prop 19 debate – where do YOU stand?

Wherever you stand on the proposition, the HIV DATF wants to remind folks to VOTE!

We would love to hear from folks:

Where do you stand on Prop 19?

Proposition 19, if approved by voters, will legalize various marijuana-related activities, allow local governments to regulate these activities, permit local governments to impose and collect marijuana-related fees and taxes, and authorize various criminal and civil penalties. Proposition 19 was certified for the November statewide ballot on March 24, 2010.

Information on Prop 19

4 thoughts on “prop 19 debate – where do YOU stand?

  1. drug policy alliance supporter says:

    Recently, in a letter to former DEA administrators, Attorney General Eric Holder said:
    “We will vigorously enforce the [federal law] against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”
    This carefully-timed statement is an attempt to take the steam out of the Prop. 19 movement. But the fact of the matter is states can decide their own marijuana laws, and if Proposition 19 passes it will effectively legalize marijuana in California.
    Write Attorney General Eric Holder today and tell him to stay out of the Prop. 19 debate and respect voters’ choices!
    Polls continue to show Proposition 19 at about even odds of passing, and thanks to the help of supporters like you, we’ve been able to work with the “Yes on 19” campaign to launch a significant TV and online ad campaign as well as make thousands of calls to California voters and raise money to get out the vote. It’s this sort of activism that will tip the scales on Election Day.
    With only six days left until Californians take to the polls, we can’t let empty threats stop our momentum. Send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and tell him that marijuana legalization is an issue states must decide for themselves!
    Back in 1996, the federal government said the medical marijuana initiative in California was a symbolic gesture at most because they would continue to criminalize all marijuana use. Now, fourteen other states and the District of Columbia have functioning medical marijuana laws. It was politically-motivated saber rattling then — just as Attorney General Holder’s statement is today.
    Let’s put sound policy before petty politics. Write Attorney General Holder today!
    Sincerely,
    Stephen Gutwillig
    State Director, California
    Drug Policy Action

  2. anonymous says:

    I support Prop 19. It will undermine the prison industrial complex, and offer an extra safety net to people of color – in particular young black men – who are incarcerated disproportionately.

    Half of California’s marijuana possession arrestees were nonwhite in 1990 and 28% were under age 20. Last year, 62% were nonwhite and 42% were under age 20. Marijuana possession arrests of youth of color rose from about 3,100 in 1990 to about 16,300 in 2008 — an arrest surge 300% greater than the rate of population growth in that group.

    Blacks make up less than 7% of the state population but 22% of people arrested for all marijuana offenses and 33% of all marijuana felony arrests. More African Americans are arrested in California for marijuana felonies than are whites, even though whites are six times more represented in the state population.

    According to SAMHSA, in the 18-25 age group – which constitutes a substantial proportion of marijuana arrests – African Americans regularly use marijuana at rates lower than whites , indicating that their overrepresentation may be even more profound.

    Read this for more information
    http://www.ca-naacp.org/downloads/MARIJUANAProposition19FactSheet.pdf

  3. I simply don’t want to get hit with “chronic” in the air if my next door neighbor chooses to exercise his/her new rights. Being in recovery, I know how difficult it is for people early in sobriety. Especially those living in sober living homes or going to outpatient treatment.

    At fifteen years, my salivary glands still wake-up when I smell dope on the Boulevard. The smell and/or appearance of alcohol doesn’t arouse the same response even though vodka was my drug of choice.

    What’s your suggested recourse?

  4. Loretta says:

    I CANT SEE ANY POSITIVE COME OUT OF IT! PERIOD….JUST A BUNCH OF IDIOTS UNDER THE INFLUENCE THAT WILL BE ARGUMENTATIVE, MINIPULATIVE AND STUPID! LEAVE IT THE WAY IT IS FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT BY PERSCRIPTION ONLY…THINK ABOUT IT BY AGE 21 OUR ONCE INOCENT CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO LEGALLY PURCHASE IT AND START THERE ROAD TO DISTRUCTION AND EVENTUALLY THEY WILL GET TIRED OF IT AND WANT SOMETHING MORE OR STRONGER. NO ON PROP 19!

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