The Argumento in Sacramento: Tokers Debate California’s Prop 64

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This Wednesday, October 5, I will be appearing on the California Statehouse steps as part of a debate on Prop 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. I am joined by attorney Dale Schaffer, who was a California medical marijuana grower and patient who got busted by law enforcement and spent five years in prison. Also on our team is Sister Kate from Sisters of the Valley, a spiritual healer who promotes the curative properties of cannabis.

The debate is notable because we’re not facing off against the cops, sheriffs, highway patrol, district attorneys, narcotics officers, prison guards, and the Project SAM anti-legalization lobby that carries water for the pharmaceutical, drug testing, and substance abuse rehab industries. No, our opponents who’ll be supporting the law enforcement position to continue marijuana prohibition will be a medical marijuana attorney, a medical marijuana activist, and a medical marijuana entrepreneur.


Huh, that’s odd. Why would supporters of the medical use of cannabis line up with the cops and pot-haters to keep the status quo of prohibition, where cannabis consumers are harassed and ticketed, cannabis cultivators are arrested and imprisoned, and cannabis sales take place on an unregulated market that fosters crime and corruption while earning no tax revenue for the state?

If prohibition set me up to make $30 every ten minutes for signing my autograph, I might resist legalization, too. (Image: Lisa Parker | Daily Trojan)

You might think an attorney representing medical cannabis patients would want to free them from the mandatory cost of getting a doctor’s permission slip every year to avoid criminal charges, as Prop 64 would do. It’s bizarre to think a medical cannabis activist would reject a chance to guarantee at least a small indoor medical garden that cannot be banned by any locality, as Prop 64 would do. How could a medical cannabis entrepreneur could let pass by a chance to protect the families of medical cannabis patients from intrusion by state children’s services, as Prop 64 would do?

If legalization threatened to cut my retail prices by half, I might oppose it, too. (Image: Harborside Health Center, Oakland)

Wouldn’t medical cannabis patients be better served by legalization that drops the price of marijuana below $9 per gram, instead of the current medical system that sells marijuana at $14 to $17 per gram? Wouldn’t patients appreciate public lounges where they could medicate in a social setting? Wouldn’t patients be safer when cops lose their pot-sniffing dogs and the ability to harass patients over the smell of weed?

I mean, sure, if you’re representing medical cannabis growers who don’t want to see their wholesale pot price drop with more competition, you’d want to see Prop 64 fail. If you’re representing existing medical marijuana dispensaries who don’t want to lose their prohibition-inflated retail markups, you’d want to see Prop 64 fail. If you’re representing medical marijuana doctors who love that prohibition forces tokers to pay for a pot permission slip, you’d want to see Prop 64 fail.

“Marijuana causes so much IQ loss that some pot smokers actually vote to help me keep them criminal!”

But if you think you’re representing the best interests of medical cannabis patients by helping Kevin Sabet and the Drug Czar deal California its second-straight legalization loss in six years, you’re delusional. Prop 64 maintains all the existing protections afforded to medical cannabis patients and adds some more protections not in current law.

Tune into live on Wednesday, starting at 11am and running until 2pm, for The Argumento in Sacramento. We’ll be debunking the unfounded paranoia, the confusing misdirection, the strained misinterpretation, and the unproven conspiracy theories our opponents use to frighten cannabis consumers to vote against ending their criminality.

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