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Marijuana legalization campaign 2012 starts tomorrow if Proposition 19 passes or not

  1. Balzafire
    Support for Proposition 19, a California measure to legalize marijuana for adult use, is falling according to a recent poll.

    But backers of a similar law in Colorado aren't waiting to find out if Prop. 19 passes. They've created a website, Legalize2012.com, and will be formally launching their campaign at an event tomorrow.

    Among the driving forces behind Legalize2012.com is Laura Kriho of the Cannabis Therapy Institute. And while she makes it clear that she's in favor of Prop. 19 -- "We hope it passes; that'll be better for our momentum" -- she emphasizes that "we're going forward regardless of what happens in California."

    Why start so early? After all, the 2010 election will have ended fewer than 24 hours earlier when the Legalize2012.com gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in Boulder (get full details below).

    "One of the main reasons is our patients," Kriho explains. "They are in the process of getting restricted out of being able to get their medicine in a reasonable fashion" by rules like a $90 license fee and various regulations being devised by the Department of Revenue. For one thing, she maintains that the revenue department wants MMJ patients to be fingerprinted, whereas "our model would allow people to obtain cannabis by merely showing a driver's license to prove they're over 21, the same way people buy alcohol in stores."

    Another reason, she continues, "is just to let people know the importance of this. It's important to get your friends out to vote on November 6, 2012 -- we already have the date, so put it on your calendar."

    Some observers have questioned whether Prop. 19 supporters erred by placing the measure on the ballot in an off-year election. After all, more young people -- a demographic likely to support cannabis legalization (or, as Kriho terms it, "relegalization") -- vote in presidential-year elections. Kriho doesn't criticize this decision, but she stresses that Legalize2012.com will be targeting voters under age 45. "Recent polls in Colorado have shown that support for legalization is growing. It's grown from 46 percent to 49 percent in just two years, and with each year that goes by, things get better for us.

    "Clearly, we have the numbers in Colorado to pass any kind of initiative we want if we're just able to get people who support it out to the polls. So we need to generate excitement and enthusiasm. It's going to be a fun campaign, and we want to set the tone now."

    Among the speakers at tomorrow's kickoff event will be Paul Danish, a former Boulder city councilman "who helped with the first Colorado legalization initiative, back in 1992. It didn't get on the ballot that year -- we didn't collect enough signatures -- but since then, he's been an activist for legalization on many different levels. And times have changed."

    No denying that. (Look below) for more information about tomorrow's event:

    By Michael Roberts
    Nov. 2 2010


  1. talltom
    Re: Marijuana legalization campaign 2012 starts tomorrow if Proposition 19 passes or

    Pot Prohibition Is the Cornerstone of a Police State

    The simple truth about America's marijuana prohibition: any law that allows the easy incarceration of any citizen any time those in power want to do it is the ultimate enemy of democracy. With 800,000 annual arrests over an herb used by tens of millions of Americans, it is the cornerstone of a police state.

    The newly energized movement to end prohibition in California -- home to more than 10% of the nation -- is one of the few healthy developments in this otherwise horrific election.

    Part of the battle has already been won. By all accounts the California campaign has thrust the issue to a new level. The terms of repeal are not perfect. But the acceptance of marijuana use has taken a giant leap forward. When joints are openly lit and smoked on national television, it's clear that sooner rather than later, this travesty will fall.

    The California campaign has drawn the sides clearly. Demanding continued prohibition first and foremost are the drug dealers who profit directly. As Dan Okrent has shown in LAST CALL: THE RISE & FALL OF PROHIBITION, organized crime booms around such bans.

    With them are the prison builders and operators, plus the lawyers, judges, guards and street cops who make their livings off the human agony of this endless stream of meaningless arrests. To their credit, some of these -- especially cops who actually care about controlling actual crime -- have come out for legalization.

    Then come the alcohol and tobacco pushers who don't want the competition from a recreational substance that -- like renewable energy -- can be raised and controlled locally. Ditto Big Pharma, which fears marijuana as a superior anti-depressant with healing capabilities far beyond a whole multi-billlion-dollar arsenal of prescription drugs with deadly side effects. They fear an herbal medicine whose warning labels will be limited to statements like: "Caution -- use of this healing herb may lead to excessive desire for chocolate cup cakes."

    Ultimately it's the politicians who cling to a prohibition that enhances their power. One after the other they endorse more arrests and fiscal insanity.

    Never mind that virtually every farmer in Revolutionary America -- including Washington, Jefferson and Madison -- raised marijuana's kissing cousin, hemp, and profited handsomely from it. Never mind that Ben Franklin made his best paper from hemp. Forget that the last three presidents of the United States and the current governor of California (among so many others) have smoked marijuana, and may still do so.

    Never mind that hemp looms behind marijuana as a far greater cash crop, with huge profits to be made from ecologically superior paper, clothing, shoes, textiles, rope, sails, food, fuel and more. A core agricultural mainstay throughout human history, hemp requires no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. A nitrogen-fixing weed, it replenishes the soil in which it grows. As the stock for cellulosic ethanol, fuel pellets and seed-based diesel oil, it is the key to a green revolution in sustainable bio-fuels. As such, hemp is legal in virtually every country on Earth except the United States.

    Many believe the decentralizing economic power of hemp is the real reason its corporate industrial competitors want marijuana to stay illegal. The literature on both is deep and wide.

    This ghastly 2010 mid-term election is like a horrendous death spasm for a dying empire. The cancerous flood of corporate money pouring through the process has taken the corruption of what's left of our democratic process to new post-imperial depths.

    But nature always provides an healing herb that grows near a poisonous one. We work and hope for repeal in California. But we know the issue has already gone to a new level.

    The accelerated corporate rape and pillage of what's left of our nation is all too evident. Sending this tool of official repression up in smoke will help mitigate the disaster.

    By Harvey Wasserman, AlterNet
    Posted October 31, 2010,
    Printed November 7, 2010

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