Vote No On Oregon Measure 91: The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act

*If this issue matters to you at all – please pass this on. Two weeks is hardly enough time to get the word out how dangerous Measure 91 really is*

It takes about 6 ounces of hard liquor or about 48 ounces of beer for the average person to blow 0.08 and equal the impairment of a single marijuana joint. That means a fifth of hard liquor is about equal to 1.5 gallons of beer is about equal to four joints. Oregon Measure 91 will  allow ANYONE age 21 and over to privately grow and possess the equivalent of 1000 joints (16 ounces) of marijuana products at any one time. That is a rough equivalent to 375 gallons of beer or 250 fifths of hard liquor. In Oregon, it is illegal to produce a drop of hard liquor without a license. Period. The maximum amount of unlicensed, home-brewed beer you can possess is 100 gallons, the intoxication equivalent of about 250 joints, except you can’t fit the beer in your coat pocket and hang out near the school yard. This single disparity makes clear the mindset and real intent of the authors and supporters of Measure 91. They want as many people as possible to smoke as much pot as possible, the rest of society be damned.

The Consequences of Passing Measure 91

  • Unlicensed Possession No Longer a Crime: Not only will any adult be able to lawfully grow and possess enough marijuana to bake the entire Gladstone High School student body, ORS 475.864 clearly states a minor who possess up to 60 joints (1 ounce) of marijuana will only be subject to a non-criminal fine of $650. Compare that to ORS 471.430, Oregon’s “minor in possession of alcohol” statute where a minor drinking a lone can of Bud Light can be criminally cited and fined, or be required to do community service. Remember, 60 joints is equal to about 15 fifths of vodka.
  • Impaired Drivers Not Subject to Criminal Prosecution: Section 7:3 and 7:4 do not require the OLCC to create impairment standards until 2017. That means we will have two years without meaningful intoxicated driver rules. Marijuana users are already 9X more likely to die behind the wheel than alcohol users, so buckle-up for a rough two years as gorked pot-heads mow us down with impunity. Even if they are cited, Section 73:2 states it will only be a class B traffic violation… like a parking ticket. Try pulling that off if you blow 0.08!
  • Failure to Keep, or Destruction of, Production Records is Only a Class B Misdemeanor: Pharmacies have to keep their records for 10 years. According the Section 40 and Section 69, Marijuana producers are only required to keep their records for two years. If they do not keep those records, or alter or destroy those records, they are only subject to a Class B misdemeanor. Section 23 requires the OLCC to give any licensee 72 hours notice before examining their books, allowing them plenty of time to destroy their records if need be.
  • No Limits On, or Records of Purchasers or Purchases: Everywhere in the United States, to avoid mass purchasing and diversion to the illegal methamphetamine market, the selling pharmacy records the name of every person who purchases pseudoephedrine. Under Section 16 of Measure 91, there is no requirement to keep such records about marijuana purchasers or purchases. As a matter of fact, even though THC is a highly abused, impairing drug, Section 72 of the bill demands that marijuana no longer be considered a controlled substance.
  • OLCC is Mandated to Generate New Users: Only 5% of tax revenues actually go to drug abuse prevention programs, while Section 33:5:a mandates that the OLCC will maximize tax revenue generation. There is only one way to maximize revenues, and that is to generate new users. To maximize new users, Section 7:2:g gives the OLCC the authority to allow advertisements to promote consumption of marijuana.
  • Section 42 states that the State has exclusive rights to tax revenue: No city, county or other entity can levy any marijuana taxes.
  • The OLCC Cannot Deny Licenses to Known Criminals: Section 29:3:a clearly states that the OLCC cannot consider marijuana related convictions older than 5 years when issuing a license if it was a single transgression… no matter how bad it was. Period.
  • The OLCC and Other Agencies are Required to Violate Federal Law When it Conflicts with Measure 91 Language: Sections 10, 11 & 12 clearly state the OLCC and other agencies are required to violate federal law if it conflicts with measure 91, and no individual of an agency can be held liable for official acts. Also, the OLCC is not allowed to deny any marijuana license application based on a violation of federal law.
  • According to Section 58, Measure 91 will supercede all charters and ordinances that are inconsistent with the measure.
  • Section 54 states that the law enforcement can only issue a minor citation to pot-heads for smoking in public places.
  • Nowhere in the bill does it mention variations in potency or creating standards in THC content, or potency labeling requirements, as exists for producers of alcoholic beverages.
  • Nowhere in the bill does it require health warnings on packaging even though there is substantial clinical evidence marijuana is dangerous for pregnant women. Every single person in the Oregon General Election Voter’s Pamphlet who supports measure 91, supports omitting any and all health and safety warnings. Can you imagine nurses like Mark Jacklin, Maggi O’Brien, Pat Hughes, Rosemary Piser, and Davi Hawk actually wanting to deny safety information to pregnant women? What a shameful lot of healthcare providers.

