On November 2, 2010, California voters will decide whether or not to legalize marijuana. If passed, Proposition 19 would control marijuana like alcohol, allowing adults 21 years of age and over to possess up to an ounce of pot for personal consumption and grow marijuana at a private residence in a space of up to 25 square feet. The initiative would also allow local governments to tax and regulate the commercial cultivation, transport, and sale of marijuana.
Kim: The fear is marijuana the Trojan horse, because there are people in this country who were fighting to legalize, illegalization or decolonization of all drugs. Jim: The government has its much of a right to control what eyes and adult put into my body as it does what I put in my mind, it's none of their business. Salwa: Tax are really a cannabis is a state wide initiative that would allow for adults twenty one years of age and older to posses a twelve ounce and cultivate twenty five square feet and also offers to cities and counties to decide how and if they would like to tax the commercial sales and commercial cultivation. Kim: This is a public policy night mare. Tim: And the folks who drafted and crafted this initiative really did it a little half baked if you will and tons of laws, problems economically, problems in the work place, problems on the road. Kim: Are we as a society ready and willing to accept another intoxicant and then deal with all the social consequences that comes along with that. First of all, we have to look at another intoxicant in our road ways. Tim: If you use marijuana, you can use or forgetting into a vehicle in driving you can use, you can stop, you can use marijuana in the middle of the trip and then get back in the car. Law enforcement professionals will tell you that they don’t have a, they don’t really have a scale not like but alcohol level we can judge how impaired you are. Kim: One that challenges is that it’s in, it puts California into a wreck conflict with federal law. Tim: Paying the tax to your city, to your local government, to your state, you’re putting yourself you know on basically a list saying to the federal government, yeah we’re marijuana dealers. Kim: When the other challenges is it puts California in direct conflict with federal drug free work place act and any city, any county, any government agency, school district, university, government contractor, anybody who gets federal funding about a hundred thousand dollars or more has to comply with the drug free workplace at. How do you deal with that, how do you comply with that when you’re employees very likely is going to test positive? Salwa: I think everybody kind of understands that our current drug policy has failed and by taxing and regulating cannabis we’ll make for safer communities and allow for the state to have a chance to get out of its budget deficit. Kim: Big time drug dealers are making hundreds of millions, billions of dollars every year tax free, by the way. Matthew: Right now this drug violence going on down in Mexico, it’s awful and I can tell you one thing for certain, the drug cartels do not like you to vote yes on the tax cannabis initiative. Jim: We in the state of California as tax payers literally could save hundreds of millions of dollars per year if not a billion dollars a year that now we actually spend in a feudal effort to try to eradicate marijuana as well as to incarcerate prosecute and incarcerate non violent marijuana offenders. And of course you can tell how successful we are in eradication of marijuana because it’s still the largest cash crop in the state of California. Matthew: California is a decolonize state and it’s a medical marijuana state and we’re still arresting you know seventy five thousand people a year, that’s outrageous, it’s a waste resources. Dale: People are really asking questions about why are we wasting tax payers’ money trying to arrest, prosecute and imprison marijuana offenders could be reaping tax benefits from a legally regulated market. Tim: I don’t know if really they’re going to see the economic Boone out of it because of the race to the bottom as far as taxation. The regulation and the cost regulation that they’re going to have to incur in, will they be getting enough money from their taxation in order to fund that additional regulation. Yeah the fact that people can grow at home why would you go to a store. Jim: The entire hemp industry could be vitalized, goes back thousand of years to the degree that an ancient Greek the word canvas and cannabis were synonymous. They were the same word and we have simply forted that entire really important industrial purpose. Kim: It’s a perfect storm for proponents because the state is in a physical crisis and the cities and counties are in physical crisis but the challenges we have to decide as a society just because we can raise revenue from it just that make it right. Dale: If Americans have a right to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and have guns then they have a right to smoke a joint, it’s as simple as that. Kim: At one point as a society we’re going to become more of bankrupt, this could be that mine. Jim: People that are supporting the status quo are on the wrong side of history, two years after we change way from this. Failed and hopeless policy, everybody will join our arms, look back, astonished, aghast that we could have perpetuated such a failed system for so long. Kim: Are you high right now? Jim: Absolutely not.