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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

A Very Big California Marijuana Legalization Announcement Is Coming Tomorrow

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California is the biggest marijuana legalization domino that is in play for 2016. I have had many conversations with members of the mainstream media about California, and I have said many times that many people will measure the success of the 2016 campaign by whether or not California succeeds. Several states could legalize in 2016, and while I think that even one state would be a huge victory, many others will consider it bittersweet if California fails to legalize again.

As seems to always be the case with legalization efforts in this decade, there are several efforts in California. The most high profile one to date is Reform California, which has funding and a very strong campaign team. However, there’s supposed to be a long awaited announcement coming out of California tomorrow, with California billionaire Sean Parker and friends throwing their hat into the race. The initiative is reported to be backed by the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, and WeedMaps founder Justin Hartfield who has already pledged 2 million dollars to a marijuana legalization campaign of his choosing (which it sounds like he is choosing this one).

Having a lot of money is important in politics, and this initiative will certainly have a bunch, but it’s not the only thing that it will take to push this initiative over the top. It will take a very well written initiative, and a strong campaign team to ensure victory. It sounds like the initiative that is going to be announced tomorrow will have those in addition to a hefty bank account. Anything that the Drug Policy Alliance is involved with is usually very solid. The San Francisco Chronicle received an advanced summary of the initiative, highlights of which are below:

•People will be allowed to grow up to six plants in their home for nonmedical use, but they “have to be out of public view and secure from children.” Local governments may ban outdoor home cultivation, and employers will be able to bar the use of nonmedical weed by their workers.

•It places a 15 percent excise tax on all retail sales of cannabis, both nonmedical and medical. However, medical marijuana patients won’t have to pay regular sales taxes.

•It will keep in place the new state laws governing medicinal cannabis, noting that “to help get the market up and running, existing medical marijuana businesses will get priority for the new (recreational sales) licenses.”

•It taxes licensed marijuana growers, based on the weight of the plants. The rates are $9.25 per ounce of marijuana flowers and $2.75 per ounce of marijuana leaves.

•It allows those convicted of marijuana crimes “that are no longer crimes or have been reduced to petition a court for penalty reductions or record expungement.”

•It directs tax revenue to a newly created California Marijuana Tax Fund. The fund will give $10 million annually through 2028 to a public university in California to research and evaluate the effects of the new legalization measure. It also will give $3 million annually to the California Highway Patrol to “develop protocols and best practices to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana.”

This measure is largely based off of a report that was issued after California’s Lieutenant Governor toured the state gathering input from California residents and organizations. I don’t like the fact that there are still several California efforts, and I’m still hopeful that everyone can unite behind one effort. Whether or not that is this one, which will be called the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, only time will tell. I will say though, with that campaign team and the amount of funds at their disposal, this initiative has a great chance of getting on the ballot, uniting the community, and succeeding on Election Day. What do TWB readers think?

  • friendofweedguest

    The word “Control” should be taken out of the Initiative,,,sounds too Authoritarian. Everything sounds good overall unless they are allowing the plants as an excuse to go in houses to look around for no good reason. Decriminalization is the most important aspect of this.

    • Milan Amore

      Cchi2016.org. I challenge you to find a better one.

      • Jason Brodsky

        CCHI WorldWide! The True Cannabis Freedom Initiative. Get behind it or get off the Planet!

  • Sean

    Failure is not an option, California.

    • Paul Lucas

      Niether is the regime Sean Parker is promoting. %15 tax on medical for sick people? 9.25 per ounce tax to fund a university to which you and only you will benefit from the fruit sf that research? Come on man.

      • Superhaze420

        Did you even read it all the way? MMJ patients don’t have to pay the regular 15% tax, they pay less in sales tax.

    • Michael Jolson

      We rejected Prop 19 and are sick of the tech yuppies gentrifying the Bay Area- pushing lower and middle class families from their comjurirws they grew up in!
      6 plants for personal use? What happens if you have 7 plants – go to jail?
      California wants total and complete legalziation and will POSSIBLY reject another Prop 19 initiaitve which this seems to replicate.
      Why tax medicine at 15%? Because this is a refer madness petition ! It says pot is bad- it treats pot like it is toxic. Why just 6 plants for personal use? Can we have just 6 cases of beer at our house ? Is pot worse than alcohol ?
      Basically commercial sales of Cannabis needs to be regulated NO MORE ONEROUS than BEER and WINE!

