Wednesday, November 7, 2012

California Vote A Mixed Bag For Marijuana Law Reformers

by David Downs
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

It's a great day to be American drug law reformer, but a less awesome day to be a Californian one. The buzz from the sudden legalization of pot for adults over 21 in two states hasn't worn off, but when it does, California's mixed bag of election results will be part of the hangover.

President Obama
The President took 59.1 percent of the vote in California and the U.S. gave him four more years. Read up on what that means here.

Drug war enthusiast Sen. Diane Feinstein also retains her secure seat with 61.4 percent of the vote.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What Obama's Re-election Means for Medical Marijuana, Also: Colorado and Washington Legalize Pot!

by David Downs
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:53 PM

The re-election of President Barack Obama Tuesday represents the least bad outcome for the medical marijuana and overall decriminalization movement, given the President's track record, and his rival's statements about the issue.

GOP candidate Mitt Romney promised to fight medical marijuana "tooth and nail" if he was elected. Barack Obama's administration has cracked down on the medical marijuana industry in the last year, while stating that it respects state medical marijuana laws.

We expect elements of the crackdown to continue in the next four years, if only because there's too much bureaucratic inertia to stop the 70 year-long federal war on the plant. But many activists hope the President will tackle drug law reform, now that he doesn't have to win another election.

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Election Day Voting Guides from Marijuana Policy Project, and the Drug Policy Forum of California

by David Downs
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM

All the attention in the weed world today is on Washington Initiative 502, Colorado Amendment 64, Oregon Measure 80, and the Presidential Election, but massive changes to pot policy often start at the local level.

Here in California, a number of communities will go to the polls today to vote for and against medical marijuana dispensaries. Voters will also be choosing representatives that may or may not support medical marijuana in the state legislature, as well as in Congress. Voters will also be picking local councilmembers and even school board members whose positions on pot will have more local effect than another edict from Washington D.C.

The folks at the Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Policy Forum of California as well as Americans for Safe Access have taken on the massive task of parsing candidates' pot positions, and writing voter guides. Read them over, and then go rock the vote.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Thanks, Esquire Magazine for "Introducing the Great Marijuana Prohibitionists of 2012"

by David Downs
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Kudos, Esquire Magazine guest blogger John H. Richardson, for further exposing professional Drug War hawk Paul Chabot. Your lengthy, detailed article well-synopsizes his arguments against legalizing pot in Colorado, Washington and Oregon, and shows how Chabot's heart is in the right place, but, he crazy.

"... a lot of research says prohibition of alcohol actually worked," Chabot informs Esquire and the known world.

"We try to fight back against the San Francisco values," Chabot states. ... "Bottom line, Chabot believes the fight against marijuana is a fight against evil itself," Richardson states.

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