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The 8 Craziest Things Predicted by Opponents of Prop 19 (marijuana legalization in California) | The NORML Stash Blog

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7 responses to “The 8 Craziest Things Predicted by Opponents of Prop 19 (marijuana legalization in California)”

  1. WakeUpDead

    You forgot one, #9. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

  2. jonathan

    I started smoking in the ’70s. If more potent pot is available now, it’s because there are much more sophisticated growers, and expert knowledge is an Internet connection away. Yet, even with stronger weed, the nation doesn’t seem to be suffering from mass marijuana malaise…in fact, things suck pretty much the same that they did in the late ’70s. Obama’s presidency will probably end up being compared to Carter. But I digress.

    Thanks for this is an excellent perspective. It’s well thought out with strong counterpoints. I’d love to hear more about the point where state meets federal if this law comes to pass. I think that the Administration is facing another case of being a little bit pregnant. CA is clearly the first domino.

    Oregon, Colorado and other savvy states (maybe not even states from the first 14) will be well-served to jump into a business that could grow internationally. After all, wouldn’t Mexico legalize, and soon other countries would start to ask themselves if the cost of enforcing something less dangerous than alcohol was really worth the cost. Especially when it might help turn a profit. Hmm. Obama might have a real policy problem on his hands. What do you think?

  3. jeb

    “The most amazing thing about marijuana is its ability to addle the minds of those who don’t use it.”


    “Yet only those who actually use cannabis can teach us how useful it is.” -Dr. Lester Grinspoon

  4. Tom

    Potency of cannabis is a moving target,

    It’s simple to tell people that marijuana potency has increased when so many factors affect the test results.

    A plant has a sweet spot, a time in its life where potency is at its max, just as a fruit has its sweet spot, where it is at its sweetest and prior and post this special time potency/sweetness is either growing or diminishing. Potency increases as the plant flowers, it continues to increase while drying and curing. Things such as direct sunlight after harvest and high temperatures can diminish potency. Depending on the time of harvest, the potency can be altered by harvesting early or late. So when they run their tests, when is it? At what stage is the cannabis, is it before or after the sweet spot? There tests are useless because of the simple fact, potency is a moving target, so their results are all over the place. But they depend on people not having this in depth knowledge, it’s the only way their lies can effectively peruse a no vote, so that what they do, they have nothing else since truth isn’t on their side.

    VOTE YES ON PROP 19, I am and so are 57 people I know!

  5. jim

    4. Today’s pot is fourteen times more powerful than Sixties weed and will lead to more crack babies!

    “The logical problem with Bishop Allen’s gateway theory is that while nearly all crack addicts have smoked pot, very few pot smokers have ever smoked crack. The only commonality between marijuana and crack is that they are both illegal drugs (even then, marijuana is more illegal; it is in Schedule I while cocaine is in Schedule II). Marijuana doesn’t make people smoke crack any more than alcohol or tobacco makes people smoke crack, at least according to the US Institute of Medicine.”

    Great post Russ, I wanted to add something. Even if, IF, there were a link between rock cocaine crack and Cannabis sativa, like Bishop Allens claimed…

    There is other news that even the crack babies story that we were socialized (terrorized) into fearing was, no surprise, a premature exaggeration.

    Crack Babies: Twenty Years Later

  6. The Bluzguy

    As the director of a relatively small and young State NORML Chapter, I can certainly appreciate how challenging it can be to raise enough funds to effectively advocate for cannabis law reform.

    But, my sincere hope is that NatNORML can afford to get people like Russ, Allen, Paul, and Keith out in the public to educate Californians about just how significant the November vote is.

    Here in Louisiana, we don’t get much California news from mainstream media, but I suspect there is already plenty of statewide chatter there from both the pro and con camps regarding Proposition 19.

    No doubt, as November nears, there will be a flurry of California MSM airtime devoted to the issue, and since opponents probably have access to lots more funding than supporters, it’s paramount that our message is smart, well-crafted, and allows the truths about the issue to be fully exploited, even if we have fewer precious minutes to deliver it.

    I’d hope the powers that be in NORML recognize that now is not the time to devote resources towards “preaching to the choir (yes, Russ, I know it’s a good thing to remind the choir of the words occasionally)”, and focus their efforts on those who are most susceptible to the lies and misinformation from opponents.

    The choir will patiently wait while you home in on the masses who may not know the truth or may still be “on the fence” on the issue, and we’ll be more than happy to prove we’ll still know the words when you return.

    Robert E. Delaney
    Executive Director
    NORML Louisiana

  7. Ned

    A few points.

    As a person who worked in the cannabis trade in CA for 30 years, I know some things about it.

    !. There have been plenty of cannabis using workers under the influence on the job for a long time.
    I’ve sold to countless workers who smoked on breaks and during lunch at their workplaces. They seemed to keep their jobs easily, as this went on for decades. Prop 19 will not suddenly unleash a horde of new users into CA workplaces and society. They are already there! They work, they drive, they raise kids, they pay taxes, etc. Nonusers are constantly seeking to equate alcohol’s effects and impairment with cannabis. They are very different. They is why they have existed for decades and weren’t noticed to any significant degree.

    Potency increase claims are a fraud. The genetics of high potency strains have been around a long time.
    All that has happened is that exactly what gets seized and tested these days is cannabis that has been
    better grown and processed on average than in the past. While these techniques and this quality has always been around since the 70s anyway, the better techniques have spread far and wide. The plants aren’t “more potent”, but the product sold now has far less leaf and stems and seeds than in the past. Less junk in the bag means higher average potency. This was a natural outcome of competition in the marketplace. Besides, higher potency means less is smoked to achieve the desired effect. That’s a good thing. What exists now is actually higher purity not more potent. It is misleading to declare that as higher potency. Purity is desirable. That the market has consistently improved purity means prohibition has grown less and less effective as a policy.

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