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Legalizing Marijuana Hurts California Kids and Communities

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Sean Parker is heavily invested in a marijuana future for America.

LEGALIZING POT IN CALIFORNIA
PUTS OUR KIDS AND COMMUNITIES IN THE CROSSHAIRS!

By Roger Morgan, Take Back America Campaign rogermorgan339@gmail.com #stoppot

Don’t you wonder what would motivate New York billionaires like Sean Parker and George Soros to invest millions of dollars to legalize marijuana in California? Or why our Lt Governor Gavin Newsom would lead the effort, contrary to the most important responsibility of elected officials at any level, to protect the people?

Is it just about drug money, or is it part of a plan for a New World Order, with a dumbed down population largely dependent on government for support while the mega rich and their pawns in our government reap the rewards and steer our country into the abyss?

Their stated reasons for legalizing pot are frankly a joke. They say it will protect our kids and enable us to better regulate marijuana, like tobacco and alcohol. These two legal drugs are the underlying cause of over 600,000 deaths a year. They cost $563 billion vs $49 billion in tax revenues (CDC). In 1999 (Harwood 200) California collected about $318 million in taxes on alcohol vs economic costs of $38.4 billion. We don’t need one more “legal” drug to exacerbate the problem.

They say the state could potentially earn over $1 billion in taxes, and the money would then be used to teach our young people not to use it. How clever is that?

They say it would eliminate the black market. Wrong! As proven in Colorado the black market is thriving because: 1) They don’t pay taxes so they have a price advantage; 2) The age groups with the highest consumption of marijuana are under age 21; and 3) Marijuana is a gateway to other drugs like heroin that are killing 129 Americans every day by overdose.

Currently, over 83% of communities in California have banned cultivation or dispensaries. As the ultimate act of betrayal, the Newsom bill would require all communities to allow pot unless their citizens, via a ballot initiative, vote against it. If we can’t trust the Lt Governor, who can we trust?

The reality is that communities throughout California are revolting against the devastation to our streams, forests and natural resources from 50,000 cultivation sites growing pot under the guise of medicine, then illegally fulfilling 60% of the U.S. market. The stench of marijuana in populated areas is destroying the quality of life, diminishing real estate values and drawing dangerous new neighbors that no one wants in their community.

Today’s highly potent marijuana is a seriously dangerous drug that can cause permanent brain damage for anyone under age 25, particularly adolescents. It can lead to loss of IQ by up to 8 points, cause mental illness, psychotic breaks, suicidal depression, addiction, birth defects, traffic deaths and more.

While our state government, in violation of federal narcotics laws, romances the once despised illicit drug trade, the burden of public safety has fallen on local law enforcement and private citizens. If our youth and natural resources are to have a future, it is time the people send the out-of-state billionaires packing, along with their pawns in our government.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR ….

ROGER MORGAN Chairman/Founder, Take Back America Campaign, is a 20 year anti-drug activist dealing with drug prevention at the local, state and national level. (www.tbac.us). Formerly Chairman and Executive Director of the Coalition for A Drug-Free California. Owner/CEO of Steelheart International LLC, engaged in international business development and has been an entrepreneur and businessman in California for 35 years. He was Founding Chairman of the Coronado SAFE Foundation in 1997, a non-profit dealing with drug prevention; prior Board Member of the San Diego Prevention Coalition; member of the National Coalition for Student Drug Testing; and Special Advisor to the Golden Rule Society in Coronado.

2016 Marijuana Legalization Initiative Comparison

SAFE AND DRUG FREE COMMUNITY ACT COMPARED TO NEWSOM’S MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE

Since Prop 215 (The Compassionate Use Act) was enacted in 1996, California has devolved into de facto legalization.  Over 50,000 cultivation sites grow marijuana under the guise of medicine, then illegally sell it to 60% of the United States market for recreational use.  In the meantime, massive quantities of our precious water is being used for marijuana cultivation, resulting in destruction of our natural resources and ruining the quality of life in once fine communities.

Currently, a whopping 19.5% of the California budget is directed towards dealing with issues related to substance abuse. However, surprisingly only 1% of this 19.5% is spent on prevention. Most of it is used for shoveling up the damage and treating the wounded, horrible economic policy. Furthermore, out of the 129 Americans who die every day of drug overdose, almost all started their drug journey with marijuana, and 59% of people arrested (Sacramento) test positive for marijuana.

