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Re: “Better Than Status Quo, Prop 64 Protects Us All

@ John 1: Yes, "silly" you; the opposing view is another article--see the link in the Editor's note at the beginning?!

The main problem with all those other initiatives you mentioned is that the folks pushing them haven't even so much as gathered half the signatures needed to get them on the ballot in over twenty years of alleged trying, which is kind of suspect since Richard Lee got his on the ballot all by himself, none of those nasty old "corporate billionaires" needed ... !

Sorry, we're done waiting around while the medical industry enjoys the high prices and no competiton of a prohibition market, and demonstrates no real inclination to move forward, other than a lot of noise *now* that their de facto monopoly is going away--and that's from the MCRSA, whether Prop 64 wins or fails ...

"The policy discourse around this issue has too often been poisoned with the same kind of misinformation and fear tactics that have been perpetuated by institutional anti-marijuana forces since the days of Reefer Madness." Absolutely goddamn right.

Posted by Miles Monroe on 10/24/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Vote No for a Safer Community

Cops wants Prohibition. It is a jobs program for them, and an avenue for corruption.
The argument about the children is so tired. Kids always have access to dangerous conditions and substances, as we live on planet Earth
A No Vote is about keeping the status quo of law enforcement abuse of our citizens and empowers the worst of cartels and gangsters nationwide.
Yes on 64. It's not perfect but we need to head out of the shadow of this racist and ill conceived experiment of outlawing a plant.
To quote Bill Hicks, it's like saying God made a mistake to outlaw an herb. All plants are an offering from God.

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Posted by jointhe future on 10/24/2016 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Disquiet on the Mobile Home Front

the mobile home owner clusters to the friendship of a park---and pays rent for the use of the land where hisw house sits--and roads!
measure V levels the playfield for home owner and parkowner---jean doran

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Posted by jean doran1 on 10/22/2016 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Vote No for a Safer Community

thank you 'adaminoregon' , this is common sense that the uninformed need to read, (so much backward thinking, people still believe old myths from 'drug propaganda film, The devils weed ' ! )

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Posted by basketdeplored on 10/21/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Better Than Status Quo, Prop 64 Protects Us All

John 1, those polls specifically asked about prop 64 and not the general question of "do you support marijuana legalization, yes or no?" You can try to deny that all you want as prohibitionists often do end up resorting to denial. This law is just as good and in some ways better than the 4 legalization laws already approved and will also greatly weaken the federal prohibition as well. I'm not listening to the "wait for a better law" line that is almost a decade old now and will also be around again the next time a chance to legalize would come along. The only regrettable thing here is maintaining prohibition and allowing the failed policy of prohibition to continue on instead of weakening it.

Polls that specifically ask about prop 64:

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Posted by superstorm250 on 10/21/2016 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Better Than Status Quo, Prop 64 Protects Us All

Worst "legalization" scheme ever pushed at California! And pushed this time by a team of cannabis hating Big Wigs...Dr Donald The Lying Man Lyman and Newsom both detest cannabis and consider daily smokers as the addicts this type of legalization will cure. Newsom's fantasy is that his young daughter can grow up in California and never have to smell Marijuana...not he promotes this Legal-Lies 64 bs. Is anyone really paying attention? Guess we'll know in 3 weeks.

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Posted by Patrick Moore on 10/21/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Vote No for a Safer Community

Wow this letter is filled with nonsense. These arguments have been debunked for years, and even if they were true, it still doesn't mean cannabis should remain illegal for adults. Its as if these guys don't realize cannabis has been used for decades in Humboldt. It isn't being introduced now.
The reason there is crime around cannabis is because its illegal. Many of those problems go away in a regulated market. Of course it would also mean Humboldt will need a whole lot less cops. That is why these police are afraid of the change.
There is no place that has re-legalized cannabis that is ever going to go back. States are making millions of dollars. Humboldt has the potential to be the Napa Valley of cannabis. Even if this law isn't perfect, it will keep thousands of people from being hassled for a victimless crime. It will free up police to worry about real crime. It will make your county millions of dollars. It will keep more cannabis away from children then what we have now.It will create a new industry that will employ thousands of people. Vote YES.

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Posted by adaminoregon on 10/21/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Aww, Shucks

thaddius storu about mobile homes #V

Posted by jean doran1 on 10/21/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “It's Up to Us, Eureka

Well put, Mr. Weseman.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 10/21/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Better Than Status Quo, Prop 64 Protects Us All

Silly me, I thought you were going to represent 2 Different points of view in this article.
Other than one sentence in the 4th paragraph, where you said you respect those concerns.
There seems to be only one point of view in this story and it is that of someone who is in favor of Prop 64 !

You may see these so called "Polls" showing 60% support, let me tell you what that is all about, there is 60% or more support for Legalization, not for Prop 64.
WAIT CALIFORNIA WE CAN DO BETTER, THIS INITIATIVE IS GARBAGE, There are already several more initiatives written by people who are actualy part of the Cannabis Community, not a bunch of corporate lawyers, which is Obviously who wrote this one !


