U.S. Congresswoman on CNN: Contemplates Legal Cannabis "Pilot Program" In California

Politicians these days just can’t seem to stop talking about pot — and for the first time in decades, this is a good thing!
No longer are lawmakers’ marijuana-centric conversation based upon the notion of penalizing cannabis consumers. Today, an unprecedented number of politicians are contemplating a society that is no longer bound by the chains of marijuana prohibition.
Speaking live on CNN this morning, California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez cited the west coast’s majority support for regulating cannabis like alcohol — as acknowledged by NORML’s recent Zogby poll — and called for a statewide “pilot program” to objectively assess the impact of cannabis legalization upon adult society.
“Well, certainly, I have seen in my own state of California, people over and over voting … [on] the whole issue of marijuana,” Sanchez said. “So maybe it would be a good pilot program to see how that regulation of marijuana might happen in California since the … majority of Californians believe maybe that should happen.”
Sanchez’s comments come two weeks after the introduction of proposed state legislation, AB 390: the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act, which seeks to tax and regulate the adult sales of cannabis in California. So far, thousands of members of the cannabis community, as well as several pundits from the mainstream press, have voiced their support for AB 390. Are lawmakers listening?
U.S. Representative Sanchez most certainly is — and she’s not alone.
If you are reading this blog, then you already know that cannabis prohibition is a fraud and a failure. You know these facts, but today millions of your friends and neighbors — and even many of your elected officials — are just now waking up to these truths. And they, like Congresswoman Sanchez, are becoming more and more outspoken in their criticisms of prohibition.
Let’s encourage them to keep talking.

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  1. congresswoman sanchez, assemblymen ammiano god bless you both for taking the lead on pot legalization! i believe all states should get involved with pilot programs. if you legalize tax and regulate not only would this help our crippled economy but these thug cartels would make no more money off drugs. this is the only picture left. this failed war on drugs has now come to what we see at the mexican border.let’s hit these bastards where it hurts and let our people go free. we cannot keep locking people up for pot and fight these creep cartels. pot should be legal. the hard drugs i don’t believe should be.but if pot is legalized that would cut into 60% of their profits. then with that money saved we could send more police army etc.. down to the border finish that fence and stop these assholes from coming into our great land.let’s get pot legal first!

  2. this is huge. come one guys and voice your support for the marijuana legalization bill if you haven’t done so all ready by calling the california legislature. There is light at the end of this tunnel after all

  3. Now THAT’s the sort of thing that gets me excited.This is something real that I can see, hear and feel happening as I sit here hoping for change.
    The progress out in California is where it’s at right now. They can set the precedence with a pilot program, without a doubt. If they get it right, the whole nation will see just how silly we’ve been to prohibit responsible, adult use of marijuana all these years.
    Forget the new drug czar. Forget everyone else. California’s going to enlighten the world. The rest will follow.

  4. It’s a good idea to try a pilot program to see how legalized marijuana plays out. I sense it will be a little different than anyone can predict now, but it will be fascinating to see how a legal market affects availability, retail prices, product quality, and tax revenues. And, will hemp farming be allowed? Will non-medical home growers be taxed? Is the Federal government ready to finally allow such an experiment?

