The California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative 2012 needs your help. An initiative must have 560 signatures from registered voters to make the ballot, and without paid signature gatherers this task is a nearly impossible to accomplish. Unfortunately, this year Mary Jane is lacking a sugar daddy albeit George Soros to support her.
I received inspiration on how to raise the much needed money from a conversation I had with my friend Stephen over eggs, toast, and coffee. My pal’s former high school had been robbed and they no longer had a budget to throw a prom that year. So, Stephen did a post on facebook asking his friends to donate just $1.00 towards the cause. He exclaimed that almost everyone can give at least a buck to help out, and a lot of people will give more without even asking them for it. His ideology paid off and he raised $6,000 in six weeks with very little effort. A light bulb went off in my head as I took sip of coffee…Hmm…What would happen if we expanded this idea to raise money for the California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative 2012? Would giving a little bit equate to a whole lot? If a million people gave $4.20 each…Hmm…Do you see what I see?
What is the California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative 2012 really all about?
The initiative was originally written by Jack Herer author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana. The bottom line is this…
The CCHHI will make the natural resource hemp legal in California again. It was previously outlawed in 1937.
How will the Jack Herer Initiative effect marijuana laws and local legislature?
- It allows the use of marijuana for adults 21 years and older, and regulates it like beer and wine.
- Releases prisoners from jail who are doing time for marijuana related crimes.
- Eliminates testing for cannabis metabolites for employment, and replaces it with a test for active THC.
- It challenges the federal government’s constitutional ability to restrict farmers from growing industrial hemp when they allow it to be imported to the country.
- Legalizes entire cannabis hemp plant and establishes a hemp industry outside of the marijuana industry in the state of California.
- Taxes recreational use of marijuana to create a fund for the industrial hemp industry.
How does the Jack Herer initiative differ from some of the other marijuana petitions circulating in California?
The California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative encompasses legalization of the whole cannabis hemp plant. It challenges the federal government’s constitutional ability to restrict farmer’s from growing industrial hemp when they allow it to be imported to the country. The other initiatives only legislate at the state level. The DEA does not recognize state marijuana laws.
We live in an age where 70% of the meat we buy at the grocery store has a filler in it that is called “pink slime”. “Pink slime” is contaminated cow parts that have been ammonia treated, and was previously limited to only being used in dog food. McDonald’s and Taco Bell have recently stopped using the meat, but the USDA has plans to purchase 7 million pounds of beef containing the filler to be used in the federal program that provides lunches for schools of low-income families.
Hemp seed can be eaten raw, ground into meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk, prepared as a tea, and used for baking. The hemp seed provides all of the omega-6 fatty acids that your body needs to stay healthy. When we legalize industrial hemp there will be no need for the federal program to feed our children hamburgers with “pink slime” injected in it, or genetically modified soy milk by Monsanto. When we legalize hemp we will create clean green energy jobs, boost our economy, provide clothing, and feed our children with good nutrition. Even if you don’t live in the state of California, won’t you please make a donation of $4.20 to legalize industrial hemp again? If a million people donate just $4.20 we will have enough money to get the California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative 2012 on the ballot this year. Please send this post to your family and friends. Tweet, and post it on Facebook. Our future is your future. To make a donation visit www.cchhi2012.org.
“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1791
Here is the initiative in it’s entirety:
1. No person, individual, or corporate entity shall be arrested or prosecuted, be denied any right or privilege, nor be subject to any criminal or civil penalties for the possession, cultivation, transportation, distribution, or consumption of cannabis hemp marijuana, including:
(a) The terms “cannabis hemp” and “cannabis hemp marijuana” mean the natural, non-genetically modified plant hemp, cannabis, marihuana, marijuana, cannabis sativa L, cannabis Americana, cannabis chinensis, cannabis indica, cannabis ruderalis, cannabis sativa, or any variety of cannabis, including any derivative, concentrate, extract, flower, leaf, particle, preparation, resin, root, salt, seed, stalk, stem, or any product thereof.
(b) The term “cannabis hemp industrial products” means all products made from cannabis hemp that are not designed or intended for human consumption, including, but not limited to: clothing, building materials, paper, fiber, fuel, lubricants, plastics, paint, seed for cultivation, animal feed, veterinary medicine, oil, or any other product that is not designed for internal human consumption; as well as cannabis hemp plants used for crop rotation, erosion control, pest control, weed control, or any other horticultural or environmental purposes, for example, the extraction of atmospheric carbon dioxide and toxic soil reclamation.
(c) The term “cannabis hemp medicinal preparations” means natural cannabis hemp, and all products made from cannabis hemp that are designed, intended, or used for human consumption for the treatment of any human disease or condition, for pain relief, or for any healing purpose, including but not limited to the treatment or relief of: Alzheimer’s and pre-Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, arthritis, asthma, cramps, epilepsy, glaucoma, migraine, multiple sclerosis, nausea, premenstrual syndrome, side effects of cancer chemotherapy, fibromyalgia, sickle cell anemia, spasticity, spinal injury, stress, easement of post-traumatic stress disorder, Tourette syndrome, attention deficit disorder, immunodeficiency, wasting syndrome from AIDS or anorexia; use as an antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-viral, or anti-emetic; as a healing agent, or as an adjunct to any medical or herbal treatment. Mental conditions including, but not limited to bipolar, depression, attention deficit disorder, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are also conditions considered for medical use.
(d) The term “cannabis hemp nutritional products” means cannabis hemp grown for consumption by humans and animals as food, including but not limited to: seed, seed protein, seed oil, essential fatty acids, seed cake, dietary fiber, or any preparation or extract thereof.
