16 Dec 2015  •  Speaker  •  Print
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Access to Medical Marijuana.

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Who is going to control the multi-billion dollar Cannabis industry around the globe? Be sure to follow the money. This is a really exciting time. We are seeing, finally, a much-needed transformation of our cannabis policies (locally, statewide and nationally). It’s a very shifting area where there’s a lot going on, which presents a really terrific opportunity for those of us interested in this to kind of take control and be inspired by our local politics and see what we can do. There is now a multi-billion dollar national medical marijuana industry and there are a lot of people who are scrambling to control that significant wealth, so the question that’s before us is “Who is going to control this wealth?” Is this something that is going to be distributed amongst the people, encouraging a lot of individual products and innovative research or is it going to be centralized and controlled by people more affiliated with the government?

Jack Herer, the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes who is a prominent hemp and cannabis advocate. He has sort of a gruff demeanor. He really speaks to the underground cannabis community. He presents hard-hitting facts. He’s sparked a following and they’ve been tenaciously trying to get this initiative on the ballot. It is to the point. Basically, it legalizes the personal use of cannabis, up to twelve pounds. It permits people to grow 99 plants. It releases all of the cannabis non-violent offenders who are in prison in California jails. It also totally legalizes the growing of industrial hemp. It fully supports Proposition 215, which was the California Medical Marijuana Initiative that was passed in 1996.

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