Pubdate: Sun, 17 Oct 2010
Source: Times-Standard (Eureka, CA)
Copyright: 2010 Times-Standard
Author: Scott Kender


I am so excited that I can't keep it to myself. For the first time in 
my life, I will assist in the process of legalizing marijuana by 
voting yes on Proposition 19! I am glad this proposition does not 
affect my rights as a 215 patient. As a consumer, I will no longer 
have to worry about possessing a personal use amount. As a supporter 
of domestic hemp production, marijuana legalization will eliminate 
the barriers to this enterprise.

My main rebuttal to those opposed to the measure: Legalization is a 
process. Once Proposition 19 passes, it will be up to the state, 
counties and courts to work out the particulars.

If growers in California have sense, they have the golden opportunity 
to turn prime growing regions into the boutique cannabis market, just 
like Napa/Sonoma now do for wine. I can't believe I am siding with 
"the Governator" -- the savings in court/prison costs for misdemeanor 
offenders will be a big shot in the arm for the budget.

I am also happy to see various choices for all the local and state 
races, beyond the Democrats and Republicans. I vote straight Green 
myself. If you feel dissatisfied with the current party system, check 
out the other parties' candidates and see if they don't meet your 
expectations better than Tweedledee/Tweedledum. Anyone want to hot 
box at my place on Nov. 3 in celebration?

Scott Kender

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