November Ballot Picture Shaping Up To Be Historic In The Struggle To End Marijuana Prohibition

The November election is shaping up to be one of the most important in modern history as it pertains to the struggle to end marijuana prohibition.

Voters in several states will have the opportunity this fall to decide on ballot measures to significantly reform their state or municipal marijuana laws. To date, the following initiatives have been certified to appear on the November ballot:

California: In what is arguably the most significant marijuana law reform measure in several decades, California voters will decide on The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. The measure would allow adults 21 years or older to possess, share or transport up to one ounce of cannabis for personal consumption, and to cultivate the plant in an area of not more than twenty-five square feet per private residence. (Read the full text here.) The act would also permit local governments to authorize the retail sale of marijuana or the commercial cultivation of cannabis to adults and to impose taxes on such sales. Personal marijuana cultivation or not-for-profit sales of marijuana would not be taxed under the measure, nor would it alter or amend any aspect of the California Health and Safety code pertaining to the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

According to the most recent statewide poll on the issue, Californians support the measure 49 percent to 41 percent.

South Dakota: South Dakota voters will decide this November on Measure 13, The South Dakota Safe Access Actwhich would exempt state criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana or six plants by authorized patients. (Read the full text here.) If enacted, South Dakota would become the fifteenth state since 1996 to legalize the medical use of marijuana.

Oregon: Voters are anticipated to decide this November on a statewide measure to authorize the creation of non-profit medical marijuana dispensaries, which would be legally able to distribute cannabis provided by private growers. (Read the full text here.) Proponents of the measure turned in over 110,000 signatures in favor of the act to the Secretary of State Elections Division in May, and are awaiting certification.

In 2009, Maine voters became the first to approve a ballot measure authorizing medical marijuana dispensaries. Oregon voters initially approved the legalization of medical marijuana in 1998.

Arizona: Election officials on Tuesday affirmed that proponents of a statewide ballot measure to allow for authorized patients to possess and purchase medical cannabis from state-licensed facilities has qualified for the 2010 November ballot. (Read the full text here.) Under the proposed measure, state-registered patients would be permitted to obtain cannabis legally from licensed dispensaries. Authorized patients who do not have a facility in their local area (defined as within 25 miles of their residence) would be permitted under the law to cultivate their own cannabis for medicinal purposes. Other patients would not be allowed to grow their own marijuana.

The ballot measure is sponsored by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, an affiliate of the Marijuana Policy Project.

Detroit, Michigan: Detroit citizens are expected vote this November on a municipal measure to prohibit the criminal prosecution of adults who possess minor amounts of marijuana. If enacted, the measure would amend the Detroit City Code to remove criminal penalties for “the use or possession of less then one ounce of marijuana, on private property, by anyone who has attained the age of 21 years.” Voters have previously enacted similar municipal measures in several other cities, including Denver, Colorado.

Washington: Sensible Washington proponents continue to collect signatures in favor of I-1068, which would remove state civil and criminal penalties for persons eighteen years or older who cultivate, possess, transport, sell, or use marijuana. (Read the full text here.) To qualify the act for the November ballot, supporters must turn over 241,000 valid signatures by July 2, 2010.

According to a poll of 1,252 registered voters conducted last week, 52 percent of adults support the measure, and only 35 percent oppose it.

Oregon: Proponents of The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA) must turn in over 110,000 signatures by July 2 to qualify the measure for the November 2010 ballot. OCTA seeks to permit the state-licensed production and sale of marijuana to adults. Oregon NORML is sponsoring the campaign, and is seeking volunteers here.

NORML will continue to keep you updated as additional statewide or municipal ballot proposals qualify to the November ballot.

