@ 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.
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.
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 ' ! )
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:
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 once...as he promotes this Legal-Lies 64 bs. Is anyone really paying attention? Guess we'll know in 3 weeks.
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.
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 !
READ IT CALIFORNIA, TAKE 3 HOURS OUT OF YOUR DAY, BECAUSE THAT IS AT LEAST HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO READ AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE JARGON AND THE DOUBLE TALK, IN THIS BILL... DO NOT LET THIS BECOME LAW OR WE WILL ALL REGRET IT !!!
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!
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?
I think this is one side of the argument. But I see a different side. The Bulgarians or Eastern Europeans are heavily funded from big money organizations. They have offered me money to run my property, all upfront(in spring) and they have made the same offer to other neighbors. They are also buying large tracts of land at above market prices. As someone who cares about the livability and character of my neighborhood, this is a problem. I don't want my hood to turn into a third world feeling, drug producing, gun toting(yes they shoot all the time) place. I will admit, I prefer loggers, hippys, and the other unique characters that have lived in these hills and I really don't like the big money people AT ALL. All races included, but the organized crime people in particular. Which happen to be Eastern European at this time.
Of course there are friendly bulgys, that's not the point! It's the bigger picture. I'm sure I could write up a great story about a wonderful plantation owner back in the good old days, but that doesn't mean it's an acceptable way to do things in the bigger picture. We need to police our rural neighborhoods ourselves or the police and f&g are going to be all over us, as they are beginning to do. Time to wake up and stop the p.correct handwringing people. That's my opinion!
Talk about too little, too late. By this time next year pot will be legalized in California and anyone will be able to buy weed at the corner grocery store. The entire "medical marijuana" industry will cease to exist once anyone can buy it over the counter without a prescription.
Slim down with pot? News to me and the rest of my fat, smokin' buddies.
Maybe I'm not smokin' enough.
If I smoke more will I finally get slim again?
Good for the Eureka City Council.
It's about time they realized it's almost 2017 with legalization, hopefully, just around the corner.
Gooberments better pull their collective heads out because the bad old days of trying to use scare tactics to put down pot are long over.
Smoke 'em if ya got 'em.
I just drove the Mattole road from Ferndale into AW Way Campground for a few days, a quick stop into Honeydew for gas and EVERY person who passed us on the road waved. The waves were enthusiastic, consistent and each came with a smile. Was it my classic Ford 4x4 that provoked the locals to be friendly? Did they know of my Portuguese decent from my grandfather and great aunt who immigrated to Ferndale in the 60's? I highly doubt it. Just the most friendly warm folks I've come across in Humboldt. Pordagees, Bulgarians, eastern European who knows. What I can confirm is I had a great experience and felt welcome! Leaving Ferndale when I was a child to return to Humboldt as an adult, all i can say is Thank you!
Great article, LOVE the bridge!
I find the Bulgarians of Humboldt County to be extremely polite and amagable. I think the reason they get a bad rap is because they are good at what they do. Their professionalism in their work is extremely apparent. They take greater risks then their neighbors. Therefore greater reward. All interactions I have had have been pleasant. They might even be willing to help you out as a neighbor if your not a bigot. America is a country of immigrants, it's a melting pot of cultures. If you don't like culture start packing.
this is a great article! thank you for sharing without prejudice!
No one is "from around here" except the Natives who were wiped out in the 1800's.
Yet again Linda, your gentle touch belies the razor sharp edge of the journalistic knife you wield with the precision of a surgeon. You have that rare ability to see the real behind the assumed truths that so many of us find easier to accept. You then present it in a manner that enlightens and educates without rancor or malice, with sensitivity and unwavering commitment to that truth. All communities have raw spots caused by a continued acceptance of assumed truths that are not valid but nonetheless commonly accepted by that community because the assumption is more comfortable and less threatening than the unvarnished truth. We guard our assumptions jealously, they provide justification for the prejudges we carry but won't acknowledge. It might be apt to note that forty some years ago, the communities and established families of the Mattole were faced with the invasion of their home ground by another group of foreigners that lived in ways that were reputed to be a threat to the established ways of the existing Mattole society. Fortunately the 'old timers' saw past the assumption of those newly arrived oddballs representing a dangerous, uncontrollable, and uncivilized threat, shook their hand, sold them some land-on an owner carry handshake-and taught them how to dig waterbars. And I've lived here ever since.
Linda, you demonstrate a maturity of perception and an unwavering commitment to fair, just and honest treatment of those uncomfortable raw spots in our communities that is so needed in today's world. But then I think I know where you learned a lot of that so it shouldn't surprise me.. Again thank you for saying what needs to be said so well, with so much compassion. You are one hell of a journalist and our Mattole community is much richer for your efforts.
You make me proud. Excellent Journalism!
you are incorrect in stating that it has only been less than 20 years since the eastern Europeans arrived in southern Humboldt mountains. its been almost twice that long that some of them have been well known. however, nice article. thank you.
Thank you for the outstanding piece. Racism doesn't belong in our community and either do the people who fuel it. It's disgusting to read the post of some and hear the hate they spread. Most of generational TRUE HUMBOLDT families deirved from immigration movements. My family came from Eastern Europe in the late 1800's worked their asses off for everything they received and still to this day own our orginial property they purchased in 1946. So... I'm very sorry to those who's choose to sell out their family land and are now bitter about it. When I travel the back roads of Humboldt I see more tweekers driving like assholes than Bulgarians.
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