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California Residents Petition Federal Government to Enforce the Law

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS’ PETITION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENFORCE FEDERAL LAWS AGAINST MARIJUANA

The citizens of California herewith call on the federal government to take whatever measures necessary to enforce federal marijuana laws now!  Today’s highly potent marijuana is inflicting mental illness, addiction and even death on our citizens*.  California boasts* having over 50,000 illegal outdoor marijuana cultivation sites that supply Californians with drugs as well as 60% of the United States with black market marijuana.   These grows are devastating our natural resources and pristine ecosystems, contributing to the 100% increase in traffic deaths due to marijuana, bolstering the fact that over 50% of all arrestees in our state test positive for marijuana and creating unhealthy communities for raising families*.

Marijuana for recreational use should be strictly prohibited.  Local pot dispensaries are magnets for crime and traffic accidents, and provide easy access to marijuana for young people who are most vulnerable to its neurological harms. Private cultivation and dispensaries should be banned.  The outcomes from “medical marijuana” in California are negative* – more crime, homelessness, addiction, academic failure as well as traffic deaths.  We want safe and healthy communities, and we urge the federal government to take action now by enforcing federal laws against marijuana!

Federal Petition to Act – sponsors, purpose and sources

Here is a copy of the petition.  PLEASE SIGN it.

 Petition sponsored by anti-drug groups based in California:  Take Back America Campaign www.tbac.us, Roger Morgan (916) 434-5629, Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) www.calmca.org, Carla Lowe (916) 708-4111

Purpose:  The federal government hears from the marijuana industry all the time.  They are well-funded and politically active.  Federal officials say they “never” hear from people on the anti-side of marijuana.  Now you can let your anti-drug voice be heard.  In fact, a majority of Californian’s would rather not see marijuana use increase in their communities.  Nor do they want to see advertising or other commercial activities that encourage the purchase and use of marijuana while decrease public safety and health.

Because we don’t have millions in legislative funds to use to lobby congress, the Executive branch or important government agencies like the FDA and DEA, those of us against the increase of marijuana in our communities have to work extra hard to be heard – let your voice be heard now!

* Sources:   California Senator Mark McGuire cultivation claim 2015, Crancer traffic studies 2010 & 2016, ADAM II Report, Dr. B Madras, California Fish & Game Assoc. 2010, NIDA – Monitoring the Future 2010, UC Davis/Duke Study 2016 Persistent Cannabis Dependence- Longitudinal Study, Dr. Forest Tennent

Maryland’s Senators Introduce Marijuana Legislation

The Proliferating Pot Problem in Maryland

On March 3rd, 2017 Senators in Annapolis gathered to introduce two new bills that would call for the legalization of marijuana in Maryland.  The two new bills are being introduced by Democratic Senator Brian Feldman as well as Democratic Senator Richard Madaleno Jr, both from Montgomery County.

Feldman’s bill calls for the citizens of Maryland 21 and over to be able to purchase legal cannabis,  possess up to two ounces of marijuana at one time, and cultivate up to six plants at one time with three of those plants being mature each cycle.

Madaleno’s bill calls for the legalization of marijuana where users will be able to possess up to one ounce or less of dried cannabis, 5 grams of hash oil and 72 ounces of cannabis creams or oils, or any combination of the above.

An experienced marijuana grower can yield up to 5.0 oz per plant when subjected to the right conditions which is absolutely absurd. How many plants do people really need to be growing in their houses?

Marijuana was decriminalized in Maryland back in 2014 and now Senators and delegates are revisiting the issue of making it legal for all citizens over the age of 21.

During the committee hearing many different people showed up to voice their opinion to the proposed legislation. One such person was Aubree Adams, who traveled all the way from Pueblo, Colorado to share her heartbreaking story.

As she got up on the stand to present her testimony she asked for more than the two allocated minutes to speak to which her appeal was rejected, so she began to speak very fast in order to get through her pitch. The committee realized that this was going to get them nowhere so they granted her additional time.

