Jack Herer warned us about AUMA.
'2003, Topanga Canyon, Midday, and a small crowd of activists, hippie types, patients, hipsters, and editor, PT Rothschild are gathered at a lodge with an outdoor balcony for a Hempseed Pancake Festival featuring Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes.
After meeting the authors and buying a copy of Green Gold [ISBN 0-9629872-2-0], PT greeted and met Jack Herer, a personal friend of attendees, The Victors of whom he was a guest.
The conversation was some bullet point questions followed by thoughtful, insightful answers. As conversation and two quickly smoked Jack Herer joints were cashed [roaches saved], the bomb under the table went off, so to speak. Wrapping things up and readying to dance away on the good foot, PT said:
“The way Bush is going, we're lucky to have medical marijuana as a way to keep the door open for legalization.”
“Medical marijuana is the worst thing that ever happened to pot!”
Hello, my name is PT Rothschild. Besides writing a book that predicted this present day dilemma, as the journalist who has been covering this story since before the AB266 group was interviewed at The State of Marijuana conference in Santa Monica, CCC.org asked me to explain WTF is AUMA about in simple terms. Let me preface this by saying, the following description will illustrate AUMA at two levels. This is the base level:
California in 2016 faces a two-headed Hydra. MMRSA [Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act], the unconstitutional trinity of AB266, AB243, and SB643 signed into law to dismantle Prop 215 for profit off of patients is Head One. This head is not our immediate concern.
Hydra Head number Two is the government pushed 'dark act' for cannabis, AUMA or the Adult Use Marijuana Act, their 'legalization' for the general public. This will be California's try to steal cannabis, hemp, any creative industry ideas, all Ma&Pa start-ups, caretaker friendly shops, and convenient home delivery away from the poor, the shut-in, the reason for Prop 215 in the first place.
The unstated objective of AUMA, the Adult Use Marijuana Act, is to cement the unholy trinity of state laws, AB266, AB243, and SB643 [also known as MMRSA] into public law by the will of 'tricked' voters following the carrot toward legal weed. AUMA is a Prop 19 on GMO steroids – and that can't be good for you.
Let's take a quick glance at AUMA to see the down-side for us [hint: the up-side for them].
AUMA charges its own surtax of 15%, cause The Man gets paid first. After that you have the usual state sales & local use taxes. Canna-Ca-Cing!
The 15% surtax off the top, like a mob cut, goes to pay for the sellouts that have helped the Establishment by creating a self-perpetuating bureaucracy of appointed officials with their bloated crony staffs with pension plans. This new board can vote to increase or add new taxes at will. Think of the 5 people who control gasoline prices for the State of California or the two appointed officials who dump millions of excess runoff water into the Pacific every day to keep Federal dollars coming to Sacramento, instead of sending that needed water downstream to Southern California for wine growers and farmers.
AUMA talks 'legal weed' but in fact, being for the prison-for-profit Establishment, creates new marijuana felonies. But don't worry, these new felonies won't affect you, just your younger brother and sister. You have to feed the prison-for-profit system same as before.
AUMA takes away the individual right to grow or cultivate your personal stash and gives the right over to those who control commerce for the 'state stores' dealing pot, legal or medical.
AUMA makes use of The Regulators, a new para-military style TSA who are all 6'8” tall, white, dress in black suits and wear sunshades. Ask Letitia Pepper**, she ran across them at the state Democratic caucus in bringing this story to awareness.
AUMA makes cannabis and all nutriceuticals [herbal supplements at Natural food markets like Jimbo's, Mother's, Spouts, Roots, and Trader Joe's] subject to FDA and DEA guidelines under idiopathic lockdown.
Though they call it the Adult Marijuana Use Act or AUMA, because cannabis, the real name, is a plant and an herb, this heinous act seeks to be the precedent for patenting and licensing ALL plant life on earth as a commodity, subject to commerce. This is the second highest level hidden in the deception of AUMA.
(*- Condensed from this story. ** - Meet Letitia Pepper, Dir. Legal & Legislative Analysis, Crusaders for Patients' Rights, in person at Friday's Cannabis Cup day. See CCC.org booth in NGO seminar inside area for details concerning meet 'n' greet.)