PLEASE SUPPORT THE MARIJUANA PROPOSITIONS
DrugSense FOCUS Alert #459 – Friday, October 8th, 2010
This November 2nd voters will decide state wide initiatives of
importance to the reform community.
Newspaper clippings about California’s Proposition 19 are MAP posted
Your letters in response to the newspaper articles and opinions are
an important part of educating the voters.
Americans for Safe Access has a new Proposition 19 FAQ page which
answers questions California’s medicinal marijuana community may have
Common Sense for Drug Policy has produced a special edition of Drug
War Facts for Proposition 19. It is called “Marijuana Facts on Drug
War Facts” and can be found online in the Drug War Facts Marijuana
chapter at http://www.DrugWarFacts.org/cms/Marijuana
A related 2 page Fact Sheet designed to answer common questions about
marijuana is at
Here are some ways you may support Proposition 19:
Register to vote – the deadline for California voters is October 18th
Distribute Proposition 19 endorsements
Below is a small selection of letters by folks like you had printed
since we wrote about letter writing September 18th
In a close election your letters could make the difference.
TIME TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Regarding the editorial on Sunday, “Just say ‘No’ to medical pot”:
Why not say “Yes” to medical pot ( Proposition 203 )?
It’s time to get serious about the fiscal benefits of legalizing
Marijuana is the largest cash crop in the U.S. Estimates vary from
$25 billion to $100 billion, mostly illegal growing from
non-U.S. sources. Domestic growers will contribute taxes to Uncle Sam.
Marijuana prohibition costs the U.S. $7 billion to $10 billion per
year to “control.” Incarceration costs are nearly $1 billion per
year. Can we save taxpayer money here?
Nearly 40,000 Americans are incarcerated in state and federal
correctional facilities for marijuana violations. Prisoners comprise
about 14 percent of all state and federal drug inmates. How much can
we save by decriminalizing pot?
Is marijuana a “gateway” drug? Possibly, but so are cigarettes, beer
and wine. Purchasing marijuana is not a problem at most
schools. Kids can already get it easily without IDs or any
controls. Are we better off controlling the distribution of this
product, or allowing unsupervised control to continue?
You have to start somewhere. We can do this. Just vote “yes” on 203.
J. Brian Amster, Scottsdale
LEGALIZE POT AND END FAILED DRUG POLICY
In its recent editorial on Proposition 19 ( “No on Prop. 19: Pot
initiative’s issues too hazy,” Sept. 28 ), The Californian was
worried about the fact the taxation of cannabis wasn’t written into
the measure. Then, the editorial went on to say that the taxes would
be too high to close the black market. So which is it? Does the
proposition not implement taxes or does it implement too many taxes?
Anyone who has read the proposition knows that it allows cities and
counties to set regulations ( including tax rates ). Since when is
local control a bad thing?
Concerns about a “surge in DUIs” were also bandied about. This
argument was also made when Proposition 215, authorizing medical
cannabis, was on the ballot. Since Prop. 215 was passed, DUIs have
actually gone down in California. Many more people drive while
intoxicated by alcohol, but I don’t see the newspaper advocating a
return to alcohol prohibition.
There is a reason we ended alcohol prohibition; the violence caused
by gangs seeking to control an illegal market was much worse than the
harm caused by the use of alcohol. We don’t have our cops busting
bootleggers and moonshiners and we don’t have wine cartels growing
grapes in our national forests.
California is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars by arresting
and imprisoning people for producing and using a substance that is
demonstrably less harmful than alcohol. It is time to end this
failed policy. Vote yes on Prop. 19.
FIGHT PROHIBITION OF MARIJUANA
The blatant discrimination and ignorance of cannabis ( marijuana )
prohibition has continued for too long ( Sept. 21 article in The
Californian, “Law officers divided on fight over legal marijuana” ).
A sane argument to perpetuate cannabis prohibition doesn’t
exist. Presently employed police agencies and their unions and the
California beer industry are acting on greed, for they stand to lose
job security and profits. To believe otherwise defies intelligence.
Examine any other group which publicly opposes Proposition 19 and it
will lead to an agenda which is clear for the world to see.
Cannabis prohibition has damaged America extensively; it is vulgar
and fueled by greed and must be treated like a vampire.
POT DISASTER DIDN’T HAPPEN
It’s hardly surprising that growing numbers of Californians want to
legalize marijuana for adults.
When Proposition 215 passed in 1996, legalizing medical marijuana,
prohibition supporters issued dire warnings of increased crime, teen
drug use and traffic fatalities.
None of these things happened, and life has gone on as normal. With
Proposition 19, prohibition supporters are again crying wolf and
again being ignored – as they should be.
Anders Froehlich, San Rafael
IT’S ABOUT FREEDOM
Kudos to Debra J. Saunders for her outstanding column about marijuana.
It seems to me that the main issue of Proposition 19 is freedom – the
freedom of adults to pursue their own happiness any way they want as
long as they are not harming someone else.
Kirk Muse, Mesa, Ariz.
Prepared by: Richard Lake, Focus Alert Specialist http://www.mapinc.org
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