Seriously, you better read this measure before you vote, because I can guarantee you, if Oregon voters pass this bill, innocent people are to get hit and killed by stoned drivers at rates never seen before. Your friends. Your family. Maybe you. It is already happening in Washington and Colorado.

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Marijuana Users are 9X More Likely to be Involved in a Fatal Auto Accident While Driving than Alcohol Users

Discussing the merits and evils of marijuana with the 420 crowd is like discussing the bio-ethics with Jeff Spicoli. They are dull, stupid and listless, yet utterly stubborn in their single-minded desire to ease their access to their next bowl. While they are not a very physically action-oriented crowd, they are willing to say just about anything if it will help open a head shop in their neighborhood, no fact checking required. Making it up as they go along requires little effort and their cause literally feeds and grows on their fabrications, like stoners feed on Taco Bell. Vast falsehoods and outlandish myths shamelessly perpetrated by mere word of mouth, simply because they are too gorked to actually get off the couch and contribute anything meaningful to society.

Here is the fundamental list of what pot-heads want everyone to believe – and it is all wrong.

  • Marijuana is no different from alcohol.
  • Marijuana is not addictive.
  • Marijuana has never killed anyone.
  • Marijuana does not impair learning.
  • Marijuana does not affect a person’s ability to get and keep a good job.
  • Marijuana is not a gateway drug.
  • Marijuana does not impair intelligence.
  • Marijuana is safe for pregnant women, children and adolescents.
  • Marijuana has no negative health consequences what-so-ever.

Here are some actual facts taken from reputable sources such as Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics and Jones-Witters Drugs & Society, a biological perspective. Real scientists. Real research. Real facts.

Alcohol is a water-soluble carbohydrate that is rapidly absorbed by the intestinal track. It takes the body about three hours to metabolize one ounce of ethanol. Intoxication is directly related to blood levels. Acute intoxication includes drunkenness, nausea, vomiting, and unconsciousness. Chronic abuse can lead to addiction and the symptoms of withdrawal include: tremors, irritability, nausea, sleep disturbances, rapid heart rate, sweating, seizures, fever and sweating. Chronic but moderate daily consumption poses no health risks outside of pregnancy. About 70% of Americans (about 225 million) regularly drink alcoholic beverages, but the vast majority of ingestion is at non-impairing doses. Long-term abuse damages the liver, heart and brain. Use during pregnancy can cause fetal-alcohol syndrome. About 34% of auto-accident driver fatalities involve alcohol.

THC (∆-9-tetrahydrocanabanol) is a fat-soluble drug that is extensively bound to blood proteins and absorbed by fatty tissue compartments. While a single dose will produce a pleasant state of relaxation for around two hours, it can take the body up to 30 days to metabolize and clear the drug. Acute intoxication can result in space and time distortions as well as mild anxiety and panic. Chronic, moderate users commonly suffer from “amotivational syndrome,” where they are unable to generate any interest in goal-directed activities such as school, work, athletics or social gatherings. THC is modestly addictive and has a withdrawal syndrome consisting of restlessness, irritability, mild agitation, insomnia, sleep disturbances, nausea and cramping. Approximately 6% of Americans (about 19 million) use marijuana regularly, and almost 100% of use is intended to achieve a state of cognitive impairment. Like smoking tobacco, smoking marijuana regularly has clearly demonstrated reductions in pulmonary function, including COPD, and cannabis tar applied to the skin of test mice has produced pre-cancerous lesions similar to those generated by tobacco tar. THC passes through the placental barrier and concentrates in a fetus’s lipid tissues like the brain. It is also found in breast milk. Chronic use has a negative affect on spermatogenesis, and has demonstrated a four-fold increase in miscarriages in primate studies.

In 2009 21,978 drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Of those drivers tested postmortem by the government (odd as it seems, not all drivers killed in auto accidents are tested for impairing substances – requirements vary from state to state) 34% tested positive for alcohol and 25% tested positive for THC. Despite being outnumbered by alcohol users by nearly 12 to 1, pot-heads are involved in nearly as many fatal accidents. As a matter of fact, pot-heads overall risk in 2009 of dying behind the wheel per 100,000 in population is 28.9. The risk for regular alcohol users is a mere 3.3 deaths per 100,000 in population. GOT THAT 420 CROWD? You are nearly 9X more likely to die behind the wheel than your average drinker. That infers you are 9X more likely to kill an innocent person while driving because of you own selfish need to get baked. That means you are significantly stupider than the average Joe. As in chronically impaired judgment and behavior that is consistent with and suggestive of a lower IQ.