Mar 20 2015

Los Angeles Legalization Roundtable


Oppose Centralization of Control Over Plants

marijuana_legalize-not-monopolizeThe following discussion came in my email and I decided it was interesting enough to format it and publish it.

From: Bruce Margolin
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2015 12:44 PM
Subject: LA Legalization Roundtable 3/21: RSVP

The first Legalization Roundtable meeting in Hollywood was a success. Approximately 70 professionals — growers, dispensers, clinic owners, doctors and local leaders — joined together to provide input on the 2016 initiative.

As momentum for legalization builds across the state, the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, ReformCA and LANORML ask you to join us to continue the discussion on the important issues at play in the initiative.

March 21, 2015 at 10am – 2pm

8749 Holloway Dr
West Hollywood, CA 90069
United States

Read more and RSVP at:

From: Donna Lambert
To: Letitia Pepper
Cc: Bruce Margolin ; SFBay Cannabis Community ; Global ; Save Cannabis
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:01 AM
Subject: Re: LA Legalization Roundtable 3/21: RSVP

Carefully calculated bullshit on their part, and it is going to get much much worse, as the lady who wrote I-502 is the “blue ribbon panel” that Dale Gierenger says he is waiting for. Cali is about to get screwed, we need a strategy for exposing all this.

We need a team of people willing to stand up and be counted.

On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 10:09 PM, Letitia Pepper wrote:

Well, Bruce, it makes sense that patients and patient advocate groups were not listed among the attendees, doesn’t it?

“As momentum for legalization builds across the state,” the tension between the for-profit-eers who want legalization without real decriminalization, and the patients who want real decriminalization along with legalization, is also going to build, just like it did over Prop. 19.

Richard Lee not only miscalculated the impact that lying to patients would have on Prop. 19, but he made it a lot harder (i.e., expensive) for the next would-be pot elites to pull something similar off.

Can Big Pharma, Big Biotech, and Big Ag put in enough money behind the scene to overcome those swing voters who are pro-cannabis but anti-mere-legalization? This should be interesting!

Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:34:17 +0000
Subject: Re: LA Legalization Roundtable 3/21: RSVP

Well, these folks — the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, ReformCA and LANORML –are organized into a cabal in order to try to create a “legalized” cartel (“cartel” is just another word for monopoly), but the people who don’t want to see California taken over by Big Biotech, Big Pharma, Big Ag and local distribution cartels controlled by the Mexican and Dutch marijuana mafia, can continue to do what they/we did in connection with Prop. 19: educate, educate, educate, expose, expose, expose.

Small groups of people who didn’t even know each other, and individuals who were angry at these folks’ lies, are the reason that more pro-cannabis, more pro-freedom, and more pro-California-farmers voters were educated to NOT vote for Prop. 19. That’s going to happen again, but on a broader scale, because of the additional people who were “radicalized” by Prop. 19

From: Ronald Deziel
To: Letitia Pepper ; Donna Lambert
Cc: Bruce Margolin ; SFBay Cannabis Community ; Global ; Save Cannabis ; California Cannabis Coalition
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 6:48 PM
Subject: RE: LA Legalization Roundtable 3/21: RSVP

Letitia et al:

At the time of Prop. 19, the issues seemed to be protection of MMJ patients and de-penalization of those unfortunate cannabis pioneers languishing in jails or laboring in open society with prison records around their necks. These focus groups still need protection in 2016, but added to them will be the new victims of hasty legalization: the yeomen farmers who have been tilling the fields or their seemingly large factory grow houses (eg, Aaron Sandusky).

I cannot vote for any legalization that dishonors the Jeffersonian tradition of the individual entrepreneur and local economies of scale. I personally dislike massive capital take-overs of emancipated cannabis. I don’t want to buy recreational pot or cannabis medicine from Con-Agra, ArcherDanielsMidland or other patent-monopolizers of the cannabis plant. “Sensimilla” takes on a Blade-Runner sinister meaning when cannabis will be without seed (for future grows) because the plant was genetically engineered to be non-reproducing.

Thanks for including me in your conversation.

Ron D.

From: Letitia Pepper
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:50 AM
To: Ronald Deziel; Donna Lambert
Cc: Bruce Margolin; SFBay Cannabis Community; Global; Save Cannabis; California Cannabis Coalition
Subject: Oppose Centralization of Control Over Plants, which = food and medicine; Re: LA Legalization Roundtable 3/21: RSVP

Well said, Ron Deziel.

We should be working toward decentralization of food and medicine, toward increasing employment opportunities for Americans where they already live, and toward diversity of agricultural products.

All the efforts of the groups like Prop. 19 and its recent reincarnation, CCPR, are pushing us in the opposite direction: toward centralization of food and medicine, lowered employment opportunities for local Californians, and toward mono crops.

Whatever initiative CCPR tries to promote will be much worse than what we have now.

Remember, to control people, you must control food. And to control food and medicine, you must control plants. To protect each person’s individual liberty, we must protect the individual’s right to grow plants for food and medicine.

From: California Cannabis Coalition
To: ‘Letitia Pepper’ ; ‘Ronald Deziel’ ; ‘Donna Lambert’
Cc: ‘Bruce Margolin’ ; ‘SFBay Cannabis Community’ ; ‘Global’ ; ‘Save Cannabis’
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1:46 PM
Subject: RE: Oppose Centralization of Control Over Plants, which = food and medicine; Re: LA Legalization Roundtable 3/21: RSVP

Many of California marijuana users are preparing for victory in anticipation of 2016. Most are unaware that multi-billion dollar, out of State corporations with federal government ties are preparing to try to dominate and control California’s marijuana industry. We are about to be ripped off and if we do nothing, we will lose all rights to grow, market or purchase weed from independent growers in our own State.

That is only the beginning. It is about to happen in Ohio. An organization calling itself “Responsible Ohio” is based in Michigan. Ohio’s entire marijuana trade will be handed to this company to provide the product for all uses. Profits go to the corporation and the feds. Farmers, growers and small business producers will be out of work. The recession will continue. All decisions about the industry will be made by the oligopoly and the federal government as to what happens to our meds. They are also planning to dissect the marijuana, extracting its two active ingredients, and processing for separate sales. If you respect the power of marijuana, the idea of this is barbaric.

No matter what happens, it’s imperative control of the California cannabis industry must lie with the people, the voters, to guarantee clean and unaltered medication. We have to head these oligopolies off with legislation to block them from achieving complete domination.

From: Letitia Pepper
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:10 PM

In response to the comment by California Cannabis Coalition about oligopolies, the problem is that getting legislation that benefits the oligopolies is easier for the oligopolies, who can afford to pay for it.

The work of oligopolies can be seen in the kind of legislation that ASA, CalNORML, the DPA, and NORML have backed, and in the initiatives they’ve also backed. Ditto CCPR, the group formerly known as the Prop. 19 profiteers and their supporters.

Any legislation or initiative that does not include complete adult decriminalization is a trick to put cannabis — and the benefits and profits therefrom — into the hands of the 1 percent and out of the hands of the 99 percent.

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