  • Michael Jolson

    Jonny Green- you refuse to cover the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016! Why don’t you cover the largest grassroots cannabis Legalization movement in ca?
    Why do you only cover corporate pot initiatives in Ca? Moreover , you are from Oregon!
    So, what happens if you get caught growing more than 6 plants for recreational use? What about the 1,500 incarcerated right now in CA? Are they related from jail? What abot growing industrial hemp for paper, fiber, fuel ?
    15% tax plus sales tax is un necessary . The excise tax should be capped at 10% plus sales tax.
    I am disgusted how the corporaticracy has spilled into Cannabia journalists like yourself who refuse to cover our campaign .
    You are partnof the problem! You are hellish feed the corporate takeover of it in CA!
    These billionaire and millionaire types want us all to have our 6 plants while we but out recreational or from them – the corporations!
    http://Www.cchi2016.org is a model for true cannabis freedom and free market cannabis legalization!
    It allows for Hemp without THC limits to flourish in areas fit for cultivation !
    Please cover our campaign and don’t jus write about what the billionaires want !

    • Sean

      I’m curious. How come CCHI never gets on the ballot after it gets trotted out every two years?

      • Milan Amore

        Because we don’t have you on our team yet Sean! ?

      • Michael Jolson

        I am curious, how long did it take for blacks to gain the the same rights as whites? How long did it take for same sex couples gain the right to marry? How long did it take for women to gain the right to vote?
        We haven’t run the petition every two years, BUT even If we did . It is the best Pot Initiative and Californians deserve ONLY the Bestt not the worst.
        Biased media sucks. This “journalist ” is from a state that hates California- Oregon.
        Now , look at Johhny Green- only reporting about corpate funded campaigns . No love for the grassroots . No love for Jack Herer’s political legacy. Not one mention. This is disgusting journalism . It is corpate biased journalism .
        I want to see objective coverage . This Oregonian is ignoring the real deal legalization movement in CA thereby has no idea what is really going on down here! He is up in Oregon. Maybe he is hoping to get sponsored by Zuckerberg or Parker?

    • Superhaze420

      He doesn’t cover it because he, like most other people know that CCHI is a lost cause. You guys try every election cycle and never succeed at making it on the ballot, you guys have been trying for years and it never happens. Just let go and accept that whatever does make the ballot and gets passed is still better than prohibition.

      • Milan Amore

        Trying and failing is definitely not an accurate way to judge potential for success. Do you know how many times the founders of this movement tried to get prop215 on the ballot before they succeeded?!! Its The commonly held attitude of waiting FOR or having the nerve to be critical of others who are VOLUNTEERING to protect YOUR rights!!.. BE THE CHANGE! ?✊?✒️??

        • Superhaze420

          Well I follow all of the proposed initiatives, including CCHI and according to what you guys have been posting, your campaign will need to collect 600,000 valid signatures. And the problem is that CCHI doesn’t have the amount of money that it takes to gather those signatures. That’s why CCHI is currently doing a volunteer only signature gathering drive and hoping to raise $900,000 to get the rest of the signatures. But so far, there has only been one $5,000 donation towards that. Johnny said it himself on here, running a legalization campaign here in California is very expensive and a volunteer only signature gathering drive isn’t going to cut it. I forget what article he said that on, but that’s what he said. It costs at least 1 million, if not more to gather signatures and then another 15-20 million to run a successful campaign in California. A grassroots movement isn’t gonna make it, prop 215 only succeeded because major financial backing was finally thrown behind it.

          • Violet_kush

            It doesn’t matter the cost, volunteer based campaigns
            can become successful even halfway through the campaign we can receive the funding! only if we Do Not give
            Up ???????

          • Superhaze420

            I doubt that, no one is taking CCHI seriously and everyone in the media is calling it too radical. A volunteer based campaign might work in other smaller states, but not in such a massive state like California. And I haven’t seen any reports of potential financial backers getting behind CCHI.

          • Michael Jolson

            Super haze you hide behind a fake name. CCHI 2016 was poles at passing by 56% on Dec 10, 2013. We would poll more like 60% now in favor. The Big Money organizations knife CCHI 2016 can fully pass with flying colors and are trying to stop it. They want to see a controlled market. They want us to all have our 6 plants and one ounce while the rich make all the make you and the poor remain incarcerated.

