We tend to hear the same questions over and over again when we’re out canvassing and talking to people about independence. This document is intended as a reference both for our volunteers to better answer those questions and for people who want to learn more about our movement.
- The case for independence
- How to get involved
- Relationship to Yes California and other groups
- How California will change after Independence
- Common Concerns
Question: Why should California declare independence from the United States?
Response: Fundamentally, California is a Nation, not just a state. Here’s some key points:
- We have the 5th or 6th biggest economy on the planet (depending on exchange rates – we’re basically dead even with Britain) and the 35th largest population. We are bigger than Canada in terms of both population and economy. To be blunt, California doesn’t need America.
We are radically over-taxed. Because the cost of living is higher here so a person in Ohio making $50k/year is solidly middle class and a person here at the same pay rate is just barely hanging on. That means Californians are automatically in higher tax brackets than people with equivalent standards of living in other states. It also means our people are less likely to qualify for benefits they need and that we disproportionately pay for.
- We are radically under-represented in the federal government. The compromise of giving each state the same two senators may have made sense for the 13 colonies, but when California has more people than the entire Midwest combined, it’s clearly not in California’s interests to remain part of such a system. Being under-represented in the House and the electoral college add insult to injury.
- Our values are not shared by the majority of the United States or reflected in the policies and actions of the United States government. Trump’s election proves this if you’ve ever doubted it. From environmental regulation to human rights for women and LGBTQ folks to the treatment of refugees, America does not share our values.
- Californians overwhelmingly oppose warfare and America’s endless wars of aggression feed terrorism and make the rest of the world hate us and make us less safe. California’s contribution to the US military budget is bigger than most nation’s entire military budgets – we are paying enough to be a super-power but have no say in how, when, or why our soldiers are deployed or our money is spent. More than 70% of Californians opposed the Iraq war but our voices were completely ignored. Over a decade later we have been proven right, but being right isn’t much comfort with hundreds of thousands of people dead, Iraq still in ruins, and instability caused by that invasion continuing to spread across the world. Even with Democrats in office America routinely bombs and invades other nations – the Obama administration is currently bombing 7 countries.
- The American political system is corrupt beyond all hope of reform. Corporations dictate policy to lawmakers and public opinion has virtually no impact on the actions of the federal government. That’s not just a claim, a recent joint study by Princeton and Northwestern Universities found that America is not a democracy or even a Republic, it is an Oligarchy. Don’t take our word for it – a recent Princeton study found that at least since 1981 public opinion has had no impact on the actions of the US federal government.
- The two-party system reinforces this corruption. The only fix to that two-party system would be switching to proportional representation (every nation with PR has a multi-party system), but that would require constitutional amendments that will never get passed because passing such amendments would run directly counter to the interests of both American parties.
- Speaking of the two-party system, California is uniquely harmed by it because Republicans are actively hostile to our interests and Democrats take us for granted. Neither American political party even pretends to represent us.
- Fundamentally, America is too big and too broken to be reformed. Our only chance for a real democracy that represents Californian values is independence.
Questions about the CNP and how to get involved in the movement.
Question: What is this group?
Response: The California National party is a grassroots political party that advocates Californian independence on a progressive platform that we believe will grow California’s economy, protect her people, and preserve and defend our natural environment.
Question: Is the CNP positively committed to equal pay for equal work, women’s reproductive rights, immigration reform, and civil rights? What will it do to promote those goals? How will that be different from America?
Response: Yes. The best guarantee of such things is that the Nation of California – unlike the United States – shares these core values. As part of the US we have to constantly struggle with the red states that are so radically over-represented in our government. As an independent nation we will finally have a government that shares our values. Further, the CNP is absolutely committed to combating discrimination and bigotry of all kinds.
Question: I want to donate, where and how can I do so?
Response: http://CaliforniaNational.party/donate/ If you can, please make your donation recurring. One-time donations are very helpful, but recurring donations are critical so we can grow sustainably over time. We are in this for the long haul and hope you are too.
Question: What is your strategy for independence?
Response: Our first priority is to qualify as a political party by registering the required voters (0.3% of the voters who voted in the last election so ~63k voters) by January of 2018. Doing so will mean all our candidates automatically qualify for the ballot and can receive public financing for their campaigns. It will be the first time a pro-independence party has ever qualified for the ballot and bring enormous prestige and credibility to the movement. Registering to vote online is free and takes less than 5 minutes, if you have not changed your registration to CNP please do so now.