(e) The term “cannabis hemp euphoric products” means cannabis hemp intended for internal consumption by people for personal recreational, meditative, spiritual, religious, or other purpose, other than cannabis hemp industrial products, cannabis hemp medicinal preparations, or cannabis hemp nutritional products.
(f) The term “personal use” means the internal consumption of cannabis hemp by people 21 years of age or older for any relaxant, meditative, religious, spiritual, recreational, or other purpose other than sale.
3. Industrial cannabis hemp farmers, manufacturers, processors, and distributors shall not be subject to any special zoning requirement, licensing fee, or tax that is excessive, discriminatory, or prohibitive.
4. Cannabis hemp and cannabis hemp medicinal preparations are hereby reclassified and de-scheduled from the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and restored to the list of available medicines in California. Licensed physicians shall not be penalized for, nor restricted from, approving or recommending cannabis hemp for medical purposes to any patient, regardless of age. No tax shall be applied to cannabis hemp medicinal preparations. Medical research shall be encouraged. No recommending physician shall be subject to any professional licensing review or hearing as a result of recommending or approving medical use of cannabis hemp marijuana.
(b) Testing for inactive and/or inert residual cannabis metabolites shall not be required for employment or insurance, nor be considered in determining employment, other impairment, or intoxication. Testing for active (not metabolized) cannabis may be used and considered in determining employment, impairment, or intoxication.
6. Commerce in cannabis hemp euphoric products shall be limited to adults, 21 years of age and older, and shall be regulated in a manner analogous to California’s beer and wine model. For the purpose of distinguishing personal from commercial production, 99 flowering female plants and 12 pounds of dried, cured cannabis hemp flowers, bud, but not leaf, produced per adult, 21 years of age and older, per year shall be considered as being for personal use.
7. The manufacture, marketing, distribution, or sales, between adults, of equipment or accessories designed to assist in the planting, cultivation, harvesting, curing, processing, packaging, storage, analysis, consumption, or transportation of cannabis hemp plants, industrial cannabis hemp products, cannabis hemp medicinal preparations, cannabis hemp nutritional products, cannabis hemp euphoric products, or any cannabis hemp product shall not be prohibited.
8. No California law enforcement personnel or funds shall be used to assist or aid and abet in the enforcement of Federal cannabis hemp marijuana laws involving acts that are hereby no longer illegal in the State of California.
1. Enactment of this initiative shall include: case review for the purpose of amnesty, immediate release from prison, jail, parole, and probation, and clearing, expunging, and deletion of all cannabis hemp marijuana criminal records for all persons currently charged with, or convicted of any non-violent cannabis hemp marijuana offenses included in this initiative which are hereby no longer illegal in the State of California. People who fall within this category that triggered an original sentence are included within this provision.
2. Within 60 days of the passage of this Act, the Attorney General shall develop and distribute a one-page application, providing for the destruction of all cannabis hemp marijuana criminal records in California for any such offense covered by this Act. Such forms shall be distributed to district and city attorneys and made available at all police departments in the State to persons hereby affected. Upon filing such form with any Superior Court and a payment of a fee of $10.00, the Court shall liberally construe these provisions to benefit the defendant in furtherance of the amnesty and dismissal provision of this section. Upon the Court’s ruling under this provision the arrest record shall be set aside and be destroyed. Such persons may then truthfully state that they have never been arrested or convicted of any cannabis hemp marijuana related offense that is hereby no longer illegal in the State of California. This shall be deemed to be a finding of factual innocence under California Penal Code Section 851.8 et seq.
1. License concessionary establishments to distribute cannabis hemp euphoric products in a manner analogous to California’s beer and wine industry model. Sufficient community outlets shall be licensed to provide reasonable commercial access to persons of legal age, so as to discourage and prevent the misuse of, and illicit traffic in, such products. Any license or permit fee required by the State for commercial production, distribution or use shall not exceed $1,000.00. Regulation and enforcement shall be in a manner analogous to California’s beer and wine model.
2. Place an excise tax on commercial sale of cannabis hemp euphoric products, analogous to California’s wine industry model, so long as no excise tax or combination of excise taxes shall exceed $10.00 per ounce of dried cured cannabis flowers or $2.00 per gram of cannabis concentrates. Fifty percent of the excise tax revenues collected shall be made available for the research, development and promotion of industrial and medicinal hemp industries in California.
3. Determine an acceptable and uniform standard of impairment based on performance testing, to restrict persons impaired by cannabis hemp euphoric products from operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery, or otherwise engaging in conduct that may affect public safety.
IV. Pursuant to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, the people of California hereby repudiate and challenge Federal cannabis hemp marijuana prohibitions that conflict with this Act.
V. Severability: If any provision of this Act, or the application of any such provision to any person or circumstance, shall be held invalid by any court, the remainder of this Act, to the extent it can be given effect, or the application of such provisions to persons or circumstances other than those as to which it is held invalid, shall not be affected thereby, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.
VII. Purpose of Act: This Act is an exercise of the police powers of the State for the protection of the safety, welfare, health, and peace of the people and the environment of the State, to protect the industrial and medicinal uses of cannabis hemp, to eliminate the unlicensed and unlawful cultivation, selling, and dispensing of cannabis hemp; and to encourage temperance in the consumption of cannabis hemp euphoric products. It is hereby declared that the subject matter of this Act involves, in the highest degree, the ecological, economic, social, and moral well being and safety of the State and of all its people. All provisions of this Act shall be liberally construed for the accomplishment of these purposes: to respect human rights, to promote tolerance, and to end cannabis hemp prohibition.