Will California become the first state to legalize the production and sale of marijuana? November ballot measure Proposition 19 would allow local governments to choose whether and how to regulate and tax marijuana. Some are concerned about legalization's effect on consumption and public health, while others tout the potential boon to city and state coffers. Besides the jaw-dropping estimated retail price decrease from $400 to $38 per ounce, nothing is really certain about the potential impact of Prop 19. Get informed before the vote – don't miss advocates of both sides arguing the pros and cons of pushing pot through the legal pipeline.
Beau Kilmer is codirector of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. His primary fields of interest are illicit markets, community corrections, drug treatment, and the future of drug testing. Kilmer's recent work focused on measuring the size of the global drug market for the European Commission and developing indicators to measure the impact of drug enforcement in Europe. His current work focuses on identifying the community-level effects of drug treatment and assessing the cost-effectiveness of an innovative after-school program targeted at reducing substance use among middle school youth. He is an assistant editor for Addiction and the coeditor of the new Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, and his recent work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Policy. Before earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University, Kilmer received a Judicial Administration Fellowship that supported his work with the San Francisco Drug Court.
Kilmer's expertise is frequently called upon by major news media. He is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences focusing on drug policy. Kilmer is the primary author of the recent RAND report titled Altered State Assessing How Marijuana Legalization in California Could Influence Marijuana Consumption and Public Budgets, which has been cited nationally and internationally in major news outlets, and by elected officials across the political spectrum.
Richard Lee has been working to end cannabis prohibition for 17 years. In 1992 he co-founded Legal Marijuana - The Hemp Store in Houston, Texas, one of the first hemp products retail outlets in the United States. Lee moved to Oakland in 1997 and co-founded the Hemp Research Company, supplying cannabis to the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Club and researching efficient and environmentally friendly cannabis horticulture. In 1999, he opened the Bulldog Coffeeshop, the second cannabis outlet in "Oaksterdam". In 2003 Lee founded the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance, the PAC that passed Oakland's Measure Z making private sales, cultivation, and possession of cannabis the lowest law enforcement priority and mandating that Oakland tax and regulate cannabis as soon as possible under state law.
From 2005 to 2007, Lee published the Oaksterdam News quarterly newspaper with a circulation of over 100,000. In 2007, he founded the first cannabis college in the United States, Oaksterdam University. In 2008 he funded the startup of the monthly magazine West Coast Cannabis, current circulation 30,000. Since 2005, Lee has been serving on the City of Oakland Cannabis Regulation and Revenue Ordinance Commission, which was created after Measure Z passed with 65% of the vote 2004. He manages several other Oaksterdam companies, including the Oaksterdam Gift Shop and Nursery. His dedication to ending cannabis prohibition continues to play a crucial role in the revitalization and economic growth of Oakland.
Josh Richman covers state and federal politics for the Bay Area News Group - East Bay.
A New York City native, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997.
He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9's "This Week in Northern California.
Tim Rosales serves as the Vice-President of The Wayne Johnson Agency's Public Affairs division. Currently, he is working as campaign manager for the No On Prop 19 campaign.
A panel of advocates debate the potential effects of marijuana legalization on consumption rates of the drug. Cannabis activist Richard Lee argues that legalization decreases marijuana use, while RAND's Beau Kilmer points out a common misconception related to that argument.
Beau Kilmer and Richard Lee debate the potential effects marijuana legalization in California could have on Mexican drug cartels. Kilmer cites that California only accounts for a small percentage of the cartels' revenue, while Lee counters that legalization in California could lead to legalization nationwide.
Indian hemp plant (Cannabis sativa) or the crude drug made of its dried and crushed leaves or flowers. The active ingredient is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Also called pot, grass, and weed, the drug has long been used as a sedative or analgesic; it was in use in China by the 3rd millennium BC and had reached Europe by AD 500. Today it is used worldwide, though it has been generally illegal at least since the International Opium Convention of 1925. Its psychological and physical effects, including mild euphoria and alterations in vision and judgment, vary with strength and amount consumed, the setting, and the user's experience. Chronic use is not physically habit-forming but may be mildly psychologically habit-forming. Marijuana has been shown to be medically therapeutic for patients with glaucoma, AIDS, and the side effects of chemotherapy; in 2001 Canada became the first country to legalize the use of marijuana by people with terminal illnesses and chronic conditions. Supporters of legalization claim that it is a more benign drug than alcohol; opponents contend that it is addictive and leads to use of more serious drugs. A resin from the plant is the source of hashish.
CANNABIS is just a plant ,, treat it like TOMATOES.. HUMANS have had their HUMAN rights to use , grow & posses this natural plant , TAKEN AWAY by authorities who have MORAL & RACIST ISSUES on their agenda. AMERICA is in the hands of greedy powerful prison building & drug pharma groups with NO GOOD intentions. PROHIBITION is an extremely pervasive EVIL that continues to do much DAMAGE around the WHOLE WORLD.
however , many countries have seen the light & are reforming this reppressive stance on their own citizens. COMPASSION & CARE ,,, when did you last hear these words in a prohibitionist argument ? consider the "TOMATO MODEL" we should be free to grow & use as we please. GO the "TOMATO MODEL" or prohibit tomatoes, that's how how obscene & ridiculous this drug law really is.
Anybody trying to argue in favor of prohibition has clearly never studied the arguments. There is no evidence, or logical argument that can lead to such a conclusion. It is pure dogma, and represents all that is wrong the the human mental capacity.
Prohibition is immoral, hypocritical, and uneconomical. This is obvious to anyone with half a brain.
the cannabis plant is a miracle plant
i mean seriously its a weed it grows easily
it could provide food and shelter for the whole planet
fellow HUMANS stop living in the past
time to embrace new ideas
we can feed and shelter the world but first we must change
Dr.Kilmer (the second guy from the right) talks about advertising and promotion.
Funny that. Look at what some very popular (some - especially "kids" - would say they're legendary not just popular) celebrities just recently released...
Kush by Dr.Dre, ft. Snoop Dogg & Akon
Whether this is most significant as a contribution - or whatever you want to call this - to the above debate... or as food for thought to people in marketing... is secondary to fact that... well you know don't you. There's a ton of ways I could have ended that sentence, and none of 'em would of changed that on many important issues, what stands between people is partisan-like division. Maybe not always by both sides, but sh't ppl... can you not get sh't done!?! ...
Get your sh't together.
What blows my mind is the fact that anti-cannabis laws and attitudes to this day are based on the deliberately misleading propaganda of a 1938 government film. The laws are obviously racist and anti-liberal. I don't think using cannabis in any of its forms is good for you. It's not. But compared to the highly documented ravages of alcohol, it is definitely the lesser of two evils by far. Why isn't alcohol illegal? It causes countless deaths and serious health problems. All documented. Cannabis use has no similar history. Oh, that's right--the alcohol companies fear losing their market stranglhold and the IRS fears losing tax revenue. Of course. And, after all, only commie, hippy, etc. use that stuff. Right?
It doesn't necessarily have an effect pro or con on whether legalization would be a good idea, but it's interesting that the "Reefer Madness" they tried to scare us with in the early sixties turns out to be partly true.