Once qualified, our strategy is based on building a viable and credible party. That means running candidates in local elections – just a few at first so we can focus resources and win. From there, we will challenge progressively more races over time as we build our credibility and track record and work to implement our platform. In doing so we will build coalitions, keep our promises, and continue to be a legitimate voice for California in a way the Democrats and Republicans just aren’t. There is a tremendous amount of reform that needs to happen right here in California and we can do a lot to improve the lives of Californians before independence. Many of the reforms and proposals in our platform could be implemented here and now and would put us in a stronger position once we win Independence.
When we become a majority in the assembly, we will pass a resolution calling for the governor to negotiate a mutually recognized (by California and the federal government) referendum. That way we have a clear democratic mandate, we have the support to win, we have trust of California’s people, and the federal govt. has no excuse not to recognize the results.
We may also launch a ballot initiative of our own at some point in the future, if and when we have the resources to get it qualified for the ballot and the public support to pass it.
Most importantly, the CNP is committed to working through peaceful legal means.
Question: I live in ____________, how can I get involved? I have a special interest in _________, how can I connect with others? I want to volunteer to do __________ how can I get started?
Response: We are growing very fast right now. To get involved, please read this FAQ, check out our platform, and then join the CNP at https://CaliforniaNational.party/join/. We’ll send you an invite to the chat system we use to coordinate our volunteers. From there you can join the channels for your local area and for any projects or caucuses you’d like to be involved in.
Question: I want to share things on social media and print posters and fliers! Where can I find them?
Response: If you have an idea for a flier, poster, or other media go ahead and create it! Please do not include the CNP name or logo without first joining our organizational chat, and running it by the team in the #design channel. You can also find posters and memes at http://californianational.party/materials/
Question: Who is on your side? Celebrities? Politicians? Entrepreneurs?
Response: Better, we have thousands of ordinary Californians who want a better world for their children. As we grow we expect famous people to jump on board, but this movement begins at the grassroots and we need everyone to participate.
Question: I have an AMAZING idea / suggestion for the Platform! Can we add it?
Response: That’s great! We love new ideas!
Our current platform was adopted in September 2016 by our members after months of work and extensive feedback from volunteers all over California. It was a LOT of work, but of course nothing is perfect.
We are working on a process to open the platform up for amendments in a fair and democratic way so that all our members across California can have a say. Rapid growth has made this much more difficult.
Question: How will you raise enough money to do this?
Response: As a grassroots movement we rely on funding from our members. We ask all our members and supporters to set up a recurring monthly donation – whatever they can afford – and that gives us the recurring income we need to organize and grow.
Relationships with other organizations and movements
Question: Is the CNP associated or affiliated with Yes California?
Question: Are you sure? They posted something saying you are!
Response: We are not in any way affiliated or associated with Yes California. Even if we wanted to work with them, such affiliation would be illegal because they are a PAC and we are a “political body attempting to qualify as a Party“, and the law explicitly prohibits us from coordinating with them.
Unfortunately they have engaged in a long series of false and misleading attacks against us, claiming to “own” our party and attempting to solicit donations using our name. These claims are false and have been refuted by the California Secretary of State who has officially recognized our elected leadership. We ask that supporters of Californian independence cancel any donations to Yes California and refuse to support them until the offending individuals are removed and an apology is issued. People who want to work on the ballot initiative should reach out to the various other grassroots groups that have formed to support the initiative while maintaining distance from YC.
Lately, YC has taken to claiming on social media that they are our “parent” organization, which is absolutely false. While individuals associated with Yes California were among some of CNP’s early members, those people all stepped down in June of 2016 when we held our first elections. The work of building a political party began after that convention, and all the progress that we have made has been in spite of them and their constant attacks. They do not get to take credit for it.
Further, we have no connections whatsoever to Yes California’s Russian sponsors, or any other foreign government. We are 100% based in California and supported solely by donations from Californians.
Question: Do you support Yes California’s #CalExit ballot initiative?
Response: We have not endorsed the YC ballot initiative for a number of reasons, not least of which is the impossibility of working with YC themselves.
Many of our members also have deep concerns about the wording of that initiative.
- Passing the initiative does not begin the process for working toward independence, it instead calls for a second election. This means independence must be approved by voters twice (increasing the odds of failure).