Against this background, two contrasting ballot initiatives will be introduced to the California voters in the 2016 elections: The Safe and Drug-Free Community Act and Newsom’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The former seeks to prevent our California communities from transforming into drug production and consumption havens, and preserve our natural resources for our future generations; the latter seeks to make marijuana, universally known as the “gateway drug”  widely available, without considering the social, economic and environmental cost of the drug.

SAFE AND DRUG-FREE COMMUNITY ACT

The Safe and Drug-Free Community Act which which seeks to prevent marijuana use will save lives, cut crime, improve academic achievement, save taxpayers billions of dollars and help regain and retain all that made California and this nation great.

The Safe and Drug-Free Community Act addresses the marijuana related issues faced by California communities as follows:

  • Keeps marijuana illegal. Today’s high potency marijuana is known to cause brain damage, mental illness, psychotic breaks, suicidal depression, harms to a fetus, and increased traffic deaths.
  • Would prevent privately owned cultivation sites which are destroying our natural resources, sucking up mass quantities of water (6 gallons/day/plan) and causing irreparable ecological damage.  One cultivation site will remain, owned and controlled by the government to fulfill the intent of Prop 215.
  • Privately owned dispensaries will be banned to stop the enormous abuse that has and continues to take place.   State owned dispensaries will be allowed where local communities choose to allow them and “medical marijuana” will be more tightly controlled with lab testing, packaging, potency and consists. 
  • The legal age of “medical marijuana” will be raised from 18 to 21. The American Society of Addictive Medicine recommends no one under age 25 use marijuana based on scientific evidence that the human brain isn’t fully developed until then.  Ages 18, 19 and 20 are critical years for brain development, and at least closer to brain maturity, where the vulnerability to harm is far less. 
  • Imposes strict standards on doctors who recommend marijuana, something currently lacking. 
  • Requires dispensaries to report marijuana as part of CURES Act so pharmacists can safe guard against adverse interactions with conflicting medicines that could cause harm. 
  • Sets a standard for marijuana impaired driving.  Currently 12.6% of drivers (one-in-eight) are driving impaired to some degree by marijuana.  Traffic deaths owing to marijuana have doubled in California.  Stoned drivers are even killing people on sidewalks. 
  • Mandates a statewide educational program for parents, teachers, students and the general public so people can make an informed decision about using marijuana, allowing their children to use it, or what and whom to vote for.

NEWSOM’S ADULT USE OF MARIJUANA ACT THREATENS OUR FUTURE

As with Prop 215, this ballot initiative is once again financed by drug money that flows from and through out-of-state billionaires who are putting millions into their campaign to persuade California citizens to overlook the harmful effects of the drug. New York billionaire Sean Parker has been recruited to augment money that will flow from George Soros and the DPA. Despite openly stating that he doesn’t want marijuana near his own children, Lt Governor Gavin Newsom, is leading the legalization effort full force. Their stated benefits of legalization and arguments for it are frankly an affront to one’s intellect:

  1. They Say It Will Protect Our Kids – They want to tax and regulate marijuana so we have money to teach our kids not to use it.  Brilliant!  Expanding the availability and access will increase adolescent use as it has in Colorado, Washington and all places in the world where it has been decriminalized.
  2. They Say It Is For Adult Use Only – Today’s highly potent pot can cause permanent physical and chemical changes in the brains of anyone under 25 years old.  Marijuana use peaks at age 20 and tapers off rather rapidly after age 25, so the focus from a marketing standpoint is on young people, just like Big Tobacco.   Governor Brown has stated, “…How many people can be stoned and still enable us to have a great state and nation?”  Actually it’s worse than just getting stoned. Diminished intellect, mental illness, psychotic breaks, depression, suicidal tendencies and addiction are life-long chronic conditions.   You can’t just sleep it off. 
  3. They Say It Can Be Regulated – If the government was capable of, or cared about regulation, God knows they would have demonstrated it by now. California has over 50,000 mostly illegal cultivation sites producing pot under the guise of medicine, then illegally selling to 60% of the US market.  In the meantime, the pot plantations are inflicting irreparable harm on our precious ecosystems.
  4. They Say It Will Benefit The State Economically – The social costs of marijuana, like alcohol and tobacco, are 10 times greater than tax revenues.  Expanding the use of marijuana for the sake of the 8% who want to get high, or make money on those who do, will cost the other 92% more. Nor will the black market go away.  Cartels don’t pay taxes so they have a price advantage.  
  5. They Say They Want Local Government Control – Over 83% of California communities currently have bans or moratoriums on marijuana because they don’t want this junk in their communities.  Under the Newsom initiative local communities would lose that control unless the people, through a ballot initiative, decide they don’t want it.  How’s that for “slipping it to you?”
  6. It Would Retain “Medical Marijuana– The existing program which allows anyone over 18, for any purported illness, to access all of the pot they want for personal consumption or to sell, doesn’t go away.  We already have de facto legalization, producing more pot than Californians can consume. 

