Ballot Initiatives: * GMO Labeling (Lost in CA) * Marijuana Legalization (Won in CO and WA) * But Why? * On KZYX, Friday, Nov 16 @ 9 AM, Pacific Time
Last week, voters spoke. GMO Labeling failed to pass in California. Meanwhile, Marijuana Legalization passed in Washington and Colorado.
But why? GMO Labeling seems less controversial than Marijuana Legalization. Could big money be the reason why?
On Friday, at 9-10 AM, at here at KZYX, we'll explore the issue with guests Michele Simon and Martin Lee.
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MICHELE SIMON, (510) 465-0322,
, http://www.eatdrinkpolitics.com, https://twitter.com/MicheleRSimon
Simon is a public health lawyer, president of Eat Drink Politics and author of "Appetite for Profit: How the food industry undermines our health and how to fight back." She said last week: "Prop 37 was attacked by a massive disinformation and propaganda campaign waged by the likes of Monsanto and PepsiCo, who out-spent the Yes side by 6 to 1. It’s hard to beat lies and deception, with the money to spread them." Simon wrote the piece "California Newspaper Editorial Boards Spread False Claims and Faulty Logic on Proposition 37." http://truefoodnow.org/2012/10/17/california-newspaper-editorial-boards-spread-false-claims-and-faulty-logic-on-proposition-37.
In her blog, Ms. Simon continued: "California’s Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of GMO foods, died a painful death. Despite polling in mid-September showing an overwhelming lead, the measure lost by 53 to 47 percent, which is relatively close considering the No side’s tactics.
"The opposition waged a deceptive and ugly campaign, fueled by more than $45 million, mostly from the leading biotech, pesticide, and junk food companies."
Ms. Simon makes the case that the corporate opposition to Prop 37 lied in the California Voters Guide, misused a federal seal, falsely quoted the FDA, misrepresented false academic affiliations, deployed unethical scare tactics, made wild claims about higher food prices, threatened "shakedown lawsuits", and got newspaper endorsements using dubious tactics.
MARTIN LEE, (415) 407-1544,
Lee is the author of the new book "Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana -- Medical, Recreational and Scientific" and the director of Project CBD, a medial science information service. He is also co-founder of the media watch group FAIR. He said last week: “Residents of Colorado and Washington made history on Election Day by voting to legalize the adult use of marijuana. It could mark the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition. From a historical perspective, marijuana prohibition is an aberration. For thousands of years men and women in many cultures have used cannabis as a folk medicine and a source of fiber and oil.
"It wasn't until well into the 20th century that U.S. legislators and their international counterparts imposed a global ban on 'the evil weed.' The first anti-marijuana laws in the United States were primarily a racist reaction against Mexican migrants. After millions of middle class Americans began smoking the herb in the 1960s, marijuana became the central focus of a deceitful war on drugs, a venal and destructive policy that fostered crime, police corruption, social discord, racial injustice and, ironically, drug abuse itself, while impeding medical advances and economic opportunities.
"The drug war that President Richard Nixon set in motion would escalate under Ronald Reagan and his Oval Office successors. Reefer madness has nothing to do with smoking marijuana -- for therapy or fun or any other reason -- and everything to do with how the U.S. government has stigmatized, prosecuted, and jailed users of this much maligned and much venerated plant. The fact that a disproportionate number of black and Latino youth are arrested and jailed for marijuana possession is reason enough to end the war on drugs.”