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  1. PONDER THIS COMMENT PLEASE!!!
    PLEASE GET ON THE HORN EVERYONE!!!!
    DUE TO THE REALITY OF ALL THE LOST REVENUES AND INCOMES THAT ARE PRELAVENT TO ALL SOUTHEASTERN STATES, FROM LOST REVENUES FROM FISHING AND TOURISM ALONE, NOT TO MENTION MANY OTHER LOST REVENUES DUE TO THE GULF OIL SPILL…!!!
    JUST THINK OF HOW FAST MANY OF THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS OIL SPILL CATASTROPHY!!!
    NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT ON ENDING MARIJUANA PROHIBITION!!!
    FORGET THE COSTLY, TIME CONSUMING LEGISLATION BECAUSE TIME IS RUNNING OUT QUICKLY!!!
    THE STATES AND GOVERNMENT, AND MAINLY MILLIONS OF HARD WORKING AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SEEING THEIR FINANCES, LIVELYHOODS, ETC. IS HEADED ON A FUNNEL RIDE DOWN THE TUBES AS WE SPEAK!!!
    PART OF THE SOLUTION HERE IS TO END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION IMMEDIATELY!!! DO NOT WAIT ANOTHER MINUITE, THE ECONOMY OF THE WHOLE NATION MAY VERY WELL BE AT STAKE HERE!!! END MARIJUANA PROBITION AND GET THOSE SEEDS INTO THE GROUND IMMEDIATELY. JUST THINK OF HOW MUCH REVENUE COULD BE RESCUED BY HAVING ALL THE FARMERS PRODUCING QUALITY GRADE MEDICAL & RECREATIONAL BUDS WOULD IMMEDIATLY REPLENTISH LOST REVENUES FROM LOST FISHING AND TOURISM!!!
    IF SOMEONE DOESN’T ACT ON THIS IN A HURRY, THEN THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL MAY BE NEVER ENDING IF THEY WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEARS GROWING SEASON!!!
    THESE POLITICIANS AND GOVERNMENT NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT ENDING MARIJUANA PROBITION IMMEDIATELY, MAY VERY WELL BE THE ANSWER IN THE NEAR TERM, THAT WILL KEEP THE PEOPLE OF OUR NATION AND THE FUTURES OF OUR CHILDREN FROM LIVING IN A NATION OF POVERTY, HIGH INFLATION, LOST WAGES, ETC.
    ENOUGH OF THE LEGISLATION, WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT NOW!!!
    THE COUNTRY WAS ALREADY IN AN ECONOMIC DOWNWARD SPIRAL BEFORE THE GULF OIL SPILL BECAME A FACT.
    HOW LONG MUST WE WAIT?
    THE LONGER WE WAIT, THE LARGER THE PROBLEM IS GOING TO GET, TIME IS OF ESSENCE!!!!!
    DO THE RIGHT THING AND END MARIJUANA PROBITION TODAY!!!
    GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!!
    LOOKS TO ME THAT THIS NATION NEEDS THE HELP, WE’RE IN DIRE STRAIGHTS NOW, AS WE SPEAK.
    EVERYONE CAN HELP IF WE CAN GET THESE MONEY MONGERING, GREEDY POLITICIANS, RICH PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENTS FROM ABUSING THE RIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO THE RICH CELEBRITIES, GREEDY GOVERNMENT AND GREEDY POLITICIANS ARE PLANNING ON MAKING 3RD DEGREE MODERN DAY SLAVES OF EVERYONE.
    IF ANYONE UNDERSTANDS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT HERE, THEN PLEASE GET ON THIS BANDWAGON AND SPREAD THE WORD TODAY WITHOUT FURTHER ADOO!!!
    DO YOU HEAR ME???

    [Editor’s note: Please don’t post ALL CAP comments…as they’ll be deleted in the future.]

  2. It’s mind boggling to me how many signatures the State of Washington (population 6.6 million) requires to approve a ballot initiative. The number is about 1/2 that required by the State of California (population 37 million). I find it doubtful that I-1068 is viable even if they do get it to the polls. ‘What about the cheeeel-drens goes a long way to convincing many people to vote against, and I-1068 is just wide open for that manner of propaganda. Yeah, it’s a stupid, irrational argument but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

    Also, I thought Oregon was going to have a regulate and tax Initiative this year. I definitely recall reading the synopsis and thought it great that there would be 3 different ones to vote on, one with a lot of regulation and tax in CA, Washington States which is basically unrestricted, and Oregon falling somewhere in the middle. It would go a long to showing who’s right on what we can reasonably expect from voters.

  3. I wish CT would get in on this.. the laws here are ridiculous (felony for 2nd offense of ANY amount) and it seems there is little effort in this area to change that 🙁

    But I shouldn’t complain I guess, these other states that have come this far are just the starting point. If the west goes legal, the rest should follow.. though slowly most likely.

  4. “If you’re only allowed one ounce of cannabis, but 25 sq. ft. of grow area, how do those two facts not contradict one another? If you decide to grow as many plants as you can fit into that legalized amount of space, you’re gonna get more than an ounce, right? Are you breaking the law then?”
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    You’re supposed to share the extra…….that way no one has to buy , I got no problem with that..

  5. come on Ohio pick up the passe. People in Ohio aka Ohioans write you representatives asap. i did =)

  6. Why didn’t you people read the initiative proposed in Washinton State, by “Sensible Washington”! I read their initiative points and I was very unhappy to read that the intiative wants meth manufacturers, meth pushers along with any other kind of drug pusher released from all our State jails or prisions! What? What has that got to do with the end of Marijuana prohibition? I think it clouds the waters too much. I think Washington voters may just sniff at this and turn their backs! Other people have tried this kind of thing before in Washington State, they didnt’ pass by a lot!! Why alienate or confuse Washington State voters? It’s one way to prevent the end of prohibition in this state.

