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October 14, 2012

Column: Pondering my positions on the ballot questions


The many abuses of the law in California have led to the state shutting down some distribution centers there. Hey, all I want is to inhale a little plant if I’m feeling nauseous!

I thought an easy way out of this question might be marinol, the synthetic marijuana that is said to have some of the same positive effects. Checked it out at my local pharmacy: 60 pills cost $1,000. Whoa. Pass me some little plants and a box of dirt for my sunny windowsill.

Here’s where it gets tricky. My friends at the Small Property Association say that “Question 3 on the November ballot poses problems for landlords” because of the provision allowing pot to be grown at home, combined with landlords’ legal inability to choose their tenants and control their premises. “Though the ballot question gives protection against forfeiture and arrest under state law, it offers no protection from the federal forfeit laws under which no amount of marijuana is legal.”

If the feds raid the building and find the plants, they can charge the landlord and take the entire building – just as they can take your home, car or boat if they find an illegal substance there. Bet some of you didn’t know that.

So, No on 1, Yes on 2, and I don’t yet know what to do on 3.

Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a regular contributor to the opinion pages.

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