  5. After a lot of thought on the subject, I have come to the conclusion that I don’t even care if THIS government legalizes marijuana or not. It’s not even relevant anymore. The government, that is. It’s a sad state of affairs when I go to the John Stewart Daily Show to get my news instead of to mainstream media. That MSM also includes the internet version of bland irrelevance.
    Living in a world in which only idiots make the news or political office leads one to the conclusion our society is already in a state of chaos and is out of touch with the needs of it’s citizens. Capitalism isn’t dead, but it is in strong need of change. A change that our government is unwilling to enact. Do you think that Madoff is anything more than the tip of an iceberg composed of nothing but greed?
    As Bill Hicks once famously said, “All we have to do is make the choice between love and fear.” Of course, anyone who brings that question to the fore-front is instantly killed. Just think of the names, Mahatma Ghandi, Jesus Christ, Malcolm X (the end days for him, after he exposed the Black Muslim heirarchy), Martin Luther King, Jr. (my personal hero and killed in my home state. And yes, I grew up as a South Georgia Cracker. Born 5 years before the Civil Rights Act of 1965). They were all killed for preaching love over fear. That is our society.
    Until we change that thought process, we will continue to have the constant state of war we have enjoyed since WWI. Until we change that thought process, we will continue to have greed remain the driving force of all our businesses and political processes and religions. Until we change that thought process, I will continue to refuse to fund terrorism through the payment of taxes. Until we change that thought process, the U.S. can have nothing from me anymore, other than my contempt. The 10 years I gave this country in the military, I spit upon. Any country that chooses fear over love demands and will receive my contempt. And a country is comprised of all it’s citizens. Until we stand up and tell them all to back the f*ck off, we will be trampled upon and we will deserve it. This marks my date of refusing to participate in the madness that has spawned the depression we are in now. And the madness of the decline of the most wonderful shining light of liberty the world ever saw. All because this government is too corrupt and ignorant. A government that seemingly reflects it’s citizens quite accurately. Peace no more, Jim Lunsford

  6. Hey all, I live in La Mesa, CA, a city of 60,000 just east of San Diego. California is totally ready for this move. As of now getting caught with under an ounce is just a slap on the wrist, and we have medical dispensaries all over the place. I personally think everything will stay the same if we legalize pot out here, the only difference is that violence will be lessened, especially in the san diego area where we get a lot of the cartels from Tijuana dealing drugs.
    This will also be a good example to our younger citizens, by telling them the truth and giving the straight facts. AB 390 would assist them in drawing distinctions between marijuana and hard drugs. Because I remember at age 11, I didn’t know if meth was really any worse than pot, because they were all illegal.
    I called my rep, and I hope if you live in the great state of California you will too. My favorite TV series is “Weeds” on shotime. It’s about a suburban house widow that deals pot to help support her family. I wounder what kind show season 6 will be when it’s legalized??? It seems like Nancy might need to find a new career, or start or her own business legally 🙂

  7. I saw this on my way to work in the AM. I had perma grim all day. I want this lady as my rep. or better yet president.

  8. i hope that the program will work and people will pull their heads out of their asses about making pot illegal.weed is not a drug simplely a medicine to help people get by in everyday life with all the stuff thats goining on, it would make sense to let people deal with their stress daily.Also it is hurting our economy because we are putting people in jail that dont belong there and their wasting our tax dollars because of this. instead of arresting these people why dont they go after coke herion meth crack dealers instead of the pothead that sit on his couch all day. why do we waste the manpower of our police force?

  9. Rise up ye marijuana smoker for the time of enlightenment draws near! A marijuana smoker is not a criminal and we can’t afford to put all the enlightened ones into jails any longer.

  10. Pot is a medicinal herb not a DRUG!!!
    Legalize it, tax it and lets get back to being the United States, not the Divided States!
    I’m amazed that the Dems have been so slow about changing the drug laws, since tricky Dick Nixon used drug law enforcement as a way to lower the number of liberal voters.
    Watergate wasn’t his only trick!!!

  11. Please don’t tell people its not a drug it makes you look like an idiot. Of course its a drug. I do agree with you about legalization. After watching speakers from LEAP(law enforcement against prohibition) I now agree with them that ALL drugs should be legal.

  12. I can’t wait to see what impact NORML’s television ads will have on shedding a light on the travesty of prohibition!

  13. I live near Denver, and can only hope California gets this pilot program running. Colorado would follow suit, there’s no doubt about it.
    ITS GOING TO HAPPEN IN OUR LIFETIMES. Can you guys feel it?

  14. It’s finally starting to get personal for the conservatives, in terms of gun laws. Maybe now they’ll wake up. And I’m with you guys, all of this pro-marijuana media coverage is orgasmic.