- The initiative seems to call for a unilateral secession which, in addition to being contrary to our platform, would violate US laws and be immediately struck down by the courts.
- Even if it went ahead, a unilateral secession would almost certainly lead to hostile relations with the remaining United States and cause economic and political chaos that would be devastating for California’s economy.
- The association with an unethical foreign-sponsored organization like YC makes the initiative far less likely to pass and a failed vote could seriously weaken the movement for independence, setting us back by decades.
That said, a minority of our members enthusiastically support the ballot initiative despite its sponsors and are participating in the signature gathering effort. We have left it up to our members and chapters whether and how to be involved.
If the initiative does qualify for the ballot we will poll our membership on whether to endorse it at that point and go with the majority opinion, as is fitting for a democratic organization.
Question: So who do you work with?
Response: We see our movement as a critical part of the larger Californian progressive movement and will work with anyone who shares our goals and behaves in an ethical manner.
Question: When we declare independence can we take Washington / Oregon / Nevada / etc. with us?
Response: It is not up to us as Californians whether people in other States decide to seek independence and we are not going to annex neighboring states just because we want their resources – we’re Californians, not Americans! That said, we very much hope that their independence movements will take off and look forward to working with them to coordinate our break-away from the United States. It will be easier the more States agree that ending the Union is in everyone’s best interests. That said, our organization is solely focused on California at this time. We have to organize here first before we are any good as allies to anyone else.
Question: How would the government change after independence. Would Governor Brown become the President of California?
Response: The Governor would become the interim President, yes.
Our platform calls for a Constitutional Convention to write a new constitution for the Republic of California and for a three-year transition period during which we can negotiate the details of our separation with the United States. Issues to be negotiated include division of military assets, how much of America’s debt the Republic of California would agree to take on, terms for leasing military bases back to the United States, etc. We have other specific proposals that we’d like to see implemented – including proportional representation which would end the 2-party system – but ultimately the decision is up to the people of California.
Question: If successful; would the movement ever consider re-joining the United States?
Response: If the US invited Canada to join them but the price of doing so was giving up control of their foreign policy, privatizing their healthcare system, and being subjected to a government where they are under-represented and over-taxed; do you think they’d accept? If not, why should California – which has a bigger population and economy than Canada – ever want to rejoin?
Question: If this does occur what does the transition look like?
Response: Our platform calls for a 3-year transition period during which negotiations around the distribution of assets and debt can occur, our new military will be organized, and a constitutional convention will be organized.
We believe it is critically important for both urban and rural areas to be represented and for the composition of that convention to reflect California’s diversity – including representation for California’s indigenous people. Once the convention comes up with a proposal or set of proposals, those will go to the people of California to be approved. On average since the 1970’s a new nation has gained independence every two years, there is a well-worn set of precedents that we can follow.
Question: Would the state look into entering into its own peace treaties with other nations?
Response: The Republic of California would come into existence already a member of NATO and other regional defense treaties. We would likely need to renegotiate the details of those commitments, but yes; we will participate in the international system.
Question: What form of government would the nation adopt?
Response: The California National Party advocates a European-style parliamentary democracy with proportional representation and multiple political parties. Whether that is what California eventually adopts is of course up to the people of California.
Question: Would US citizens traveling to and from the nation of California need a passport
Response: Unless the US and California negotiated a treaty providing freedom of movement between us and them, yes. However, passports are easy to get and people cross borders every day. We don’t anticipate this being a major barrier and you will still be able to visit your relatives in America.
Question: What would be the nation’s stance towards refugees?
Response: That is ultimately up to the people of California to decide, but we have a very long history of accepting people from all over the world.
- Around half of Californians were born somewhere else and it’s been that way for over two centuries. In many ways, California is the welcoming land of opportunity that America has always claimed to be but never actually been.
- That said, there is a limit to the number of low-skill destitute people that any economy can absorb – no matter how much the citizens of a nation want to welcome those less fortunate.
- Currently thousands of cities and counties all over America “solve” their homeless problem by giving those folks 1-way tickets to California. In addition to being morally reprehensible, this “solution” creates significant problems for California since we don’t have the resources to deal with America’s homelessness epidemic on our own. We will absolutely continue to accept refugees, but America should not expect that we will continue to accept an unlimited number of refugees from the United States.