          • Superhaze420

            Well that may be the case when polling is done for support of CCHI, but that doesn’t mean that it has the money or resources that is pretty much a necessity to get on the ballot. The big money organizations are the only ones who have a chance because money plays a big role in politics. I don’t like it, but that’s the way it is. They know that this is a highly profitable industry and they want to corporatize it, I knew that this would happen from the start and I’m ok with that. That’s just how America works when there is something highly profitable and there’s lots of money to be made. I still think it’s better than prohibition.

          • Michael Jolson

            We have raise over $20,000 in pledges just haven’t updated the website , plus you resllky have no clear idea what we are up to, now do you? What is your real name? Who are you? What are you doing to change cannabis laws? Your duchess are wrong and your head is very far up corporate pot’s ass!

      • Michael Jolson

        You are hiding from a fake name? What is your real name? Who are you? What are you doing for the movement to hate on real true activists trying to fight for what they believe in? What is your name Son?

    • BainDramage

      Michael – I have read the CCHI initiative, and I would love to see it pass – but it won’t.

      That’s why it isn’t being covered. It will never gain traction. Politics just doesn’t work that way.

      Politics is the art of compromise. you give some, you get some.

      Philosophically speaking, I would rather support an initiative that has 85% of what I want AND that I know has a reasonable chance to win, than to support the “perfect” initiative that would never garner more than 5% of the vote.

      I wish I was wrong about this, but the truth is that CCHI is a dead horse. It’s time to dismount.

      • Michael Jolson

        Who are you to say what will and won’t pass? We were polled to pass on Dec 10, 2013 by 56% snd now are at least 65% to pass. Do you think George Soros, and the billionaires really want full, legalization? Think they want hemp to be grown for fuel? Think they want fre market legalization? Hell no! They want to create a controlled market with high taxation and high regulation snd low plant limits for the 99%- that is we, the people.
        You really have no clear argument to stand on. We are a true grassroots movement and are organizing all over the State and you hate. We expect to have close to 500 people in the streets within a month and our suport is building everyday.
        Quit hating . You are an idiot- really. You suport Reform CA that encourages SNITCHING! It rewards snitches 10% of the money they confiscate and locks up kids for smoking pot up to 6 months in jail and up to a year for a pound!

      • Rick

        Dane Brammage, Prop 19 lost with this same “compromise”d propositions. The voters want real reform, all we have to do is collect the valid signatures to place CCHI on the ballot, and you mark my words it will win. I have only bad things to say about the other ballot proposals, and will withold my hater speil, I’ll save my breath for something I can support, CCHI which you say you would “love to see it pass”. Why would I work against the clearly better (CCHI) initiative in the name of politics or chances of winning or any such BS? I will vigourously gather signatures and voice my support for the CCHI proposal, and you should also. I will denounce any initiative that legitimizes draconian constraints on Hemp crops, it is frankly inhumane this plant is so beneficial to health and progress. Free Hemp, free America I always say!

  • Violet_kush

    Please support California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 #CCHI2016 Free the Prisoners and Free the Hemp ! vote for what’s right ??

    • Superhaze420

      CCHI is a lost cause, just know that whatever does make the ballot to be voted on is still better than prohibition.

      • Michael Jolson

        Lost cause , wrong- we are a grassroots political movement to end the prohibition of Cannabis Hemp plant and to free all non-violent cannabis prisoners in California and beyond!
        Would you tell the blacks, gays , and women’s to give up their social movements because they aren’t backed by major corporations ?
        The CCHI hasn’t been running every two years and we have the best and most comprehensive petition for ending pot pro

        • Superhaze420

          Well regardless, political reform takes money. Women’s rights, gay rights, and racial equality are way more mainstream than cannabis legalization. It has become more mainstream, but it’s still not as mainstream as those other 3. And they need money to get political reform passed as well. A lot of people don’t even take CCHI seriously and everyone has their own opinion, some will think that CCHI is garbage and others will agree that it is the best, saying its the most comprehensive is just a self made claim. I’ll be fine with Sean’s initiative because anything’s better than what we have now, which is prohibition.

          • Michael Jolson

            Basically what you are saying I let the corporations write our laws and we should be subservient to them.
            We get our six plants and they – the 1%- DPA, Sesn Parker, Hyatt hotels CEO’s get all the money.

