Control & Tax: Legalization of Cannabis

Cross-posted from Sum of Change

On Friday, April 23rd 2010, I got the chance to sit down with Dale Sky Clare, the Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University and the Spokesperson for Control and Tax Cannabis 2010. We talked about the upcoming ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in California, and what factors are helping people make their decisions, such as the rising number of citizens asking questions like “what is CBD” and “can I use this to treat my chronic pain?”

California’s November vote is going to be one to watch. Recent polling has demonstrated that Californians favor the legislation. Nationwide, 56% of people believe cannabis should be regulated along the lines of alcohol and 60% support medical use (Quick shout out to News Junkie Post for linking to a pdf of the poll, I found numerous articles on this poll with no link to the actual results. It is disgustingly negligent to not provide your readers with information you are sourcing that is so easy to provide). It should be noted that cannabis comes in a number of forms, but is usually purchased as a harvested bud or as a seed (sold from Royal Seed Bank for example) which can then be grown into a plant. It can be processed in many different ways depending on the provider. For example, weed-crew may process their bud differently from another group, and this may affect your experience. Because of this it is important for consumers to be educated on the different terms and what they mean. As a step towards that, we discussed how hash, manufactured with the assistance of a freeze dryer, is one of many forms cannabis can take, as well as talking over matters like edibles versus THC, and other form factors for the drug.

The Control and Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign is pushing both an economic and moral message. Ms Clare comes to this with a unique perspective, having taught the D.A.R.E program, and spent a lot of time talking about the dangers of an underground market.

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