First-Ever Nationwide Pro-Marijuana TV Ad Campaign Is Launched in Conjunction with '4/20'

Boulder, Colorado: I have every reason to believe that ‘4/20’ in 2009 will be the biggest and most momentous one to date as NORML launches 7,770 nationwide TV ads that advocate for cannabis law reform; NORML expects record numbers of supporters to join the organization for the celebratory one-day price of $4.20 because, I believe, there is a palpable zeitgeist in America right now favoring reform; the Obama administration appears amenable to some cannabis law reforms in ways that no prior president since Jimmy Carter has embraced; and lastly, with NORML’s nearly 600,000 ‘friends’ on Facebook and nearly 67,000 MySpace, more Americans than ever before who are keen on cannabis can create a viral effect that benefits reform.
Here in Boulder between 10,000-15,000 students and activists are expected to celebrate in what has become the biggest 4/20 event in the world.

Heck, the New York Times has already posted a profile of 4/20 for today’s paper, where they came yesterday for interview and photos to the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National Marijuana Forum. This portends well to what will be an insane day in the media for pro-reform groups like NORML (I’ve already got 35 interviews scheduled…) as I was also asked to pen an essay for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered that I assume will be published today. (UPDATE! Read and comment on Allen’s essay here.)

I dare say we as a country are finally ‘getting it’ regarding the clear and obvious need to reform our misguided cannabis laws.

Thanks to the hundreds of NORML supporters who donated what they could to buy ad time to launch a timely 4/20 ad campaign, you’re the green that keeps NORML all grassroots, all of the time!

Have an enjoyable and safe 4/20 from the staff of NORML!

Legalization: Yes We Can – Jason Druss

Marijuana Advocacy Group Launches TV Campaign on ‘4/20’
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Foundation (NORML Foundation) a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization, established in 1997, is purchasing advertising time on selective cable outlets to underscore the urgency of decriminalizing cannabis.
The NORML Foundation launched this pro-marijuana ad campaign to create further political pressure on the federal government to recognize 1) the ever-increasing support of Americans who favor cannabis legalization, 2) the clear sea change of cannabis laws that’s been happening at the state level since Californians voted in favor of medicinal access to cannabis in 1996, and 3) to rally cannabis consumers and anti-prohibitionists on April 20, a date on the calendar that has organically become a national day to both publicly celebrate cannabis as well as protest 70 years of prohibition.

The featured ad is the winner of NORML’s recent user-generated-content contest that asks NORML supporters: ‘What would you say to President Obama about legalizing marijuana?’
New Jersey college student and up and coming filmmaker Jason Druss created the winning submission and is the recipient of the contest’s $3,500 cash grand prize after 6500 votes were cast on NORML’s webpage. “It’s time for President Obama to endorse cannabis law reform where it is legally controlled and taxed like alcohol and tobacco products,” stated Jason Druss. “It’s shocking that students can lose out from federal student loans for possessing a few joints, when pot’s been part of the college culture for decades.’

Marijuana, By the Numbers…
Thirteen states (with a population base of 115 million Americans) have decriminalized cannabis possession; thirteen states (with a population base of 75 million Americans) now have medical cannabis laws. Additionally, more states than ever before are debating cannabis law reform, including California and Massachusetts where legalization legislation have been introduced.
Since 1965, over 20 million Americans have been arrested on cannabis-related charges—90% for possession-only; over 900,000 cannabis arrests are expected again this year.

According to numerous survey and polls, approximately 75% of Americans support medical access to cannabis; 73% favor decriminalizing cannabis possession for adults and 42% of Americans support legalizing cannabis.

7,700 NORML Foundation ads are appearing on cable outlets nationwide (with a strong media buy in Ohio) on CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, Fuse, FX Networks, G4, MSNBC, CNN’s Headline News and Spike TV.

0 thoughts

  1. I believe the commercials should be more aggressive than this. It got the point across that everyone smokes weed and for different reasons but it didn’t touch the hypocrisy of the issue.
    We could have one taylored for each state: In Texas its a class A misdemeanor to be caught selling your baby. A bag of weed, however, its a class A FELONY.
    We could have commercials that compares weed to beer, cigs, or pharmaceuticals and mention how many die from these things a year. Then mention how weed isn’t documented in killing anyone.
    We could drill the economic truth of a legalization surplus. If they would stop spending billions locking up our nations youth every year and instead legalized a popular commodity.