          • Superhaze420

            Yes, that’s more than likely how it would play out whether you like it or not. And I’ll still vote for it because it’s still better than prohibition and it’s a work in progress, we can fix aspects of the law over time. Just think past California for a second and realize how much of an impact it would have at ending federal prohibition if CA legalizes next year. This has been covered in several news articles and it is very important that California legalizes regardless of what is proposed. Hell, if I was in Ohio I’d even be voting yes for Responsible Ohio’s initiative because it’s still better than prohibition.

      • Michael Jolson

        Who are you with a fake name and hiding behind SuperHaze 420 to say what is and what isn’t a lost cause? What is your real name? You should reveal yourself ? What contribution have you made to the pot movement.
        To write off grassroots struggles due to lack of funds is disigenous to a free society.
        What is your real name? Who are you to tell Californians what is a lost cause when we have close to 1,000 that will be on the streets with the petition in a few weeks?
        Who are you to tell the cannabis community that we must accept whatever the corporations force feed down our throatss?
        What is your name,e and what are you doing for the movement ?

        • Superhaze420

          Wow Michael, a little butthurt about what I’m saying? Haha. Close to 1,000 isn’t a lot when you consider that California is the biggest state with a population of over 38 million and you need 600,000 valid signatures in less than 6 months. The initiatives that get passed are the ones that have the big money support, even prop 215 was only able to get passed with the help of big financial contributions.

          • Violet_kush

            Funny money ! It is the people that vote and decide what is right not money ! I am a professional signature gatherer and am not discouraged by your words! People are going to sign regardless of what you say ✌?️

          • Michael Jolson

            SuperHaze 420 my main point is that this journalist has no clear conception of what is going on down here up there in Oregon. Thus journalists is simply a mouthpiece for the corporate takeover of Cannabis in Californja.
            This Initiative is modeled off the Reefer Madness mentality that pot is bad and needs to be highly regulated and treated like it is a toxic waste .
            They allow counties to ban outdoor cultivation . Do they ban grape production ? Do they ban apps, oranges , broccoli , etc?
            My main point is that this journalist is part of the problem of what is wrong in America.- CORPORATISM- the Corporatocracy!
            Biased journalism favoring large corporate interest whose desire is to control the pot market in California!

  • Lee

    God how many petitions do we need ? All of these petitions cause division amongst the community. I wish the all of these groups would come together to unite under petition.

  • Scott Kender

    I continue to see most initiatives continue the rationale that cannabis prohibition had merit, and just easing some of its harsher penalties. Prohibition was/is a means to control people’s access to this plant and its various uses, for the profit of a few, AND BASED ON OUTRIGHT LIES!!!
    The CA Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 is the ONLY initiative that frees the plant from these shackles, keeps regulation to a minimum by placing its medicinal aspects to be regulated like the herbal industry (laws already in place), its euphoric(recreational) aspects regulated like alcohol, and caps fees for commercial enterprises(100 plans or more) at $1000.
    Anyone can read the initiative text at http://www.cchi2016.org and see for themselves

  • Paul Lucas

    Screw Sean Parker of this is what he is foisting.

  • Matt McLaughlin

    The triple-joined bills AB 243, AB 266 and SB 643 has already incited legal challenges.

    The American Medical Marijuana Association (AMMA) claims that the new
    laws attempt to modify a voter initiative, Proposition 215,

    > which is
    expressly forbidden in California’s constitution.

    • Milan Amore

      FUCKab266 and friends- it’s a lame and desperate last-minute attempt by the state to try to control the industry they are swiftly losing grasp of- it wouldn’t be until 2018 anyway and would only become law we have no win in 2016. ?✊?

  • Catalina Copeland

    The result of a broken bureaucracy. If we federalized cannabis the right way, the state gov. could be fined for behaviors such as creating SB643, AB266 or whatever else to injure a solid federalized industry.
    The SEC could have protected San Jose’s medical marijuana market.
    I’m in favor of ending the bureaucracy.. Google NO CANNABIS BUREAUCRACY (cant post links sorry, Disqus sucks).

