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Prop 215 co-author Dennis Peron opposes Prop 19 marijuana legalization | The NORML Stash Blog

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15 responses to “Prop 215 co-author Dennis Peron opposes Prop 19 marijuana legalization”

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  5. jethro

    You stopped your quote of 11362.5 too soon.

    “To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes …[such as] treatment of cancer, … AIDS, chronic pain,… OR ANY OTHER ILLNESS FOR WHICH MARIJUANA PROVIDES RELIEF.” [emphasis added]

    Dennis’ statements above are nothing new. He has said for years that all use is medical.

    Prop 215 was written specifically to allow for the use of marijuana by anyone for which marijuana provides relief.

  6. McD

    Not only do I remember, but I was there. Perhaps that’s why I can’t tear my heart away from the idea. Once you’ve seen and lived it, you can’t forget and the memory becomes… I don’t know.

    More significantly, you start to see how the principle applies to other situations. Yes, I can see it imploding like the USSR and Warsaw Pact in the late eighties. (Remember when 1/3 of the map of Europe was red?) The core principle is the same: stagnation leads to decay, the pillars collapse and the house comes tumbling down. Make it a mantra!

  7. McD

    “If you think we’re going to jump from “absolutely illegal Schedule I dangerous drug” to “completely legal unscheduled party herb” in one fell swoop, you’re politically naive.”

    I agree: it does SEEM hopelessly naive and it’s probably just fantastical wishful thinking, but I just can’t get around the feeling that that’s what’s how it’s going to come about.

    The Mexicans won’t stand for it, you know? From an article in the NY Times on Sunday (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/world/americas/18mexico.html?_r=1&pagewanted=2&src=mv): ““It is going to be impossible to ask Mexican society to put up with the number of lives at risk and the violence for a fight that Americans, or at least Californians, would have said they don’t want to fight anymore,” he [former Foreign Minister, Jorge Castañeda] said.” And they’re not the only ones. Can’t you just see it collapsing like a house of cards: first California, then Mexico followed by bit by bit by large and important chunks of the Americas – Brazil, Columbia, Canada, Ecuador and Honduras, other states in the US…? We wouldn’t be standing idly by twiddling our thumbs, watching and waiting in Europe and Australasia, you know? Think of the prohibitionists like the little boy in the Netherlands (Ironic, isn’t it?) with his finger in the dyke. How many drug czars was it the other week made a desperate joint (pun intended) appeal? Nine, wasn’t it? Well, there’s only one more finger left, then. Give them the middle one, California! And then give them another from me. Then stand well back and enjoy the fireworks. And accept our deepest and most sincerely heart-felt thanks, California, for leading us out of this dark incarceration by prohibition.

  8. bill

    I have been using marijuana for over 20 years. Different stains and different settings. What entity has the right to tell me how much broccoli I eat or possess?

    Any regulation or attempt to justify use based on possible revenues is a joke. I don’t pay anyone one for the repairs I do to my own car why should I pay for any other product or service I can do myself?

    Anything other than total freedom for use and possession is a farce. I have 3 oz on hand right now and what does that mean? It means nothing more than how much gas is in my gas tank. Does the amount of gas make me a more dangerous driver? Does it allow me to skirt a law of some sort?

    Why does not one really compare apples to apples? I can buy 300 cases of beer and have no issue. I ask again what is magical about the 1 oz limit?
    And do law enforcement really know anything about mass or density? Can I argue the weed is wet and once dried properly I would be with in the arbitrary limit? Grams are mass not weight. Oz is weight.

    Another can of worms the authors don’t think about…everyone is selling in grams to make more money. . .

    While I appreciate the egg on the face of the enforcers during the medical debacle I question the rules and regs placed on my choice that should be unlimited provided it does not infringe on others.

    Smoke free or die.

  9. canary

    I agree with Dennis, that we live in a stressful, and I would say, unjust world.

    But I disagree that depression and anxiety are medical problems for doctors to fix. Depression and anxiety are perfectly healthy responses to a stressful, unjust world.

    An unjust world is not a medical problem either. It is a social and political problem that isn’t going to get fixed by smoking a joint.

    Certainly marijuana can help us feel better, as we take action to try to change this unjust world, but so can chocolate, and I shouldn’t need to pay hundreds of dollars to doctors and clubs for the privilege of having a cup of cacao.

    Thanx a lot for helping me get the medicine I need, Dennis, but don’t medicalize the emotions I have in response to a fucked up system.

  10. Jayelle Farmer

    Dennis Peron wrote a Citizens Initiative called Proposition 215 which was intended:


    Sec. (1)

    (A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes


    “We already have legalization,” Peron said. “We just have patients not admitting it.”

    Excuse me (not) but since when was there not a difference between someone who is medically certified as “seriously ill” and someone playing a mind-game called “patients not admitting it?”

    By making these comments, Peron is hurling the cause of medical marijuana AND Proposition 215 into serious disrepute. He is making comments that he intends to be AGAINST Proposition 19, when in actual fact his comments give the impression that the only reason he wrote Proposition 215 was to circumvent criminal prosecution by being covered by a sham-law – a law by which he says:

    “We already have legalization,” Peron said. “We just have patients not admitting it.”

