Letters to the Editor

Every vote counts?

The Sacramento Bee perspective about the cynical aspects of Proposition 49 (“Advisory votes clutter up the ballot,” July 19) reminded me of previous manipulations of the people’s will in the initiative system.

Consider Proposition 215. Despite the people voting in favor of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 to “ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes” local governments have done everything in their power to thwart the will of the majority. Although higher courts have upheld challenges to the law and have mandated that all California counties must establish a voluntary state ID card system (which seems to imply that the court expected the cards to be put to practical use in the various counties), low-level officials have abrogated the right to obtain medical marijuana granted by and for the people under Prop. 215 and SB 420. They find specious reasons for denying dispensaries. They either forbid outright or threaten to outlaw delivery services.

Is this democracy in action? Every vote counts? Majority rule? How do local governmental entities have the power to overrule the wishes of the majority of California’s citizens?

Cynical? Yeah, I’m cynical too.