  7. While I do not believe that there is a chance in hell of this proposal being passed this November as it is currently written; I do see an opportunity to make a significant progress to undermine the outdated laws regarding marijuana consumption.

    Good Luck.

  8. ed @ 46

    you say: [Editor’s comment: The 9th and 10th Amendment, along with the language of the Controlled Substances Act, provides STATES the authority to control drugs. Unfortunately, the states have chosen to yield to the federal government. Even under UN anti-drug treaties states, provinces and cantons can have pro-reform laws on the books without necessarily being in violation of international treaties.]

    gawd bless lawyer double talk

    So you’re saying the states have the authority but they don’t use the authority because they like the fed boondoggles.

    some law some justice

    maybe you need to re-read your catch-22.

    the dea and all the cops have so much to lose. why should they listen to us? we the bleating lost little lambikinz.

    [Editor’s note: Let’s be clear. Citizens are in control, not the cops. There is no reason for you to roll over to the government and act like a dog whose belly is being scratched by its owner. What is the problem? Not enough citizens who care about cannabis law reform, or who actually consume cannabis, are presently involved in their own liberation. It is not because the narcs rule, because they don’t. They are only as powerful as citizens who choose to yield to them. There will always be more of us than them. Spare no quarter for ‘narc rule’ and political complacency.

    Cannabis freedom is there for those who want it.]

  9. there has been no justice and no compassion thus far. nixon’s vicious act stands.

    where is the power to ensure change? on a piece of paper?

    what makes you think you’re so special?

    geeze at least grow your hair long and get some lobbyists to follow. and dust off your dad’s love beads heh heh

  10. Why is Arizona’s or any effort to make medical marijuana available included as an effort towards legalization? “Medical marijuana” is nothing more than a front to enable the black market distribution of cannabis. It is a prohibition accomodating status. “Medical marijuana” is nothing more than a license to get stoned. Legalization for EVERYONE is the only authentic effort for the reform of marijuana laws.

    When and if this stuff is ever legalized, “medical marijuana” will vanish overnight. And legalization hasn’t happened yet. Not only do we have the prohibitionists to worry about, we have the black marketeers who clearly have an interest in protecting “medical marijuana”.

    We should prepare ourselves in advance for the failure of these initiatives with a second rank effort already to go if they do fail. If they fail, we need to confront why they failed and make sure we adjust strategies for the next wave of efforts. Resolve never to be satisfied until we get the real thing: No police oversight into the simple personal possession of cannabis.

  11. ed

    these are intense extreme times in this country. why so middle of the road in your views?

    i too believe in the possibility of progress but let’s get real. at this point in time the cops are in control. control can be subtle as well as overt.

    the millions of arrests since the sixties are one obvious not so subtle indicator.

    you think hiding fearfully in the closet does minimal psychological harm? the us vs them propagandists for fascism continue to rule.

    to say that the people are in control is cheerleading nonsense. jim morrison pointed out in the sixties that “we got the numbers and we’re taking over” (we also indulged in fanciful thinking.)

    and that dog belly scratching analogy is absurd and insulting to our cause and to people like me (that’s ok).

    after forty years of this war on us all, denying history and acting as if the law matters is irrational and self-defeating.

    in these interesting times, like the doo dah man says: keep on truckin.

    peace

    [Editor’s note: If you want to live a life a servitude to the narcs, that is your problem and struggle. Others, are choosing to throw government shackles off independent of what the narcs say and want. Because, again, there are far more cannabis consumers than there are narcs (or elected officials). The math is fairly simple.]

  12. the media outlets are starving for the next five minutes of buzz and ratings boost.

    if you get the chance smoke one on camera or if you’re too chicken, appoint me. lot more feedback than times square.

    why not challenge beck or limbaugh or whomsofukeva and wear a flower in your ear?

  13. There are many factions that want to keep marijuana prohibited,some out of fear of the unknown but most because of the money.

    A budget of 15 billion dollars a year and employing thousands of federal employees and also happens to be the agency that is charged with keeping marijuana illegal.

    A pharmaceutical industry which stands to lose billions of dollars in profits as America reacquaints itself with with mother natures safest,most therapeutically active plants on earth.

    The same industries that wanted hemp prohibited in the 30’s want it kept prohibited for the same reasons they did then.

    And then we have the spin-off industries that have become rich because of the WoD,drug testing,drug free
    organizations that receive funds for spreading propaganda,and industrialized prisons that keep their prisons full of,for the most part,peaceful prisoners
    instead of violent criminals.

    I don’t believe any of the above could kept hemp prohibited by themselves but when you put them all together,they make a formidable cartel.

