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Why Dianne Feinstein Opposes Marijuana Legalization

California's senior senator, Diane Fienstein, speaks out against marijuana legalization.

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Why Dianne Feinstein Opposes Marijuana Legalization

California’s senior senator Dianne Feinstein has joined Governor Jerry Brown in voicing her disapproval of marijuana legalization.

“The risk of people using marijuana and driving is very substantial,” Feinstein told the Associated Press.

Feinstein also says her experience on California’s parole board confirmed her belief in the “gateway theory” although it has widely been disproven.

Utah-based General Dynamics and BAE systems are two of Feinstein’s top campaign contributors. Both companies make tanks and other military tactical equipment often used in domestic drug raids.

“As drug and marijuana prohibition lose their popular support, only crony capitalists like Senator Feinstein continue to champion these most un-American of policies at the behest of companies like General Dynamics and BAE Systems who garner immense profits from what has become a 40-year exercise in militarizing every aspect of law enforcement and government policies,” says Eapen Thampy, Executive Director of Americans for Forfeiture Reform.

Using federal civil asset forfeiture laws, law enforcement in California have exploited the openness of the cannabis industry for financial gain. California law enforcement averages $33 million a year in asset forfeiture revenues, a number that has risen dramatically since dispensaries began popping up in the state.

Feinstein has served in the U.S. Senate since 1992. Prior to serving as senator, Feinstein assumed the role of mayor of San Francisco after her predecessor, George Moscone, was shot and killed in city hall alongside Harvey Milk. San Francisco has been pro-marijuana long before the rest of the state, and any vocal opposition to cannabis legislation passing within its city limits was not voiced at that time.

Feinstein would later come out in full opposition to legalization, stepping up to chair the No on 19 campaign in 2010. Proposition 19 was a full-legalization initiative that was narrowly defeated, largely due to opposition from within the state’s well-established cannabis industry and movement.

“Proposition 19 is a dangerous experiment based on false arguments and fake promises,” Feinstein said in 2010.

NORML.org estimates California produces $8.2 billion in cannabis annually, and that information is considered dated. Because the state pioneered the medical cannabis dispensary system, its industry players are far from new — many have been operating for nearly 20 years now. It’s a stretch to say much would change in the state if the law caught up with industry.

As to the concern for Californians driving under the influence, they likely already are. Californians are also driving while drunk, on cocaine, on legal pharmaceutical drugs, while doing their makeup, texting their friends, speeding, racing, eating, smoking cigarettes, watching TV or other general bad behavior. More than 2,700 people die a year on California roads, the best prevention is awareness, education and reporting suspicious driving to the California Highway Patrol.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Thor

    June 16, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I find her gateway comment from being on a parole board interesting. She’s right, marijuana is a gateway, but not the gateway she thinks it is. The gateway is you get arrested for marijuana, you now have a criminal record, you are unable to get financial assistance for college, you have a difficult time getting an education and a job, now you are trapped in a gateway to more crime to survive. Maybe if this old bat would question her ideology just a bit, and consider that her precious prohibition laws create criminals out of people not committing a crime against another and that a prohibition law is among the most anti/un-American in ideology self-destructive policy. Prohibition is telling you what you can or can’t do with your body, it’s as much a civil rights violation as any other.

  2. jim b

    October 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Its amazing that this old bat is still in office with her caveman ways. Should have been retired 20 yrs ago with her 1920s mentality. Wake up senator its 2014 pot isnt the bad guy here its all you corrupt senators.

  3. joe

    August 17, 2014 at 9:56 am

    refuckintarded or corrupt? the cartels own the government. overgrow them plant your seeds

  4. John

    March 22, 2014 at 3:59 am

    I find the lack of education with what is available very heartbreaking. Uneducated biased people are running our country and its scares me because this product by itself COULD end our national deficit and they know. In the first month of sales in Colorado 3.5 million dollars in taxes was collected. That’s just one state. The simple facts are they were wrong 80 years ago and the wrong today and they just don’t want to admit it. We need to come together and make sure that people that are uneducated like this get removed from office.

  5. jojo

    March 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I think it’s about time they do legalize it they are use excuses of things that already takes place with other things drinking can kill you in so many different ways and it affects you liver kidneys and physical appearance like peeing on your self etc… enough with the excuses

  6. andy ridley, canada

    March 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Angela i find your posts informitive and educational as we canucks are enterinv negotiations with the best party to elect for legalization. Your veiws would be encouraged and helpful. Thanks

  7. The Hippie Church

    March 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Marijuana is a plant that was given to us by the Lord. At the Hippie Church, we believe that smoking marijuana gets us closer to Jesus. That is why we use it in our services. Pastor Tom

    • paul riley

      March 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      where is that church located i would like more info on it am a pot smoking christian and have been looking for a church that doesnt put me down for smoking pot thanks

    • Sheri Berry

      March 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      You should open a church here in Oregon where Ayahuasca isn’t illegal. There are 2 churches here so far that use that in their ceremonies.

    • D

      March 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      OK where you located

  8. Ellen Komp

    March 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Good story. I would add that Mayor Moscone was the sponsor of California’s landmark 1976 marijuana decriminalization bill in the state legislature. Also, traffic fatalities in California have dropped since the passage of 215, see http://www.canorml.org/health/driving_info

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