- The details of California’s immigration policy will be up to the people of California to decide.
- We would therefore need to have some reasonable limits on immigration. The details of that policy are not up to us, however, and we would prefer not to speculate. See our Platform for our positions on undocumented people who are already here.
Question: How will you win over conservative areas? Won’t “Jefferson” and the central valley want to split off and remain part of the United States?
Response: California’s government has done an absolutely terrible job of representing the interests of farmers and people in rural areas, from hospital closures to lack of water security which hits farmers the hardest, Sacramento has failed over and over again. As a result, many people in rural areas feel unrepresented.
This is part of a larger pattern – all across the US Democrats have written off rural areas for years now. In states like California with a clear urban majority that works for them, but it’s been an absolute disaster for them across most of the rest of the US and is one of the big reasons they’ve lost so much ground in congress and why Donald Trump is now President.
We are not going to repeat the Democrats mistakes. The CNP is a party for all Californians, urban and rural alike, and we aim to win in rural California by fighting hard to represent the interests of rural Californians. That means investing in long-term water security, not just quick fixes and gimmicks, as well as fully funding rural schools. Our single-payer healthcare plan will also help bring an end to the string of hospital closures in rural areas. Most importantly, we want to significantly decentralize California’s government to give more power to local communities and let them govern themselves while switching the Californian legislature to Proportional Representation. Proportional Representation will give California a true multi-party system and finally hold Sacramento accountable.
Question: Isn’t this just an excuse to take away my guns?
Response: No. The CNP is not anti-gun and we aren’t interested in fighting the Democrat’s battles for them. California has more gun owners than any state except Texas and many of the party’s members and officers are gun owners. California’s gun owners will be represented in our constitutional convention. We believe that urban and rural areas have different needs and values around gun ownership and should be able to set rules that make sense locally.
Question: The economy of California ranks 6th globally, but our economy relies heavily on trade with the rest of the United States. How would trade be impacted?
Response: According to international precedents, when a nation splits both successor nations usually inherit the parent nation’s treaties and agreements unless and until one of the successor nations opts out. That would mean California would already be a member of NAFTA, the WTO, and other free-trade treaties at the moment of independence. That means no significant barriers to trade with the remaining United States would be enacted and trade would be largely unaffected. We will also have a three-year transition period from declaring independence to it actually becoming a reality. That gives us time to negotiate the terms and ensure that trade is not impacted – something that is in the best interest of California and the United States both since they are at least as reliant on us as we are on them.
Question: California is broke. How will we pay our bills?
Response: California is not broke.
- We had a budget surplus the last two years.
- We pay almost $60 billion a year in direct subsidies to other states as part of the US.
- We contribute more money to the US military than any other state. Our contribution alone is larger than Russia’s entire military budget, which makes California one of the 10 biggest military spenders on the planet.
America wastes a huge amount of the money they take in – look at the F-35 and at all the costs of running the federal government’s bureaucracy.
- We have the 5th biggest economy on the planet. We surpassed France and the UK this year and are more than capable of paying our bills.
- The only reason California has budget problems is because our economy is being looted by the United States.
- Independence will make California wealthier and allow us to invest our money here to address our problems at home.
Question: Where will we get water? Won’t we just dry up?
Response: California’s water security issues are made worse by remaining part of the US.
- 90% of the water California uses comes from within California
Our water infrastructure leaks millions of gallons a year but we don’t have funds to fix it because so much of our money goes to subsidies and waste by the US government.
- The American government doesn’t believe climate change is real, but that’s not stopping climate change from drying up the Colorado river. Growing populations up-river also mean less and less water is available to us. So staying with the status quo will dry up LA and San Diego.
- Recent studies in Southern California show the region could be self-sufficient if we invested in water recycling, rainwater capture, and other simple solutions. The same goes for most California cities.
- Our farms also have massive potential to save water by upgrading to modern more efficient irrigation systems. We want to help them do so. This is a win for farmers who will save huge amounts of money on water and a win for our whole nation.
- Research into better desalination, atmospheric dehumidifiers, and other technologies could dramatically increase our capacity and replace diminishing groundwater reserves. Unfortunately, being part of the US means our money gets spent on their priorities, not ours.
- The only way to get water security is independence.
Question: This is illegal / treason!
Response: We are a peaceful democratic movement that is seeking legal recognition for California as an independent nation and future ally of the US. Our political activities do not constitute treason or sedition.
