ReasonTV traveled to Oaksterdam University to talk to ReformCA, a group of activists representing several cannabis groups across California. The group is chaired by Oaksterdam University, President Dale Sky Jones.
ReformCA recently filed The Control, Regulate, And Tax Cannabis Act of 2016. It is one of several initiatives up for vote next year.
“Marijuana enforcement has been fundamental to the erosion of our Constitutional rights.” – Abdi Soltani
What Is Going On In California In 2016?
Right now, there are about 10 different initiatives up for vote. In 2010, Prop 19, which would have made California the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, failed with only 48% of the vote. In 2016, the voters will be gearing up to add California to its rightful place as a recreational mecca of the world. Producing 60 – 70% of the United States cannabis, and one-sixth of its economy, when California goes full green, it will mark the tipping point, and many believe the rest of the country will shortly follow suit.
“California represents one-sixth of the US economy. So goes California, so goes the rest of the nation, and likely the rest of the world. Everyone is watching… ” – Dale Sky-Jones
The only concern for California right now is that with several different propositions to vote for, the majority needed for any one to pass might be spread between multiple propositions, leaving none actually passing. This is why it is so important for groups like ReformCA to get together and make sure that they work together to help voters be aware of the options and what they are trying to accomplish.
Lessons Learned From Prop 19:
Some of the lessons that the group feels they have learned from 2010 are that Prop 19 was poorly worded and thought out. Hezekiah Allen even campaigned against it. They didn’t have the numbers for recreational legalization, it was an off-election year, and the nation wasn’t ready. Now, going into 2016 with Colorado, Washington State, Alaska, Washington DC, and Oregon as examples of the do’s and don’ts, the group feels they can accomplish their goals.
“…there’s proof the sky has not fallen. All of the scare tactics, the ‘marijuana madness’that has been put forth by those that prefer to keep the failed status quo have been proven wrong, and at a certain point we can hold people accountable to the lies they have told. ” – Dale Sky-Jones
Watch this video, and read up on the various initiatives up for vote in 2016. It is time to tip the scales for justice and freedom, not just for California, but for everyone.