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Furthermore, YES on 64

These are my thoughts and reactions concerning the pro-cannabis but no on 64 campaign:

Every single No on 64 infographic that I’ve seen shared on FB has contained false information about this bill. And I just think… If there is a good reason to be against it, why aren’t the facts good enough? Why is the No on 64 campaign using lies to mislead people who are pro-marijuana to vote against their own self interest? And I heard repeatedly from that camp “read the bill”. So I read all 62 pages. It was exhausting; it was the only time I’ve ever read the whole text of a bill before voting on it. (But it won’t be the last.) And then when I had read it, I came away thinking this is a GREAT bill; this is going to do SO much good for California, for social justice. I want that. Yes on 64.

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My perception is that the pro-cannabis No on 64 view is one of middle class privilege. My experience from that middle class privilege was that I started smoking herb at 16 years old, as much as I wanted, when and where I wanted; and I was never stopped, never searched, never arrested, never prosecuted, never fined, never jailed. So, for me in my middle class privilege bubble it was de-facto legal. And I watched friends and neighbors grow and sell the plant, make lots of money, buy cars and houses and land.

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But living in the Emerald Triangle, I did know people who were arrested and spent time in jail and had to pay fines. And I also know that every year someone (or more than one someone) is murdered for the plant and for the money as a result of being involved in an illegal trade.

All those times that I enjoyed not being prosecuted, other people were. It has been illegal the whole time.

The No on 64 anti-cannabis propaganda that I’ve seen up here from law enforcement and even the Board of Education, SMH, is literally a throw back to reefer madness in the early days of prohibition. So ignorant. Legalization carries with it the opportunity to educate and open the hearts and minds of those who oppose the plant because of misinformation.

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One last thing, I feel zero anger or disappointment towards my pro-cannabis friends and family who have decided to vote No. I think they are just afraid. They rightly do not want oppression towards the plant or the people that love enjoy and even need it for medicine. Fear is understandable. Prohibition has created those fears; they are justified.

And if I know one thing, it’s that I know nothing at all. I could be wrong. So no pressure, no judgement. I love you all.

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As always, I love to hear hoots and hollers from all of you. What do you think about marijuana legalization in general? Do you live in a state that has legal medical cannabis; what is that like in your state? Or do you live in a state like Washington, Oregon, or Colorado that has legalized recreational marijuana as well; what are the effects that you see? Do you live outside the United States; what does this whole debate sound like to you?

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20 comments on “Furthermore, YES on 64

  1. thehonkinggoose
    November 7, 2016

    Nope, I’m not saying how it would be for you, I have no idea. Just saying the more I smoke the less I get high. It’s funny like that. That is why people with MS or PTSD for example, can consume so much medicine and still function with day to day activities.

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  2. grevisangel73
    October 28, 2016

    I don’t smoke it or take it in any form. I tried smoking and edibles, and had a bad experience, so I have no desire to do it. I wanted to try it for sleep, it did not help me do that. That being said, I am for legalization.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 3, 2016

      It can definitely be weird at first. But once you get over the weird it can be really good, I think for most people, not for everyone. And edibles can F you up, it is really difficult to know how much you are ingesting. I once made a batch of cookies that made a friend hallucinate, no joke. I avoid edibles ever since that experience.

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      • grevisangel73
        November 6, 2016

        My experience was bad enough to turn me totally off of it. So you are saying, if I did it again, it might not be as bad. I was ready to go to the hospital and tell them I was going to die. I was lost for a day and a half. No sleep, just laying there, seeing things, so I guess I was hallucinating too.It was more like things flashing in my head.

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  3. michelle213norton
    October 27, 2016

    It’s unfortunate that, like finding a cure for cancer, so many stand to gain from keeping it illegal (law enforcement, incarceration industry, pharmaceutical industry,the list goes on.) The fight to legalize has been long and hard and isn’t over.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 27, 2016

      I really think CA will vote to legalize this time around (come on CA, let’s do it!) And that could really help the cause in other states as they watch Colorado and Oregon and Washington and then California too. Next: changing federal law!

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      • michelle213norton
        October 28, 2016

        That would be nice!

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  4. AnnaLevensonPsy
    October 25, 2016

    Very well said . …personally I think we need a federal law and cannabis is 100x safer than alcohol and cigarettes

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 27, 2016

      So much safer, it’s literally impossible to overdoes when taken in its natural form. I fear the pharmaceutical companies will synthesize it into a pill form and THAT will be dangerous and then someone will try to paint with a broad brush and say “see? it can be dangerous” but that would be total bullshit. Stay informed people.

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      • AnnaLevensonPsy
        October 29, 2016

        Not to mention 1) cannabis has no addiction potential, leaving only the possibility for mental addiction. 2) cannabis spares the brain stem, making it impossible to OD on. Lastly, when I published my thesis on this subject, 30 year longitudinal studies found an almost imperceptible drop in IQ and no long term brain damage. Live your life how you want, I could give a shit less, but don’t you dare condemn us for making ours

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  5. vvuureoc
    October 23, 2016

    So there is a 0,2% chance of brain damage after three or more hits and a 40% chance of addiction.

    I STILL BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE MY OWN WAY IN LIVE

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 23, 2016

      Excuse me? Where are you pulling these statistics out of? And what is your point?

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      • AnnaLevensonPsy
        October 29, 2016

        Not to mention 1) cannabis has no addiction potential, leaving only the possibility for mental addiction. 2) cannabis spares the brain stem, making it impossible to OD on. Lastly, when I published my thesis on this subject, 30 year longitudinal studies found an almost imperceptible drop in IQ and no long term brain damage. Live your life how you want, I could give a shit less, but don’t you dare condemn us for making ours

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  6. Norbert Haupt
    October 23, 2016

    Reblogged this on Norbert Haupt and commented:
    I never use marijuana. I have “touched” it about 10 times in my life, mostly some 40 years ago, and just never got interested in it. So having it legal or not will not impact my life in any way whatsoever. However, I have always thought it insane that we are incarcerating millions of people for use or possession of a “drug” that so universal that pretty much everyone has used it at some time, and many are using it on an ongoing basis. By having this law enforced the way it is, we are actually creating crime, and criminals. If it were legal, that whole underground prohibition industry would go away. I’d free all marijuana related prisoners at once. The savings would be enormous.

    So, the blog post below does a good job outlining the reasons. Obviously, the lobby against 64 seems to have to resort to untruths to make its point.

    I am not buying it.

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  7. TheOriginalPhoenix
    October 23, 2016

    Thanks for this informative post, bills can be a mouthful to read (I tried deciphering one for my school newspaper once.)

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  8. First Night Design
    October 23, 2016

    I’m for legalisation everywhere. It will bring so much benefit to so many people, not least me for pain relief. It’s excellent for dealing with stress, which is the cause of so many medical conditions. And it really might reduce the trafficking and murder around the world, not to mention earn money for different parts of the world. Great post.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 23, 2016

      Thanks, I agree with you. I’ve also read that because California has the sixth largest economy in the world, legalizing cannabis here stands to make a huge impact on changing federal laws regarding marijuana, which may even by extension begin to change marijuana policy around the world.

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