Dear [Patient Name],
As many of you may know Proposition 19 – The "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act" – will be on the November 2nd ballot and we feel that it is our responsibility to provide you, our patients, with relevant information about the proposition. Below are a number of excellent resources that summarize and comment on the legal and economic ramifications of Proposition 19. We urge you to educate yourself so that we all retain the rights afforded to us for the past 15 years under Prop 215.
1) A recent review of expected legal effects was published in the October issue of The Connection Magazine, "Marijuana Patients & Lawyers Say No on 19". www.ConnectionMagazineOnline.com Download the October issue as a PDF and scroll to Page 15.
2) Many cannabis patients and users are against Prop 19. The content below has been extracted from the following website – stop19.com/2010/08/19/how-will-prop-19-affect-you
How will Prop 19 affect you?
. Are you age 18-20? You will not be allowed to consume cannabis legally under Prop 19. You will still need a medical recommendation to do so.
. Do you live in the same "space" as a minor? (Space could mean anything from the same house to an entire apartment complex.) You will not be allowed to consume cannabis.
. Do you rent your home? Prop 19 will only allow you to grow cannabis if you have permission from your landlord. Due to the risks involved, many (if not most) California landlords do not allow it.
. Do you grow cannabis with a doctor recommendation? Prop 19 may be interpreted by law enforcement and judges to limit your grow space to 5'x5'.
. Do you provide your extra medical cannabis to dispensaries? It may be a crime to do so if Prop 19 passes. In addition, large Oakland growers and tobacco companies will take control of the market and push you out.
. Do you currently have to use your medical cannabis anywhere but home? Prop 19 may prevent patients from using their medicine anywhere in public. Which for many people with illnesses is not always possible.
. Do you sell your extra medical cannabis to other medical patients? Prop 19 may make this practice illegal. Even if you are only selling it to cover your growing cost.
. Do you currently enjoy the use of cannabis free from Government interference? Not only will the Government impose excessive taxes under Prop 19, but the federal government will likely respond with unprecedented action against California cannabis users. "The federal Controlled Substances Act makes it a felony to grow or sell cannabis. California can repeal its own marijuana laws, leaving enforcement to the feds. But it can't legalize a federal felony. Therefore, any grower or seller paying California taxes on marijuana sales or filing pot-related California regulatory paperwork would be confessing, in writing, to multiple federal crimes."
3) Please find a comprehensive summary and review of positions both FOR and AGAINST Proposition 19 on this website: http://www.ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_19,_the_Marijuana_Legalization_Initiative_%282010%29
We hope that this information is helpful in your decision-making regarding Prop 19.
In Health and Happiness,
Hanya Barth, M.D.
Compassionate Health Options
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