    Also, support CCHI 2016, although it puts a bandage on a huge leaking wound it is a start in the procedure replacing the broken bureaucracy behind cannabis. One dispensary owner came out in defense of Parker’s initiative draft saying the BHO licensing was for safety reasons, but I disagree on anything but CCHI. If CCHI could modernize a bit it could pass? I don’t know. I feel like all these dispensary cats in the industry wanna be a ‘licensed’ business like alcohol and don’t want everyone to have the true freedom that CCHI gives you.

  • All for One, One for All.
    Supported and Endorsed by the Libertarian Party of California

    -BN
    LPHS, Libertarian Party Spokesperson for CCHI 2016

    https://youtu.be/AEaF9cFOapc

    #CCHI2016 #Libertarian

  • Diane Valdovinos

    Keep your money Shawn the people of California has spoken cchi2016 is the answer to true Legalization. #freethewholeplant #cchi2016 #Forthepeoplebythepeople

  • DrMesmer

    Don’t jeopardize your reputation by trying to give us bad legislation. CA altrady has its own California Cannabis Hemp Initiative written by legendary researicher Jack Herer. It offer fair and equal access…we’ll stick with that!

  • dirtsurfr

    It still over regulates a plant that should be allowed to be grown for personal use and allowing the local yokels to ban and tax is a cop-out.

  • Suzette Elwell-Scardino

    Giving the Highway Patrol money to develop drugged driving protocol is like giving the Grinch money to steal Christmas!

  • James

    “It also will give $3 million annually to the California Highway Patrol
    to “develop protocols and best practices to determine if a driver is
    under the influence of marijuana.”” – WTF is this? This is a pointless, horrible provision. Why do the police need millions of dollars every year to figure out if someone is too stoned to drive? More over-regulation madness from corporate weed, taking advantage of the political environment to keep their restrictive models in place.

    • BainDramage

      James – completely agreed. And why is the Highway Patrol involved in what is essentially a medical question?
      Here’s the Highway Patrol’s “best practices” – arrest and convict everyone who tests positive for metabolites. Period. That’s a great plan.

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  • Signature gathering at Jack Herer (Official) California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016

  • Marc Baylen

    Why is CCHI Right For California? Because it’s the only one that truly protects medical patients!

  • Weedbay Guy

    6 plants is bull shit. If we have the votes to pass then why do this?

    • Michael Jolson

      We must tell everyone to vote NO on their lame initsktbe and funny it is being pushed by a guy from Oregon- Jonny Green?

  • jontomas

    I’m sorry that ReformCA is being knocked from the saddle. The veteran reformers have devoted their lives to marijuana reform and helped achieve much.

    But it’s hard to argue with someone who’s willing to pay the whole bill. – I only hope we won’t waste energy, resources and time jockeying against each other.

    It’s not good to have multiple initiatives on the ballot. It confuses the voters and causes difficulties in signature gathering. To me, the solution is a reform summit meeting with the agreement of not ending until unity is achieved.

    Imagine the power of everyone working together! – It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.

    • Lee

      Exactly I don’t even how many petitions are floating around now in California. All of these need group to come together , layout everything , and not leave until all groups can upon language in ONE petition not 5 or 6 floating around.

      • Rick

        CCHI is worth our support. Thats where we should lend our efforts.

    • Michael Jolson

      Deform CA deserves what they get for they wrote some horrible things in their pike of shit petition . They had cops help wrote it. They encourwge snitching with a 10% finders fee, they add felomies that didn’t exist before, they create a 30 million dollar slush fund for. Tax payers money to start new businesses . They associate with the likes of Dan Rush, Heziah Allen, and the whole crew trying to sell pot out to the highest bidder. They are happy with A. 266.
      These are the people that have kept pot illegal for decades and nie they revealed themselves with a “snitch clause” in their llanguage!

      • lovingc

        What in hell are you trying to say?

        • Michael Jolson

          can u read english?

          • xkumo

            Yes, and that jumbled mess of poor structure and lack of grammar you posted is not English.

      • jontomas

        Thanks for demonstrating the problem before us. – You need to change your priority to one thing, and one thing only – unite with all reformers to win!

      • Michael Stewart

        Hey now, Mikey, :}

    • BainDramage

      Amen x10!
      Everything that jontomas just said!

    • Rick

      Yes lets work together on actual reform, CCHI is worthy of our support, and to support, or pay for a losing draconian proposition is the wrong way to go, prop 19 failed for these reasons.

  • IIG

    I’m with whatever Justin Hartfield is with! Best of luck to California.

