Tuesday, September 9, 2014

POT POLITICS



THE START OF CALI WEED LEGALIZATION – AND YOU ARE THERE

Temecula, CA – Along with D.C., Maine, Hawaii, Alaska, and Oregon, California is perhaps the biggest domino on the board that could drastically change the national landscape in terms of prohibition. If Oregon and California are both able to pass legalization measures, then the entirety of the U.S. west coast would be comprised of states that have ended prohibition, creating a Mecca of sorts for cannabis fans. Of course, California is the most populous — and probably most demographically complicated — state in the union.

Looking north in Venice Beach
California represents one of the world’s largest economies all on its own, and if cannabis is legalized, it will have a dramatic effect across the country. The state is already home to one of the most robust medical marijuana markets in the world, so the state’s residents aren’t exactly unfamiliar with the product either.
Although it’s not expected to reach the ballot until 2016, the wheels in motion to make California one of the next states to end marijuana prohibition start moving Thursday morning in, where else? LA, City Hall, on the steps. And the Calendar will be there.

“Now that Colorado and Washington have legalized adult use and sales of marijuana, and Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia are poised to do so in November 2014, California will do well to re-examine its long, unproductive war on the marijuana plant and enact laws to regulate it for the benefit of all,” said Cal NORML director Dale Gieringer. 

Participants will be calling for an end to the war on cannabis so that its full potential can be realized as a medicine, an agricultural crop, a legally regulated industry for adult enjoyment, and a source of tax revenues for drug treatment, education, health care and other needed services.
Speakers for this event will include:

• Former LA council president Bill Rosendahl
• LA City councilmember Paul Koretz
• West Hollywood councilmember John Duran
• Attorney General candidate Ron Gold
• GLACA (Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance) director Yami Bolanos
• Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform spokesperson Judge James Gray
• DPA (Drug Policy Alliance) spokesperson Armando Gudiño
* NORML Women's Alliance spokesperson Cheri Sicard
• CCPR board member and Cal NORML Director Dale Gieringer
• and others to be announced.

This is a program sponsored by The Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, a non-profit coalition that includes among others: California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), DPA (Drug Policy Alliance), ASA (Americans for Safe Access), LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), MPP (Marijuana Policy Project), CCIA (California Cannabis Industry Association), EGA (Emerald Growers’ Association), UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) and NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)—dedicated to ending prohibition in California by legalizing, taxing, and regulating cannabis in 2016. See www.ReformCA.com

1 comment:

  1. The CCPR has wasted enough of CA's time with inferior and compromised legalization visions...CA isn't having that "fake legal" situation in this state! This is CA's biggest cash crop and part of the fiber that makes CA the Golden State and we will not let "educated fools" trick us like they did WA or OR. We have better options in CA and we'll stick with that!

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