Pretty Much Everybody Running For Office Is Against Prop 19

ballot_pot.jpgProposition 19, the ballot measure that would legalize adult recreational use of cannabis and tax the hash out of it, is making plenty headlines these days: in yet another poll released today, the legalization initiative enjoyed a 10 point lead, with 50 percent of voters polled in support to 40 against.

That’s nice, but not as nice as an endorsement from one of the many Democratic candidates for statewide office, such as “Bay Area liberals” Mayor Gavin Newsom or District Attorney Kamala Harris, the nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively. And that’s not coming anytime soon, and in fact will never come: despite professing even staunch support for medical cannabis, both candidates oppose the legalization ballot measure, they said Thursday.

“This is a hard one for me… but I’m just not there yet,” Newsom told The Appeal. “I’ll never cede my strong support [for medical cannabis,” but concerns over exactly how full-on legalization would be implemented — from taxation to dispensation to “the message it sends” — soured Prop 19 in Newsom’s eyes. “I’m frustrated with myself on this one, to be truthful,” Newsom added. “But I’m just not there yet. I hope to be there someday, though.”

In an e-mailed statement, Harris campaign spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh laid out the DA’s opposition to Prop 19 thusly:

Attorney Kamala Harris said she supports regulating medicinal marijuana dispensaries but not allowing cannabis sale for recreational use. Harris said recreational sales would just create new headaches for a beleaguered system that needs to better regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and to assist nonviolent drug offenders. Harris said she supports medicinal marijuana – “I have personally known people who have benefited from its use” – but that she thinks California needs consistent standards about ownership and operation of dispensaries and that legislation to bring state standards would be the most helpful.

A spokeswoman from Harris’s current station, the SF District Attorney’s Office, said that as DA, Harris does support medical use of cannabis “as the law allows,” but again opposes legalization for law enforcement concerns.

With those statements, Harris and Newsom join fellow San Franciscans Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and SF native son Attorney General Jerry Brown in their opposition to the legalization bill, making Prop 19 0 for 5 among SF politicians in or aspiring to the big show.

None of this came as much surprise to Dale Sky Clare, the executive chancellor at ballot measure sponsor Oaksterdam University and spokeswoman for Prop 19.

“With cannabis, the people have always been ahead of the politicians,” she noted, figuring that concerns over voter reaction in conservative swaths of the state means that folks like Newsom and Harris need to tread a fine line with cannabis issues in order to be electable.

Though, Clare noted, Prop 19 will surely lead young voters out to the polls, and those young voters will lend support to the likes of Newsom, Harris and Jerry Brown, all of whom oppose Prop 19.

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  • Xenu

    That’s too bad, I was considering voting for Brown. No way I’m voting for any of these clowns now.

  • Xenu

    That’s too bad, I was considering voting for Brown. No way I’m voting for any of these clowns now.

  • Ramona Mayon

    Kamala Harris, when she was the deputy City Attorney in charge of child abuse/neglect prosecutions (2000-2003), continued the work of her predecessor, Katherine Feinstein (daughter of Dianne) who began a child custody battle with me in 1998 because I used medical marijuana (had a letter from UCSF Dept. of Neurology months prior to CPS’ arrival). I was found guilty of putting my four children at RISK for neglect due to my use of medical marijuana and the City was given legal (but not physical) custody of our family for 3 years. But Kamala Harris hated medical marijuana so much that she went ahead, late 2000, with a 3rd full trial even though CPS said “there were no actual CPS concerns or issues with the family since the opening of the case” in report after report and on the stand. City won (legal) custody again. My book about the 48 examples of perjury, tampering, suppression, etc used by the City Atty’s office is online for two weeks now and the silence from the media is deafening…but the blogosphere is the place to be for any whistleblower. By November, this story of how Kamala Harris acted as a deputy City Attorney will be known, one click at a time, one blog after another.

