Driving while stoned? California critics of pot initiative focus on impaired motorists Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article98944567.html#storylink=cpy

The Sacramento Bee
By Christopher Cadelago

Opponents of the fall measure to legalize recreational marijuana for California adults argued Tuesday that broader marijuana use would endanger motorists.

Speaking to The Sacramento Bee editorial board, Doug Villars, president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, criticized Proposition 64 for lacking an established standard such as what exists for alcohol. It’s illegal for those with 0.08 percent or more of alcohol in their blood to drive.

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Gullixson: Do we really want Santa Rosa to become the mecca for marijuana?

The Press Democrat
By Paul Gullixson

I don’t mean to be rude. But who in the world made the decision that Santa Rosa wanted to become the new Amsterdam?

Even Amsterdam doesn’t even want to be Amsterdam — or at least the Amsterdam perceived by hordes of party-minded tourists. Contrary to popular belief, the Dutch never legalized marijuana. They’ve just basically tolerated it for years and only for possession of small amounts (5 grams or less) sold in official “cannabis cafes.” But the government in recent years has been tightening the rules for these cafes, forcing many to shut down. And forget about growing it. It’s illegal. You won’t go to prison but try to grow as few as five plants and you could end up facing heavy fines and eviction.

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Oceanside supports medical marijuana but not recreation use

The Coast News Group
by Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — On Wednesday the Oceanside City Council voted 4-1 to draft a resolution to oppose Proposition 64, which allows statewide recreational use of marijuana.

Earlier in the year the City Council passed an ordinance to allow delivery of medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries outside the city.

Mayor Jim Wood explained the difference in the city’s point of view on uses.

“We supported medical marijuana, but we’re not open to recreational use statewide,” Wood said.

The one no vote on drafting a resolution in opposition was cast by Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery.

Following the vote, Lowery said he talked to an intellectual property manager, business people and community organizations to gather information.

“It’s a complex issue,” Lowery said. “It’s somewhat of an overreach to expect this council to research this issue prior to voting on it.”

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Money and marijuana: Donors with ties to industry give to legalize pot

The Sacramento Bee
by Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller

Justin Hartfield, former chief executive of a company called Weedmaps, two years ago discussed his plans to legalize marijuana nationwide and make his company the Philip Morris of pot.

“Prohibition is about to pop,” he predicted in The Wall Street Journal. “And the people that were here before, if they’re positioned intelligently, will reap a profit. I think we’re positioned really well.”

Proposition 64’s passage would create a burgeoning new economy in California, from growing operations to delivery services, and those who stand to profit are pitching in to ensure it succeeds. Weedmaps, which helps connect cannabis users with dispensaries, delivery services and doctors, has given $1 million to the fall effort to legalize marijuana in California.

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Latest Poll Shows Trouble for Prop 64 – Marijuana Measure

August 22, 2016
Contact: Andrew Acosta
(916) 505-3069

Voters show serious concerns over television ad language

SACRAMENTO, CA – A new poll on Proposition 64, the latest attempt at marijuana legalization, shows soft support of the measure and highlights how quickly support drops once voters hear just one fact — Proposition 64 will allow marijuana smoking ads in prime time, and on programs with millions of children and teenage viewers. The poll of 500 likely California voters was conducted August 17-19,2016, following a ruling by the Sacramento Superior Court that Proposition 64 opponents could include arguments outlining the possibility of television ads promoting marijuana smoking and edibles. First, voters were read a neutral description of the major provisions of Proposition 64.

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If California legalizes pot, will TV ads be far behind?

The Sacramento Bee
By Jeremy B. White

California was the first state to allow medical marijuana. Now, two decades later, voters are expected to be asked whether to legalize recreational use of the drug. The legalization measure headed for the statewide November ballot is the product of months of negotiations between drug-law reformers, growers and distributors, famous financiers and politicians. Here’s a primer.

As the marijuana company conceived it, the ad for pot vaping pens would have beamed into the living rooms of Coloradans watching Jimmy Kimmel one night last July.

The spot depicts people partying in a nightclub and backpacking as a voiceover suggests people are “always finding new ways to relax” and could use a way to “recreate discreetly this summer.”

But vape vendor Neos’ plans for reaching customers collided with the television network’s nervousness about recreational pot.

In legalizing recreational adult use via a 2014 ballot initiative, the people of Colorado had thrust the state into a nebulous and unprecedented legal middle ground. Voters established a new industry under the shadow of federal prohibition. With a federally granted broadcasting license at stake, the ABC affiliate planning to run the ad balked.

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Judge rules in favor of No On Prop 64 in ballot argument lawsuit

Marijuana legalization measure opens door for marijuana ads on broadcast television and children exposed to ads promoting gummy candy

SACRAMENTO, CA – Judge Chang ruled today in Sacramento Superior Court on a lawsuit brought by the backers of Prop 64 challenging several points made in the ballot arguments and rebuttal to Prop 64 – the marijuana legalization measure.

Her ruling was a resounding win for the No on Prop 64 campaign and a vindication of Senator Feinstein and supporters who charged that Prop 64 would, among other things, allow for marijuana smoking ads on broadcast television.

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California pot opponents OK to claim ads could target kids

San Diego Union Tribune
By Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge is editing the ballot measure language California voters will receive arguing for and against the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The judge issued amended ballot measure text Friday after each side of Proposition 64 challenged the legality of the other’s campaign arguments in court.

The Sacramento County Superior Court judge allowed proposition opponents to argue that the ballot measure could lead to televised marijuana advertisements that may include marketing of pot-laced candy and pastries aimed at children. But he softened the language, saying such ads are a possibility, not a certainty.

Judge Shelleyanne W.L. Chang also rejected opponents’ attempts to strike language from ballot literature that claims recreational marijuana will be sold only in regulated stores to customers older than 21.

Proposition 64 is on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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No On Prop 64 statement on the Obama Administration decision to keep marijuana in schedule 1 while expanding research

“No On Prop 64 statement on the Obama Administration decision to keep marijuana in schedule 1 while expanding research

SACRAMENTO, CA – Wayne Johnson, Campaign Consultant to the NO on Proposition 64 campaign, released the following statement on the federal governments decision on marijuana:

“This decision is a stark contrast to the push by the big players in the marijuana industry who wrote Prop 64 and are now spending millions of dollars rushing this flawed measure to the ballot in order to capture the California market. A measure that would allow broadcast television advertising and the home delivery of marijuana products.”

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No on 64 Campaign Files Suit to Challenge Proponents’ Misleading Ballot Arguments

Proposition 64 explicitly legalizes marijuana ads on television

SACRAMENTO, CA – The NO on Proposition 64 campaign announced they have sued the initiative’s proponents over the claims they made in their ballot arguments and are vigorously defending the claim that marijuana advertising will be allowed under Proposition 64.

“Yes on Proposition 64 didn’t just get it wrong again, but they drafted a flawed measure that fails to address standards for driving while impaired while allowing for the television advertising of marijuana and the remote delivery of recreational marijuana any product, something that is illegal in both Washington and Colorado, said Wayne Johnson – Campaign Consultant for NO on Prop 64. “These are both carve-outs to the big business backers of Prop 64.”

The suit was filed in Superior Court and will be heard this Friday.

“The marijuana business folks behind Prop 64 need to come clean with the voters of California and stop pretending that this is about protecting children,” Johnson continued. “The goal is simple – allow the venture capitol firms lining up to make billions off the new marijuana gold rush to advertise on broadcast television and allow unregulated companies, who all want to be the Uber for Pot, to deliver any marijuana product anywhere as long as you can pay cash.”

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