations that lead to commercial sales. He says polls show that more than half of state residents already want marijuana legalized.

"The numbers are generally going our way," says Lee. "As more of the World War II generation is replaced by younger voters, we gain votes."

Lee says his ballot measure would be a first step toward full legalization of a drug that would still be prohibited by federal law. He says he expects to raise more than a million dollars to collect signatures to qualify for the 2010 ballot. His is one of two pot legalization ballot measures filed with the state Attorney General's office this year.

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vaincre | July 29, 2009 at 2:31 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

I think all people in prison should be forced to smoke pot each day at regular intervals. Instead of working out and fighting. There would be a lot of guys with the munchies, fighting would be over food; besides what guy wants to have sex with a very large stoned man in prison?

When they get out just keep giving them stamps for pot, food, and cable. No recidivism for a fraction of the price. They are all stoned and overweight. Problem solved! Next?

We must think!

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ImStoned | July 30, 2009 at 4:44 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

When I can actually come to beleive "our" government could be honest with it's people and allow the truth be told you can see the benifits of this wonderful "God" made plant. The government didn't tell you in the 70's they found using marijuana stop the progression of some brain tumors and in some cases distroyed them? Can you get them to explain to me why they produce synthtic THC and sell it as meranol yet say there is no medical use for it? Can they show me one case when someone died from using marijuana? No because there aren't any recorded cases. If you ever looked into just how currupted it is during federal court cases you will see that evidence can only be used if they allow it, does not matter if your right or wrong within the laws of the state that you live in. Peoples lives have been and continue to be ruined behind this plant most people have tried once in their life time. This government we support was created for us by us and we have no control over anything anymore. These same people saying using marijuana is wrong think it's right to send S.W.A.T. teams into your home, treat you as though you were a terriost in your own country because of a harmless plant. Kicking in your doors, holding loaded guns in your face, slamming you to the ground with their boot in your throat and your families behind a plant that has never killed anyone from it's use to date since the beginning of it's use. Marijuana users are the easiest targets that can be found, they usually are peaceful, quite, polite people, we are your neighbors and we do help because we do care. We are no different than you in that we just want to get along and learn to live together. Give peace a chance, please. You can see for your selves if the truth they tell you is the truth you find.

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