Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why I’m voting YES on Prop 19 in California

Why I’m voting YES on Prop 19 in California

Tuesday, November 2 Election Day

Get out and VOTE! It’s your right and your duty to yourself

But first, some UPCOMING EVENTS:

Oct 22-24
Women’s Visionary Congress 4th annual

Consciousness, Healing and Social Justice

Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) Earthrise Retreat Center, Petaluma CA

Check it out:

“Tickets are $325 which includes a $75 membership in the Women's Visionary Council, the 501(c)3 nonprofit that organizes the WVC.

Ticket price includes all meals, events, shared lodging at the retreat center, yoga classes and access to the gathering from Friday afternoon through lunch on Sunday. Private rooms may also be available for an extra fee. Please contact us for more information.”

I think that’s an amazing bargain.

I’m attending this! I just registered online.

Tuesday, November 2 Election Day

Get out and VOTE! It’s your right and your duty to yourself

Saturday, November 13: Benefit for L.E.A.P.

(Law Enforcement Against Prohibition)

$25-100 sliding scale

Reserve tickets:

Music, Great food

Special appearance: Neill Franklin, LEAP’s new Executive Director

Location in Oakland given on RSVP and pre-registration

Dr. Frank Lucido is hosting this event.

November 19-29: Dr. Frank Lucido will be in Michigan to see family and friends, and will be available for medical cannabis consultations November 22-24. Call 510-848-0958 to schedule appointment.

Why I’m voting YES on Prop 19

It’s been nearly 14 years since Proposition 215 passed, and patients are still having trouble finding safe access. And at best, are still “suspects” of misguided law enforcement.

I support Prop 19.

Although it has its flaws, it will be revolutionary.

Adults over 21 will be able to possess up to one ounce and grow a five foot by five foot garden.

There will be no probable cause to search otherwise law-abiding citizens.

And Patients will still be more protected as they can possess 8 ounces.

In my Statement to the Medical Board of California 5/8/09

I told them:

“cannabis is safe and effective medicine…

If we treat cannabis like the medicine it is, it will eventually be an over-the-counter medicine for adults.

And this could happen in one of three ways:

1. It could be an executive order from the President.

2. It could be re-scheduled from Schedule I to Schedule II or III (and then the insurance companies would lobby to make it an over-the-counter drug, once they have to pay for it).

or more likely,

3. California could vote to "tax and regulate" like the city of Oakland did in 2004 with Measure Z.”

Well, number 3 is upon us.

Ballot summary and good links from Chris Conrad and Russ Belville below.

I am voting YES on Prop 19.

Frank Lucido MD

Berkeley, California

Proposition 19 Ballot Summary:

Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed.

Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old. Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Savings of up to several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Unknown but potentially major tax, fee, and benefit assessment revenues to state and local government related to the production and sale of marijuana products. (09-0024.)

For more info, here are some links to analysis of Prop 19 of people I trust:

From Chris Conrad:

Prop 19 Fact Check / Rumor Control

From Russ Belville:

California’s Prop 19: A word-for-word analysis

More Prop 19 links sent to me from Chris Conrad:

Yes on Prop 19 Blog:

Prop 19:

Chris Conrad YouTube explanation of why you should Vote Yes on Prop 19

Chris Conrad debates Dragonfly de la Luz ("Stoners Against Legalization") on why people should Vote Yes on Prop 19 (MP3 file).

Prop 19 in Spanish: Propuesto 19 en Español


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