#448 California’s Proposition 19

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010
Subject: #448 California’s Proposition 19

CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSITION 19

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DrugSense FOCUS Alert #448 – Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Today the San Francisco Chronicle printed two OPEDs.

The first ‘Californians Must Look at Science of Marijuana’
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10/n677/a08.html is interesting for
what is not disclosed. It is by an addiction therapist. The
therapeutic community has a vested interest in continuing the current
system. About half of all users in therapy are there because of their
marijuana use. Of those, over 40% are there from court referrals —
they take therapy as a preferred alternative to jail whether they need
it or not. Many of the others are there because their parents’ health
insurance will buy therapy as an alternative to being expelled from
school or referred to the juvenile justice system.

The second ‘Legalizing Marijuana Is Bad For California’
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10.n679.a06.html is by Susan
Manheimer, the president of the California Police Chiefs Association.
There is more spin and propaganda in the OPED than we can count.

Your letters to the editor about either or both are invited.

Opinion items are always good letter targets. They are MAP archived
at http://www.mapinc.org/opinion.htm

The same applies to Proposition 19 items which may be found at
http://www.mapinc.org/topic/Proposition+19

Please check out the new Proposition 19 website at http://yeson19.com/
– and please do whatever you can to support the effort.

We have started a list of who appears to be for and against
Proposition 19 based on MAP’s news clippings.

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FOR

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union

The National Black Police Association

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union

The California National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

The Drug Policy Alliance Network

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

The American Civil Liberties Union

The Courage Campaign

Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the former United States Surgeon General

The Cannabis Consumers Campaign

DRCNet

DrugSense

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Marijuana Policy Project

Citizens Opposing Prohibition

The California Black Chamber of Commerce

Retired Orange County Judge James Gray

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AGAINST

The California Chamber of Commerce

The California Police Chiefs Association

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Mexican Marijuana Trafficking Organizations

The California Narcotics Officer’s Association

Gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer

The California League of Cities

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Suggestions for writing letters are at our Media Activism Center
http://www.mapinc.org/resource/#guides

For the latest facts about marijuana please see
http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/node/53

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Prepared by: Richard Lake, Focus Alert Specialist http://www.mapinc.org