Posts tagged prop. 19

With them are the prison builders and operators, plus the lawyers, judges, guards and street cops who make their livings off the human agony of this endless stream of meaningless arrests. To their credit, some of these — especially cops who actually care about controlling actual crime — have come out for legalization.

Then come the alcohol and tobacco pushers who don’t want the competition from a recreational substance that — like renewable energy — can be raised and controlled locally. Ditto Big Pharma, which fears marijuana as a superior anti-depressant with healing capabilities far beyond a whole multi-billlion-dollar arsenal of prescription drugs with deadly side effects. They fear an herbal medicine whose warning labels will be limited to statements like: “Caution — use of this healing herb may lead to excessive desire for chocolate cup cakes.”
Of course, to recoup much of the lost youth turnout for these mid-term elections, many might wonder why the Obama administration isn’t taking a more lenient stance on the recent attempts to legalize marijuana in California. Turnout for the November elections in California this year are up significantly, largely because of the widespread support marijuana legalization has from young voters (54% of whom support it, against 34% who oppose). Endorsing the proposition could prove beneficial for many Democratic candidates.

“He’s not listening to the majority of the people who elected him,” said SaraSue Crawford of Jacksonville, Fla. in an interview with the Associated Press. “It’s like he’s ignoring his base.”

Most of Obama’s liberal base (well over half of whom support the legalization of marijuana) are probably saying the same thing about his administration’s recent stance on California’s Prop 19 – the ballot initiative which would legalize the growth and sale of weed.
…Our nearly century-long experiment in banning marijuana has failed as abysmally as Prohibition did, and California may now be pioneering a saner approach. Sure, there are risks if California legalizes pot. But our present drug policy has three catastrophic consequences.

First, it squanders billions of dollars that might be better used for education. California now spends more money on prisons than on higher education. It spends about $216,000 per year on each juvenile detainee, and just $8,000 on each child in the troubled Oakland public school system.
…Proposition 19 isn’t the first marijuana reform to encounter Senator Feinstein’s open hostility. While she currently claims to support medical marijuana, she of course vehemently opposed California’s original medical marijuana initiative, Proposition 215. The marijuana criminalization she continues to defend costs California hundreds of millions of dollars every year in scarce public safety dollars futilely policing a massive, unregulated black market. Marijuana prohibition inflicts criminal sanctions on 61,000 low-level possession offenders in California every year - triple the number in 1990. These failed prohibition policies are universally race-based in their selective enforcement, with African Americans and Latinos disproportionately targeted by law enforcement.

Dave Tosh for Proposition 19


...the rest of the story about the prohibitionist that KNSD left out

A medical cannabis dispensary is broken in to: windows are broken, joints are stolen and images of the perp in the act are captured on security cameras. For some kind of counterpoint in the story, the author goes to a local prohibitionist :

John Redman opposed Propositions 215, which legalized medical marijuana in California. He is also fighting against Prop 19.

“In a location where you have drugs and money and people think there won’t be crime? No. These dispensaries have lots of crime,” said the Director of Communities in Action.

He believes passing Prop. 19 will bring even more crime to San Diego neighborhoods.

“I get phone calls every week from people who live around the dispensaries and the problems they are having,” Redman said.

Mr. Mackey: kids, drugs are bad. m'kay?So there you go: that’s the say so from a man that doesn’t have any advanced degree in either law, health or behavior science.

The whole mode of seeking a counter-point on a subject from a source that will make a short, strong statement regardless of the source being credible or not has worn thin for me. While this kind of story construction is something that a broadcast journalist can use repeatedly in small and medium broadcast markets, a precedent has been set that using these kinds of conventions won’t get you very far in national markets, they don’t make for interesting journalism - they only remind you of the nags set in front of you in school to Stigmatize Certain Behaviors For Your Own Good™ before you graduated from high school. And the author, Ms. Payton, has a record of putting packages together demonizing cannabis, but I don’t recall her or anyone broadcasting a package about the racial inequalities in the enforcement of this prohibition on any television station in San Diego.

Perhaps Ms. Payton has to keep up this line of work not just because it’s a convention and the subject of an initiative next week, but also to keep up appearances: the organization that Redman runs and alleges to be registered with the California Secretary of State cannot be found anywhere on the Secretary of State’s website; Neither Communities In Action nor Committee Against the Legalization of Marijuana can be found as donors to either organization (which may be one in the same because the registered Prop. 19 opposition groups use the same filer ID - # 1326337 - to report contributions and expenditures). So many have professional appearances to keep and so few have the courage to challenge conventional wisdom (sic).

It’s all a matter of what you think makes a better news story: regurgitating conventions and clichés or exposing the hypocrisy or ineptitude of someone clawing and scratching his way to become relevant to a public debate. It seems that it is easier for KNSD to stick with the tried-and-true formula, even though it’s a subject of ridicule in pop culture.

Just Say Now Phone Banking: People LOVE Being Called For Prop 19!

We’re experiencing something I’ve never seen before with the Just Say Now Prop 19 phone banking: the people we’re calling LOVE being called.

Sure, we’re targeting people in the 18-29 age group who are likely to support marijuana legalization. And with 94% awareness of Prop 19 in that group, we knew there was going to be enthusiasm.

Give me a Spanish script and I’ll be in great shape.

The report concludes that, between savings and tax revenue, government budgets would improve by $17.4 billion annually if we regulated marijuana, and approximately $88 billion annually if we regulated all drugs.
Today, I have a lot of successful friends who used marijuana when they were younger, are glad they never were arrested, but say they will vote against Prop. 19 because they don’t want to send the wrong message. In part, I think, they want the government to do their parenting for them. But it’s wrong to criminalize behavior - possession of up to an ounce of (nonmedical) marijuana remains a misdemeanor in California - to send a message. You criminalize behavior that threatens public safety. While marijuana use can threaten public safety, in every way, laws against marijuana enrich criminal cartels.
Debra J. Saunders,
Prop. 19 - End marijuana prohibition, vote yes

evidence of cannabis damaging the capacity reason?