No Surprise: California GOP Against Pot Legalization

Schwarzenegger, 1970s

Arnold Schwarzenegger gets high in the 1970s documentary "Pumping Iron"

With sad predictability, the GOP’s conservative apologists for the status quo in California have dutifully lined up against the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which will appear on this November’s ballot in the Golden State.

The California Republican Party wasted no time in making their opposition to marijuana legalization official, reports Joe Garofoli at SF Gate.

The degree of the CA GOP’s non-adjustment to the modern world can perhaps be gauged from the official position statement’s repeated use of the 1950s scare term “dope” when referring to marijuana.

“The last thing California needs is hundreds of thousands of more people getting high, and the costs to society that would come from widely expanded drug use,” said GOP chair Ron Nehring Wednesday.

“We know a top factor behind whether young people try drugs is cost, and legalization would certainly bring the cost of dope down, making it much more widely accessible,” Nehring said.

“We also know that if a person makes it to age 21 without trying drugs, they’re very unlikely to ever get started down the path of drug use beginning with dope and leading to much harder drugs like meth and cocaine,” Nehring said.

“Proponents of legalizing ‘and taxing’ dope are trying to mask their efforts as some kind of revenue generator for state government,” Nehring sneered. “Whatever ‘taxes’ dope smokers would pay would not come even close to covering the societal costs of hundreds of thousands of more Californians getting high, the accidents and health problems they would cause, and other societal costs,” he claimed.

“California Republicans will fight this and any other measure to expand drug use in California,” Nehring self-righteously proclaimed.

“When it comes to this kind of legislation, there’s a reason they call it ‘dope’.”

That certainly doesn’t leave any doubt where the Republicans stand when it comes to standing up for the rights of marijuana smokers in California.

The state’s Democratic Party is expected to weigh in after their executive board meets in July, reports Matt Coker at OC Weekly.

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7 Responses to No Surprise: California GOP Against Pot Legalization

  1. Stephen Dufrechou April 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Great article, Steve.

    FTA: ““We know a top factor behind whether young people try drugs is cost, and legalization would certainly bring the cost of dope down, making it much more widely accessible,” Nehring said.”

    Well, “dope” is an ambiguous word, here, Mr. Nehring. And I certainly would not put marijuana in the same category as, say, heroin–if your word usage here is an attempt at a sweeping generalization, to puritanically stigmatize pot, via cataloging it with substances like cocaine, then your argument is fallacious, sir.

    And citing “legalization” and “cost” as top factors of why individuals abuse drugs is the daftest argument I’ve heard, Mr. Nehring; try citing a pervasive sense of “desperation” and “a lack of meaningful existence”, perpetuated in part by the dehumanized economic and educational systems in this country.

    I’m reminded of Aristotle’s golden mean, here. All things in moderation: Between “cowardliness” and “rashness” is “bravery”… So between “marijuana abuse” and “puritanical abstinence” is “recreational moderation”.

  2. Faust_Eddie April 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

    The hemp plant was a gift from God. No No No I don’t smoke it now more….
    but it was used for thousands of years to make rope, fiber for clothing, soap. medicine, paper. it can suck up CO2, grows like wild fire and is pretty to look at.

    If remove THC it is a harmless weed. (Don’t quote me since I am not botanist)
    Why not grow it and harvest it. Even tax it in communities to pay for services.

    I am a conservative lib…..

  3. OhOhWhatNow April 8, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Fear mongering at best. Nehring claims are based on a series of fallacies. 1 Legalisation will lead to wider use, yet there is no evidence to support this. 2 He would prefer the higher cost of marijuana going to illegal drug gangs. 3 He thinks only illegal drugs are drugs, unlike for example, alcohol.

    There are reasons people call him a “Dope” – but he wants to protect this job. He does not care how many people die from this disgusting drug war. He is …

  4. Donald April 12, 2010 at 1:39 am

    You don’t know what you are talking about. Legal marijuana (not “dope”) would likely be home grown and be harder to find since the cartels would not be cramming the US with it because the profit would be gone for them. I agree that kids should be shielded somewhat and never be allowed to use it but those over 18 should be forced to comply with being ruined and arrested for a few joints of marijuana.Legal marijuana could be eaten instead of smoked thereby relieving the imagined burden of all sorts of the witchcraft s linked to smoking government “dope” – tobacco. And Christians voting against this do not believe their own Bible.Every herb of the field? It says “every”….vote these politicians out of office…”as they make all their animals deals – thick as a brink” – a brick of marijuana…from a non smoker…

  5. Donald April 12, 2010 at 1:42 am

    corrections –18 should “NOT”be forced…and thick as a “BRICK”…oh well, it is 3:41

  6. Donald April 12, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Oh, forgot this one…If you turn over an Herbal,you shall find almost every Herb to be good for every Disease”: Grew, Anatomy of Plants, page 2, 1681

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