  • Ramona Mayon

    Kamala Harris, when she was the deputy City Attorney in charge of child abuse/neglect prosecutions (2000-2003), continued the work of her predecessor, Katherine Feinstein (daughter of Dianne) who began a child custody battle with me in 1998 because I used medical marijuana (had a letter from UCSF Dept. of Neurology months prior to CPS’ arrival). I was found guilty of putting my four children at RISK for neglect due to my use of medical marijuana and the City was given legal (but not physical) custody of our family for 3 years. But Kamala Harris hated medical marijuana so much that she went ahead, late 2000, with a 3rd full trial even though CPS said “there were no actual CPS concerns or issues with the family since the opening of the case” in report after report and on the stand. City won (legal) custody again. My book about the 48 examples of perjury, tampering, suppression, etc used by the City Atty’s office is online for two weeks now and the silence from the media is deafening…but the blogosphere is the place to be for any whistleblower. By November, this story of how Kamala Harris acted as a deputy City Attorney will be known, one click at a time, one blog after another.

  • DenzilDuane

    Yeah Cool ….! Finally some smarts being shown out’a these politicians that know & understand that Medicinal Marajuana must stay just that. “Medical” Not for recreational use. As soon as big tobacco gets ahold of manufacturing “Marlboro-Green” by the pack. And/Or “Cannatonnic” like buying a can’o’buglar. It’s “THROUGH” It’s value will go down ’cause the quality will fall. Those in “the-know” ; know that “we” shouldn’t fix stuff that isn’t broke. Reminds me of ignorant hard drug abuse. All-Ways tryin’too take it too the next level. No Do Not Legalize. But : for those of you whom disagree with me. Let me just say right now that I will be in your face with,”I told’ja’so. After you too have come full circle on this enlightenment..! We should enjoy the last of what’s left of a good program.’Cause after Big Tobacco takes over. God Help Us…!? Phillip Morris himself will want too put a chemical in their product too make the customer physically addicted too “Their Product”

  • DenzilDuane

    Yeah Cool ….! Finally some smarts being shown out’a these politicians that know & understand that Medicinal Marajuana must stay just that. “Medical” Not for recreational use. As soon as big tobacco gets ahold of manufacturing “Marlboro-Green” by the pack. And/Or “Cannatonnic” like buying a can’o’buglar. It’s “THROUGH” It’s value will go down ’cause the quality will fall. Those in “the-know” ; know that “we” shouldn’t fix stuff that isn’t broke. Reminds me of ignorant hard drug abuse. All-Ways tryin’too take it too the next level. No Do Not Legalize. But : for those of you whom disagree with me. Let me just say right now that I will be in your face with,”I told’ja’so. After you too have come full circle on this enlightenment..! We should enjoy the last of what’s left of a good program.’Cause after Big Tobacco takes over. God Help Us…!? Phillip Morris himself will want too put a chemical in their product too make the customer physically addicted too “Their Product”

  • mayonnaiseslacks

    “I hope to be there someday”? nice.
    I think what he means is, I’m against this now while I’m actively campaigning for office, but once it’s voted into law I’m all for it.

  • mayonnaiseslacks

    “I hope to be there someday”? nice.
    I think what he means is, I’m against this now while I’m actively campaigning for office, but once it’s voted into law I’m all for it.

  • Xenu

    You need to sober up before posting man.

  • Xenu

    You need to sober up before posting man.

  • MotaMax420

    As it is, medical cannabis dispensaries are already being exploited by recreational pot heads who manage to get “doctors’ recommendations” to access pot alleging for “medicinal” purposes.

    Prop 215 is no doubt already largely abused by recreational pot heads feigning “medical necessity”, although it is absolutely true that those of us who have conditions actually helped by medicinal pot do legitimately benefit from the legislation.

    It’s like a bunch of able-bodied people feigning “disabilities” in order to get the blue disability parking placard. The truly disabled benefit from the provision, but it is horribly abused by perfectly able-bodied people to get free parking.

    So I resent this.
    So “effing” what?, some may ask.

    So legalize pot already and quit the charade, I say!

