Tag: Proposition 19

  • Law Enforcement and Prohibition: Two Sides to Every Coin

    Law Enforcement and Prohibition: Two Sides to Every Coin

    June 18, 2011 – On its most basic level, the war on drugs is the constant confrontation between law enforcement and “illicit drug” users. While politicians make the policy, police and attorneys and judges must enforce laws that are often unenforceable at best, and get law enforcement officials killed at worst. While it can be…

  • Marijuana Legalization: Not If, But When

    November 3, 2010 – California’s marijuana legalization initiative, Proposition 19, didn’t win a majority of votes yesterday but it already represents an extraordinary victory for the broader movement to legalize marijuana. What’s most important is the way its mere presence on the ballot, combined with a well run campaign, has transformed public dialogue about marijuana…

  • A High-Minded Debate Over Legalizing Pot (Not)

    September 28, 2010 – At precisely 4:20 PM last Saturday, proponents and foes of legalizing marijuana in California were scheduled to hold a debate at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo (abbreviated as INTCHE—TCH being pot’s most popular active ingredient) inside the Cow Palace arena just outside San Francisco. Things didn’t go as planned. “The…

  • Ex-DEA Administrators Call on Obama to Sue if CA Voters Legalize Pot

    September 11, 2010 – As California voters gear up for a November 2 vote on Proposition 19, a ballot measure that would legalize the growth, possession and distribution of marijuana, nine former administrators of the Drug Enforcement Administration have issued a preemptive call to the White House: If Prop 19 passes, they say, President Obama…

  • Medical Marijuana’s Road to Respectability

    September 9, 2010 – Bit by bit, the marijuana “industry” is inching away from the fringes of acceptability to the heart of the political process. The gestation period began in 1996, when the voters made California the first state to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. For the next few years, suppliers, users,…

  • If Pot becomes Legal, California’s Health will Suffer, Stanford Expert Says

    August 4, 2010 – Before deciding that this plant should be legal to smoke, consider the effect on public health, a Stanford expert warns. You may support California’s Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, because you think the war on drugs unfairly targets minorities. You may be in favor of…

  • Will Marijuana Legalization Voters Help Democrats this November?

    August 2, 2010 – There’s a notion going round political circles that California’s Prop 19 (and, to a lesser extent, medical marijuana initiatives in Arizona and South Dakota, and dispensaries for medical marijuana in Oregon) will be for the Democrats what anti-Gay Marriage Equality amendments were for Republicans – the turn-out-the-base social wedge issue that…