Patients, farmers and concerned citizens are gathering this Friday evening, October 21, at a Halloween-themed educational forum to help each other understand the 62-page cannabis tax, Proposition 64, on the California ballot: Is it a treat or a trick?
“Patients are really frightened by the reality of no longer having access to affordable medical cannabis,due to the huge taxes placed upon cultivation, which will be passed on to the patient and the consumer alike,” said Shona Gochenaur, director of Axis of Love SF, a San Francisco based patient advocate organization which is hosting the town hall meeting.
Panelists include journalist and industry insider, Dragon fly del la Luz, who has been educating voters via her blog VoteKNOWprop64. De la Ruz decodes the proposal as a step backwards for social justice and communities of color.
Lele du Bouis of Humboldt Grace, will speak to the confusion and urgency the northern California farming community faces in preparation for structured prohibition, with a limited amount of small farmers being able to secure legal permits.
Steve Elliott of Seattle covered Washington state’s structured prohibition so-called “legalization” state law, I-502, which phased out medical cannabis providers, closing hundreds of outlets. He will be joining the California panelists to offer insights on their impending crisis in compassionate care.
Elliott conceived and started the Facebook/social media campaign #BummerAboutThePatients, which brought attention to the collusion of top officials at Seattle Hempfest in the loss of patient rights in Washington.