- Treason and sedition are crimes of violence against the US by definition. Article III of the US Constitution and Title 18 of the U.S. Code define treason as acts in aid of an enemy of the US in times of war. Title 18 of the U.S. Code defines sedition as efforts to overthrow the US government by force or violence. Since CNP is a peaceful movement to work within the bounds of existing legal structures, its actions are neither treason nor sedition.
- Further, political speech is not treason and is a fundamental protection of the First Amendment. Indeed, there is even Supreme Court authority for the proposition that public expression of subversive opinions, including vehement criticism of the government and its policies, do not constitute treason. (See, e.g., Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444, 89 S. Ct. 1827, 23 L. Ed. 2d 430 (1969), holding that it is not treason to advocate the violent overthrow of the US government unless such advocacy is directed toward inciting imminent lawless action and is likely to produce it.) At least until California becomes independent, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and peaceful political advocacy.
Question: What about the Civil War? There is no precedent for independence!
Response: Political self-determination is a human right and not up to the US government.
- The UN Charter lists political self-determination as a human right – something no government can deny. The Constitution says treaties are the supreme law of the land. The US government signed the UN Charter; therefore, movements for political self determination are explicitly legalized. This was not the case during the Civil War.
- The Civil War was about Slavery as much as the right to declare independence. That’s obviously not an issue here.
- The Civil War took place in a different time. The modern world economy is globally integrated and independent. America declaring war on California after a peaceful and democratic vote in favor of independence would violate their treaty obligations to NATO, the UN, and more.
- A war would also crash the global economy Nations that trade don’t go to war and industrialized western democracies that trade are particularly unlikely to go to war. Doing so would be in no one’s best interest.
- Since the 1970’s a new nation has gained independence every two years on average: the vast majority of them peacefully. If Scotland can negotiate terms of a mutually recognized referendum on independence with the UK after centuries of conflict, we can do the same with America.
- The fact that the United States exists and is not a territory of the United Kingdom is, in and of itself, an affirmation of the right to political self-determination.
- Lastly, there is precedent set since then for the US to let territories declare independence. All it took was a treaty approved by the US Senate. The 1946 “Treaty of General Relations Between the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines” states in Article I:
“The United States of America agrees to withdraw and surrender, and does hereby withdraw and surrender, all right of possession, supervision, jurisdiction, control or sovereignty existing and exercised by the United States of America in and over the territory and the people of the Philippine Islands, except the use of such bases, necessary appurtenances to such bases, and the rights incident thereto, as the United States of America, by agreement with the Republic of the Philippines, may deem necessary to retain for the mutual protection of the United States of America and of the Republic of the Philippines. The United States of America further agrees to recognize, and does hereby recognize, the independence of the Republic of the Philippines as a separate self-governing nation and to acknowledge, and does hereby acknowledge, the authority and control over the same of the Government instituted by the people thereof, under the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines.”
https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/UNTS/Volume%207/v7.pdf (page 16 of PDF)
Question: What about a military? What happens to all the bases?
Response: We will have our own military and lease some of the key bases to the US.
- The US has bases in over 200 countries, so a base outside US soil has of precedent.
- According to international precedents, when a nation splits both successor states inherit all the treaty memberships and obligations unless they explicitly opt out. California will start out as a member of NATO from Day One and will work with our NATO partners to guarantee peace and security.
- The Californian military will be formed by combining the California Military Reserve and California National Guard. Californian soldiers in the US military will be offered incentives to transfer to our military when their terms of enlistment end.
- In exchange for assuming a share of the US debt, we will negotiate for a share of US assets, including military assets, so our military will not have to start from scratch.
- California remaining part of NATO is a win for the US: we become a stronger ally for mutual defense and they don’t have to pay for upkeep of our military.
Question: California doesn’t have enough power generation; how will you keep the lights on?
Response: We can meet our needs via renewables and interim power purchase agreements.
- Countries trade across national boundaries all the time. It’s a fundamental part of the global economy. The US and Canada already have power lines running across the border.
- California’s deserts are perfect for large-scale solar deployments. We also have abundant tidal and wind power resources.
- Moving to a post-carbon economy is a necessity. America’s addiction to coal and crude oil is an existential threat to California because most of our population lives on the coast. Coal mining may be good for Wyoming’s and West Virginia’s economies, but rising oceans driven by melting ice caps are a direct threat to California’s many coastal cities.