  • MotaMax420

    As it is, medical cannabis dispensaries are already being exploited by recreational pot heads who manage to get “doctors’ recommendations” to access pot alleging for “medicinal” purposes.

    Prop 215 is no doubt already largely abused by recreational pot heads feigning “medical necessity”, although it is absolutely true that those of us who have conditions actually helped by medicinal pot do legitimately benefit from the legislation.

    It’s like a bunch of able-bodied people feigning “disabilities” in order to get the blue disability parking placard. The truly disabled benefit from the provision, but it is horribly abused by perfectly able-bodied people to get free parking.

    So I resent this.
    So “effing” what?, some may ask.

    So legalize pot already and quit the charade, I say!

  • Leonard Krivitsky, MD, DD

    Yes, this is the very next item on the Civil Rights agenda, especially when it comes to Medicinal Cannabis, which is still not legal in the majority of States because of the old, outdated “dogma”. Medicinal Cannabis is effective in a wide variety of conditions ranging from glaucoma to pain, to muscle spasms to nausea of chemothera­­py, to malnutriti­­on. The list can go on, including recent scientific findings that Cannabis can even be an “exit substance” for recovering alcoholics or hard drug/presc­­ription drug abusers. Cannabis is not physically addictive as it lacks a documented physical withdrawal syndrome, and the so-called “gateway drug theory” is invalid and was recently called “half-bake­­d” by a scientific study. Research also determined that there is no connection between smoking Cannabis and lung cancer (which to me demonstrat­­es that Cannabis has anti-cance­­r properties­­), that is also being confirmed by the ongoing studies. Cannabis also may be helpful in treatment, and even in prevention­­, of Alzheimer’­­s disease. Medicinal Cannabis Legalizati­on is not even a “partisan” issue, as the brave Citizens of Arizona showed us by legalizing Medicinal Cannabis in their rather conservati­ve State. In fact, Judge Francis Young said back in 1988 that “Marijuana is one of the safest therapeuti­cally active substance known to men”, and the reputable Shafer Commission recommende­d immediate decriminal­ization of Marijuana to Pres. Nixon in 1972 which he ignored. History proves to the Cannabis prohibitionists that it is not possible to defeat the combined “forces” of Reason, science, and the Law of Supply and Demand! I really believe that all the fear mongering should be rejected, and Cannabis/Medicinal Cannabis should be legalized in all 50 States ASAP!

  • Leonard Krivitsky, MD, DD

    Yes, this is the very next item on the Civil Rights agenda, especially when it comes to Medicinal Cannabis, which is still not legal in the majority of States because of the old, outdated “dogma”. Medicinal Cannabis is effective in a wide variety of conditions ranging from glaucoma to pain, to muscle spasms to nausea of chemothera­­py, to malnutriti­­on. The list can go on, including recent scientific findings that Cannabis can even be an “exit substance” for recovering alcoholics or hard drug/presc­­ription drug abusers. Cannabis is not physically addictive as it lacks a documented physical withdrawal syndrome, and the so-called “gateway drug theory” is invalid and was recently called “half-bake­­d” by a scientific study. Research also determined that there is no connection between smoking Cannabis and lung cancer (which to me demonstrat­­es that Cannabis has anti-cance­­r properties­­), that is also being confirmed by the ongoing studies. Cannabis also may be helpful in treatment, and even in prevention­­, of Alzheimer’­­s disease. Medicinal Cannabis Legalizati­on is not even a “partisan” issue, as the brave Citizens of Arizona showed us by legalizing Medicinal Cannabis in their rather conservati­ve State. In fact, Judge Francis Young said back in 1988 that “Marijuana is one of the safest therapeuti­cally active substance known to men”, and the reputable Shafer Commission recommende­d immediate decriminal­ization of Marijuana to Pres. Nixon in 1972 which he ignored. History proves to the Cannabis prohibitionists that it is not possible to defeat the combined “forces” of Reason, science, and the Law of Supply and Demand! I really believe that all the fear mongering should be rejected, and Cannabis/Medicinal Cannabis should be legalized in all 50 States ASAP!