Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
Unlike Colorado and Washington State, where voters have a chance this November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for consenting adults, California has no such proposal on the statewide election ballot this year. We had our chance two years ago with Proposition 19, but the folks backing it blew their chances with the stoner contingent by adding too much fine print, like severely limiting the amount of pot you can grow and outlining harsh penalties for anyone convicted of providing pot to a minor, so it failed at the polls.
Instead, local supporters of the medical marijuana industry are encouraging voters to support measures that would regulate dispensaries in their communities. Such a vote is most likely headed for the polls in Los Angeles next March. Meanwhile, former Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray, running mate of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, is championing four local medical marijuana legalization measures.
Unfortunately, none of them will do a damn thing to legalize weed in Orange County.
1. Proposition S
. Vote for this one
if you live in Imperial Beach
. Besides Gray and the Libertarians, it's also backed by the San Diego Democratic Party
, Erika Lowry
, a Republican running for the city council there, the Green Party
, and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
3. Proposition W. This one is also backed by Citizens For Patients Rights and you can vote for it if you live in Solana Beach.
4. Same goes with Measure T, for residents of Lemon Grove.
So just what exactly is this group? Well, it appears to be a front organization for something called the "Patient Care Association," which bills itself as "an association of medical cannabis patients and patient organizations." Whoever they area, good on them for gathering enough signatures. It's pretty amazing that nobody managed to do so here in Orange County. They got pretty close in Costa Mesa, where the Orange County Cannabis Alliance (I'd link to their website, but it's disabled--thanks, DEA!) managed to get 20,000 names. Problem is that 12,000 of them turned out to belong to folks who weren't even registered to vote. Better luck next year!