In 1913 California was the first state to make marijuana illegal. In 2 days it may be the first State to make cannabis legal.
In the earlier, prohibitionist, fight; it took 24 years for the nation to follow. If we tax/regulate/control cannabis this Tuesday, will it take another 24 years for the nation to follow?
Since the initiative has a “severability” clause, if the main gist of the intitiative is found to be illegal by the Federal courts, we will have 2 new cannabis felonies on the books….and still no legal pot. I bet we would feel foolish then.
1996 is known as the medicalization of marijuana, will 2010 be the industrialization?
I kind of have warm feelings for the small scale family farms that we have today, a classic cottage industry. Will those warm fuzzies carry over to the sterile warehouse grows?
What about energy consumption? We already have rolling blackouts when consumption is high. What if 5% of Californian households put a 1000 watt bulb in their closets? Will the cities go dark?
If this industrialization initiative fails to pass, will we have a good decrim initiative in 2012? Will the world end if we do? Or don’t?
Tax. Control. Regulate. Did the initiative’s author, Richard Lee, think this would fire up the base? Did he take the base for granted and play for the middle? Will he learn a lesson if this initiative fails to pass?
I don’t think I have ever voted to increase taxes that were not earmarked for a particular item (usually schools or drug treatment).
I currently spend 3 to 5000 dollars a year on pot… And that is with a very generous employee discount from some awesome friends. Will I spend less after the initiative? My current tax on (an average) $4000/year is $350 dollars. That same 4k will cost me an extra $800 in taxes ($50/ounce), that gets added to the $350 I already pay. Will the overall price come down? How?
Is Dennis Peron really a bad guy, as Chis Conrad claims? I always had a personable likeness for Dennis.
If we vote this down, will the forces of prohibition use it as pretext to attempt to roll back our recent gains?
Can we blame Richard Lee if they do?
I can’t wait for Wednesday morning, it is like Christmas…or Pandora’s box.
Edit: Full disclosure, I earn a living in the medicinal cannabis industry.