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California Senator Barbara Boxer Shuns Marijuana Voting Bloc

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I stated earlier today that I was anxiously waiting for an official California Democratic Party statement on the California Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. Although the party said they will wait until July to issue an official party stance, that didn’t stop United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) from sounding off. According to Talking Points Memo, Senator Boxer’s campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski issued a statement declaring that the United States Senator does not support the legalization initiative.

“Senator Boxer does not support this initiative because she shares the concerns of police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials that this measure could lead to an increase in crime, vehicle accidents and higher costs for local law enforcement agencies,” Kapolczynski said. “She supports current law in California, which allows for the use of medicinal marijuana with a doctor’s prescription.” Sounds like a typical politician duck job to me!

I would like to ask the following up questions to Senator Boxer:

1. When you say that you are FOR medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription, does this mean that you fully support the current California medical marijuana law? And if so, what IS the current law in California?

2. Do you support dispensaries?

3. Do you support the California Supreme Court decision that essentially states that there are NO limits for medical marijuana patients?

4. Considering it is relatively easy to get a medical marijuana card in California (almost any adult can qualify if they really wanted to), would you support millions of marijuana consumers if they decided to jump through the hoops for a medical marijuana card, knowing they are only getting it for recreational use? After all, they would be ‘legal’ in your eyes at that point. Never mind that they are simply consuming marijuana as they always have, because according to you, they are now better citizens because they have government documents and paid a government fee. Wouldn’t you rather minimize fraud in the medical marijuana program and save the tax revenue that it costs to enforce such fraud? Because, that’s what would happen if the initiative was approved.

5. Are you at all worried that you are alienating millions of California voters that consume marijuana recreationally? As a Democrat, you have to be aware of the fact that a large majority of marijuana consumers vote for Democrats, right? You are going to need all the support you can get in your bid for re-election, which makes this a bad time to alienate an emerging voter bloc.

I e-mailed these questions to Senator Boxer’s office, but as of this posting, there is no response (with a name like TheWeedBlog, I don’t really expect one!). I recommend that every California voter write an e-mail to Senator Boxer and tell her how you feel. Or better yet, write Senator Boxer a letter! I was taught in my upper division poly sci classes that when a United States Senator receives a written letter, they assume that the viewpoint in the letter represents roughly 10,000 other constituents. So if you really want to get her attention, and tell her to change her mind about her stance on this initiative, write her a letter. Feel free to tell her that Johnny Green told you!

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  1. I also have a question for Barbara Boxer. When does she come up for reelection and who is her opponent? I’d like to make a donation.

  2. The only thing police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials are concerned about is loss of income from overtime and forfeiture…

  3. she is up for election this year, we gotta stick it to this biatch and make an example of her. if she loses, and weed heads are vocal, itt wil let other PolitiCians know to respect our vote?

  4. barbara boxer is a very bad person and a danger to our freedom to own a gun,and a fan of the drug war. she is a socialist with dangerous ideas. definately anti freedom,anti constitutional!

  5. Medical Marijuana and Spinal Cord Injuries …. Patients with spinal cord injuries with paralysis of their legs and/or arms, often have severe chronic pain and muscle spasms. The conventional treatment for these symptoms is synthetic medications, including high dose opiates, tranquilizers, and sedatives. These medication have significant negative side effects and can even be fatal if mixed and taken incorrectly. Many of these types of patients have already found tremendous relief with medical cannabis use and find that they do not need prescription medications. There have been a number of scientific studies that found THC (the main compound in cannabis) to be effective in reducing spasticity (muscle spasms). In a survey conducted at the Veterans Administration hospitals, 88% of patients surveyed with spinal cord injuries stated that they had relief of spasticity with cannabis use. There are many studies that have shown that patients with chronic severe pain get excellent relief with cannabis. To sum up, those patients who suffer with paraplegia or quadriplegia often find pain reduction/elimination and relaxation of spasticity with medical cannabis use, all without the negative and unwanted side effects of conventional medications. Remember it is all about daily quality of life.

  6. true on the accidents part. I’m sure a lot more peeps will be driving while high. Come on..i have. It’s scary. Not doing that again. But there are thousands of people who don’t give a crap.

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