Will Humboldt Vote to Free the Weed?
Reuters posted an article this morning titled California marijuana legalization faces unlikely foe: growers. They interview several anti-Proposition 64 growers. Then, in spite of citing the vote being evenly split between the pro Prop. 64 and the anti Prop 64 in two growers organizations, the article reports that growers in the area are against Proposition 64. (No, we can’t make sense of that either. Doesn’t an even split mean a tie?)
The article does address why some of the growers are against the proposition though. It states,
The California Growers Association took a neutral stance after a recent poll among its 750 farmers, distributors and retailers found a split: 31 percent supported, 31 percent opposed, and 38 percent were undecided.The larger Prop. 64 debate has focused on moral, social and health consequences of legalized pot use, but growers’ concerns are more prosaic. Some fear going legit will mean too much red tape and burdensome oversight. Some fear an onslaught of big business – and competition that could wipe them out.
In spite of the even split between pro and anti voters reported among the two growers’ organizations discussed in the piece, the article only quotes one pro legalization grower. The article states,
Chrystal Ortiz, a small farmer and operations manager for the Sun Growers Guild, said she supports Prop 64 because it would eliminate or reduce most criminal penalties, as well as prior convictions, for marijuana offenses.
“Primarily black and brown underprivileged people are the ones being affected by the illegality of cannabis,” she said.
With the world watching and even writing songs about the vote,
we’d like to take an informal and, undoubtedly, inaccurate survey of what voters here are likely to do.
Just click yes or no and then press “VOTE.” You may only vote once and the voting closes on October 11. Yes, you can game this but…why?
Also feel free to chime in with your opinion in the comment section.