  2. That is a bad idea. So now people are going to get busted for Marijuana and go to jail. You cant make money in jail/prison so basically if you dont have money saved your family is now suffering for this joke the government call “the war on drugs”. The so called war on drugs is a bunch of lies the government feeds the us to make money. I saw an article about this, and it was talking about how it was only going to hurt the familys of these people because most long time prisoners have no money.

  3. I don’t watch tv, but I do watch a lot of stuff on the internet, especially on HULU.com.
    I’d love to see ads there.

  4. I just heard many states are looking at how they can use inmates as slave labor. Allowing them to preform services for corporations and keeping the money to offset the expense of keeping people locked up.
    It is growing like a virus so many people depend on the billions wasted for their income. I say redirect the effort of these many people and the money wasted to help our people not put more of them in jail to become slaves of the state…
    CFHJ

  5. It’s not “all white people” there are at least two people in that ad who don’t look white at ALL to me

  6. where are thete comercials being place to run…. it is 3:09 pm where I’m is 4/21/2009 and I havn’ see one yet.. I’m in Southern TENn But I though they were to beall ov the place on CNN and other channel lik them
    Ray

  7. NORML last update was 4/19… Today is 4/22.. hmmmmmmmm
    No Marijuana in the news i guess.. i Live in Oklahoma no ads yet seen.

  8. Someone used the argument about cheeseburgers being bad for you and next on the list of potential illegal items to face the American public. Oddly enough that argument about the nanny government problem is slowly coming to light in many forms.
    Back in the early 90’s most people really didn’t think much of the social satire presented in movies such as Demolition Man. I really wish they would stop and reconsider what they’ve voted for repeatedly; directly or indirectly.
    The problem we have is that most “parents” are scared into making dumb decisions. Its easy to do when you take the pressures of life and compound them onto the sleep deprived or the monetarily challenged. They’ve slowly gained momentum into supporting all sorts of things I think they will regret in their sunset years.
    While I will admit there has been in increase in overall obesity etc in the US, the open movement to punish people via open discrimination and slander/libel has been much in tune with the War on XXX approaches. As if bombing people with shame will change the fundamental nature of the food supplies and education systems for nutrition.
    Long story short: Too many people small “perfect people” groups in the US have the ear of the legislatures. Most of these measures are “safe issues” and see little protest as they slowly ratchet away your freedoms.
    Civil liberties in the US are starting to become more and more like a wedding ceremony: Speak up now or forever hold your peace.

  9. #96 Ruben Says: “Get your asses over here, to the Netherlands. We got plenty of Marijuana for you guys”
    Ruben: Would love to be able to do just that, have any suggestions for a married couple that will both soon be 60 years of age ? Where will we work ? Where will we find a reasonably priced two bedroom apartment that’s quiet ?
    My husband and I went on NORML’s Sensible Amsterdam Tour in January of 2007. It was a blast. My husband does not smoke but he loved the place so much that ever since our visit he says quite often, “let’s move to Amsterdam”.
    He says this in part because I need the herb for medical reasons but most importantly he just simply loved the tolerance that is so apparent.
    And yes, I’ve searched the web for hours looking at jobs there, read about apartments for rent (apartments are expensive), and so on. It would be easier if we knew some people there but we don’t.

  10. What TRUTH does for tobacco products is what we need for cannabis… but the complete opposite.
    For example, bill boards with facts, more commercials, the kick in the balls truth that the government needs to wake up and address the situation with all the facts, the pros and the cons.

  11. i live in maryland with direct tv and i watch cnn from 2pm to 7pm everyday and have not seen the ad aired between those times
    also willie nelson a spokes person excellent idea

  12. Those of you who didn’t see the ad don’t worry. I don’t live in Missouri but I’m a show me kinda guy. Anyone who’s ever read my post know’s how skeptical I am. And I did see the ad during That 70’s Show on FX via DISH NETWORK, I have it on my DVR. It was the April 20th 4:30 – 5:00 pm episode. Which can only mean that NORML bought at least some time at the network level. An ad purchased on the network could not be censored locally. I produced commercial’s for local cable for 5 years, so I know how this works. So, this time, I was impressed with NORML.

