Buzzkillers Aim to Kill Cannabis Initiative

“Parents, grandparents and concerned citizens of California have filed paperwork to form a political action committee to defeat the November initiative that will help legalize marijuana,” announced a group of busybodies known as Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (BUZZKILL).

Sorry, that should have read CALM.

“Our children’s future is at stake: they will see smoking marijuana as harmless and use will go up leading to increased high school dropouts, gangs, crime, drugged driving and a myriad of other social problems,” says CALM’s president and joyless spinster, Carla Lowe.

The, ahem, grass-roots movement (shouldn’t that be grass-killing movement?) understands legalization proponents plan to spend $20 million on television ads to educate the masses. They hope CALM can try to match this through small donations from thousands of spoil sports.

They toss stats claiming cannabis consumption will increase 40 percent if the voter initiative passes, and that the $1.4 billion legalization backers say will be raised through state taxes on buds is:

inflated;
a drop in the bucket (“a mere 1% of state income”);
and would be more than wiped out by what would be spent to combat social ills created by legalization.

Meanwhile, local governments are not financially equipped to deal with legalization, CALM claims.

“In order to protect the public, drugs like cannabis that have potential adverse health effects need to be standardized, packaged, and regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration,” says Forest Tennant, a physician and former West Covina mayor, in the CALM formation announcement.

“The idea that every city and county in California has the ability to safely and competently control aspirin, much less a dangerous drug like cannabis, is an idea that is laughable and must be rejected.”

That exact same quote appears in a column by Cliff Kinkaid, editor of the conservative Accuracy in Media Report, that builds its case against legalization by claiming compassionate use “is already out of control in California” because Pentagon shooter John Patrick Bedell had a medical marijuana card.

Interestingly, the column’s main point is to slam a “silly column” by Steve Chapman on the conservative Townhall.com, which is owned by the Christian firm Salem Communications, that claims marijuana legalization would undermine the power of Mexican drug cartels and usher in a new era of peace and tranquility north of the border.

The title of Kinkaid’s piece? “Dopey Conservatives for Dope.”

– Article from OCWeekly.

Comments

14 Comments

  1. Medicinal Mike on

    “Our children’s future is at stake: they will see smoking marijuana as harmless and use will go up leading to increased high school dropouts, gangs, crime, drugged driving and a myriad of other social problems,” says CALM’s president and joyless spinster, Carla Lowe.”

    I can not comment on the part where she is a joyless spinster, since I have never met the person, but I can comment on what she said. I agree. our children’s future is at stake. Yes they will see Cannabis as harmless because that is the plain truth. Yes, I understand that there can be some problems around smoking the plant, but there are so many safe ways of consuming this that the little damage that may happen due to smoking it can be totally taken away. Cannabis users tend to be smart people. I was an Electronics Genius in High School and got recruited to go to R.C.C. in Toronto in the early 80’s. In one year I got a certificate as a Reflexologist AND my Electronics Degree. So I must be one of those dropout types you claim will happen. As far as drugged driving goes, all the tests I have seen have shown that stoned drivers perform better than when they are straight. Please explain that one to me? The next item is the nebulus social problems you refer to. In Holland where it is legal to buy and use cannabis products, they have seen gang numbers drop, crime go way way down and addicts who want treatment get off the hard stuff. They treat it as a health issue, not an enforcement issue. We already are living in a police state, how much worse can it get? So What I gather Amanda is, you either are all for the police acting like thugs, killing innocent children, killing dogs (luckily that little corgi the cops shot the other day has survived)(why did they shoot a tiny little cute dog like that?) and you must love it when they go into the wrong address, kill and do dammage just to find out they killed the wrong guy. You must be in support of these things in order to have the stand you have chosen. I would really re-think what it is that you are saying. Our children need to have the truth told to them, not the lies you keep on spouting in your ignorance.

  2. John on

    http://www.cannabisclub.ca/cc/rx.html
    These fuckers cant get anything right. Hopefully they get sued.
    Oh, Watch the death/violence threats guys. I have seen where similar comments, were lifted from forums and used to generate sympathy, and give publicity to Individuals and causes. This Bitch could Get FOX News, and start a shitstorm.