She began talking about  the negative adaptations Pueblo has had to make over years since marijuana has been legal, hitting on the fact that the homeless rate has skyrocketed as well as the crime rate since Amendment 64’s inception in 2012.

Adams’s story turns a corner when she begins talking about her own son and how his addiction to marijuana edibles had triggered psychotic episodes and an attempt at suicide. His addiction developed after proposition 64 passed and access to edible marijuana became extremely easy in Pueblo.

One night while suffering from a marijuana induced psychosis episode Adams’ son attacked his younger brother and put a gun to his own head, but did not pull the trigger. Instead he decided to overdose on 250 ibuprofen pills. “He vomited all night in his sleep,” Adams said. Her oldest son is now part of a treatment community and resides in Houston, Texas.

Other testimonies came from Dr. Amelia Arria, who is the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development and the Office of Planning and Evaluation at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and Dr. Peter Musser who is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Dr. Arria, who has researched marijuana for over 25 years concludes that, “Cannabis use is linked with decreased productivity and decreased cognitive function.”

Dr. Musser similarly has seen in his research that the more normalized marijuana becomes in the communities, the amount of people who go to the ER for psychosis had increased. Dr. Musser also mentions that treatment centers in Colorado have been adding more beds and expanding in order to keep up with the influx of new patients. Shouldn’t our government be trying to stop the problem, not try to avoid the issue by just putting up with it? These two bills would also cost Maryland taxpayers around $2.1 million to implement. These two issues will be on the ballot for voters to decide later on in 2018.

Click Here to view the Senate Committee Hearing

Proposition 64 is about Launching Commercial Sales of Marijuana in California

A Drug Prevention Activist Sends Email to Warn Voters

This email forwards important information on a very dark question we are being asked next week – will we further legalize marijuana in California – for recreational use. First, this is not about medical marijuana – it is legal today. Second, outsiders with experience (Coloradoans) are coming from everywhere to tell the 5 states – California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, with recreational marijuana on their ballots this November – to Vote NO. I wonder if this has ever happened in our political history?

1. See the letter from Denver, Colorado District Attorney Mitchell Morrissey to California voters about the impacts of recreational marijuana legalization on his state. DA Morrissey writes, “since the legalization of recreational marijuana the number of crimes in Denver has grown by about 44 %” He also notes that, “Besides the overall increases in crime we have experience, the Denver police department is dealing with a 900% increase in the unlawful cultivation and manufacture of marijuana concentrate…”

2. See a former Governor and Mayor from Colorado describing what has happened to their state. This ad was produced by No on 205 (Arizona’s measure).

3. See comments from Colorado moms that flew to a Moms Strong rally in Sacramento to describe how horrible life has become in Colorado and how they wish they had never moved to Colorado – in the Common Falsehoods Heard About Legal Marijuana – Protect kids section.

4. Not directed to California, but– watch Colorado High School Student – Harrison Chamberlain – describe what has happened to his friends since legalization.

5. Colorado police officers, like Sergeant James Gerhardt have attended conferences and rallies throughout our state for months sharing his difficult experience on the Thornton, Colorado police force (see the  SAM Report – Lessons Learned).

6. Colorado Governor Hickenlooper has already advised, that Colorado is making very little money from legalized marijuana, but he was on 60 Minutes recently saying he has spoken to almost all the leaders of Nevada, California, Arizona, Massachusetts and Maine about the drug and his recommendation is to wait.

Third, Recreational Legalization is so bad because initiatives like Prop 64 are “commercialization” bills. They change the calculus of drug use and drug dealing in our communities. What is now a one-on-one or small group decision to use drugs becomes a mass marketed consumer product onslaught ….consumer advertising and promotion along with all the other aspects of capitalism that seeks to increase trial of a product, reduce costs and derive profit is what we are really voting for. These bills are written by the Marijuana Industry (not Democrats or Republicans), and they are funded by the greediest of the 1% among us for the sole purpose of selling drugs to the 87% of us who do not currently use marijuana or use without much frequency – we represent huge market potential.

