NORML Explains Why It Supports Prop. 19

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director October 27, 2010

    Yes on 19

    California stands on the precipice of great change. This November 2nd, the Golden State is poised to make history by passing Proposition 19 and legalizing the adult recreational use of cannabis. Passage of Prop 19 would have a profound and cascading impact on marijuana reform movement in this country. It is impossible to understate its significance. In light of the state’s bleak economic outlook, the legalization of marijuana would provide a leg up out of this fiscal hole. A regulated industry for producing and distributing cannabis will provide additional taxes revenue and create new jobs. The money and resources that will be saved on the enforcement and prosecution of the state’s flawed marijuana laws could be reprioritized to combat violent crime. It would also allow us to control who consumes the product and prevent it from easily falling into the hands of children (who can currently acquire it more easily than regulated tobacco or alcohol).

    Proposition 19’s victory would go beyond California’s borders; it would provide a beacon of hope to all of us still living in the dark ages of marijuana prohibition. This initiatives success would set the example for the rest of the states to follow. So I beg of you in California, act as though the whole world is watching (because it is) and vote ‘yes’ on 19.

    Please watch the embedded video to hear why NORML’s Executive Director, Allen St. Pierre, and Founder/Legal Counsel Keith Stroup, support Proposition 19 and think you should too. It’s time to legalize marijuana use for responsible adults.

    23 responses to “NORML Explains Why It Supports Prop. 19”

    1. Sharon Ravert says:

      Nice job guys!! Hope this weekend is a productive one in Washington at the Stewart rally. Wish I could be there!

    2. Jeff Lucas says:

      The Devil’s in the details, and I’m worried now. Real worried. What in Prop 19 prevents this scenario from occuring?

      Tax Stamp Frequently Asked Questions

      Q. What are the tax rates for marijuana?

      A. Pursuant to (soon to be established by the City), the tax rates are:
      Processed $200 per gram,$1000 per ounce,$5000 per pound
      Wet Plant $1000 per plant >12”
      Dry Plant $1000 per plant >12”

      Q. What happens to a drug posessor not possessing drug tax stamps?

      A.There are both criminal and civil penalties.

      1.Criminal Penalties:
      Failure to pay the drug tax is a felony punishable of up to five years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

      2.Civil Penalties:
      Failing to affix tax stamps to illegal drugs may result in the issuance of a jeopardy tax assessment and tax warrant by the City against the drug posessor based upon the amount of the drugs seized pursuant to (Code to be established by the City). The fact that the assessment is a “jeopardy assessment” allows for the initiation of collection activities immediately. Execution of the tax warrant may involve the seizing and selling of the drug posessor’s property to satisfy the drug tax liability. In other words, the drug posessor subjects his/her property to possible seizure by failing to purchase the necessary drug tax stamps.
      In addition, the tax warrant, once filed by the clerk of the City, serves as a lien against the drug taxpayer’s real estate. This prevents the drug posessor from selling his/her real estate without first satisfying the drug tax liability. Laws exempting personal property from seizure do not apply to seizure pursuant to drug tax warrants.

      [Paul Armentano responds: Your frequent posts on this are becoming redundant. The proposed tax scheme under 19 is on retail sales, not personal possession or cultivation. A proposed excise tax on commercial production was proposed under a legislative proposal, but is not mandated under 19. If you wish to express concerns about the supposed ‘details,’ then specify the exact language in the measure that concerns you.]

    3. 420isNormal says:

      Two thumbs up!!! You ROCK NORML!!!! YES ON PROP 19!!!

    4. I have proof that Proposition 19 will pass allowing the rest of the United States a platform to legalize MJ in their home States also. That’s right, you heard it here first.

    5. ck31 says:

      Damn good video. I would vote yes but the problem is i live in Iowa, but dont worry Cali, u will soon be out of debt if it passes because it will definately be a California GreenRush …People want there freedoms back

    6. Nic says:

      Very Nice vid.

      May I say a very big Thank You to Mr. St. Pierre and a GOD BLESS to Mr. Stroup.

      Send the message California YES on Proposition 19

    7. Nic says:

      In the meantime..

      “Every day in the United States, we have 100 to 150 paramilitary style SWAT raids on American homes, mostly in the name of the War On Drugs..”


      Two little plants, all that FORCE, this is insane, I do not want my taxed earnings to be used this way.

      Get it straight, it is ending, The Last Drug Cop Is Dead.

