Monday, November 8, 2010

Daily Roundup: Pot Contests, 2011 Law Changes, Kooky 2012 Iniatives

by David Downs
Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 12:08 PM

1. Evidently, the race to the 2012 ballot is on. Too bad the bill favored by radicals is dead on arrival. The 'California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative 2012' is much more loose than the failed Prop 19 - it includes amnesty for convicts - and stands no chance of passing. Harborside Health Center's Stephen DeAngelo believes incremental change is something voters can believe in, not radical moves like Prop 19, he tells the SacBee. On other forums, smokers call for a boycott of Emerald Triangle voters who voted their pocketbooks over social justice.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Daily Roundup: Did Pot Kill Cooley's A.G. Campaign?

by David Downs
Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM

1. A massive drug tunnel with rail system between the US and Mexico was discovered, along with twenty tons of pot, authorities announced yesterday. Most of it is likely destined for other states. A recent RAND study found drug cartels make an estimated 3 percent of their revenue from pot sales to Californians, and seventeen percent of their total revenue from pot sales to the other states. "About 75 tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border have been unearthed in the last four years, most of them in various states of construction. The discovery comes two weeks after the Mexican military in Tijuana seized a record 134 tons of marijuana."

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bizarre Alliance: Tea Party, Dems Against Prop 19

by David Downs
Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Prop 19's failure to pass was not a gender thing. It mostly wasn't a race thing. And it's not a class thing. According to exit poll data gathered by CNN: it's a little bit of a Tea Party thing. And surely, Democrats, especially young Democrats, failed to support Prop 19 the way they did the rest of the ticket. But the issue cuts across traditional party lines. Cue the Tea Party. Coming out of the voting booth, the likeliest “no” voters on 19 were Republican conservatives who strongly identified with the Tea Party. They were more likely to be over 66, and out of work. The less schooling they had, the harder they broke against the measure, with those who hadn't finished high school voting 60-40 against.

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Why Prop 19 Lost: Apathy, Cash, Fear, Loathing

by David Downs
Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Prop 19 lost 46-54 Tuesday by around a half a million votes, and those lack of votes can be attributed to: youth voter apathy, funding problems, and a powerful attack from the front and the rear, among other factors. An exit poll done by Edison Research of 2,200 precincts Tuesday found just 10 percent of voters considered Prop 19 their number one issue. Paid for by the Los Angeles Times, the Edison poll showed half of voters thought the governor's race was the main event. Even among young voters, Prop 19 came in third in importance.

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Prop 19 Loses While Californians Resoundingly Endorse Local Pot Taxes, Regulation

by David Downs
Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM

'Don't stop believin' was the message from Prop 19 creator Richard Lee of Oakland after the initiative to tax and regulate pot lost by around 540,000 votes, 46 percent to 53 percent Tuesday night. About 3.3 million Californians voted for the measure, 3.9 million didn't. But Prop 19 is widely considered to have elevated the discussion about the nation's drug war to unprecedented levels, Lee said.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

'Rolling Stone' Magazine Founder Jann Wenner Chips In to 'Yes on 19'

by David Downs
Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner kicks in $2,500 for Yes on 19, according to late contribution reports. Yes on 19 reports youth turnout today in California is huge. “Youth turnout is so high that the polling location at San Diego State University has completely run out of provisional ballots. We're hearing that it will take 3 or 4 more hours to re-stock the ballots there,” Prop 19 says. Conversely, No on 19 declares victory, LAWeekly reports. "Support for Prop 19 is evaporating faster than bong water at Burning Man," No on 19 gloats. More news after the jump.

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Daily Roundup: Gmail Creator Pushes Prop 19

by David Downs
Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:07 AM

1. Gmail's creator joins one of Facebook co-founders in giving to Prop 19, TechCrunch reports. And Boing Boing endorses Prop 19. "Republicans for Prop 19" has been edited into a new video. No on 19 writer Robert Bonner, a former DEA official says in the SacBee, “Since federal law makes it a serious crime to sell and distribute marijuana, nobody is going to be reporting and paying taxes to California cities or the state.” Except California is already collecting more than $100 million in sales tax from dispensaries, in defiance of federal law, and those dispensaries are paying income taxes to the IRS as well. Several California cities already collect pot taxes and many more intend to do so. More debunking after the jump.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Daily Roundup: 'Due Date' Actor Zack Galifiniakis Ignites Support for 'Yes on 19'

by David Downs
Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM

1. Prop 19 goes to the voters in less than 24 hours. Absentee ballots are already being counted. San Francisco got to engage in early voting over the weekend. Prop 19 targeted battleground Los Angeles with television ads on Stewart and Colbert, as well as radio and door hangars. They bought a three-page ad that wraps around the Los Angeles Times. Yes on 19 will host an election day rally in Oakland Tuesday in front of Oakland City Hall from 10 a.m. until noon. The campaign is also hosting the last of four Telephone Town Hall meetings tonight at 7 p.m. Listen at (703) 485-4748, access code 2041. And in a blow to Stoners Against Legalization, the family of Peter Tosh has announced its strong support of Prop 19.

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