Mar 092011
 

George Mull opposed Proposition 19. Steve DeAngelo campaigned for it. Which made it all the more interesting at the recent CalNORML conference in Berkeley, where both said that medical cannabis distribution in California is — and I’m paraphrasing here — a total fucking mess. Mull is a Sacramento attorney who represents several NorCal collectives, and their struggles in assorted cities and counties have convinced him that statewide regulation is necessary. To that end, he co-founded [read more …]

Bud’s Blog: Finding the ‘sweet spot’ for pot ain’t easy

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Mar 072011
 

The Drug Policy Alliance gets top billing today in our belated video coverage of CalNORML’s marijuana reform conference in Berkeley. Ethan Nadelmann, DPA’s founder and executive director, and California director Stephen Gutwillig both possess a keen understanding of the political process, and their thoughts on legalization in 2012 deserve special attention. First and foremost is understanding that political compromises will be necessary to craft a winning initiative. Politics is a contact sport, after all, and [read more …]

Feb 012011
 
Bud's Blog: CalNORML conference sets cannabis agenda

This weekend’s CalNORML reform conference in Berkeley sold out, prompting organizers to promise a larger venue next time. Their agenda was plenty big enough already, with complex issues facing medical cannabis advocates and proponents of legal, non-medical use. (Click here for CalNORML video coverage.) Steph Sherer, the national director of Americans for Safe Access, called for more civil discourse after Prop. 19 launched a war of words online. But she didn’t mince words when she [read more …]

L.A. Times: Prop. 19 heading to defeat

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Nov 022010
 

After taking a serious look at legalizing marijuana, California voters in early returns Tuesday appeared to be rejecting Proposition 19, which would have made the state the first to allow the drug to be sold for recreational use. According to a state exit poll, the measure drew strong support from voters under 25 years old, as the campaign had hoped, but those voters did not turn out in unusually high numbers. The initiative also failed [read more …]

Latest Field Poll shows Prop. 19 down 7 points

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Oct 312010
 

Days before a landmark ballot decision on marijuana in the Golden State, California voters appear to be changing their minds about legalizing pot for recreational use. A new California Field Poll shows Proposition 19 is losing 49 percent to 42 percent, less than a month after a September survey showed it winning by the exact margin. The reversal in attitudes comes after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his opposition to the measure and said [read more …]

Prop. 19 ad targets Daily Show, Colbert Nation

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Oct 292010
 

The Drug Policy Action Committee backing California’s Proposition 19 is spending some of the $1 million it just got from George Soros to target legal pot supporters who are devotees of comedians John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The political action committee, backed by the Drug Policy Alliance, began purchasing spots Thursday on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with John Stewart and The Colbert Report. And Proposition 19 proponents are also seeking to capitalize on Stewart’s [read more …]