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    Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    Ukiah, CA - After six months of forums, discussions, political mailers and vigorous, and sometimes vociferous, debate, Mendocino County voters finally had the opportunity to say their piece on the future of the county's marijuana policy.

    With 100 percent of the precincts reporting at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday, Measure B was winning 52.15 percent to 47.85 percent. The Elections Office recorded a 34.94 percent turnout for the election and counted 16,436 ballots.

    Provisional ballots remain to be counted.

    "We're very confident that we're going to win," Ross Liberty, spokesman for the Yes on B Coalition, said earlier in the evening.

    Measure B repeals Measure G, the county's personal use marijuana law, and sets medical marijuana possession limits in Mendocino County at the state limits of six mature or 12 immature plants and eight ounces of dried marijuana.

    Measure G was passed by county voters in 2000 and instructed law enforcement to make the prosecution of possession of 25 marijuana plants or fewer the lowest possible priority.

    No on B campaign spokeswoman Laura Hamburg said early in the evening that she was optimistic and excited about the results despite the fact that initial reports showed Measure B passing by a margin of more than 10 percent of the vote.

    "The early results are always brutal," she said. "It's the most conservative group."

    While the measure appeared to be passing from the earliest returns, Liberty said he was disappointed with the margin. Liberty said a poll conducted before Measure B was put on the ballot showed it passing with 65 percent of the vote.

    "That's my personal belief of where we were before we started," he said.

    Liberty said even if Measure B ended up passing by a narrow margin, he would still be happy with the victory.

    "It's important to win," he said.

    "We will all have done a great disservice to this county if we lose," Liberty said.

    As the evening wore on, Yes on B maintained its almost 11 percent lead, though it eventually narrowed to around 5 percent.

    Hamburg said no matter what the results of the election were, it would be counted as a victory by No on B because the campaign had created a dialogue about marijuana in Mendocino County.

    "What happens tonight is just one slice of it," she said.

    Liberty acknowledged that the fight over Measure B had been a divisive campaign and that a dialogue between the groups would be good.

    "We have more common ground than we tended to acknowledge during the campaign," he said.

    Hamburg said representatives of both campaigns as well as public health and other county entities would be meeting soon to discuss what can be done to deal with the crime and environmental degradation that often surrounds illegal marijuana grows.

    "The whole county says no to that," she said.

    All results from election night are unofficial. The definitive results will not be released until a canvas of the votes is completed, which could take up to 28 days.



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    Question Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    Color me stupid but how is reducing the amount of pot you can have count as reform?This may seem like a dumb question but how does this make anyones life better?This just eliminates the chance of a group having their stuff grown at a single location .This could be necessary for any number of reasons,but!you want to call it reform it's your baby.I just think you're fighting the wrong fight at the wrong time.Going backwards is not reform where I come from.From what I read it sounded like a nimby bill.

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    As current law stands, they must have a way to keep real medicinal growers out of prison. In California, you can still get waivers for more if you qualify.

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    Why are most of these forums, debates, etc. held in C.A. ? what about the other people? Why can't we have more action around the entire U.S. instead of just C.A. and maybe Portland, Oregon. I feel left out and lonely b/c of this. I'm just a southern girl tryin to make a statement.

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    Check out the motivator of the day! Thanks! I have to say that I'm afraid to have a voice down here in the south. The police can be brutal. But as an American I have the right to free speech. So you are right. Thanks so much

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    I will be joining the Norml chapter when I get there next month.

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    We often forget how lucky we are in places with medical marijuana laws and enlightened(to a degree)police.There are still people being beaten down and sent to prison for long sentences so let's count our blessings.I still think this bill was a backward step and disagree that it was a victory for the legalization movement.Quite the opposite.Then again,opinions are like assholes,everybody's got one.

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    Being born and raised in Southern California, I can tell you a few things, but you may not wanna hear it.

    California is home to THE most forward thinking people in the world when it comes to modern society. California has it troubles, but generally speaking, many Californians are born and raised to see each other as people, and that puts an end to many of the prejudices that cannot be overcome in order to come to a resolution on any particular topic.

    It seems to me, because of the muti-cultural, multi-racial demographics in the state, California is that much further along than the rest of the country. They have partially overcome many of the roadblocks that stop progress in a modern society.

    They have a long way to go, just like this whole nation, but history has shown what can be done when you are just that much further ahead of the curve.

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    so you folks who don't like the limits have you petitoned state courts for due process in limiting the pills a pharmacy can give out to six at a time so ukiah county doesn't break equal protection and due process by limiting MMJ but
    not big pharma pills if you limit one medication shouldn't that apply to all
    equally

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    Quote Originally Posted by Boss View Post
    Being born and raised in Southern California, I can tell you a few things, but you may not wanna hear it.

    California is home to THE most forward thinking people in the world when it comes to modern society. California has it troubles, but generally speaking, many Californians are born and raised to see each other as people, and that puts an end to many of the prejudices that cannot be overcome in order to come to a resolution on any particular topic.

    It seems to me, because of the muti-cultural, multi-racial demographics in the state, California is that much further along than the rest of the country. They have partially overcome many of the roadblocks that stop progress in a modern society.

    They have a long way to go, just like this whole nation, but history has shown what can be done when you are just that much further ahead of the curve.

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    Nah!I have family in soucal.
    Last edited by sicntired; 06-13-2008 at 09:22 PM. Reason: afterthought

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    I was born and raised in California, and have lived in 9 states. The only state that comes close is Alaska. As for the rest of the world, I can't say. There is certainly a tradeoff seeing that many european countries have a tax rate near 50%.

    But if you ask people around the world where the ideas for reform came, especially with Cannabis, it was hippie California.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sabin View Post
    You need to travel because Calif. has become restricted dude. In my day under an oz. was legal Jimmy Carter. Aslo go to Amsterdam and see the freedom of free thinking people. Canada too. More free than America, trust me, I've been. So, you may not want to hear that either but my home town is San Diego and people even try to close Black's beach but can't...lol Free thinkers, LOL Not Calif. but I will give you this, a few in Calif. are left as free thinkers, most just follow each other over a cliff or don't even want to bother fighting. We had protests when I was a little boy. We stood up and fought.
    Free thinker, yeah, maybe when it comes to a bathroom break should I in doors or out doors? LOL

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    Exclamation Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    I just found out that we have 1500 people in the whole country that have the marijuana exemption and permission to grow.!500 in the whole f'n country.This is not medical marijuana.This is a joke.I am talking about Canada.
    Last edited by sicntired; 06-15-2008 at 03:20 AM. Reason: forgot country

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    Re: Voters Say Yes on B: Marijuana Reform Approved

    OK,most people don't like this bill.Does anyone know if it passed on not?Last i heard they were still counting votes.

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