  13. Here’s Willie’s script.
    If we could demonstrate just 5 percent of the vote in the next congressional elections, no one in congress would get any tougher on pot, in fact they would suddenly not even know how to pronounce marijuana (heck they wouldn’t know how to pronounce pot).
    If we could demonstrate just 10 percent of the vote in the next elections, congress would pass almost any reform we want.
    If we could demonstrate 20 percent of the vote in the next congressional election, THEY WOULD NO LONGER HAVE ANY OTHER CHOICE.
    YES WE COULD !!!!!!
    P.S. Willie, bring your guitar.

  14. Even better, not only was it on during That 70’s Show. It was between a SUBWAY commercial and a Promo for the film Rush Hour. MMMMM Subway

  15. Glad Norml and MPP decided to cut out the giggling at the end. Havent seen any of the ads in Illinois yet but am really looking forward to them being aired right on time for SB 1381 and HB 2514. Hopely Illinois will become the 14th state to legalize medical cannabis !
    [Editor’s Note: MPP was not involved.]

  16. Oringal quote by: whitmorris
    “If you really want to get marijuana legalized, you should jump in a time machine and go back and talk some shit with George Washington. He was a bigtime pothead. Last time I talked with him, he said that this country was a conspiracy created by the man to attack eastern philosophy by eradicating putinistic realities. Does this sound like a bunch of bullshit to you? Well, it is. And that is exactly like what you fucking retarded stoners sound like when you try to have a conversation with people. Yeah, this is what I want: a whole country full of people who don’t bathe or cut their hair and smell like dirt – yet somehow seem to think they have a superior understanding of the world than everyone else on the planet. Bunchof fucking idiots.”
    I love you and forgive your actions.
    Dirty hippies. They’re so hard to offend.
    Why can’t I just make them ANGRY? 🙂
    Can’t we all just get along….? We don’t question your lifestyle choices (publicly). We just want the same favor.
    No harm, no foul… right?

  17. NORML needs a lot more money to buy more air time. We also need some in your face, quick yet deep statements like “more people die each year from peanut butter than marijuana” or something along those lines.
    The average American’s attention span isn’t too long, so you need to blitz them with some facts that aren’t too commonly known. 700,000 arrested a year for possession, or 20 million in total (I think the ad already says this), No recorded human fatality from overdose, etc. These are all things that caught my attention before I was for legalization and was anti-drug (I was just a kid and didn’t know better, cut me some slack).
    Perhaps take the financial route and show some figures about the number of jobs it can create? The economy is on everyone’s mind right now, so that’s always a good angle.

  18. As Ed Says, we have to blitz the media. 10 and 15 second spots are less expensive and can convey effective messages like: cannabinoids in cannabis shrink cancer tumors and fight drug-resistant staph infections – and this is a plant we have banned? Or: “Regulation is law and order.. Prohibition is a free for all. Children can get their hands on marijuana more easily than alcohol and tobacco because marijuana is not regulated. End prohibition now, and protect your children.” or words to that effect. And we can think of radio, too. Even cheaper.

  19. #265 Vote Like A Beast Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    Those of you who didn’t see the ad don’t worry. I don’t live in Missouri but I’m a show me kinda guy. Anyone who’s ever read my post know’s how skeptical I am. And I did see the ad during That 70’s Show on FX via DISH NETWORK, I have it on my DVR. It was the April 20th 4:30 – 5:00 pm episode. Which can only mean that NORML bought at least some time at the network level. An ad purchased on the network could not be censored locally. I produced commercial’s for local cable for 5 years, so I know how this works. So, this time, I was impressed with NORML.
    RE:
    Vote Like A Beast,
    – I’m enthused to hear that you saw the NORML ad on Dish Network!
    (That NORML also has the ads on satellite, not just local cable-systems).
    – I disagree w/ Lisa (#182), that these PSA’s create a ‘false sense-of-security’ in young adults.
    If anything,
    The ads COUNTERACT induced-complacency by some pot-friendly sitcoms, movies and stand-up comedians;
    Act as a wake-up call to get involved in cannabis law-reform;
    And serve as a reminder of the present injustice and harsh legal consequences people are STILL suffering for something MUCH LESS TOXIC than alcohol.
    And…that cannabis NEEDS TO BE RE-LEGALIZED, ’cause it’s not COMPLETELY so, YET! 🙁
    (Not even temporarily for the third Monday of April…)
    #271 Ed Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 11:21 pm
    NORML needs a lot more money to buy more air time. We also need some in your face, quick yet deep statements like “more people die each year from peanut butter than marijuana” or something along those lines.
    RE:
    Ed,
    This is true,
    (and easily mentioned in a 10 sec ‘ad-blurb’) 🙂

  20. “CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, Fuse, FX Networks, G4, MSNBC, CNN’s Headline News and Spike TV”
    Unfortunately, as a 23 yo male those are all channels I watch regularly. We need to connect with a demographic that isnt as ‘high’ on cannabis as the <25 male group. Channels like Lifetime, Bravo, Oxygen, History Channel, Fishing Network, cbs/abc(daytime during soaps),Home & Garden HGTV, etc… get my drift?

