California Proposition 19 (2010) – Legalize Mary Jane?

Proposition 19, also known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, is a California ballot proposition which will be on the November 2, 2010 California statewide ballot. It legalizes various marijuana-related activities, allows local governments to regulate these activities, permits local governments to impose and collect marijuana-related fees and taxes, and authorizes various criminal and civil penalties.[1] In March 2010 it qualified to be on the November statewide ballot.[2] It requires a simple majority in order to pass, and would take effect the day after the election.[3] Yes on 19 is the official advocacy group for the initiative.

Proponents[4] of Proposition 19 argue that it would help with California’s budget shortfall and redirect law enforcement resources to more dangerous crime, while opponents[5] claim that its gaps and flaws will have serious unintended consequences on public safety, workplaces, and federal funding. As of October 2010[update], even if the proposition is passed, the sale of marijuana will remain illegal under federal law via the Controlled Substances Act.[6][7][8]

While I am far from the type of person to go around mentioning when my birthday is, I feel that in this case it is within reason and serves a purpose, as according to the ballot, the proposition would become law the
very next day
after election Tuesday, which would this year equal birthday Wednesday for RB.

It has been an interesting pattern of historic events for the past two or so years as in 2008, the day after my birthday was the historic election day which set the stage for the current President Barack Obama and all proceeding events including but not limited to his own media channel here at this online publication.

I can see both sides of the story regarding the cannabis legalization debate, and would not be shocked to discover that many who thought and fought for legalization secretly will wish otherwise after the fact if and when the measure is passed as I have always held the belief that a part of the pleasurable experience (high) from Mary Jane was spawned by the fact that the substance is illicit and controlled which leads to pleasure through rebellion, and the demand for the forbidden fruit will decrease if and when its status changes and becomes no longer forbidden.

Either way, it is another testimonial of change for the history files, so lets see what happens next and if Facebook allows for cannabis ads should it become legal as opposed to the current ban imposed on would be advertisers.