  15. Jim L. wrote
    “They were all killed for preaching love over fear. That is our society.”
    Come on Jim ,lighten up a little.There are a LOT of good people in this country,many who are working to change things, but change takes time , prejudices do not die easily.
    IF, or more positively ,WHEN ,Cannabis becomes legal we,the Cannabis Community ,will have a huge responsibility on our backs, to show our fellow citizens that we are NOT a bunch of crazy potheads , and that WE are not going to drag the society into wreck and ruin.

  16. We need to all send NORML 5 or 10 dollars….just 10 dollars from O’ (I don’t kno?) 10,000 potheads (I kno there are many more). That is 100,000 buck-olies. tell me we couln’t be heard backing that kinda loot.
    NOW….let’s overshoot that estimation–10,000 goes to 50,000. That would equal 500,000 dollars………….. man if potheads could unite!!

  17. hi ….
    I live in Holland where mariuhana is legalised.
    the problem is that american people dont understand that if u seperate a soft drug like mariuhana from hard drugs like heroine and cocaine by selling it from stores where u only can buy and use maiuhana people wont easaly progress to hard drugs, cause their seller (street dealer) does NOT have these kind of drugs and can not deliver them to customers who wants them.
    mariuhana does not lead to doing stronger drugs. like alcohol does not lead to druk driving, bujt yes it can ! but thats the choice of the person himself
    so seperate marihuana from strong drugs and their will be much less crime related marihuana (for example bootlegging in america, begin 1900 the cumming up of al capone and when it stoped (the law on not drinking) the crime went quietly away) …. pls be open minded people a person may c hoose in life what he wants to do, if that action does not hurt any body person or animal …..
    good luck

  18. Just for my friend Eric, something for you to contemplate on 🙂
    a. chemical substances prepared and sold as pharmaceutical items, either by prescription or over the counter.
    1. a flowering plant whose stem above ground does not become woody.
    2. such a plant when valued for its medicinal properties, flavor, scent, or the like.
    I think those that are stupid were the ones who connived to have Marijuana classified as a drug!

  19. i agree with what anonymous said jim. Its a very exciting time for everyone,so control…. Bradson,this is going to be a quite the trip… hopefully this can help pull liberty back to her feet. As transparent as the pres.Obama has made it,we will all be able to see the recovery of our country. The state of Tn.is hopefully watching.. Funny what a weed can do.Mrs sab.

  20. I was arrested last June for growing cannibis.I think that it is stupid that the government is wasting tax payers money for a Drug War that seems to go backwards instead of forward.They need to Legalize it soon before it gets worst specially around the Mexican borders.Marijuana should not be a major concern for the Police Officials,don’t they know the more important issues like Murderers, Child Molesters,and Rapest need more prosecutions.Legalize it, that means tax it, regulate it, and let me one day be able to grow it again without fear that I will be in trouble again!!!!!!!I lived in San Franciaco, I should had never left there!!

  21. contact the congress woman at her governmemt web site ,u can find it at the normal web site, and thank her for her stand on this issue

  22. Wow, amazing news. I really hope some fool doesn’t mess this up for all of us and do something extremely stupid when high so the media can blow it up into some huge thing.

  23. lighten up? Are you kidding me? If it was something to lighten up about, then why do you feel compelled to hide your name with the moniker “Anonymous”? You are relying upon criminals who profit from it being illegal to make weed legal. Get real. Pot heads always think that maybe these evil lawyers, politicians, etc. just need to “understand” what is going on and they would then legalize weed. Get real. They do understand. They are motivated by either extreme amounts of greed, stupidity, or both. Lighten up? Maybe you should belly up to the bar and back up your words with a real name like I use. As long as you believe the same system which has kept us classified as criminals are the source for the solution, then you are not capable of giving sound advice. Sort of like the same mistake the Cherokees made when they kept asking Andrew Jackson for help from the whites in Georgia. They got the “Trail of Tears” for their efforts of attempting to have someone else do their fighting for them. And they deserved it. Lighten up? Not hardly. Our government is corrupt, and if it legalizes weed, it will only be because they are afraid of us. And those of you who remain “anonymous” are nothing to be afraid of. Jim