      Yes and YES on California Proposition 19

    8. Calcula7ed says:

      They begin to see that it is all coming to a head. I could speak multitudes about how prohibition was placed in order to suffocate the will of the people. It has nothing to do with caring for the population and it has everything to do with control. Whether it’s control of a commodity/substance in order to corner the market or if it’s done in order to strengthen and lengthen the arm of government influence in our lives. It’s wrong and it won’t be received kindly. At times I look around and I see this world and all that is on/in it and I am saddened. To think about this planet and what lies beyond with all the wonders, gives me purpose. Those that inhabit it give me doubt. Constant lines of misrepresentation and distinction that separate the true nature of people. Is our purpose to hate and spread lies? This is the world we live in at the moment. It will change. I often hear the cold world say that it’s the natural order of things, that it’s natures law. Perhaps that works for the animals of the wild but for those who contend to think and act on a higher level using it as nothing more than an excuse for pain and suffering is callous. Do what you have to in order to survive. To fully give your heart and soul and expect it to not be rejected or misunderstood at some point would be naive.

      It’s not enough to be a small speck in this vast universe and have “omniscient” beings vying for control of every aspect of our lives. Only in a world so cold can one speak falsely and be given recommendation for his/her valor. That’s the world that has been created. If you don’t want to live in a world as such and you have made the correct changes but the world is still suffering what does that say? It says that some wish the world to stay the same and if it were to change that it would become more for them and less for everyone else. Even if it means death and destruction. Evil will be sought out and destroyed on all levels. If you are on it’s side take heed for light will prevail over darkness. To some the truth is not enough in a world that needs deception and lies to rule. Manipulating minds sees no end. Knowing that if the population knew it the recourse would be swift and just. I will always seek the truth no matter the cost. All I ask is that you open your mind/heart and receive that which isn’t given a chance. Allow yourself the opportunity to “see” it from an alternative perspective. Too many guarded hearts with minds racing. Open the heart as well because without its acceptance the mind will consume. Some act as if they have life and the meaning to it answered. Life is not as it seems and we act as if it is us who determines what life is. We only perceive to know what it is but do we actually understand all that it entails? There is a beginning and an end. Everything in between is, by some, believed to be answered when in truth is in limbo. I believe in the will of the people and that good will prevail. Will you choose a world based on truth or a world based on deception? The choice is yours. Now, get out there and make a difference.

    9. Jeff Lucas says:

      Not trying to be redundant. Respectfully, this will be my last communication. I hope to God you took the time to really think this through and work out this “small” detail. If we get nailed with a prohibitive tax, “shooting ourslves in the foot” would be an understatement.

      Under this following section of prop 19, it appears as though any city or county can do just that. Did you guys consider the possibility of exploiting this section and using it as a prohibitive tax?
      What is to prevent them from levying a 200 dollar a gram tax on us?

      Section 11302: Imposition and Collection of Taxes and Fees
      (a) Any ordinance, regulation or other act adopted pursuant to section 11301 MAY INCLUDE IMPOSITION OF appropriate general, special or excise, transfer or transaction taxes, benefit assessments, or fees, on any activity authorized pursuant to such enactment, in order to permit the local government to raise revenue, or to recoup any direct or indirect costs associated with the authorized activity, or the permitting or licensing scheme, including without limitation: administration; applications and issuance of licenses or permits; inspection of licensed premises and other enforcement of ordinances adopted under section 11301, including enforcement against unauthorized activities.

      (b) Any licensed premises shall be responsible for paying all federal, state and local taxes, fees, fines, penalties or other financial responsibility imposed on all or similarly situated businesses, facilities or premises, including without limitation income taxes, business taxes, license fees, and property taxes, without regard to or identification of the business or items or services sold.”

      not cool. Not cool at all.

      [Paul Armentano responds: As stated previously, these sections re: proposed regulations and fees apply to LICENSED cultivators. Those adults who grow marijuana for personal use within the personal use limitations set by the measure (25 square feet) are not required to be licensed, and thus not subject to these potential regulations. By contrast, COMMERCIAL cultivators — in short, those producing marijuana for commercial sale on the retail market — would be subject to regulations, just as is the producer of any other retail consumer good.]

    10. Wisconsin will be watching Prop 19. There are so many reasons to support marijuana reform. Keep talking about hemp and cannabis with truth, honesty and compassion!

      Go NORML! http://www.jayselthofner.com/wordpress/