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Prop. 19: Medical marijuana patients say they were skeptical about Prop. 19 campaign [updated]

Zach Taylor, a patient at the Farmacy, a marijuana dispensary with branches in West Hollywood and other locations, said he was not surprised that voters rejected Proposition 19.

"There was so much opposition," Taylor, a hairdresser, said of the measure to legalize pot. "All of California is not so lenient as we are here."

Taylor said he voted for the initiative but believed some of the arguments against it were legitimate -- especially the concern over drugged drivers. Proposition 19 failed, 54% to 46%, in Tuesday's election. But Taylor said he expects another ballot measure to appear soon.

"It will just take time," he said. "All things take time."

JoAnna LaForce, clinical director at the Farmacy, which has about 8,000 members, said she did not consider Proposition 19 a failure.

"Having it on the ballot and having several million people vote for change is a symbolic message," said LaForce, who voted for the measure.

Other patients said they were still uncertain about legalizing recreational pot.

"The problem is I feel uninformed about the whole deal," said one patient, who did not give his name. "I'm for legalization in general, but I'm not sure what the repercussions are. I think the government has a chess move in its pocket."

[Updated, 4 p.m.: James Shaw, director of the Arts District Healing Center in downtown Los Angeles, said he voted against Proposition 19 because he considered it a threat to medicinal marijuana users.

"The way it was written did not ensure protection of medical marijuana laws," said Shaw, who is also director of the Union of Medical Marijuana Patients, a statewide group.

He said the initiative would have helped big business by creating a for- profit marijuana market.

"We're about safe access to medicine," Shaw said. "This should remain a mom-and-pop business. It should stay low key."

Shaw said his center is one of the oldest dispensaries in Los Angeles and has about 1,000 members.]


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The real reasons that many marijuana smokers didn't vote for Prop 19 hasn't been covered by the media much. Check out this site: http://no-on19.com (Marijuana Users Against Proposition 19).

this is a clear example of marijuana growers and dealers/dispensaries, as well as some of their "medical" patients (who are really recreational usually), simply voting against 19 because they didn't want to lose profits.

it's that simple. no matter how the prop 215 dispensaries spin it, it's that simple. I doubt many of them will admit that obvious conflict of interest to the media, though. Do you think they will make that admission?

Every medical user who voted no was either misled or is protecting profits they likely make. There are obvious provisions to protect their rights in the proposition with this statement "except as permitted under Health and Safety Sections 11362.5 and 11362.7 through 11362.9." Various people who sell (some with medical licenses) I know attempted to confuse a lot of people at the last second by making the proposition sound like a bad thing. The problem is there's too much political ignorance in this country and it's something that needs to be addressed.

If the medical marijuana "patients" voted against Proposition 19 because they "considered it a threat to medicinal marijuana users", all they have done is prove that marijuana does, indeed, cause long term, chronic paranoia. They have also shot themselves in the foot.


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