  21. #247– Georgia is so backwards we are one of the largest hubs for drugs, but we will be one of the last States to legalize. I have lived here my entire life and wonder where all of the “stick in the mud people” live. I have meet many people as I own a business, and have meet 5 people in my 45 year life that have never tried it and all but one of those people believe it should be legal. I talk about this issue non-stop, since the Appalachian Drug Task force came into my house unannounced at 4:30 in the morning 5 years ago and pulled my 18 year old out of bed by her hair with a gun to her head. Shortly after that Kathryn Johnson was murdered by Atlanta Police. I thank my lucky stars when my daughters alarm went off to wake her up to head to school that the dumb ass didn’t get scared and pull the trigger. I live in a small town, but the sheriff that pulled this kind of stuff for 4 years has been replaced. Some want him back, but I promise he will never be sheriff here again.

  22. How long does it take for all 7,770 commercials to be aired? Any ideas on how many per day? Can NORML purchase more everyday?

  23. A-MEN to that, GA Sunshine. Short-sighted folks like that should not be in leadership roles. We need leaders and elected officials(big and small) to see and weigh both sides of an issue; and then make a reasonable decision. This old song and dance of prohibition and intolerance needs to die out with last century.

  24. Since 4/20 Ive seen 4 ads from the lying side and have yet to see one of our ads.
    If the cost of the ads are accurate, then why am I not seeing one ad every hour? Just my donations alone should be enough to see one an hour on any given station.
    Are the networks refusing to air the ads or something?

  25. There is no justification for government control over Americans’ personal lives. I agree with general laws that you cannot kill people, etc, but what you do in the comfort of your home is only your business. We should all be able to do as we please as long as we aren’t hurting any one else.

  26. If presidents admit using marijuana, how can it still be illegal? Oh the hypocrisy. Anyway, a belated happy 4/20 to everyone 🙂

  27. #272 Brinna Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 12:31 am
    As Ed Says, we have to blitz the media.
    10 and 15 second spots are less expensive and can convey effective messages like:
    “Cannabinoids in cannabis shrink cancer tumors and fight drug-resistant staph infections –
    and this is a plant we have banned?”
    Or:
    “Regulation IS law and order.. Prohibition is a free for all.
    Children can get their hands on marijuana more easily
    than alcohol and tobacco because marijuana is NOT regulated.
    End prohibition now, and protect your children.”
    or words to that effect.
    And we can think of radio, too. Even cheaper.
    RE:
    Brinna,
    *** Your first message example,
    “Cannabinoids in cannabis shrink cancer tumors…”
    might seem unbelievable to those who fall back to lies they have been taught…such as…
    “Smoked marijuana contains 10x carcinogens than tobacco…”
    (Actually, smoking is NOT the only means of consuming cannabis, i.e.
    tinctures, edibles and herbal-vaporizers are safer, ‘smokeless‘ methods
    ).
    “Marijuana’s not medicine, it contains mold-spores, mildew, pesticide-residues…”
    (Actually, these are a result of poor handling inherent in a compromised product under prohibition.
    Food-grade / medical-grade cannabis contains NONE of these hazards).

    *** Your second example CAN’T be emphasized enough!
    (“Regulation is law and order.. Prohibition is a free for all. . . . “)
    – So often, I hear prohibitionists conflate the present drawbacks of
    illegality with the imagined hazards of re-legalized cannabis,
    when in fact, a regulated system of age-limits and quality-control is what we need!

  28. its about freakin time someone put out a positive ad about pot. with all these “ABOVE THE INFLUENCE” commercials people don’t want to get all the positive info on pot because they think its WAYYYYYYYYY bad.

