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Proposition 19

Stoned on Righteousness

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's not just about us. If Californians legalize marijuana on Nov. 2, maybe Mexico will end its horrific drug war.

Prop 19 Would Help -- Not Hurt -- Medical Marijuana Patients

David Borden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
David Borden

A group of medical marijuana dispensaries has come out against Prop 19, California's "Tax and Regulate Cannabis" initiative to legalize marijuana. Are they misinformed or deliberately lying? I don't know anymore.

Proposition 19, Ballot Measure In California That Would Legalize Pot, Endorsed By Largest Union In State

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — A ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in California won the support Tuesday of the largest union in the state. The 700...

The Criminalization of Pot Killed My Best Friend (and Ruined My Life)

Jill Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jill Richardson

The pharmaceutical industry does not want marijuana to be legal. Neither does the alcohol industry, which is spending money to defeat Prop 19. They want a few more dollars for their shareholders, but I want my best friend back.

Black Vote Could Tilt Balance In Legalizing Marijuana

nytimes.com | JESSE McKINLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Ron Allen says he knows all too well the ravages of drug addiction. "I was a pastor on crack cocaine, sir," said Mr. Allen, who says he has been s...

Big Alcohol Fueling Opposition to California Marijuana Initiative

Mason Tvert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mason Tvert

According to a recently filed campaign finance report, the campaign to defeat a marijuana legalization initiative in California is receiving substantial funding from the alcohol industry.

Group Of Ex-Officers, Judges Support California Marijuana Legalization

AP | GREG RISLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A group of former law enforcement officials on Monday endorsed a November ballot measure that would legalize marijuana ...

Reducing Penalties for Crack and Peyote... But When Marijuana?

Rob Kampia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kampia

How can it be that Congress and the president reduced the penalty for crack in 2010, but it's inconceivable that they'd do the same for marijuana in 2010?

Dianne Feinstein Announces Opposition To Legalizing Marijuana

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California's senior senator, has lent her support to the campaign to defeat Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization measure ...

Time for California to End the Unwinnable Marijuana War

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Last week every former U.S. DEA head came out against Proposition 19 -- no surprise there. But voters should ask themselves: Has the marijuana war, with more than 800,000 arrests each year, worked?

Friday Talking Points [138] -- "Candidate" Obama Returns

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America (as, likely, everywhere else) always has a seamy underside, crawling with metaphoric maggots, to anything that is mostly seen as good by the m...

Prop 19 Takes The National Spotlight

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

No single election contest this fall combines the buzz and history-making potential of California's Proposition 19, which would make the state the fir...

Report: Legalizing Marijuana Would Cause Prices To Plummet

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — A ballot measure to legalize marijuana in California would so upend supply and demand that pot prices could plummet by as much a...

Sheriff Baca: 97% Of California Pot Shops 'Criminally Compromised'

AP | THOMAS WATKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County sheriff has escalated his war of words against California medical marijuana dispensaries, saying as many as...

Friday Talking Points [137] -- Listen To Westen And Lakoff, Democrats!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, I heard an interesting take on the political scene: that both parties seem to be trying mightily to lose the upcoming midterm elections. R...

We Are All Californians

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Californians have an opportunity to do what no other state has done, indeed, what no other country has accomplished: legalize marijuana.

NAACP Backs Pot Legalization In California

AP | MARCUS WOHLSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — The NAACP's California chapter pledged its support on Tuesday for a marijuana legalization ballot measure, saying current laws a...

Clinton, Bush And Obama Drug Czars Come Out Against California's Marijuana Legalization Measure

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Six directors of the Office of National Drug Control Policy over the previous 3 administrations penned a cooperative op-ed Wednesday in opposition to ...

Cops For and Against the Drug War

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

From uniformed beat cops to homicide dicks to sheriffs more and more of the nation's police officers are coming to realize that our 40-year drug war is an unmitigated failure.

Tossed SALAD: Stoners Against Legalization Article of the Day

Russ Belville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Russ Belville

I'm a die hard cannabis activist. I'm also a huge fan of irony, so ranting against fellow blogging tokers over their opposition to legalization is like an irony sundae with nuts on top.

'The Flower' Cartoon's Social Commentary On Marijuana Prohibition (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Graphic artist Haik Hoisington's cartoon, "The Flower," embodies almost every aspect of the War on Drugs, particularly the prohibition of marijuana. ...

The Black Church vs. Marijuana

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvette Carnell

For some, abusing marijuana may be the doorway through which they delve into more deadly addictions. For others, a marijuana drug conviction will be the doorway through which they embark upon a life of crime.

'I Gots Mine': Dispensary Owners Against Marijuana Legalization

Russ Belville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Russ Belville

Prop 19 means that marijuana retailers become more like other retail businesses, instead of the loosely-regulated turnkey goldmines they have been.

The Politics of Cannabis and Color

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Legalized marijuana would go a long way toward ending a uniquely destructive form of American racism and discrimination.

Ryan Grim

California Dems Endorse Pot Legalization, Proposition 19

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers from California are hoping that a proposition to legalize marijuana on the November ballot will help drive progressive voter turn...