We were betrayed by our fellow stoners who voted no on Proposition 19. These selfish, ignorant assholes turned their back on decades of activism because this law wasn’t good enough for them. Prop 19 wasn’t perfect but you can’t hold out for perfection especially in the United States.
Prop 19 had the full support of every marijuana activism group including: NORML, MPP, SSDP, DPA, LEAP, IDPI and Cannabis Culture. In addition many, many more non-marijuana advocacy groups supported the legislation including police groups, labor unions, politicians and medical associations. Check out this list, Support for Prop 19. Even the Humboldt Medical Marijuana Advisory Panel supported it. Are the traitors smarter than the overwhelming group of supporters? Absolutely not. The traitors are misguided conspiracy theorists and profiteers of the current prohibition.
The reasons that were given by the traitors are as ludicrous as the war on drugs itself.
- Corporatization of cannabis
- High taxes on retail marijuana
- Prop 19 creates more restrictive regulations
- Medical Law (prop 213) will be abolished
Prop 19 allowed for the commercial production of marijuana. How is that a bad thing? The traitors argue that the evil corporations would add hazardous additives to the plant like tobacco companies do. If that did happen who cares? Prop 19 allowed you to grow your own pot. Why the fuck would anyone buy corporate weed if you can grow your own?
Mass production and marketing of marijuana will drastically increase the supply of cheap weed. That will bring the price down to a much more civilized level. Current prices vary from $150 to $400 per ounce. That is because of prohibition. In fact one of the DEA’s main objectives is to drive up the price of illegal drugs. Marijuana is a crop like any other and can be produced even easier than most mainstream crops. At today’s prices corn goes for about $7.50 per bushel. That’s 8 gallons of corn for $7.50, and corn is many times harder and more expensive to grow than marijuana. The $50 per ounce tax that Prop 19 calls for would still put marijuana at a much lower price than today. If Prop 19 passed high end pot would probably sell for $100 per ounce.
Prop 19 was not perfect and did in fact create some new penalties such as,
- Every person 21 years of age or older who knowingly sells or gives away marijuana to someone older than the age of 18 but younger than 21, shall be imprisoned in county jail for up to six months and fined up to $1,000 per offense.
- Any person who is licensed, permitted, or authorized to sell marijuana, who knowingly sells or gives away marijuana to someone under the age of 21 results in them being banned from owning, operating, or being employed by a licensed marijuana establishment for one year.
I don’t agree with any kind of legal age for alcohol, pot or any other substance. Unfortunately that is the paradigm in the United States. There are many countries with no legal age for alcohol and they are better off for it but that is an argument for another day. The traitors argue that Prop 19 would penalize medical users who are otherwise free under California Proposition 215. That is absolutely false. Prop 19 clearly states that Proposition 215 and SB 420 laws are exempt from the new law. “No on Prop 19” claims that there will be stoned drivers and people going to work stoned. That is clear outright propaganda.
The stoners against Prop 19 also argued that marijuana is still illegal under federal law and that growers, sellers and users could still be prosecuted by the DEA. That is true but what do you expect? Prop 19 was isolated to the state of California. It had zero power at the federal level. It was unfortunate but expected that the feds announced that they would “vigorously enforce” federal drug laws against Californians who grow or sell marijuana for recreational use even if voters pass the legalization measure. This kind of federal meddling really casts doubt on the freedom that the US federal government frequently trumpets about. In addition Govenator Arnold signed bill SB 1449 which reduces simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction. In doing so Schwarzenegger intentionally took some of the wind out of the sails of Prop 19 at a very important time.
Who are the traitors that fucked over Regulate, Control & Tax Cannabis Act?
Dennis Peron, author of Prop 215 which legalized medical marijuana in California in 1996. Prop 215 has done amazing things for the movement. It allowed medical marijuana to be grown, distributed and used legally as well as the medical marijuana dispensaries that we see today. Peron opposes Prop 19 because he does not believe in the recreational use of marijuana. He literally does not believe. Peron was quoted saying “I don’t even understand what recreational marijuana is, people say they feel high. What were you feeling before that? Not high? Low? In other words, you were depressed.” Nobody is that naive. Peron is clearly opposed to Prop 19 because he does not want any competition for his pot friendly bed and breakfast in San Fransisco.
Fortunately Dennis Peron has already tasted justice. He was recently arrested on hard drug and child porn charges. Ironically he understands the recreational use of methamphetamine and ecstasy.
Dragonfly De La Luz
Dragonlfly aka Stephanie Taylor is a San Francisco-based cannabis and travel writer for Skunk Magazine. She has received the most media attention of all the traitors. Se started a blog titled “Stoners Against the Prop 19 Tax Cannabis Initiative.” On this blog she spews all kinds of conspiracy theory and misguided information against Prop 19. Dragonfly erroneously says growers who want to legally cultivate will have to pay $211,000 a year to do so. She was quoted, “Obviously there’s no space for the mom-and-pop small-time farmer who have been living off marijuana legally since 1996.”
Medical Dispensary Owners
In a Huffington Post article a dispensary owner named “Craig” was interviewed. Here is a quote,
“I’ll give you two reasons, one is big tobacco. Did you know that Phillip Morris just bought 400 acres of land up in Northern California? The minute marijuana becomes legal, they’ll mass produce and flood the market. And of course, they’ll add the same toxins they put in regular cigarettes to get you addicted, and very little THC, so you’ll have to buy more… In short, they’re going to ruin weed.” He gestured around his beloved shop, with every flavor of every strain, in its purist form, selling for at-cost prices. “I like the way things are now.”
Phillip Morris 400 acre thing is a phony conspiracy theory in case you were wondering.
Medical Marijuana Growers
Many growers oppose Prop 19 for the same reason as “Craig”. They are making a handsome profit the way things are. I hope these selfish mother fuckers get what they deserve. Here’s a good article on the growers of Mendocino County in California.
Dragonlfy and the other traitors claim that the godfather of marijuana activism and one of my heros, Jack Herer, opposed Prop 19. Herer was great activist who did more for the movement than anyone, ever. He died this year on April 15. He initially opposed Prop 19 because he wanted full and free legalization. He saw marijuana as a gift from god and wanted, as we all do, absolutely zero restrictions on its use and cultivation. Jack’s son Dan Herer wrote the following in a letter to members of the cannabis community,
Jack ‘wanted it all’ and Prop 19 is just part of that dream. Unfortunately Jack passed away before Prop 19 made the 2010 ballot; so many people think he would still oppose it. We don’t believe that, and we ask that everyone stop saying he would cling to that position as we move toward the Nov. 2 vote. He was smart and had the political savvy to know that once a measure is on the ballot, the time for bickering has passed. That is why he campaigned for Prop 215 despite its shortcomings. That is why, were he able, he would now be telling voters to rally around and Vote Yes on Prop 19.
Unfortunately these traitors, profiteers and conspiracy theorists managed to suck in enough people to vote down Prop 19. The ballot initiative was defeated with 53.9% of California voters voting ‘No’. All the marijuana advocacy groups who tried their best to get Prop 19 passed agree that despite the loss a nationwide and perhaps even worldwide debate has been sparked. People are beginning to listen and the truth is getting a lot harder to hide. The lies and evils of the war on drugs are more obvious than ever. Marijuana legalization in North America is no longer a fringe issue. A new law called the Jack Herer Initiative had been filed in California for 2012. This new initiative is a much more pure form of legalization than Prop 19.
I just want to say fuck you to the traitors. I hope you all spend years in a federal prison.