Marijuana is a dangerous drug, with proven ability to destroy the brains of our youth, inflict irreparable harm on our natural resources and pose a public health and safety problem for everyone.  Anyone that aspires to be Governor of this fine state needs to demonstrate that protecting people, the planet and our tax dollars are of higher priority than pandering for drug money for his or her personal campaign.

In the interest of public safety and environmental protection, just defeating full legalization isn’t adequate.  We need to roll back what exists.

TELL THE OUT-OF-STATE BILLIONAIRES TO GO PACKING!

Gavin Newsom Legalization Initiative

by Roger Morgan, Take Back America Campaign, published in the Contra Costa Times

In 1996, California voters were hoodwinked into approving Prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act, by a propaganda campaign financed by three out-of-state billionaires with George Soros at the helm.  Since Peter Lewis and John Sperling, the other two billionaires are deceased, New York billionaire Sean Parker has been recruited to fill the void.  Parker didn’t make over $2 billion because he is dumb, but apparently he thinks we are.

Their stated benefits of legalization are frankly an affront to one’s intellect.

Protection For Our Kids – They want to tax and regulate marijuana so we have money to teach our kids not to use it.  Brilliant!  Expanding the availability and access will increase adolescent use and if they care about education, they could tap the $58 to $103 million they currently collect taxing marijuana.

Adult Use Only – Today’s highly potent pot can cause permanent physical and chemical changes in the brains of anyone under 25 years old.  Marijuana use peaks at age 20 and tapers off rather rapidly after age 25, so the focus from a marketing standpoint is on young people, just like Big Tobacco.   Governor Brown has stated, “…How many people can be stoned and still enable us to have a great state and nation?”  Actually it’s worse than just getting stoned. Diminished intellect, mental illness, psychotic breaks, depression, suicidal tendencies and addiction are life-long chronic conditions.   You can’t just sleep it off.

Better Regulations  –  If Gavin Newsom was capable of, or cared about, regulation, God knows he hasn’t demonstrated it. California has over 50,000 mostly illegal cultivation sites producing pot under the guise of medicine, then illegally selling to 60% of the US market.  In the meantime, the pot plantations are annihilating our natural resources and inflicting irreparable harm on our precious ecosystems.  He should be in high gear fixing what is already broken.

Economic Benefits – A study called Shoveling Up, by CASA at Columbia University (www.casacolumbia.org) showed that in 2005 19.5% ($19.9 billion) of the California budget was consumed by substance abuse; less than 1% on prevention and the balance shoveling up the damage and treating the wounded.  This is horrible economic policy and an assault on all taxpayers. The social costs of marijuana, like alcohol and tobacco, are 10 times greater than tax revenues.  Expanding the use of marijuana for the sake of the 8% who want to get high, or make money on those who do, will cost the other 92% more. Nor will the black markets won’t go away. The experiment in Colorado proved that with 40% of sales.

Local Government Control – Over 83% of California communities currently have bans or moratoriums on marijuana because they don’t want this junk in their communities.  Under the Newsom initiative they would lose that control unless the people, through a ballot initiative, decide they don’t want it.  How’s that for “slipping it to

“Medical Marijuana” – The existing program which allows anyone for any purported illness to access all of the pot they want doesn’t go away.  We already have de facto legalization and are producing more pot than Californians can consume, so why do we need full legalization?  In the interest of public safety and environmental protection, we need to roll back what exists.

Marijuana is a dangerous drug, with proven ability to destroy the brains of our youth and inflict irreparable harm on our natural resources.  Anyone that aspires to be Governor of this fine state needs to demonstrate that protecting people, the planet and our tax dollars are of higher priority than pandering for drug money that flows from and through out-of-state billionaires.  Further, since marijuana is a Schedule I drug and illegal by federal law, Newsom needs to renew his vows as an American.

Voters need to get it right this time.  We don’t need more marijuana, we need less.  And we don’t need out of state billionaires with maligned motives shaping our policies.  That is what started the mess we have now.

ROGER MORGAN Chairman/Founder, Take Back America Campaign, 

20 year anti-drug activist dealing with drug prevention at the local, state and national level.  (www.tbac.us).