Fourth, Prop 64 favors the Marijuana Industry over public health and safety. It includes:

1. TV, radio, billboard, print and internet advertising as well as product merchandising & promotion,

2. Unregulated home growing of marijuana (6 plants are allowed in every home & apartment). This further normalizes marijuana and makes law enforcement more difficult; FYI 1 plant conservatively = 1 pound (1000 joints).

and Prop 64 does not address:

3. The increase of impaired drivers it puts on the road, nor

4. The increase in organized crime activity it fosters, which they originally claimed to eliminate, but we now know based on the Colorado and Washington experience it increases, nor

5. Skyrocketing potency in both smokable & edible pot products (10-40x stronger than 15 years ago). This is being linked to an increase in serious neurological harms, nor

6. The increase in use among 12-17 and 18-25 year olds – the most vulnerable among us neurologically – these age groups in Colorado rank #1 in our nation for pot use, up from #3 and #4, respectively before to legalization (see use charts in “MJ Fundamentals”).

Fifth, Prop 64 is losing ground because voters are starting to understand…Prop 64 is NOT about social justice, individual rights, protecting kids, raising taxes, or getting rid of the black market. We know from Colorado that none of this is achieved with legalization/commercialization. Prop 64 is about making a very few people more wealthy on the backs of our communities, especially our kids who become lifelong customers at higher rates because of their neurological susceptibility to THC (the intoxicating cannabinoid in marijuana).

Look around you today…do you see any marijuana ads? Do you see any pot imagery – leaf logos on backpacks or water bottles? Do you smell the relentless, skunky-garlicky smell of growing marijuana? Do you see pot shops? Do you see homeless hanging around the pot shops? Do you see any marijuana bars? For most of you, the answer will be “no.” If we pass Prop 64, this will never be the case again. How tragic for California’s future, especially our kids.

Vote No on 64.

See Reasons Why to Vote No

Press conference from San Diego – ER Doc, sheriff, DA, county supervisor, city councilwomen share their experience with marijuana and articulate the concerns about Prop 64 clearly.

Colorado Pot Experiment What Other States Can Learn

Recently on CBS News 60 Minutes Report on Colorado Marijuana, Governor John Hickenlooper was asked to reflect on his state’s pot experiment. He warned residents of other states not to legalize marijuana.  His state recently passed a law requiring more labels and more packaging on edible marijuana.   He described regulating marijuana as “more than tricky.”

One of the most disturbing facts in the 60 Minutes was stated by Dr. Steven Simerville.  He said 71 teens showing up in his hospital in Pueblo testing positive for THC.  It begs the questions: Why are so many teens in the hospital and why are so many teens using pot?

Anyone who reads faces honestly knows that Gov. Hickenlooper is trying to put the best possible spin on a bad situation.    The marijuana lobby wrote Amendment 64 in 2012 to give tremendous amounts of money to the marijuana industry.

Other States Voting on Pot Experiment

The five legalization initiatives on the ballots in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada this year are also designed to benefit Big Marijuana.  Here are the problems.

The Denver District Attorney recently wrote a letter to Californians warning about the increase in crime that comes with legalization.

When Coloradans tried to put together a ballot petition to limit the strength of marijuana to 16% THC, the marijuana industry bought off the petitioners and killed the democratic process.

Governor Hickenlooper hopes – that is hopes – some problems can be resolved.   The state now spends $8 million trying to warn teens not to use pot.   Although the Colorado Healthy Kids Survey suggests that teen use did not go up, key counties did not participate in the survey and there are problems in the survey.

In short, marijuana legalization is written to benefit the financiers who are trying to make money off of something that can harm teens and harm society as a whole.