Robert Field Endorses Prop 19

Guest post by Robert Field from Common Sense Drug Policy (CSDP).

Again and again I underestimated what California reformers would be able to accomplish. I sat docilely with fingers crossed while they repeatedly carried the ball across the goal lines.

Clearly Richard Lee has seized leadership and launched us in what history might call “the final battle.” Many of us advised waiting until the presidential year of 2012. But Richard sensed the time has come and put himself and his wealth fully behind the effort.

It doesn’t matter how we got here. After decades of efforts which started in the 1980s with Arnold Trebach and Kevin Zeese fanning the ember of reform when such sentiments were considered signs of lunacy, we now have the opportunity to triumph.

As goes California, goes most of the nation! In my opinion, and I understand that others whom I admire reason otherwise, we must not turn our backs now on our refrom and harm reduction movements’ ultimate effort.

We don’t have to win in 2010. But we must make a good showing. If we don’t all pull our oars and we take a shellacking, the movement will pay a high price for years to come. So once more I don my reformer’s garb and urge that we pull together – I mean each and every individual and reform and harm reduction organization – and throw our unqualified support behind Proposition 19. No more excuses; just hard work!

These are difficult times and there are many mouths to feed, but I am contributing $10,000 to the effort, although I wish that circumstances permitted me to do much more as I have in the past. I encourage everyone else to make their own contribution, be it with their time, energy and, where possible, money. Now is the moment; let’s seize it!



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    Russians urged to smoke and drink more

    Friday September 03 2010

    MOSCOW — Smoke and drink more, Russia’s finance minister Alexei Kudrin said to citizens on Wednesday, explaining that higher consumption would help lift tax revenues for spending on social services.

    “If you smoke a pack of cigarettes, that means you are giving more to help solve social problems such as boosting demographics, developing other social services and upholding birth rates,” Kudrin said, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

    “People should understand: Those who drink, those who smoke are doing more to help the state,” he said, offering unconventional advice as the Russian government announced plans to raise excise duty on alcohol and cigarettes.

    Alcohol and cigarette consumption are already extremely high in Russia, where 65 percent of men smoke and the average Russian consumes 18 litres of alcoholic beverages per year, mainly vodka, according to official statistics.

    Russian duties on cigarettes are among the lowest in Europe, with most brands priced at around 40 rubles ($1.30) per pack and unfiltered cigarettes selling for much less.

    The finance ministry in June announced plans to more than double excise duty on cigarettes over the next three years from 250 roubles per 1,000 filtered cigarettes to 590 roubles in 2013.

    The move is likely to be unpopular in the nicotine-addicted nation where a cigarette shortage in the late 1980s and early 1990s incited protests and led then-president Mikhail Gorbachev to appeal for emergency outside shipments.

    The state recently imposed a new minimum legal price for vodka, implemented a zero tolerance ban on drink-driving and banned night-time sales of alcohol to curb abuse blamed for the deaths of thousands of Russians every year.

    Alcohol abuse kills around 500,000 Russians annually and greatly impacts male life expectancy, which is lower than in such developing countries as Bangladesh and Honduras, according to official figures.

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    Robert Field here just happens to have an extra $ 10,000 kicking around he is pumping into Prop 19, and he;s doing this because he is a patriotic stoner.. Probably not- I wonder what piece of the BILLION DOLLAR PIE he is getting–
    10G is not lunch money- that sort of payout to an established political party would raise eyebrows all the way to Washington.

    Domestic Drug Pirates are swimming up to the money barge and they want to take it over, grow the easiest weed in the world and slap us all with a high ticket price..they are slutting for state legislator pimps, What a terrible team
    Ex drug dealers and elected state government officials working together to take over the black market..good people are dry heaving at this outrage

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    will ask how many of Rich Lees d$gits are ending up in these supporters accounts

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    so Mr Ed, you have invited yet another impartial genius to share his personal views about your future life as a millionaire grower for the corrupt state of California
    keep parading them out- its like asking flies if they love shit
    Its hilarious reading all this hype, but we are not buying any of it.
    Californians deserve better than a cardboard future run by Pirates