Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act Will Seek Ballot Status in 2014: Call for Unity & Collaboration Seeks to Overcome Historical Divisions
360 Grand Avenue #361
Oakland CA 94610
Press Release -- For immediate release
Contacts: Atty Joe Rogoway 707-526-0420
Bill Panzer 510-834-1892
Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act Will Seek Ballot Status in 2014
Call for Unity & Collaboration Seeks to Overcome Historical Divisions
2012 will be remembered as the election year with three competing
marijuana initiatives to end prohibition and none of them making the ballot.
The Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act -- widely considered to be the most popular and legally viable of the three --
announces its intent to go forward to seek ballot status in 2014 with the same team of proponents,
along with a much expanded professional campaign outreach and infra-structure.
The Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act represents a paradigm shift in initiative language from Legalization to Repeal.
The focus on repealing state marijuana laws is designed to withstand a federal pre-emption challenge.
According to co-author Joe Rogoway, "By simply removing each of the laws that penalize adult cannabis-related conduct,
the Federal government will be alone in attempting to enforce their own perverse version of prohibition
against millions of people over hundreds of thousands of square miles across the state.
"Repeal is now widely viewed as the reasonable route to success. It makes common sense as well as legal sense.
Our hope is that, moving forward, we can come together to finally make the Golden State green."
According to co-author Bill Panzer, "I am committed to repeal. I don't ever want to have to represent another
marijuana defendant, even though it would mean the end of the majority of my legal practice."
RCPA proponents hereby announce the next steps:
We are calling for unity and collaboration amongst all those who believe in putting differences aside
to focus on points of agreement -- ending the "war on marijuana" by repealing prohibition.
Those behind the Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act will continue to relentlessly pursue this mandate.
We are a movement of not just cannabis consumers, but also doctors, business professionals, retired members
of law enforcement, medical patients, teachers, students, academics, artists, farmers and, yes, soccer moms.
Together we have the ability to repeal a set of laws that are not only ineffective and unenforceable,
but also morally unjustifiable.
Refocusing campaign energy on 2014, the most pressing question posed by supportive donors and seasoned veterans is:
"What does your polling show?"
We view polling data as a research tool to help formulate the language of the 2014 Initiative.
We now have time to put polling at the top of our budget considerations
and will commission a poll early in the next phase of the campaign.
We will need $40,000 for a credible research poll to prove to major donors that we can win.
Please join us!
Signed by proponents
Joe Rogoway, Esq.
William Panzer, Esq.
Frank Lucido, MD
Omar Figueroa, Esq.
Donations to: Sensible California 360 Grand Avenue #361 Oakland CA 94610
Volunteer sign-up and online donations at: www.repealcannabisprohibition.org
Dr Frank Lucido's Blog: PotShots from the Bully Pulpit: Everyone’s Entitled to My Opinion
Medical Cannabis has been legal under state law in California since passage of the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 ("Prop 215" or California Health & Safety Code 11362.5) under a certain conditions.
Unfortunately, it is still illegal even for legitimate patients, under Federal law (Gonzales v Raich Supreme Court case).
Physicians making appropriate recommendations, are also protected under State law, when acting appropriately.
Furthermore, physicians are also protected Federally by Conant v McCaffrey (Federal District Court) and Conant v Walters (Federal Appellate Court) as long as they do not aid and abet a patient in breaking Federal Law. On further appeal by the Federal government, the Supreme Court declined to take the case. Therefore, physicians are the ONLY ones protected all the way to the Supreme Court, as long as they do not "aid and abet" a patient in breaking Federal law.
The purpose of this blog is to discuss for patients, physicians, caregivers and other patients advocates, who, in my experience, is most protected, and under what circumstances, and to discuss to what extent the inability of the State of California to regulate cannabis (due to Federal threats and interference) has led to the "wild west" atmosphere that the newspapers love to write about (you know: "Man bites dog" will always sell more papers than "Dog bites man".)
This is my effort to "clean up Dodge". I know I am not alone in this. There are good physicians, good caregivers, and lots of sick patients. I aim to let people know how to spot the good, and avoid the others.