O.C. Congressman Blunt about Marijuana Use

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, along with a retired law enforcement officer and former Superior Court Judge, move to regulate marijuana like wine.

Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) is in full support of the "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" initiative. He recently spoke at the Newport Beach Vineyard and Winery where a fundraiser for the initiative was held.

Rohrabacher is blunt about his use of marijuana in the past. According to an article in OC Weekly, "Rohrabacher has long acknowledged that he frequently smoked weed in his younger days, and that he's grateful he was never busted, given that back in the late 1960s simply possessing a joint could land you in jail for six months."

There are a few more unusual suspects actively involved in the movement to get this initiative passed. Retired Superior Court Judge Jim Gray and Retired LAPD Deputy Chief Stephen Downing were also in attendance at the fundraiser.

Diane Goldstein, who is a mom, a retired police officer and speaker for law enforcement against prohibition (LEAP) also spoke at the event. In a statement on MedicalMarijuana411.com's The Daily Dose Goldstein offers a mother's perspective:

"I know that those that favor the current drug policy will view this as harmful, but as mothers helped end the devastation of alcohol prohibition, it is now time for mothers to end the drug war as well."

RMLW supporters cite that Californians do not benefit from criminalization as is evident from the costs to our state and federal prisons. As stated in the website's video, they claim that more people are incarcerated for drug use than murder and other violent crimes.

In his speech, Rohrabacher added, "This idea, that in our society, which is based on individual rights and freedom and respect for people living their lives in the way they choose to live, that for us to be taking people for smoking weed and putting them in prison and jail, for that, is a travesty. It’s against everything our Founding Fathers believed in, and somehow our country got away from that."

Julie Flores September 13, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Julie Flores September 13, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I added a chart since it provides some interesting facts.
Dan Avery September 14, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Giving up marijuana is relatively easy. You just quit buying it. Hardest thing I ever had to do in my life was quit smoking. I really didn't think I could, and most of the people who knew me when I smoked are shocked I made it. Cigarettes are worse than heroin and legal. Never could figure out why grass was illegal.
Julie Flores September 14, 2011 at 12:22 AM
In my research I was trying to find statistics on marijuana deaths. There weren't any. One can certainly die from alcohol poisoning, and it's not that difficult. Smoking marijuana, even in massive amounts won't kill you. Might kill your career or marriage but that's a different story. With alcohol there are thousands of deaths related to it directly and indirectly. But it's legal and we tax it. So this initiative sounds like a reasonable solution.
Rebecca Goddard September 14, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Anyway we can collect taxes that people freely choose to pay sounds good to me. If someone is crazed enough to pay $10 for cigarettes and most of that is taxes. "Smoke 'em if you got 'em". It's elective, and people can choose to or not to pay that tax.
Dan Avery September 14, 2011 at 01:56 AM
It's not really that they are "crazed" enough to pay $10 for cigarettes. It's actually a matter of cigarettes being that addictive. Nicotine is the most addictive substance on the planet. At least that we know of.
Rebecca Goddard September 14, 2011 at 01:59 AM
I quit smoking 6 years ago, it was by far the most challenging thing I have ever done. I ran 1/2 marathon last week and it wasn't near as difficult as giving up the nicotine. HORRIBLE.
Dan Avery September 14, 2011 at 02:00 AM
I read somewhere, Julie, a long time ago, that there is actually a lethal amount of THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets you high. However, long before you can smoke enough to kill you, you fall asleep. There is actually cocaine still in Coca-Cola. However it's such a small amount you'd have to drink something like 3 gallons at one sitting and you'd be so wired on caffeine and sugar you wouldn't notice the coke high. It's made from the beans of the coca plant and they can't get all of the coke out. At the turn of the 20th century a six ounce bottle of coke really gave you a buzz.
Patrick Rodgers September 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Folks, don't we have enough addicts cruising the streets now high on drugs and alcohol? Who in their right mind would want to add more people to the existing list, especially teens? Legalization of marijuana is just another notch in the decline of the moral, ethical and cultural values of our country. One day, when the toilet has beenn flushed and America as we knew it is gone, people will ask the question, "How could we have let this happen?" Wake up fellow Americans before it is too late.
Shripathi Kamath September 14, 2011 at 03:23 PM
You mean cruising the streets high on alcohol is legal? Oh wait, it is not. And yet people do this. Maybe it isn't whether pot is legal or illegal that will determine whether someone will abuse it. Maybe people are already cruising the streets high on pot. "Who in their right mind would want to add more people to the existing list, especially teens? " I do not know of anyone wanting to do that. Especially for teens. Did you read somewhere that pot will be legalized for teens. "Legalization of marijuana is just another notch in the decline of the moral, ethical and cultural values of our country." How so? How is legalizing pot going to decline your moral values? Are you going to do rob a bank? Look, people who smoke pot already are not going to change. People who DO NOT smoke pot today are law abiding, right? They respect the law. So there is precedent that these law abiding people have followed good judgment. So why would you indict them as becoming immoral?
Julie Flores September 14, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Marijuana is less addictive than alcohol and even and even caffeine (see chart). What is proposed is regulation, same as they do for alcohol. You have to be 21 to buy and use it and you have to pay taxes on it. I don't think anyone can argue that prohibition did not work and it's not working with this either. Keeping drugs illegal is not keeping people from being addicts, it's just filling up our prisons. If you are talking about morality, I fail to see the difference between having cocktails or smoking marijuana. Except for the fact that alcohol is more dangerous.
Julie Flores September 14, 2011 at 06:20 PM
I think the statistic I read was that you would have to smoke 800 joints to get lethal dose. There are no such documented cases. Also, lets not forget that you can actually die from drinking too much water. Its called hyper-hydration and it happens. So the mere fact that you can die from overdoing it on anything is not a factor in whether or not it should be a legal substance. As far as addiction goes, you can get addicted to food, soda, coffee (of this I am guilty), porn and some even say sex.
Shripathi Kamath September 14, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Funny how we do not see more people stomping their foot down and saying "I want the government out of my private life." Or a blowhard yelling on the airwaves "Get away from my french fries, Mrs. Obama, First politician that comes up to me with a carrot stick, I've got a place for it. And it's not in my tummy." OK, if he is willing to fight for his right to stick a carrot in his own behind, surely a similar appeal would not be out of the ordinary regarding pot.
Julie Flores September 14, 2011 at 07:08 PM
It is funny how people get like idiotic Palin say "How dare Mrs. Obama tell us what to eat." No one is telling anyone what to eat but they are attempting to educate the populace on good health and healthy eating habits. Its ironic that good information on nutrition is demonized. Patient rights are demonized. Affordable, and effective healthcare are demonized. Sex education is demonized. But its followed up, "don't you dare get an abortion, don't you dare have a baby you can't afford cuz I don't want to pay for it, don't you dare get sick and show up in an emergency room cuz I don't want to pay for it, don't you dare mandate medical insurance. Just eat crap all day long, let insurance companies drop you and your kids that you can't afford and just shutup about it and die quietly so I can spend my time making laws on who you can marry and what you can and cannot smoke.
Dan Avery September 16, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Oh I get it..."blunt"...very funny!
Rebecca Goddard September 16, 2011 at 03:23 AM
I might not stop laughing
Dan Avery September 16, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Rebecca, out of curiousity...to Frank's comment or mine? :)


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