ALL CALIFORNIA PRO-MARIJUANA INITIATIVES FAIL TO QUALIFY FOR BALLOT. All 6 have failed.
August 30, 2012 Los Angeles, CA – California pro marijuana advocates fail to have any of their six initiatives qualify for the California ballot. "This is a devastating blow to the drug legalization movement in California, and around the nation. This year's loss of failing to qualifying for the ballot comes on
the heels of their 2010 Prop 19 failure to legalize marijuana in California. In 2008, they lost yet again. Now, in 2012, they can't even get enough people to sign their petitions. Under the Obama Administration youth drug use, especially marijuana use has risen. While the political propositions may be over in California for 2012, we hope to see the presidential candidates address this on a national level." said Dr. Paul Chabot, president of the Coalition for a Drug Free California.
1. The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Initiative. Sponsors of this initiative did not file signatures by their March 26, 2012 filing deadline.
2. The Reduced Marijuana Penalties Initiative. Sponsors of this initiative did not file signatures by their April 5, 2012 filing deadline.
3. The Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act. Sponsors of this initiative did not file signatures by their April 19, 2012 filing deadline.
4. The Cannabis Hemp and Health initiative. Sponsors of this initiative did not file signatures by their deadline of June 4 filing deadline.
5. The Medical Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Initiative. Sponsors of this initiative did not file signatures by their July 13, 2012 filing deadline.
6. The Medical Marijuana. Patient Associations. Initiative Statute. Sponsors of this initiative did not file signatures by their August 29, 2012 filing deadline.
Janice Cane, community volunteer with Drug Free RC said, "Hopefully we can turn the tide with youth marijuana use in California. For far too long we have been inundated with pro pot propaganda. It's time for the President himself to stand up and speak out. Many of the organizations who support marijuana legalization also supported Obama in 2012. This needs to be an election year issue."
John Bradford, parent liaison with the Inland Valley Drug Free Community Coalition stated, "We are thankful for the hard-work of our volunteers and stand united and ready again to fight back."
Take Back America Campaign president Roger Morgan called the marijuana organizers loss a, "nail in the coffin for drug legalization efforts in California. Given the new findings of permanent brain damage to youth who use marijuana, we hope kids pay attention, and that their parents take action.
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