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Posted by John 1 on 10/21/2016 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Better Than Status Quo, Prop 64 Protects Us All

The main point is that cannabis has been illegal about 40 years too long. Cannabis should be grown on farmland, by businesspersons, freely traded, widely available, cheap, and taxed. Anyone wishing to grow their own, should be able to do so.
Prohibition has fostered so many local problems, and crimes against persons and the environment, which escalate every year in severity, in a county ill equipped and underfunded to deal with ANY social issue, crime, drugs or mental health.
Legal weed will cause some economic shock, but the quality of Humboldt weed and the cache of our boutique pot will not be reduced. The products of our county, with local control and compliance, could enjoy worldwide status and distribution. The Humboldt brand will continue to set the standard, our growers will be respected, and our identity will not be challenged by anyone, anywhere. Legalization will put pride in your product, while filtering out the pirates. The end result will be to legitimize your services and products, and put them permanently into the actual economy. The value is there, develop the market! Go forward without fear!

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Posted by Taurus Balzhoff on 10/21/2016 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Appalachian v. Appellation

I've seen these two words transposed before, yeah.

Posted by Bart Rankin on 10/20/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Vote V!

Ms. Mosher’s letter is full of inaccuracies and purposely misleading omissions. Remember, Ms. Mosher — a non-retired business owner — has a vested interest in not telling the truth because she financially benefits if Measure V passes.

MISLEADING OMISSION: 90 municipalities have ordinances.
FACT: 447 don’t have any form of rent control and 17 jurisdictions have actually rescinded their rent control ordinances in recent years! AND over the past ten years, 13 Northern California cities and counties have considered rent control and officially rejected it, including neighboring Lake County and Mendocino County.

INACCURATE: Carson taxpayers are paying nothing for rent control.
FACT: Carson continues to pay expensive lawyers to appeal their devastating $7.4 million rent control judgement. Every day they fight to prop up their failing rent control program, their legal bills mount exponentially. Money that could be spent on services for the community.

MISLEADING OMISSION: $6500 is a paltry sum to preserve affordable housing.
FACT: $6500 is only the start as Measure V caps the $5 tax charged to mobile home owners. This deficit will only increase. If a park owner asks for a hearing from the county, the county has to pay for that lawyer. On top of that, if the park owner wins, the “losing” residents have to pay all the expenses incurred by the park owner for this hearing and all will have their rents raised as ordered by the Hearing Officer.

INACCURATE: Arcata study, as well as others, show that ordinances are effective.
FACT: Economist after economist agree that rent control is not the right answer. Study after study, including the Arcata study, show that rent control will hurt the neediest and poorest residents among us.

The fact is that rent control is not needed in Humboldt County. Especially not in the form of Measure V.

To get even more facts, please visit and Vote NO On Measure V.

Posted by Guntram Wolski on 10/20/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Yes on V


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Posted by jean doran1 on 10/19/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Black and White

With all due respect to Chief Mills, please stop asking people of color to be the sole educators around how to deconstruct whiteness. There are many white people in the community who might be willing to guide/educate/mentor EPD; the people I've heard and worked with are committed to not speaking FOR people of color. They speak on the truths of what the role of whites has to be in order to make progress toward real equity. I'll email you personally to share this as well.

Posted by TSS on 10/19/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Black and White

Eureka's police chief will graciously allow you to peacefully exercise rights that do not require his permission.

And just in case there's any problem....

Eureka Takes Police Video Fight to the Supreme Court

Posted by Ted Nissan on 10/17/2016 at 12:32 AM

Re: “The Cannabis TEA Party

I'm not a grower, but I think these taxes are way out of hand. And $7 million annually when the deficit is in the hundreds of millions?? How would these state officials like it if their income was suddenly lowered by $15k/year for an empty promise of smoother roads?

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Posted by GK Chase on 10/15/2016 at 11:23 AM

Re: “'A Dire Situation'

Putting our community's most vulnerable elderly at risk is a major public health threat that requires immediate intervention by officials to take these facilities through eminent domain and let the courts figure out later what the fair market value is for the land and structures... since this business has been "losing money" and is worthless.

The first duty of government to to protect the powerless from the powerful.

This is an unacceptable and avoidable tragedy with deadly consequences.

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Posted by Marilyn Costello on 10/13/2016 at 9:29 PM

Re: “'A Dire Situation'

It is time to put pressure directly on Mr. Shlomo Rechnitz.
Thanks to Patty Berg and Wes Chesbro for this, but can they now help us to put pressure on Shlomo Rechnitz? It would require getting to him where he lives. What Temple does he attend and who is his Rabbi? This is where the protests need to be held as he clearly presents himself as a pious man:…
Read these stories to get more background:…/the-case-of-the…/Content…

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Posted by Richard Salzman on 10/13/2016 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Warning: This Column Contains Objectionable Material
The Coddling of the American Mind, another side of the story and why trigger warning mentality can go arye

Posted by webs on 10/10/2016 at 7:00 AM

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