    This is Federal Fuel if ever I heard it and when mainstream (as opposed to cannabis community) prohibitionists analyse Peron’s comments, he may no longer find himself in very good company with those people – because he’ll have a lot of explaining to do as to why he wrote a Bill that was intended for the “seriously ill” when all along he was just fooling around to get MMJ cards for anyone who was a “patient not admitting it” but who later changed their mind and admitted it to get an MMJ card.

    I find the thought of Peron being ostracised by both the prohibitionist AND the cannabis community to be a very interesting proposition. I’m trying to figure out a number to call this, ahem, proposition.

    This Peron press is bad press – not just for the MMJ community but for ALL of the cannabis community. Peron’s comments undermine the perceived validity of seriously ill people who use medical cannabis under Proposition 215, along with their care givers and they also undermine the work of cannabis law reform campaigners worldwide. His comments could very easily give the impression that we’re all a bunch of liars who should not be entertained on any level.

    “We already have legalization,” Peron said.

    No Peron, we do not. How can he say this when he wrote a Bill only for “seriously ill” people? The reason why so many people are still going to prison is because they are not “seriously ill” and therefore do not qualify for an MMJ card under Proposition 215.

    Peron is a man who was once held in high esteem by the cannabis community, and who is now enjoying the limelight once again – even if it is for the wrong reasons. Peron has lost the respect of many people who work for and support Proposition 19.

    The campaigning efforts of NORML, Marc Emery, WhyProhibition, Legalise Cannabis International and every other decent cannabis law reform group WILL get this right – we will work hard to make sure that Proposition 19 passes – WE WILL have legal general for EVERY cannabis user – and we will not try to circumvent the law to do it, or have it. We will never pretend to be patients, either, if we are not.

  11. McD

    This is why acceptance and use of the prohibitionists’ term is so offensive to so many – it’s precludes hope for change. In this case because the subject isn’t familiar cannabis tinctures, as the AMA understood it at the Marihuana Tax Act hearings, but alien, or ‘mongrel’, marihuana-crazed Mexican migrants lackadaisically labouring while teaching black men how to make white women lust after, have sex with and babies by them, as Anslinger wanted it to be understood. Then there were the jazz musicians! That acceptance has been responsible for untold distress to untold numbers for quite some time now. It’s got to stop some time and approaching it through language is a good place to start. Let’s hope we can get more people on board through education, careful use of language and journalistic prowess.

  12. McD

    The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

    Dr. Woodward came to testify at the behest of the American Medical Association saying, and I quote, “The American Medical Association knows of no evidence that marihuana is a dangerous drug.”

    Woodward started by slamming Harry Anslinger and the Bureau of Narcotics for distorting earlier AMA statements that had nothing to do with marijuana and making them appear to be AMA endorsement for Anslinger’s view.

    He also reproached the legislature and the Bureau for using the term marijuana in the legislation and not publicizing it as a bill about cannabis or hemp. At this point, marijuana (or marihuana) was a sensationalist word used to refer to Mexicans smoking a drug and had not been connected in most people’s minds to the existing cannabis/hemp plant. Thus, many who had legitimate reasons to oppose the bill weren’t even aware of it.

    Dr. Woodward: “We cannot understand yet, Mr. Chairman, why this bill should have been prepared in secret for 2 years without any intimation, even, to the profession, that it was being prepared.”

    Dr. Woodward: “I use the word “Cannabis” in preference to the word “marihuana”, because Cannabis is the correct term for describing the plant and its products. The term “marihuana” is a mongrel word that has crept into this country over the Mexican border and has no general meaning, except as it relates to the use of Cannabis preparations for smoking. It is not recognized in medicine, and I might say that it is hardly recognized even in the Treasury Department.?”

    In other words, marihuana is not the correct term. So, if you will permit me, I shall use the word “Cannabis”, and I should certainly suggest that if any legislation is enacted, the term used be “Cannabis” and not the mongrel word ‘marihuana’.

    Advice from the AMA, needless to say, was ignored and the resultant cannabis prohibition ensued. The American public proved foolish enough to accept the lie by proxy through their representatives and went on to be deceived and manipulated to the extent that the word ‘marihuana’ and the later spelling, ‘marijuana’ entered the English language through fear and ignorance. Once there was an ‘n’ word, then there was an ‘m’ word. Use them both appropriately.

  13. ray christl cambodia medical kanja

    I’m a great admirer and facebook friend of Dennis and Leland Cole. Their clemency project is wonderful,but the lack of critical thinking on Prop 19 is problematic. What if the issue was jail for homosexual sex. Lawful to have gay sex or not.? This hemp movement is a bizarre strange trip ? Dennis you helped me see that homophobic hatred is absurd,esp if the bible tells me so ! Yes all use is medical and at THC Ministry all use is spiritual. Recreation is BORN=re—AGAIN=creation is what ? States rights to lawful adult usage is a proper first synthesis in the body politic. This attitude of opposition, is vitriol to our CC family cause,and yet it is possibly beneficial. We hope as independent ,or union voters see the lame arguments from MAFIA-HIPPIES with secret grow-ops voting NO—they vote YES !

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