Senator Jerry Hill wants to allow marijuana in schools in the disguise of medical marijuana (SB223). It is in California Senate for re-approval and then likely to go to the Governor’s desk as well. The same bill was vetoed by former Governor Brown last year. Please oppose SB 233.
California AB186, which attempted to legalize safe injection drug sites, was fortunately vetoed by Governor Brown. In so doing he proclaimed “…..enabling illegal and destructive drug use will never work. The disadvantages of this bill far outweigh the possible benefits.” Based on actual experience at similar sites in Canada, one can easily agree. While the stated intent of the bill was to reduce overdose deaths, experience in Toronto showed a 63% increase (303 deaths) from 2016 to 2017. In all of Ontario, there were 1,265 overdose deaths in 2017. Continue reading Gavin Newsom Unwisely Favors Safe Injection Sites→
Thank you so very much for rescinding the Cole Memorandum and thank you for holding the marijuana industry accountable for the harms they have caused and that they are causing to public health and safety.
No industry should be allowed to grow and profit from addiction and false claims. No industry should be allowed to profit from what amounts to drug trafficking involving marijuana that contains TCH.
On August 3, California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León said that he is not ready to support marijuana legalization. Reporters at a Sacramento press briefing asked his opinion of Proposition 64. De León replied: “I don’t know if I am behind the times in comparison to other folks, but I still have my concerns.”
De León had an opportune meeting with Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, sitting next to him on a flight back from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The men discussed the effect of a pot legalization measure which was approved by Colorado in 2012.
De León told reporters, “We had a very comprehensive conversation.” The Senate leader worries that the marijuana of today is far more potent than in the past and that the sale of pot edibles in the form of candies and gummy bears attracts minors. “These are real-life consequences.” he said.
Another message of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA, also called Proposition 64) is based on false innuendo. “The current system of prohibition has spectacularly failed to protect children, since drug dealers don’t card,” cites Kinney, using a common cliché.
Marijuana lobbyists told the same presumptuous lie in Colorado and Washington back in 2012, when they tricked voters into legalization.
To find a place with strict marijuana laws, one must look outside of the United States. (The United States has more than 50% of the worlds drug users.) Most states have decriminalized marijuana in practice. Police arrest for pot possession only when other crimes have been committed or are suspected.
When Colorado legalized adult marijuana use in 2013, children began using pot at younger ages. For example, instead of marijuana use starting in middle school, it began to show up with 4th graders.
Black markets thrive in Colorado, Washington and Oregon, as more people want to get into the business.
Can de Leon’s Wisdom on this Issue Spread?
Sen. de León listened to Governor Hickenlooper who has been trying to make pot legalization work in Colorado. Hickenlooper did not support legalization in 2012. In 2014, during a debate with his Republican opponent for governor, he called Colorado’s marijuana legalization “reckless.” Marijuana taxes contribute to less than 1% of Colorado’s state budget, while thousands of dollars are spent on the consequences of legalization.
Kevin de León represents the Los Angeles area. He has been in the California Senate since 2010 and quickly rose to leadership. Two years ago the Senate elected him Senate president pro tempore. He became the first Latino to hold that position in 130 years.
De León is a member of the young guard of the Democratic Party which generally supports marijuana legalization. Governor Jerry Brown and Senator Dianne Feinstein do not favor it. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom formed a committee to write the AUMA initiative. However, he admits that his wife is very afraid of the message it sends to the children.
De León is co-author of a bill requiring colleges that receive state funds for student financial assistance, to adopt an “affirmative consent standard” for sexual relations (“Yes Means Yes”). That type of leadership ability on key issues could be valuable again. His background is as an educator, teacher and community organizer. De León said he is still processing information to make an intelligent decision about marijuana legalization. He has made it clear, however, that he is aware of major problems, even though other party members listen to the pot industry. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article93525057.html
If you are impressed that Senate President is cautious about marijuana legalization please fan his facebook page @KevinDeLeonKDL and tell him so!