  29. While I support any argument that can convince boobus americanus that legalization is right, it would be nice to see the “freedom” argument instead of the taxation and economic salvation argument.
    As a freedom loving individual I recongnize that more government equals less freedom in EVERY case. The economic argument for legalization and taxation only serves to give more money to more big government at a time when they should be dismantling leviathan.
    Further, the push for regulation and taxation will only serve to undermine the freedom that we all should have to grow what we want and sell to friends, family, whomever, without government harrassment. A plan based on regulation and taxation will just enhance the role of the revenuer to steal an alcohol reference who will be kicking down doors arresting people for growing and selling without paying taxes. It won’t matter that your crop of 10 plants is what you need for the year until the next harvest, you will be labelled a “distributer” who is selling without paying taxes.
    So please consider the ramifications of your arguments. We need to restore FREEDOM in this country, not just legalize pot. If you still have to worry about the man because you don’t have a tax stamp, how is legalization doing any good at all??

  30. #282 tristen reynolds Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 8:07 am
    its about freakin time someone put out a positive ad about pot. with all these “ABOVE THE INFLUENCE” commercials people don’t want to get all the positive info on pot because they think its WAYYYYYYYYY bad.
    RE:
    Yes!
    Cannabis is a God-Given plant,
    put here on Planet-Earth for its multitudes of uses,
    not to be demonized or made extinct.
    – That’s why we all need to live Above The IGNORANCE:
    http://www.abovetheignorance.org/

  31. Has anybody actually seen any of these commercials? Since 4/20 I have been watching the TV like a hawk and have not seen even one, what, do they come on @ 2:00am? when do we see them plastered all over the place like the “above the influence” commercials?

  32. I love you norml, you are doing things that evoke a lot of passion in the smoking community. we are a community of well educated and peaceful people. lets get this done so we can all live less anxious lives! I have suffered the persecution of the law and its time that this ends.

  33. Here’s an interesting idea that I doubt will ever happen…What if every single person in the U.S. that currently smokes weed would just go down to the local police department and lite up? How could they deal with that? Would they just let everyone get away with it? If they did, that could be great argument for anyone in the future for court. Or they could just arrest the supposed 14+ million…HA HA! I think that NORML ,being probably the largest organization that is promarijuana, should organize some kind of non-violent, illegal national protest. With such a large amount of supporters, there is absolutely nothing the government can do but either take action against the supporters(arrest), which would crumble America due to that large support base, or they would have to submit. And for those who say that change would be too quick, well time will tell if marijuana should actually be legalized. Things will go to shit if legalization is wrong, or people will adjust and realize. Besides, change has been occurring for years now, this would just be a larger step than those preceeding.

  34. I felt like a left out a few things in my proposal. There would be absolutely no demands of any kind. The only course of action would be smoking a “j” while gathering around a police station. The only illegal activity that should be partaken is the smoking of chron. Although that would irritate/infuriate many people, there would be no point in making them that much more irritated/infuriated. Just smoke that weed and watch how the government handles it. Something would have to happen; Every action has an equal, opposite reaction. There is absolutely no way that jailing everyone would be plausable. My guess is that the officials would just fine you and make you take some kind of lame class or community service. It would then take everyone to just ignore there sentence and would put the government back in checkmate. Once again, the government would then have the same problem to deal with. This may not be as well thought out as it should be or even the best idea, but with the shear number and size of support for marijuana legalization, there has to be some kind of physical action that we can do to catalyze the inevitable…LEGALIZATION!!!

  35. My comment is for the idiot, John Carnevale. Boy, you have been in D.C. too long. Did you fall off the turnip truck or did someone push you off? Get out of the closet and read some scientific data about marijuana as a medicine. Wake up John Boy. Get a life or something. Just saying that marijuana has no medical value is the height of ignorance. We have passed the thing of no medical value a long time ago. I hope that when you get to be my age that you suffer with as much pain as I do and you have to use synthetic pills for it.
    Signed an ignorant hillbilly in WV that knows more than you.

  36. I agree. You John Carnavale are an antisocial. You are the minority standing in the way of freedom. Leave me alone. I am an adult and quite capable of making sound decisions for myself. You and your ilk make me live like a criminal in my ‘free’ country. Shame on you.You cannot recoup the damage that has been done to generations of peace loving citizens who are trapped in your insidious web of false propaganda.Go away.