- The CNP includes large-scale investment into renewables in our platform. Even if you don’t support independence, we can work together on issues like this where most Californians agree.
- This isn’t a liberal/conservative issue. California’s Red Counties actually have more solar installed per person than the blue ones.
- California will have to continue buying power for some years while our infrastructure is developed, but long term we can absolutely have energy independence if we want it.
Question: What will happen to my Social Security and Medicare? Will California pay me what I’m owed?
Response: Social Security will not be interrupted and in fact is safer in an independent California.
- Millions of Americans living in foreign countries receive Social Security benefits. California would be no different for dual citizens.
- As part of the negotiations around independence, California may agree to take over social security payments in return for a transfer of assets or a reduction in the share of US debt we assume. If that happens, California would continue making social security payments as normal. As an independent nation with better resources and fewer entanglements we will be better positioned to protect pensions and social security money.
- Staying part of the US actually puts social security more at risk than independence because the incoming Republican president and Congress want to privatize social security and make payments subject to a volatile stock market.
- Furthermore, entitlements such as Social Security are funded on a “Pay As You Go” (PAYGO) model that require growing populations to stay solvent. Retirees are paid out of money collected from workers’ paychecks. California has proven to be a magnet for immigrants as well as an engine of economic growth, and is well positioned to support programs similar to Social Security on its own. Many states are seeing populations in decline, putting even more pressure on the USA to keep looting dynamic growing states like California.
- As for Medicare, we advocate universal health care based on the French model. See below.
Question: What about Obamacare? Will I lose health coverage?
Response: The CNP universal health care based on the French model.
- In this model not-for-profit health companies compete in a marketplace so companies have to work to earn people’s business but the goal is to provide excellent care – not turn a profit. Prices are regulated by the government.
- The French pay significantly less per person than health care than Americans, live longer, are healthier, and most experts agree they have the best coverage in the world.
- France is an ideal model for California because they have a slightly larger population and slightly smaller economy so there is no question about whether we can afford to emulate them.
Question: Will California assume part of the US national debt? What will that do to our economy?
Response: We will need to assume some portion of the US national debt in exchange for a share of key assets (military equipment for example) held by the US. How much will be determined in negotiations. California is a “donor” state within the US and is far better positioned to pay off such debts than the US is.
Question: What impact do you predict this will have on global economic markets? On the US economic market?
Response: The US economy will need to be significantly adjusted once California is no longer being forced to spend billions of dollars a year subsidizing other States. This may not be good for their economy but will be great for ours.
Question: What will happen to stocks/mutual funds own that are traded on the NYSE? How will banks operate?
Response: People from all over the world own and trade stock on the NYSE, this will be wholly unaffected. The CNP platform includes the creation of a National Credit Union, owned by the people of California, which will act as our equivalent to the Federal Reserve. Banking will otherwise be unaffected. See our Platform for Prosperity for more details.
Question: What about my student loans? Will I be paying money to California or to the US?
Response: That will be determined during negotiations. Long term, the CNP supports making State colleges and trade schools free for Californian students who graduate from a public school and maintain a high enough GPA. We don’t want the government to pick up the tab for people who party all the time instead of studying, but we want everyone who’s willing to work hard to have a chance.
Question: My small business has offices in CA and other states, though it is a CA company. Will the new CA government help me set up my new multinational corporation?
Response: Yes. We have not fully fleshed out the details here, but many nations provide support to help their companies expand and grow beyond their borders, California we will be no different.
Question: What will CA do about its burgeoning public employees’ pension plan? Won’t that bankrupt the state?
Response: This is a real problem. Former Governor Davis did us all a terrible dis-service by creating this situation. Spending on public pensions needs to be brought under control whether we gain our independence or not and the CNP supports a negotiated settlement that honors the commitments that have already been made but prevents the State from paying inflated costs in the future.
Question: Could one have dual citizenship? Or maybe a resident visa?
Response: Anyone who wants to keep their US citizenship will be able to do so.
Question: Would marijuana be legal in an independent California?
Response: Yes. The CNP platform includes decriminalization of personal drug use and diverting drug war funding to pay for programs that prevent addiction and actually reduce usage. Iceland, Portugal, Denmark, and others have had tremendous success with this approach. The war on drugs has been an absolute disaster and must end.
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