Perata backs legalized pot

By Terrapinzflyer · Sep 25, 2009 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Perata backs legalized pot

    Former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata is endorsing a move to legalize marijuana in California.
    "It may not pass this time, but I think it's time we have a statewide conversation on the idea," Perata said today.

    Perata, who is running for mayor of Oakland, will join a kickoff press conference Friday for a measure that would allow anyone over 21 to possess or grow marijuana for personal use. It would allow each local government to decide whether to tax and regulate marijuana sales.

    Supporters need to gather 433,971 signatures of registered voters by Feb. 18 to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

    Perata said his decision to back the proposed initiative was prompted in part by the overwhelming approval in Oakland of a measure to tax medical marijuana earlier this year.

    "It's pretty well proven that medical marijuana has not unraveled society as some feared," Perata said. "This is taking the debate to a new level.

    "It's not something that the state Legislature is going to pass," Perata said. There's too much opposition from conservative Republicans, he noted, and not enough support from Democrats.

    So, take it straight to the voters.

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Backers begin push to get pot measure on ballot

    SAN FRANCISCO — Pot advocates started their push Friday to get a marijuana legalization measure on California's 2010 ballot with backing from a prominent state politician.
    Former state Senate president Don Perata announced his support for the Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign, which began gathering signatures for the proposal at the annual meeting of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.
    Supporters need nearly 434,000 signatures to make the November 2010 ballot.
    Though Perata did not appear as scheduled at a news conference launching the signature drive, he said in a statement that taxing legal marijuana was key to easing California's financial woes.
    "In this time of economic uncertainty, it's time we thought outside the box and brought in revenue we need to restore the California dream," he said.
    Term limits forced Perata from the Legislature in 2008. He announced in March that he planned to run next year for mayor of Oakland, where voters in July overwhelmingly passed a first-of-its-kind tax on city medical marijuana dispensaries.
    Pot dispensary owners who supported the tax as a way to show their commitment to the city included Richard Lee, the ballot measure's main backer.
    Under the proposal, adults 21 and older could legally possess up to an ounce of pot. Homeowners could grow limited amounts, and local governments would decide whether to allow pot sales.
    Supporters argue taxes levied on marijuana sales could help strapped cities weather revenue shortfalls caused by the recession and California's budget crisis.
    Lee said he believed the cost of obtaining the needed signatures would run about a dollar per name.
    "We've raised a good portion of the amount that we need, so we feel real confident that we're going to get it on the ballot," he said.
    The measure is the most conservative of three pot legalization proposals certified for signature-gathering by California's Secretary of State.
    A group of Northern California criminal defense lawyers is promoting a measure that would set no specific limits on the amount of pot adults could possess or grow for personal use.
    The measure would repeal all local and state marijuana laws and clear the criminal record of anyone convicted of a pot-related offense.
    The third measure, proposed by a Long Beach pot activist, would repeal state marijuana prohibitions and give the Legislature a year to adopt new laws regulating and taxing the drug.
    The state Legislative Analyst's Office said all three measures could bring potentially major new revenue to the state from taxing marijuana. The office also predicts the measures would result in tens of millions of dollars in savings of law enforcement costs to state and local governments.
    The cost of running California ballot measure campaigns often climbs to eight figures, so supporters of the pot initiatives will need to focus on fundraising if they hope to gather enough signatures.
    Some pot activists believe it's too soon to reach for full-fledged marijuana legalization, a goal the pro-marijuana movement has worked toward for decades.
    Backers of the measures hope to tap into what they see as pro-legalization momentum spurred in part by the Obama administration's hands-off attitude toward states that allow medical marijuana.
    If any of the proposals do make the ballot, a Field Poll earlier this year found that a slight majority of state voters supported legalizing and taxing pot.
    Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in drug issues, said he believes Californians may be ready to lift the ban.
    "I wouldn't be stunned. I could see it going either way," he said.

  2. HairDOWN-2-hisKNEES
    I is ready for the change. i'm a California resident, but not a citizen. I was wondering if ya'll think that decriminalization will increase the popularity of LSD?

    from what i understand (take what i have to say with a grain of salt, i'm 19 grown up in a swedish/danish family) marijuana increased in popularity amongst white americans when rock and roll came around... and that lead to the popularity of LSD.

    So i'm thinking if weed comes back? will LSD do the same?
    hope so:thumbsup:
  3. Alfa
    Hairdown. That doesn't make any sense to me. Weed has never gone. Legalizing will not increase the use of weed, except for the first few years when its all new.

    Demand for LSD is normally higher than its supply, because its difficult to produce and source precursors. I don't think weed legalization will have much effect on LSD popularity.
  4. Master_Khan
    Statistics show that most young people who use marijuana stop using in their early twenties as their attention is turned to work and family, etc. Only a small percentage continue on with any frequency after that. When pot prohibition ends, I would expect that a fair amount of these people now in their middle age might return to a 'lost love' of their youth and resume some periodic use of marijuana. I would also expect that this would have virtually no effect as far as a resurgence of interest in LSD. During the polarizing times of the sixties and in the years that followed, Marijuana and illegal drugs in general enjoyed wide experimentation by anti Viet Nam War and Civil Rights protesters who together formed a semi-cohesive counter culture that adopted drug use as a form of civil disobedience. There is no cohesive counter culture that exists today. To have a counter culture, one must start with a culture, and the United States is largely now just a loose amalgamation of several hundred million individuals. A whorehouse of greed made up of hunter gatherers that strip the carcass bare daily.
  5. Lokibee
    Pressure is what ending a prohibition is alkl about.
    Ex. The prohibition against Alchohol was ended because of the pressure of violence from bootleggers as well as political pressure from all the polititions that drank added to that was the need for tax revenue by the fe. gov..
    It will take the same thing to end pot prohibition. In cal. money is REALLY tight, the medpot laws showed that it is not a society ending super drug set to doom our world as the DEA says and Mexico is puting political pressure on US to help them take the funding from the cartels (they are funded primarily by pot).

    I happen to be a registered republican (though not in cal.) and as such I support making drugs leagle by the simple fact that it is FED laws that are doing so and FED pressure to keep them so. States rights have been stripped steadily as the FED has grown. The Constitutin has been basicly ignored in all things by the Fed Gov.

    Once this passes in cal. Texas will be watching to see results and if it works out then Tx. may come next. (cross your fingers)
    DOWN with federal jackbooting of the states rights !!!
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