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Ballot Measure in California Wins Support of Union
Posted by CN Staff on September 14, 2010 at 06:04:03 PT
By Adam Nagourney
Source: New York Times
Los Angeles -- A ballot measure to make California the first state to legalize the sale and use of marijuana has won the support of one of the stateís most powerful union, officials said Monday, offering the proposition a shot of mainstream legitimacy as well as a potential financial and organizational lift.The decision by the executive board of the Service Employees International Union of California will be announced in the next few days, according to officials who have been briefed about it but were not allowed to speak publicly before it was announced.
The measure has faced strong opposition from law enforcement groups, including Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles County, who said he would lead a campaign against it as a threat to public safety.But the proposal also won support on Monday from some former law enforcement officials, including police officers, judges and prosecutors.The measure, known as Proposition, 19 would legalize, regulate and tax the sale of marijuana. It has been promoted as a way to raise money for the financially beleaguered state, while dealing a setback to Mexican drug cartels.The measure is quickly emerging as one of the top ó and most contentious ó ballot issues in the nation this November. Polls show that it has the support of a slight majority of voters. But political analysts said that this kind of measure, given the social stigma that comes with illicit drug use, could prove difficult to poll.At the very least, the support by the S.E.I.U., which claims over 700,000 members in the state, could make it easier for other groups to rally around the measure. More practically, it means access to the unionís considerable campaign apparatus, which could finance mailings, telephone calls and leaflets.A version of this article appeared in print on September 14, 2010, on page A16 of the New York edition.Source: New York Times (NY)Author:  Adam NagourneyPublished: September 14, 2010Copyright: 2010 The New York Times CompanyContact: letters nytimes.comWebsite: http://www.nytimes.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/b3mavPudCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #18 posted by Storm Crow on September 16, 2010 at 09:25:54 PT
And even that won't hold water, Sinsemilla! 
Some of the the prohibitionist "arguments" will be getting kind of silly, now that the big lies (it causes cancer, makes you insane, etc) are being exposed for what they are!I've grown cannabis that smelled exactly like pink grapefruit! (The "C-99" strain, if anyone's interested.) Even my non-using, adult sons agreed that the plant smelled "nothing at all like pot"- at least, while growing! Other strains can smell like Pine-Sol, "lemon Pledge", mangoes, vanilla or other "acceptable" scents! Much of the "odor problem" can be eliminated by just choosing the right varieties. As more "non-skunky" strains become available, the "odor problem" should become a non-issue. Personally, I happen dislike the scent of tomato foliage, but I don't tell my neighbors to stop growing them just because I dislike the smell! Also, the pollen from many plants, like roses, can give people allergy attacks, actually make them ill to the point of needing medications! Yet, I hear no calls for the banning of "health-threatening" roses! As for height, many indicas grow only to about 3 to 4 feet tall- about the same as roses! Just keep educating those around you, folks- all we got is the simple truth! And if the truth won't do, then something is wrong! 
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Comment #17 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on September 15, 2010 at 19:46:04 PT
Vote no, cause they smell, and, um...they're tall!
"Anyone familiar with the stench and potential height of marijuana plants might pause at the thought of their proliferation in the neighborhood."OMG, they're green, too!
Proposition 19: Vote no
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Comment #16 posted by ekim on September 15, 2010 at 08:12:04 PT
Pete has nice story on Howard & Misty
http://www.drugwarrant.com/2010/09/lots-of-good-news-on-prop-19/#comments
Howard Wooldridge sits on his one-eyed American Paint horse, Misty.http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_417511aa-2184-5658-8c91-5228a9622146.htmlhttp://www.citizensopposingprohibition.org/
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Comment #15 posted by John Tyler on September 14, 2010 at 21:29:59 PT
Union support
Iím guessing that Prop 19 will also get the support of the entertainment industry unions like the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild, the Directors Guild and the numerous craft unions. Maybe, not officially, but I have a feeling the members are for it.
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on September 14, 2010 at 20:22:11 PT
FoM Comment 10
Thank you. Maybe someone can. I'm very curious. 
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on September 14, 2010 at 19:56:46 PT
Now they are showing Marc
Cleaning his bong and flirting with the women.Sad to know he's not there in Vancouver doing his thing.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on September 14, 2010 at 19:41:57 PT
They're talking to Richard Lee
and it's about Oaksterdam University.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on September 14, 2010 at 19:40:53 PT
Aaaahh.... so they say...
DEA guy just on saying "We do not make the law. We enforce the law."Yeah... right.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on September 14, 2010 at 19:38:45 PT
Hope
I can't answer your question about the organizations though. Maybe someone would know.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on September 14, 2010 at 19:36:48 PT
Hope
Thank you. That's a good documentary.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on September 14, 2010 at 19:26:56 PT
Maybe I'm forgetting something...
But does every organization in California come out as yes or no on every initiative or proposition that they have to vote on? Or is it just this one?
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on September 14, 2010 at 19:24:00 PT
NGCHD
That would be the the National Geographic Channel.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on September 14, 2010 at 19:18:20 PT
Explorer network
I get it on 276 on Direct TVIt's about "Marijuana". No title that I can see... just Explorer.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on September 14, 2010 at 18:55:31 PT
Supervisors Oppose Marijuana Initiative
By Michele ClockTuesday, September 14, 2010 The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to oppose Proposition 19, the statewide initiative that would legalize marijuana in California. The five-member Republican board acted after hearing from District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who along with most other law enforcement officials oppose the Nov. 2 ballot measure.URL: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/sep/14/county-supervisors-oppose-marijuana-legalization/
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on September 14, 2010 at 17:25:40 PT
And yeah... I get it. I think.
This is about employers, corporations, and the "owners"...taking more control of your life, as an employee, than they need to, or have the right to.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on September 14, 2010 at 17:23:09 PT
Two unions?
This makes two unions that aren't against it... doesn't it?Was the other the Teamsters?
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on September 14, 2010 at 13:40:47 PT
Very
Good!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on September 14, 2010 at 08:45:46 PT
Yeah
Baby!
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