Petition Drive to Legalize Marijuana Approved

Categories: Marijuana
When are we going to stop toking ballot initiatives?
Pot advocates are taking another stab at legalization with a proposed measure that would dictate pot growers be regulated in the same way as microbrewers and vintners. Home growers would be be left alone, sales would be taxed, and nobody would be charged criminally for possession under the proposed law.

The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012 has been certified, which means that backers can begin gathering the more than half-million signatures they'd need to put it before voters.

The wine and beer angle adds a new twist to the pitch given by marijuana merchants who backed the the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which promised a bonanza for government if only tax collectors could skim marijuana profits.
According to the measure's official language:
 
The regulation of marijuana will benefit the People of the State of California by reducing criminal gang activity, promoting agriculture, creating jobs by creating a new hemp industry in the State of California, and reduce the fiscal and overpopulation burdens on the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
This time around, backers plan to also pitch the idea that pot is like beer and wine. They seem to be saying that, since marijuana, like beer and wine, makes you dizzy, it should therefore should be regulated by the same agencies.

Under the proposal pot sales would be overseen by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the California Health and Safety Code would be modified so as not to outlaw marijuana. Like it's 2010 predecessor, the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act seems to propose a federal-state jurisdictional quagmire. Federal law prohibits marijuana sales, but the proposed ballot measure aims to solve this problem by making it illegal to follow or abide by federal anti-marijuana laws.

Regardless of jurisdictional arguments, all state, local, elected, appointed, hired employees, officers, and officials shall refuse to and shall not cooperate with or assist federal, state, or local officials or employees who would eradicate marijuana, act for seizure or forfeiture, or defeat any liberally construed purpose of this Act, or to operate under any contract or arrangement to repeal or circumvent this Act directly or indirectly, or to follow or to abide by any federal laws or regulations that are in conflict with this Act. 
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Male_DV_Victim
Male_DV_Victim

Those who REALLY oppose it are the drug cartels and law enforcement, prisons and the court systems.

THAT is why it failed in California.

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.   If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.   Here's one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from the registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/...   The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, will allow states to decide how they will regulate marijuana. Email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Ele... and ask them to sign on as a CO-SPONSOR of HR 2306.And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

Dave K
Dave K

Let's get it right this time!!!

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.

If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

Here's one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from the registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/...

The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, will allow states to decide how they will regulate marijuana. Email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Ele... and ask them to sign on as a CO-SPONSOR of HR 2306.And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

mam
mam

Legalize it every where in US!!!! It could very well be a great industry for putting people to work, save money on the wasted effort to arrest a few people in one County while another County thrives on pot money. Right now there is lots of people breaking the law, that are doing very well, while the ones that go out and try to make a legal living are barely getting by. The ones that grow Marijuana are the ones that are the most against legalizing it, they make a very good  income mainly being tax free, a large amount get free medical for their kids because even though many make at least 100.000 a year they are LOW income on record. Many pot growers have a fake income to pay a low amount of taxes so they can show some legal income, but it is a very small percent of their actual income..

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

 

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to dounto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexualpredators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’shome confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuanaplants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own familymembers in jail over marijuana.

If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, itwould be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals outof business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americansgrow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

Here's one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals andcollecting a fee from the registered growers (and bringing in thousands ofdollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way tobuild a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pa​ges...

 

The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, willallow states to decide how they will regulate marijuana. Email your Congresspe­rsonand Senators at http://www­.usa.gov/C­ontact/Ele­cted.shtml and ask them tosign on as a CO-SPONSOR of HR 2306.And a big THANK YOU to the courageous­, freedom lo­ving legislator­s,governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through!You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

And here we go again . ...pot is not like wine, and medical pot is not wine at all.  It's time to let the "tax tax tax until we drop" idiots stop it!  We don't need no stinkin' regulation, we don't need no stinkin' IDs and we don't need no stinkin' TAXES!  All that does is keep the price high so that there will be a black market (as with tobacco, as with counterfeit goods, etc) and we'll still have to pay to enforce and then punish those who transgress yet another law! 

Sean
Sean

That's why I have lost my faith in California legalizing MJ. It's people like you who want to live your outlaw rebel rock star life style and have prohibition do your dirty work. If you are indeed a dealer, I hope the police break down your door since you and your quisling ally stoners gotta have that prohibition to protect your filthy interests.

Pascal Burton
Pascal Burton

Yeah one of these tards that think one of their dream hippie bills will pass Your full legalization bills will not pass !!!!!!!! A full legalization will not pass !!

Here is the Judge James Gray Talking about his bill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

This is a great bill !!!!!!!!! Well done Judge !!! Well done !!!!

jonboy1
jonboy1

Let me guess, you sell marijuana for a living?? This is the best law written to date on legalizing mj.

Bstoll2
Bstoll2

Sounds like a windfall for pot lawyers.Giving Washington the finger will result in lots of court cases.All the lawyers invading California should go back home and work there...

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

ALL of the laws have been about getting mo' money for lawyers and politicians.  That's why they keep writing such gawdawful laws, and refuse to do anything about the Federal law.  After all, lawyers gotta live, too . .. so of course their pals in office won't do the right thing!  Not when they can keep getting rich and more "donations" ,.  .. 

Msulka
Msulka

love that last paragraph

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

So technically any state or local agency that took money from pot would then be guilty of racketeering, at the very least.  Until the Feds take Pot off Schedule, why on earth do the politiHOS keep demanding more and more money?  Isn't that even worse than a protection racket, because they are doing it Under Color of Authority?

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