Thursday, July 15, 2010
I've heard a couple of references to this over the past couple of days, thought I'd throw in my perspective ...
The State of California is preparing to vote on Prop. 19, the legalization of marijuana use.
They've already passed laws making it very easy to produce and dispense marijuana for 'medicinal' purposes. What a joke. Any pothead that wants to get some can get a sympathetic 'doctor' to write them a presecription - the California NORML organization even has a directory of doctors who will fill this 'need'. In all of the video and pictures I have seen of 'medical' marijuana operations and use in California, I have never seen anyone who looks remotely like a patient. Every single one of them is a refugee from a Cheech and Chong movie.
Potheads still claim that pot has medicinal purposes. That's a stretch - the only thing it can do is dull the senses and help relieve some pain. I recognize that is a legitimate use of the weed. However, the thousands of 'patients' in California don't all have terminal cancer. I would imagine that about 95% of all the prescriptions written out there have no medical basis whatsoever.
The whole left coast is on track to legalize the stuff. Once that happens, it will start moving eastward.
I have a question.
Smoking cigarrettes has been deemed to be an evil health risk. Tobacco has been demonized (rightfully so) to the point where tobacco use is rally shrinking. The Federal Government long ago deemed tobacco to be a public health risk, and has enforced many regulations and taxes on it, trying to make it go away. I hate cigarettes and tobacco. It took my father from me, and will take my mother from me in the near future.
Smoking marijuana is worse for the health than tobacco. Anyone who has smoked a joint knows how badly it affects the lungs. Why isn't the Federal Government attacking marijuana on this basis? All the people in California who think cigarettes are bad for you and should be banned - why in the hell do you think marijuana is any better?
Update - So now, the fighting has come out front and center between the potheads and the 'corporates' and 'feds' who want to control and tax legal weed.
Oakland's City Council is looking at awarding 4 licenses to pot growing factories to be located within Oakland. Each license is to cost $211,000 in annual licensing fees, and hand over 8% of their revenue as tax to the City. These are wholesalers - the indivudual retail outlets that sell the weed would also pay fees and taxes. The City is expecting to receive over $3,000,000 from the sale of pot within its city limits. Anyone growing pot other than the 4 factories will be subject to arrest and fine. So, the potheads who are growing weed in 3 rooms of their 4 room house are going to be put out of business. Not exactly what they expected, is it? By the way, how many seriously ill patients must there be in Oakland to support 4 large scale factories' worth of production? Medical use only ... right ...
The City of Berkely adopted measures to tax pot growing facilities, mandate free pot to low income users, employ organic only growing procedures, and force the purchase of 'carbon offsets' for the large amount of electricity that pot growers use.
The City of Long Beach is going to require any 'medical' marijuana dispensary in its city limits to use only pot that was grown within the city limits. They aren't trying to reduce the amount of marijuana sold - no, they want to reduce the amount of non-Long Beach grown marijuana sold. By the way - Long Beach has more than 90 medical marijuana dispensaries operating currently. That's a whole lot of seriously sick people in a city whose population is under a half million folks. Good grief, 3/4 of their residents must be in the hospital dying ...
How could there be any doubt in one's mind as to why California is the most F***ed up state in America?