  37. I wonder how many people have died from alcohol poisoning, liver failure, drunk drivers and just drunken stupidity in general. As far as I know not one person has ever died a cannabis related death. Plus I have heard straight from the mouths of many police officers that they would much rather deal with someone who was stoned than someone who was drunk. Not saying I’m an Anti-Alcohol kinda gal but if the government says all the negative side effects of liquor are worth the financial payoff of the industry then why not cannabis. I know many who are otherwise wonderful people but they have allowed alcohol to ruin there lives. If any group of recreational drug users are mindless self destructive zombies it is most definitely not the stoner set. In fact in my personal experience the cannabis users I’ve met tend to be very open-minded, healthy eating, active, creative and quite intelligent people. Basically I hope that the majority of America will see the light and change their attitudes toward cannabis. And thank you NORMAL because TV ads will drastically help. Cannabis should be treated like alcohol in America. You should have to have a license to sell it, it should be taxed, and you should have to be 21 to buy it. With the money being wasted on this “war on drugs”, the money being lost out on by not taking advantage of the profit to be made off of America’s biggest cash crop and the loss of the valuable hemp products we could be producing; we are doing our country a grave disservice by keeping it illegal. Why should ignorant, old school ways of thinking dictate 21st century laws? How is it at all constitutional to lock people up for possession of a plant that doesn’t hurt anyone? Cannabis being illegal is causing far more harm to the American people than good. Kids come across harder drugs because to often they get cannabis from someone who is in the business of selling the harder stuff as well. Wanna be gangster crimes are committed everyday because of the illegal drug seller’s lifestyle. Don’t we want a drastic decrease of such events? Don’t we want to take the goodness this plant can provide and harvest it for our economy’s benefit? Don’t we want to use hemp to make higher quality products? Don’t we want sick people in pain to be able to live out the rest of their days being functional, happy and pain free? We are currently wasting a valuable plant our planet can produce naturally. It’s the 21st century America, Wake up! Cannabis should be legal because smoking cannabis is NORMAL!!!

  38. Second hand tax payers,dirty hippeys,Inmates and take away your right to vote. Oh wait thats what happened to all the blacks? Give you a department of corrections NUMBER and the big money WON’T WORRY ABOUT YOU VOTING. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO prison you CAN NOT VOTE.
    HEY WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RIGHT PERSUE HAPPINESS.
    Oh thats right pot smokers have long hair and need to be in jail.With the black man doing 15 to life for three rocks of baking soda and cocane mixed and called crack. I have never seen any onE overdose on pot. now asprin i took to many one night for pain and went to bathroom and throwed up blood. However I never did that again. Please stop all the hate as you are ok and I am ok. Surely our U.S.A. can find other ways of making money other than locking up the poor and taking there kids on and on Thank you and God Bless the U.S.A.

  39. I’m hoping this reaches the right place… I enjoyed the commercial. I have an idea I’m not sure how to get off the ground, maybe you could help. Lets round a petition, collect as many names as possible over the next three and a half years, set it on obama’s desk, and let him know the amount of people who won’t vote for him if he allows prosecution on even recreational users. This is a democracy. Lets all remember it’s not the job of our government to police us based on an elitist ideology. It’s their job to police us as the majority decides. You can find a CNN pole online that says 95% want it legal. isn’t that a majority?
    I myself have been saddled with a mental illness. The problems I see with only allowing marijuana as medicine is; people with no problems will fake them for the free pass. I myself have found no relief from my psychotic episodes, marijuana waylays my bouts but historically you should brew in a tea which noone can afford to do for several reasons. First, the cost would be outragous without growing you own. And Second, if you had enough to make a potent tea you would undoubtedly be arrested for a long time. Please help me with this petition. If Obama’s email recieves enough names this might help. thanks.

  40. First off, it should be stated that anyone that disagrees with legalizing/decriminalizing pot is totally justified, and I would happily fight for their right to make their opinion known.
    It should also be said however, that any actual efforts to fight, dissuade, or insult and demean our points of view on pot better not be religious, because judgement is reserved for god and god alone, and had better not consider themselves good Americans, as this country was founded on the freedoms of all, the beliefs of all, and has evolved to encompass the dreams of all. Make your choices, I don’t mind. Teach your children that mankind was born of the decisions of a man, a woman, and a talking snake. That’s your choice. Leave me my choices, and respect my right to make them.
    Thank you NORML
    P.S. This whole argument that ‘stoners’ are -always- stoned doesn’t hold any water. If you’re drunk at work, you’ll get in trouble, and every ‘stoner’ will be held to the same standards as that. Cigarettes are legal, and horrible. Booze is legal, and horrible. Do some actual reading of unbiased information. Cannibus is -not- horrible, and it’s not dangerous. Stop being judgemental, because it just makes you look silly.

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