Bringing Citizens Together to End Cannabis Prohibition

Our Principles

We believe that cannabis legalization in California should:

✓ Protect medical cannabis patients and encourage safe access.

✓ Make personal cannabis possession legal for adults in limited amounts.

✓ Provide California new tax revenues from legal cannabis business and sales.

✓ Designate cannabis as an agricultural product, and allow limited personal cultivation.

✓ Encourage sustainable and environmentally sound practices.

✓ Eliminate felony penalties for minor, non-violent marijuana offenses.  Allow adults to consume on private property where allowed.

✓ Adhere to the 8 Federal enforcement priorities; prohibit sales to children, prevent diversion to other states, prevent enriching gangs and violent cartels or using legal sales to cover for trafficking.  Prevent drugged driving, illegal activity, and trespass grows, as well as possession or use on federal property.

What do you think about these principles? Leave a comment below.

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  • commented 2016-01-31 22:16:42 -0800
    “Provide California new tax revenues”
    Can we PLEASE specify allocations of these revenues to post drug-war reform/public-education, and releasing the non-violent prisoners of this dug-war who are still sitting there, waiting to be rescued.
  • commented 2015-10-07 13:12:09 -0700
    There are no limits for alcohol possession, why should legal cannabis be any different? What happens to those over the limit? Arrest? The limit concept is from the fearful past. Please drop it.
    Taxes must be fair and reasonable. The CA excise tax on a bottle of wine is 5 cents.
    I see no reason for legal cannabis to in any way, for any transgression, carry felonies. Why must we remain tied to fraudulent ideas from the past?
    The 8 Federal priorities are mostly aspects of prohibition and no more easy to enforce now than before.
    Finally, I see zero reason for Law Enforcement to be at the table. They’ve been a major part of the problem. They are not “stakeholders”. Get them out of the room and into the hall. They can be told what their “enforcement” job will be when it’s all done. They forget they are public servants. Their job is to enforce law AS DIRECTED.
  • commented 2015-10-01 07:08:00 -0700
    All new legislation should require plant cultivation tracking to prevent black market wholesaling which leaves those who follow the guidelines at a disadvantage. This is a huge problem statewide, particularly in the LA market. It would insure a healthier product to the public while also boosting state revenue.
  • commented 2015-09-30 23:08:56 -0700
    Please include a legal distinction between industrial hemp and smokable/recreational/medicinal cannabis. Then, make industrial hemp fully legal to cultivate, harvest, and make use of as a marketable product.
  • commented 2015-09-14 08:46:47 -0700
    I would like to see cannabis be able to be smoked anywhere cigarettes are. I don’t want to have to hide in my home to smoke. I think we need to use common sense, be discrete, not get in peoples faces but at the same time lets not banish ourselves to the closet.
    What about reparations? Those who were sent to prison or jailed for years or even decades for marijuana crimes, if there were no violence or guns involved, should get at the very least an apology from the court and should receive some form of compensatory payment. It may be too soon for this but let’s keep it in mind.
  • commented 2015-08-13 12:51:20 -0700
    I have a problem with limited personal cultivation, how does that keep it out of the reach of youth? My uncles tell stories of how they would steal from my grandmother who grew it to use as a liniment by soaking it in alcohol. How are going to avoid that if everyone is allowed to grow their own and how we going to get tax revenue if people do not have to buy it. Just feel personal cultivation is a slippery slope.
  • commented 2015-07-17 10:38:55 -0700
    In my comment, somehow the hash mark messed up formatiing. I was referring to points 4, 5, and 9.
  • commented 2015-07-17 10:37:45 -0700
    Mike Bowler makes very good points, however:
    1. might be too far a bridge to cross this early, might scare off otherwise “leaning yes” voters.
    1. would be better off as leaving DUI laws as they are – it’s not like legalization is going to invent cars and pot, and after 20 years of free-for-all medmj, we haven’t seen massive traffic fatalities. Stay away from any ng/mL testing – Oregon and Alaska proved you don’t need it to win.
    1. will be a tough sell. It’s going to turn off drinkers who don’t want to associate with “potheads”. And alcohol consumption is allowed in a lot of places (LAX!) where cannabis consumption wouldn’t work.

    The key for California will be finding that sweet spot between enough freedom to really be legalization and not adding “poison pill” addendums that will sink it.
  • commented 2015-06-28 07:21:58 -0700
    Legalization needs to address the following:

    1. Reasonable possession limits.

    2. Legalized free transfers from one person to another (gifting).

    3. The inalienable right to grow a certain number of plants without interference or regulations from local jurisdictions (Counties and Cities cannot ban or restrict a property owner’s or renter’s right to grow a certain number of plants for personal use).

    4. Workplace safeguards covering both employer and employee (you can be fired for showing up for work under the influence, but you cannot be fired on Monday for smoking a joint Saturday night).

    5. Medically reasonable DUI testing that do NOT test for metabolites, but rather for THC levels in the blood (as of today blood tests for THC levels are the only accurate measure – but this will change). Somewhere between 5 – 10 ug/L THC is probably a good number, based on the results of test subjects observed driving while using cannabis.

    6. A ceiling on taxes (both state and local) so that state and local authorities cannot impose taxes that effectively create or further enrich the black market.

    7. Medical cannabis should be sold tax-free to those who possess a physician recommendation.

    8. State and local authorities cannot impose rules for dispensaries that are more prohibitive than those in place for the sale of alcohol. Zoning ordinances for cannabis sales should parallel those for alcohol sales.

    9. The rules governing the consumption of cannabis cannot be more restrictive than the rules governing the consumption of alcohol. If it is legal to consume alcohol at a certain place/time then it shall be concurrently legal to consume cannabis at the same place/time.

    10. A provision that requires law enforcement to compensate those who have had cannabis confiscated but who have NOT been convicted of a cannabis-related crime as a result of that confiscation. Translation: If the cops take your cannabis but that confiscation does not result in a conviction – you get compensated (in cash) full-value street price for the cannabis.

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