Category Archives: California

Senate President Kevin de León Doesn’t Favor Pot Legalization

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.

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Senate President Kevin de León is right that marijuana edibles — now circulating in California — are designed to attract children.

Candies and edibles that appeal to children are already sold in California.  Jason Kinney, a spokesman for the Proposition 64 campaign, says that edibles “designed to be appealing to children or easily confused with commercially sold candy,” will be banned.  Kinney knows that it’s impossible to regulate this addiction industry hyped for its money making potential.

Deceptions Pushed by AUMA

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.

The current system is not prohibition, since 17- year-olds can get medical marijuana cards for dubious conditions, and children get it from their parents.    Plus, in California, kids find pot is easier to hide from parents/schools than alcohol.   In California, marijuana possession calls for a $100 fine, less than most parking or traffic tickets. Why would police ever bother? 

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!

Big Sur Wildfire Smokes Out Illegal Pot Growers

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Wildfire rages out of control. Did pot smoking growers start this fire?

Illegal Pot Growers Claim to be Hikers When Rescued in Big Sur

It may not be making the national news, but on local TV news  in California, we learn that firemen discovered illegal pot growers amongst those individuals they rescued from the fiery inferno. See KSBW News report “Hikers” Rescued from Soberanes Fire were Illegal Pot Growers. Officials suspect as many as eleven rescued people were actually involved in a 900 plant marijuana farm. The marijuana growers culpability in starting the fire at this point is unknown, and subject to further investigation.

The fire is raging out of control and fire authorities expect it to burn all through the month of August. Five thousand fireman are working the blaze, which has consumed over 57 homes and more than 33,000 acres. It is now spreading into the Los Padres National Forest according to The Mercury News.

Careless smokers are often the start of such forest fires. If these growers were smoking their product or burning their trash, they very well could have started the fire.

This fire is just one of the many examples of the carelessness of our politicians who are pushing to turn this illicit drug into a big industry. The legalizers often use the argument that legal weed will end illegal activities surrounding the drug. We know from stories out of Colorado, Washington and Oregon that legal marijuana attracts more illegal activity. Each of these states is seeing an increase in  illegal drug activities, both growing and sales. Here is a recent example of an illegal grow operation in Oregon in the Statesman Journal.

Illegal growers destroy the forest floor and tribal lands to plant their ‘crops’, they use toxic chemicals, poison animals and leave unbelievable piles of trash. NBC Bay Area news investigated the environmental damage. The Pacific Fisher is a mammal at risk for extinction, and in this news report 6 of the remaining 300 in Northern California have died, and 86% of those researchers have tested, are found to be exposed to the illegal rat poison used on this marijuana. Just think of what this potent poison could do to the human health of those who smoke this illegally grown drug.

Watch the Video on Environmental Impact of Illegal Marijuana Grows

It is also increasing fire hazards, such as the hash oil explosions. The most recent case was in Nederland, Colorado, and took place in a rented house with an absentee landlord. See the TV news report from a Denver station: Hash Oil Explosion Causes Large House Fire. If wind conditions were favorable, the report says a wildfire could have easily erupted, causing more property loss and forest fire. See Parents Opposed to Pot series of articles on Hash Oil Explosions to learn more about this negative consequence of legalizing marijuana.

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Nevada County Marijuana to be Discussed at Public Hearing

Nevada County marijuana cultivators plan to come out in force to push for ever more liberal policies on commercial marijuana. Protect Placer Coalition Against Commercial Marijuana is rallying those residents and organizations opposed to the commercial marijuana industry to appear at a public hearing tomorrow.

Concern for the impacts on the community culture of Placer and Nevada Counties, the group cite public health, safety and environmental dangers if the board of supervisors liberalizes the marijuana laws.

Details on the Marijuana Public Hearing

Mica Heilman, a Soil and Agricultural Scientist and a community organizer for the Protect Placer coalition asks local residents, businesses, and prevention activists to attend the Tuesday July  26, 2016 hearing and prepare a statement.

Please consider preparing a short testimony about why you are opposed to the expansion of commercial marijuana and attending the meeting to speak out.

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 26, 1:30 PM

Location: 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, First Floor, Eric Rood Administrative Center

From their recent letter to the Placer County Board of Supervisors:

Nevada County would be among the first few California’s counties to “jump in with both feet” to legalized commercial marijuana production when so little precedent has been set, and when there are many consequences we cannot predict. Our concern is not centered on personal medical marijuana use. We are gravely concerned, however, about growing an excessive legal commercial marijuana industry in our exceptional county.