  24. If you are in California & have a Myspace…
    Join “Californians For A.B. 390”

  25. Finally are congressmen/women are listen to the public and opening up to legalizing mother nature again.

  26. Finally are congressmen/women are listening to the public and opening up to legalizing mother nature again.

  27. Stewart Wechsler
    2009 01 16
    We need to have some legislator introduce a bill to eliminate the statute of limitations for the possession of marijuana. To make sure there is no hypocrisy of lawmakers sending less powerful people to jail for engaging in an activity that they and their supporters have engaged in themselves, there will be a thorough investigation to determine if any lawmakers or their campaign contributors have used this substance in the past and to ensure that these lawmakers and their contributors serve the maximum term in jail that poor people are now serving for the same activity. This investigation of legislators and their contributors must precede any other enforcement of this law. If it is determined that over 10% of the legislature have used this substance in their past, both this law and the laws that criminalize this activity will be declared null and void and all people now serving jail time for this same activity will be released immediately with provisions for adjustment to life outside of jail.
    I couldn’t have said it better.Thank you Stewart.

  28. I’m not a drug or a pot user but it has always been my opinion pot should be legal. when i heard about this i thought finally they may have come to thier senses. this is the first time i’ve been to your website but not the last.reggie jones

  29. Prohibition has brought us organized crime that now has enough money guns and manpower to take on the government of Mexico in an all out war. We better hope they don’t take down the government there. Can you imagine that the country bordering the United States being run be a drug cartel. It would make Hitler and his war look like a school yard fight. The only way to stop this from happening is to lift prohibition. If marijauna were legalized regulated and taxed it would take the vast majority of money out of the hands of these cartels and put it back in the U.S. where it could be used for many positive things. It is time for all of us to speak out on this issue. Please take the time to write , cal or contact your elected officals and tell them you support this movement in California. God Bless California for showing us the way again.

  30. Why don’t you get off the couch and maybe at least hear what your wife has to say? Apparently, you only smoke to escape life, not to contribute to it. So please, if you are too afraid of life to fight for it, stop preaching to others. We have enough cowards. We have enough people too afraid to rock the boat. In fact, this site is full of them. How else can you explain how if so many people are in favor of weed being legalized, that it still isn’t? Because the world is full of people too afraid to take a stand.

  31. I think usa should legalize cannabis and decriminalize others. Put our wounded addicts in treatment, not jail.
    Cannabis is a wild plant.

  32. I don’t live in California, but will get there as son as I can. I have to say this though. I see sooooooooo many people out there on the net, blogging and talking. Why hasn’t this happened already? It’s because there is too much money in it for the politicians. By “IT”, I mean imprisoning marijuana offenders. Not to mention the political capital that is used while politicians look tough on crime. The only way this will work is to make it more politically appealing to the people that make these laws. Sort of the political “wiifm” (what’s in it for me) We have been sporting big numbers that support the money that can be saved and revenue generated. I believe these to be true. However, beware of those that will do whatever it takes to torpedo these numbers. I am looking at a ten year mandatory minimum sentence for trafficking marijuana. I don’t have a sungle drug charge on my record and, with the exception of a DWI, my record is clean. Yet, my life is going to be destroyed forever becasue of these laws. Legalizing it will be the equivielent of the Jews apologising for killing Jesus. Do you think, that, after I serve 5 years of my sentence, that the government will just say, “Oh sorry! My bad>” ? Not in a million years! I hope and pray that the voter of Cally can seriously get their stuff together. Without looking like a bunch of loser potheads that the media can point to and show pictures of on TV. Use the system like the politicians do to use us.Do it right guys! God Bless America! I’ll be there as soon as I can finish my impending sentence.

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