  3. Anonymous on

    It’s sites like this that show that the anti-legalization movement is desperately trying to tread water.

    Typo #1: “Our children’s future are in your hands…” Yep, that is their motto on the front page.

    Typo #2: Not really a typo, but the theme they used for the site is called “Blue Weed”

    I’m actually going to stop here because the more you probe this site, the more it becomes apparent that these people do nothing more than copy and paste the lies they find on the DEA website.

    Keep up the good work California. Maybe some day the rest of the world will get a clue.

  4. Concerned Parent on

    i am so concerned about some people’s stupidity about this matter… you could not have said it better!! watch your own bobber

  5. Concerned Parent on

    i am so concerned about some people’s stupidity about this matter… you could not have said it better!! watch your own bobber

  6. Anonymous on

    Can’t fight against the youth, cause we’re strong and we’re rude rude people!
    Can’t fight against the youth, cause we’re strong and we’re rude rude people!
    Can’t fight against the resistance, whoa right now and we’re rude rude people!

  7. Anonymous on

    So these people want to get the legalization pulled of the ballot in novemeber? I guess they don’t believe in democracy. You know the people choosing there laws, instead of a few conservative a-holes choosing the laws? So 20 million on ad campaigns. I hope that they put a bounty on Carla Lowe’s head. This person deserve to be shot in the head. Id pay for that.

  8. Anonymous on

    So what these parents are saying is that if its legal its ok to do and safe???
    I have a 5 year old boy and I definitely wont be telling him cigarettes, alcohol and FU##king McDonald’s is safe. But its legal so it must be, Or that medical marijuana shows kids that its safe. Then why do they have commercials and whatnot telling you to keep meds in a safe medicine cabinet, I mean do you tell your children that your xanax and oxy’s are safe ??? I guess so cause their medically legal… Intelligent people see this and that argument isn’t going to work anymore. Plus let us teach our kids as individual parents not a whole. I keep hearing about the children the children worry about yours and let us handle ours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. George on

    These people have to realize that the people who want to use marijuana are already using it, it’s that simple!!

  10. Anonymous on

    Alcohol and cigarettes are much better for you kids…

  11. Anonymous on

    Bet these opponents have all lot of thier retirement funds invested in the oil and pharma companies.

  12. Anonymous on

    if user rates are going to go up then so be it. that is what the people want. and they vote what should be deemed as accepetable in this society.

    that should thus mean that there will be another 40 percent that would like this legal on top of those that use it now. great.

    lets think about this. they are saying that about 60-75 percent of people will use cannabis but the government should say no to it? why cause kids will get it? they need to know that prohibition ensures kids get it.
    if it were legal they could concentrate on kids and school drug dealers.

    someone seriously needs to put an end to these claims that costs for social harms will skyrocket. this needs to rebutted in a major way. this should be publicised in the media and ad campaigns so that when they bring up this junk it gets laughed at. do you know how many fuddy duddies are saying right now how social costs will be huge because alcohol costs is huge. they just spew out what they get told.
    car accidents and all the rest.. as if pot even causes that much costs.
    they do not know, they are straight people.
    for years now, people have been working out thier own dose rates and lets look at the social costs.
    bugger all. i can be free to decide how much spirits i will drink cant i???

    so why would they be bigger costs when people are getting a regulated and supposedly much safer product.
    then lets bring in the real big one. law enforcement and courts and penalty. add the costs of this to the debate.

    make them see how much money they pay to TRY stop people from smoking weed. there is one reason why cops dont want this. it is so much money and it is not even effective.
    they need to know the streets will be actually safer when cops arent busting up the pot heads because they will have time and money to concentrate on real criminals and activity.

  13. Anonymous on

    “The idea that every city and county in California has the ability to safely and competently control aspirin, much less a dangerous drug like cannabis, is an idea that is laughable and must be rejected.”

    To quote a great man:

    “It ain’t no drug it just grow like that, should you so happen to set it on fire there are some effects… Aspirin is perfectly legal but if you take 13 of them motherfuckers it’ll be your last headache”

    — Kat Williams

    HAHAHA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93jQI_6G5Cw

  14. Anonymous on

    hey hopefully these medical dispensarys can raise an additional 20 million to help pay for cartel assassins to aneilate these people