1.   There is very clear evidence from other counties in California, as well as counties outside of California, that the following three things happen when commercial marijuana is allowed to increase:
1. The number of marijuana grows increase;
2. The size of marijuana grows increase;
3. The number of illegal, existing grows, does not decrease
4. Access by local youth increases

2.  Regardless of potential rules for permitting commercial production, marijuana is still a federally controlled Schedule 1 drug. With other examples in California to learn from, it is clear that commercial marijuana production would foster more illegal drug trade in Nevada County that includes much “harder” drugs. This kind of industry draws people from outside our county who are willing to break the law. This has been evidenced in other areas and is already happening in Nevada County as parties across the country seek to descend on Nevada County and increase marijuana cultivation. There is not a shortage of medical marijuana in California, and additional production in Nevada County would simply fuel illegal trade and drug cartels.

3. Those that are growing illegally will likely continue to do so, as there is little incentive for them to come “out of the shadows.” Examples elsewhere have shown illegal production does not
decrease when permissive cultivation rules are adopted. A permissive or unclear ordinance will increase marijuana production in our county and the detrimental effects, including increased
youth access and use, increased crime, and increased DUI accidents, only making Nevada County less attractive to the families and businesses we want to attract and keep here!

4. There is increasing documentation about the unanticipated negative impacts of various loosening marijuana restrictions, including increases in homelessness and burdens on medical emergency facilities. Black market sales also increase when marijuana prices increase because of taxation, as it can be purchased cheaper illegally, further driving illegal drug circles. Nevada County must consider these costs and potential ways to offset them as a part of any ordinance permitting commercial cultivation.

5. Marijuana production has highly detrimental impacts on our natural resources, forest and watersheds. The concept of setbacks and limited production on larger parcels still creates a web of non-point source pollution and irrevocable damage to forest lands. Considerable thought should be given to zoning requirements for any commercial cultivation, avoiding residential and rural residential areas when the exposure is greatest and also avoiding productive forest lands where development puts those resources at risk for erosion, pollution and wildfire in remote areas that are the most difficult to respond to in emergencies.

6. Even if recreational marijuana is legalized in the November election, the issue of growing and distributing in Nevada County is an entirely different one. The California Use of Marijuana Act (Parker Initiative) that will be on the state ballot in November still allows for counties and other jurisdictions to decide how they want to approach marijuana operations. Limiting them in Nevada County now will prepare Nevada County regardless of the November election outcomes.

7. Marijuana produced commercially in our county will necessarily need to be transported out of it, across county lines and jurisdictions that have either banned marijuana production or otherwise have different regulations. We would therefore be creating more illegal activity in our state, and particularly in areas proximate to our county. Because of the patchwork nature of marijuana laws in our country and state, Nevada County would, without doubt, become a target or major center for drug trade if permissive laws are established.

8. The following problems and complaints have been associated with marijuana production:

  • Drug trafficking organizations
  • Home invasions/burglary
  • Increase marijuana production
  • Aggressive dogs
  • Watershed erosion/pollution
  • Increased traffic
  • Butane honey oil labs
  • Nuisance complaints (smell)
  • Dead or sick animals

StopPot2016.com urges Californians to show up and be counted on any public hearing around the state. Since, as stated above, any marijuana grown in any county in the state will be exported to other counties, your community can be impacted by these decisions.

If you want to send a letter here is the Board of Supervisors address:

Nevada County Board of Supervisors
Board Chambers, First Floor
Eric Rood Administrative Center
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, California

They Got it Wrong Again! is the Slogan of No on Prop. 64

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Official Logo of the No on Prop. 64 campaign.

They Got it Wrong Again is the official Slogan of the campaign against Prop. 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), also called Proposition 64 in which will be on the California ballot in November.  StopPot2016 joins CALMCa and SAM Action in opposing this measure.  This week the official campaign issued a statement:

“As expected, the ballot measure to commercialize non-medical marijuana has qualified for the November 2016 ballot.

This campaign will very be similar to that of Proposition 19. They have the money and No on Prop. 64 has the facts.

Under current law, convicted cartel meth and heroin dealers are banned from being involved in medical marijuana, but this initiative overturns that ban and lets these felons be licensed to sell recreational marijuana. The proponents were specifically advised by numerous law enforcement groups during the comment period about this huge flaw, but they deliberately chose to keep it in, and you have to ask “why?” Who is that provision for? They got it wrong. Again.

Proposition 64 is NOT Inevitable

For more information on this and other Proposition 64 initiative loopholes, please visit: www.TheyGotItWrongAgain.org.   The press release advises contact with Tim Rosales for more information, 916.475.4900

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Governor Jerry Brown oppose the legalization of marijuana.  Although Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom supports the ballot, he admits that his wife is is “scared to death about the message (marijuana legalization) sends to our kids.”