  • JIMMYLIMO

    The last election devolved into a pissing contest between competing initiatives… and EVERYBODY lost ! Hopefully they will work together this time. BTW… What does the new initiative say about public consumption (vape lounges ?), or will we still have to HIDE in our homes to consume ?

  • Canna Bidz

    WOW, I don’t even know where to begin with this one, I was really hoping to see something different with this initiative not just the same ole crap, Sean Parker it seems has done nothing more than photocopied the Reform Ca initiative ?!?! 6 plants Sucks, if it is really going to be legal than how can you even set a limit on what people can grow, especially a number that ridiculously low… that is my first complaint, Secondly , a 15% Excise tax doesn’t seem too bad until you realize that 15% is going to On Top of the already 8.5 to 9.5% Sales tax in California bringing the total tax up to 23-25% didn’t we learn anything from Washington States Tax Nightmare ???

    Now lets talk about the additional Taxes that are going to be placed on the growers $9.25 tax for an ounce of flowers you have got to be kidding me, because the licensed grower will still be paying State and federal income taxes on everything he makes PLUS $9.25 an ounce it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that the growers will have to pay the 15% excise tax on top of that too!!! Now let’s talk about the REAL KICK IN THE BALLS $2.75 an ounce tax on Leaves WTF is that ? an ounce of leaves is not even worth $2.75 let alone just in Taxes…

    so in conclusion let me say that I am not even sure that I want to see the rest of this initiative, Sean Parker if your reading this PLEASE talk to the people at CCHI and MCLR they already have Good initiatives in place, they just need funding, don’t try to be the hero and do this by yourself these two organizations have been working on this for years and may be able to provide you with some much needed insight into what California Really needs !!!

    • jontomas

      Again, presenting the problem. As I stated before, you need to change your priority to – unite to win – and nothing else.

    • shmuelman

      Keep it illegal until such time as everyone wakes up and realizes that there should be no restrictions or taxes. Because after a $9.25 tax the price will be MUCH HIGHER than the $300 – $400 /oz people pay on the black market for high grade weed. You can’t even find an oz. over $200 in Colorado at least for medical.
      Some people are pathologically cheap – they think having the state assay for illegal pesticides and fungicides and assuring the purity and strength of edibles all comes for free, along with all the infrastructure that was magically created for them when they were born.
      If you want cannabis to remain illegal and on the black market, then keep up the idea that there should be no taxes and no regulation.

      • Catalina Copeland

        Amen. Around and prior to 1937, when people were burning ‘muggles’ we never heard of hysteria about children, we never heard of people being subjectively offended by cannabis smoke. We saw hasheesh candy sold openly by businesses, without requirements for license, import, or export other than those required by open government. How have we since evolved to ending an entire business industry for no good reason? What is the valid fundamental basis to continue having a broken system?

        Why does Mexico get freedom and the US gets a bureaucracy of corrupt state run regulatory cancers? WE ARE BECOMING THE ERITREA of cannabis policy!

    • Rick

      The CCHI initiative is worth our support.

    • Catalina Copeland

      you forgot to mention what they did in CA state legislature.. The political corrupt money grab behind AB266 and SB643
      They’re trying to sue to have them removed because they’re unconstitutional and violate Prop 215 (a voter initiative) among whatever other reasons they can find. CCHI2016 fixes the problem.

  • Martin Larson

    Stuck in Warner Robins, Ga. ,chronic pain dreaming of getting out west,with the right strain I know I can get out of this wheelchair and be a productive citizen again. Smoking out in Warner Robins, Ga

  • Stella Blue

    To echo another commentator, “6 plants sucks”. I cannot get through an entire year on the production from 6 plants for medical use, NOT even close. Who the hell randomly pulled that number outta ‘their ***? The CAReform and my resident county both allow 100 square feet for outdoor cultivation. That is a reasonable compromise for a county loaded with towns with zero lot lines. But if caterpillars strike me worse next year than they did this year, I’ll be forced to pay very high dollars/gram at the nearby dispensaries to see me through and that’ll really hurt a medicinal use patient on a pretty tight fixed income. Sean Parker, if the 6 plant cap is true, your initiative is a NON-STARTER.

