Friday, October 17, 2014

Measure 91 can take your home: Marijuana speech 34

Honorable Public Servants,

If Measure 91 passes, people will not just be busted for growing and storing enough pot for their own use; they will lose their homes to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.  The measure allows 4 plants but only 8 ounces of “usable marijuana,” dried bud and leaf, per household, not per adult.  8 ounces, a half-pound, is enough per year for only one person who smokes only in the evening.  The poor often must live several adults to a household, and we need to grow by sunlight, which allows for only one good crop per year. 

The exceptions to the licensing rules, listed in Section 6, also restrict a household to one pound of marijuana products, like cookies, and 72 ounces of liquid marijuana, which can only be vegetable glycerin extract, the only exception defined in Section 5 to “marijuana extracts,” which are forbidden in Section 57.

If your household falls outside of these exceptions to licensing in Section 6, you are subject to the licensing rules.  Without a license, you are automatically violating those rules, so being caught with too much marijuana or its products subjects you to the penalties for violating sections 3-30 or 45-70. 

Those penalties start in Section 64 with confiscation of “marijuana items,” which are any items that have anything to do with marijuana, including, in Section 64 part 3, “facilities for the storing, serving, or using of marijuana items.”  In the case of homegrown, that is your home and the property on which it sits.  OLCC will sell your home and other confiscated items and give the proceeds to the Common Schools fund.

Section 63 mandates that “state police, sheriffs, constables, and all police officers in the state of Oregon shall enforce sections 3-30 and 45-70 of this Act and assist the [OLCC] in detecting violations…and apprehending offenders.  Each such enforcing officer having notice, knowledge, or reasonable ground of suspicion of any violation…shall immediately notify the district attorney…”

Police will have funding from marijuana taxes and fees dedicated to this purpose in Section 44.  After OLCC takes its cut, 15% goes to state police, and 10% each goes to cities and counties in proportion to the number of marijuana licenses in their jurisdictions, which funds can be used only for enforcement of this Act.

So our local sheriffs and police will still be underfunded for fighting real crime and nuisances, but they will have money dedicated to revenuing on behalf of OLCC, and a mandate to do so.   We are better off now, without such dedicated funding to oppress us.

Marijuana Speech #34, to the Josephine County Commissioners, 10/22/14.
Online at http://current-news-you-can-use.blogspot.com

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