    • shmuelman

      It is six plants at a given time. So you should be able to run at least 6 crops / year. So you get 30+ plants and indoors that should easily yield 6 – 10 lbs / year. That is a lot of cannabis for personal use. In fact, it sort of becomes like growing zucchini. If you have a few friends who grow for a hobby, they can’t give it away fast enough. Colorado allows 6 plants (12 / household) and for most of the public, it is a good number. If you become a caregiver in Colorado, you can raise more, up to 99, but the laws have changed so I am not clear of the limitations.
      The idea that this is a “non-starter” due to a six plant limit is pretty extreme. This is the number that the populace and state is comfortable with. Some people here believe any laws restricting cannabis at all should not be passed. It should be regulated “like tomatoes or corn.” And no taxes! That’s worse than prohibition! That will not happen. In a legal competitive environment, It is just a matter time before top shelf weed sells for $80 / oz or even lower. after all, there is a loaded production cost of no more than $10 oz. and that will be even lower if/when it is descheduled by the Feds.

      • Stella Blue

        I won’t even try speculating as to how few actual cannabis patients or the elderly have the capital, space, know-how or physical capability to grow indoors, and oh yeah, getting six cuts a year is a fucking cake walk. Wake up rich boy. We get by with water, soil, and sun.

        • Catalina Copeland

          no agenda, no bureaucracy, and freedom
          CCHI2016 -> http://www.cchi2016.org

        • Catalina Copeland

          no agenda, no bureaucracy, and freedom
          CCHI2016

  • jason

    I’m all for letting Sean Parker use his money and let the other groups use their money on other states..bring it on…Texas could use some help in 2017….

    • Catalina Copeland

      it’s an agenda in cahootz with the state
      they wanna block medical marijuana with AB266/SB643 and restrict its access
      then they wanna limit you to only 6 plants
      people of CA are suing to remove AB266/SB643 because they’re unconstitutional( among whatever other ways they can find to get rid of them)> CCHI2016 fixes the problem for California.

  • Johnny Bloomington

    “employers will be able to bar the use of nonmedical weed by their workers.”

    Take this out!

    • Itsreigningmen

      This is definitely one of the biggest problems/hypocrisies. It basically allows coke and meth heads the window they need to pass tests while continung marijuana stigmatization even in a legal environment.

  • BainDramage

    Three very problematic provisions:

    * Six plants in their home for nonmedical use

    * Local governments may ban outdoor home cultivation

    * Employers will be able to bar the use of nonmedical weed by their workers

    In what way is this initiative better than the Reform CA initiative? I don’t mean that in a snarky sense, I’m actually wondering. This one seems worse – at least for the consumer.
    It would be great to have a point-by-point comparison of the two.

    Pending my actual reading this initiative (I admit I have not read it yet), my support will remain for the Reform CA initiative.

    • Michael Jolson

      Well Refrom CA crested new felomies that never existed before, and it crestes a Snitch Clause that rewards 10% of funds siezed, for a start. It is a Snitch Init AND they are refining our of a desperate attempt to gain support which seems that they have lost- MPP, DPA, dtc suport.

      • Catalina Copeland

        Unless CCHI 2016 makes ballot, cannabis wont be legal for recreational purposes in California.

    • Rick

      CCHI is the only one deserving of support.

  • Belac

    I can stand behind all but this. If i cam drunk on my free time i should be able to get high so long as it doesn’t impact my ability to work.
    * Employers will be able to bar the use of nonmedical weed by their workers.

  • Medical Cannabis

    that is a brilliant idea

  • Rick

    The featured propositions look like Horrible laws! I support CCHI 2016, actually frees Hemp for Americans and American industry/Agriculture. These are plants and flowers, we don’t need to ensconse draconian phohibitionist Apparatchick as overseers of all we grow, eat or breath!

  • BooBoo65

    If there are 2 or more ballot measures in 2016 and some people will vote NO on the ones they don’t like, legalization will most certainly fail. Good chance of that happening.

  • Catalina Copeland

    The one that came out from MPP solidifies AB266 and SB643 under section ‘k’
    Beware. My prediction is that cannabis will not be legalized in 2016 for California, unless CCHI 2016 gets the signatures for ballot.
    cchi2016.org Liberate Cannabis Hemp 100% for California 2016 Jack Herer Marijuana Initiative
    http://www.cchi2016.org

    The Jack Herer Initiative.

    Endorsed by Tommy Chong.

    If it isn’t CCHI 2016 – don’t sign it.

    Citizens of California I urge you to vote no on anything besides CCHI 2016. ‪#‎cchi2016‬ ‪#‎fuckthebureaucracy‬ ‪#‎bureaucrats‬ ‪#‎FuckAB266‬ and ‪#‎FuckSB643‬

    The one TheWeedBlog just announced (with doctors involved) is by the same slimeball bureaucrats, they want to ATTACH AB266 and SB643 to the initiative. So even if the lawsuits repeal them may be zombied into the state constitution. Vote NO and sign nothing but CCHI2016. If you’re from California share this and spread.

    In California we need to send the message: If you have a bureaucratic agenda on your ballot initiative to “legalize” cannabis you are PISSING your money away.

    In California, we must UNITE to end this problem, and set the standard nationwide.

    All eyes on California. Let her define what it is to have a FREE SYSTEM OF CANNABIS CAPITALISM.

    NO CANNABIS BUREAUCRACY!

  • Catalina Copeland

    The one that came out from MPP solidifies AB266 and SB643 under section ‘k’
    Beware. My prediction is that cannabis will not be legalized in 2016 for California, unless CCHI 2016 gets the signatures for ballot.
    cchi2016 dot org Liberate Cannabis Hemp 100% for California 2016 Jack Herer Marijuana Initiative

    The Jack Herer Initiative.

    Endorsed by Tommy Chong.

    If it isn’t CCHI 2016 – don’t sign it.

    Citizens of California I urge you to vote no on anything besides CCHI 2016. ‪#‎cchi2016‬ ‪#‎fuckthebureaucracy‬ ‪#‎bureaucrats‬ ‪#‎FuckAB266‬ and ‪#‎FuckSB643‬

    The one TheWeedBlog just announced (with doctors involved) is by the same slimeball bureaucrats, they want to ATTACH AB266 and SB643 to the initiative. So even if the lawsuits repeal them may be zombied into the state constitution. Vote NO and sign nothing but CCHI2016. If you’re from California share this and spread.

    In California we need to send the message: If you have a bureaucratic agenda on your ballot initiative to “legalize” cannabis you are PISSING your money away.

    In California, we must UNITE to end this problem, and set the standard nationwide.

    All eyes on California. Let her define what it is to have a FREE SYSTEM OF CANNABIS CAPITALISM.

    NO CANNABIS BUREAUCRACY!

  • Catalina Copeland

    The one that came out from MPP solidifies AB266 and SB643 under section ‘k’
    Beware. My prediction is that cannabis will not be legalized in 2016 for California, unless CCHI 2016 gets the signatures for ballot.
    cchi2016 dot org Liberate Cannabis Hemp 100% for California 2016 Jack Herer Marijuana Initiative

    The Jack Herer Initiative.

    Endorsed by Tommy Chong.

    If it isn’t CCHI 2016 – don’t sign it.

    Citizens of California I urge you to vote no on anything besides CCHI 2016. ‪#‎cchi2016‬ ‪#‎f*ckthebureaucracy‬ ‪#‎bureaucrats‬ ‪#‎F*ckAB266‬ and ‪#‎F*ckSB643‬

    The one TheWeedBlog just announced (with doctors involved) is by the same slimeball bureaucrats, they want to ATTACH AB266 and SB643 to the initiative. So even if the lawsuits repeal them may be zombied into the state constitution. Vote NO and sign nothing but CCHI2016. If you’re from California share this and spread.

    In California we need to send the message: If you have a bureaucratic agenda on your ballot initiative to “legalize” cannabis you are PISSING your money away.

    In California, we must UNITE to end this problem, and set the standard nationwide.

    All eyes on California. Let her define what it is to have a FREE SYSTEM OF CANNABIS CAPITALISM.

    NO CANNABIS BUREAUCRACY!

  • Michael Stewart

    Yeah, right. Where’s the other 100 million going? This is just a maneuver to corner the market and call the shots, while raking in profits. Trading on Wall Street? It must be already legal then. Rich get rich taking from YOU the People!
    CCHI2016 is complete, sane, and truly of, by, and for, the People! BTW: I am making this happen right now with Buddy Duzy in Simi, Ca. We print all the initiatives, and signature forms, and make all the buttons. We take it to our regional directors for the volunteers they find. We need more volunteers to collect signatures. contact: CCHI2016.org

  • Haywood Jeblowme