    And we will beat them.

    America does not have a marijuana problem,we can find marijuana in any town in America.

  14. I agree with a few of these comments, and I feel that I should put in my two cents. I want to grow for myself, it’s that simple. I write to my representatives, and I post their responses here on NORML blog. I hate to say it, but it really is sad. Their are too many normally law abiding citizens in correctional facilities nationwide, solely imprisoned for simple possession.
    BTW @#50 Dale in WI “. I realize that pot smokers haven’t been put to death for their so called crimes, but the fear of facing discovery and ruin are the same.”
    Follow this link for a shocking story posted on NORML’s website last year. It’s about an FSU student that was coerced into becoming a CI in order to facilitate her release on simple possession. Her name was Rachel Hoffman and she was put to death callously for the sake of PROHIBITION.

    http://blog.norml.org/2008/07/25/abc-news-tonight-the-tragic-death-of-rachel-hoffman-and-the-tragedy-that-is-pot-prohibition/

    If this “War on Ourselves” is abandoned, I believe that restitution should be paid to the families of the victims. Most “heads” understand that prohibition of marijuana is ludicrous and the reasons given for said prohibition are disingenuous. Our own government is rampant with dishonest, decietful, self-serving, hypocritical, bible thumping, duplicitous politicians. Anyone that saw the Allen St. Pierre and Brian Darling debate will agree, the reasons they give are the same as they have been for over 40 years. Science, and medicine have changed their views and opinions on the subject. The AMA is requesting the reclassification of marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, meaning there IS medicinal value. The own government’s most significant medical research facility has changed their opinion of marijuana, and I feel that it is time for everyone to learn the truth. If EVERYON that agreed on legalization wrote to their respective representatives, the sheer volume of letters would speak volumes to our “officials”. We need more politicians like Gary E. Johnson (age 57). Watch him on the Colbert Report here-
    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/309253/may-10-2010/gary-johnson

    When will everyone speak up, if we do not show our approval for reform, noone will listen. There is not enough people asking for reform, the ones who are speaking up are being drowned out by the opposition. Speak up, MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD!!!!! If not, you might end up like Rachel, with the Tallahassee police chief saying “I’m calling her a criminal,” Tallahassee police chief Dennis Jones told 20/20, who maintains that both drug dealers and drug users are considered criminals to his department.
    The Tallahassee police chief says Rachel was suspected of selling drugs and she was rightly treated as a criminal.

    We need to do something soon, or we can all kiss our own asses goodbye.

  15. WELL I AM PISSED OFF, someone is going around facebook with a group/page saying 8 reasons to OPPOSE this vote in Nov WTF WTF WTF, they arent prohibs either lol, not happy at 25 ft2 grow space, CHRIST id be happy to grow one stinking plant lol, other bits to like something to do with handling and licenses, cant remember what else go look, PUT A STOP TO THESE IDIOTS PLZ

  16. LOL at the Florida politicians. I can’t believe what stupid people we have in our office. They’re so worried about our tourism because of the terrible oil leak right? The solution is right before their eyes but they’re blind to it because of their egotism, puritanism, and old time w.a.s.p draconian outdated ideals. If Florida abruptly legalized marijuana there would be an unbelievable surge of money flowing into the state. People would come from all over the world to visit here and live here, it might actually be a little too inviting, that’s why we need to legalize marijuana on a national level and just see the positive results. Tourism all over America will flourish when the rest of the world knows they can come here and share a joint on the beach or in Yellowstone or at the nations capitals steps……MARIJUANA IS THAT FUCKING IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE…….WAKE UP AMERICA, YOUR ANSWER IS RIGHT THERE!

    Change we can believe, in. Let’s do it.

  17. Haha, Yoni at #44 got Editpwn3d!!

    Yoni, perhaps you’re young and unaware of all the intricacies of US English. Using the adjective (adverb?) ‘arguably’ is a common staple in literature.

    You never hear anyone or read anything that includes the word ‘unarguably.’

  18. What about Maryland? There was talk of something in our state earlier this year but information and follow ups are non existent.

  19. Today I’m writing this to educated some knowledge that the world may already know. The children growing up learning what adult are doing. Look in your past when marijuana wasn’t about smoking about living, supplying, demanding, religion, and concerns. Yeah, I’m one that think men and women should decide to be pro-claim “Revolutionary”, but it take all of American to realize that we must show not only courage on November vote but the children. We decide to make an impact on what everyone else is doing think it terrorist we after but it really our own damn people that making dumb decision on the future. We have the technology, the medical teams: doctors, nurses, etc., government and we also have one thing that everyone have that is money. Money that can be use to good use and it take what Money that marijuna can produce and do good then more situation can be handle differently. Wanna learn more hit me up @ skrewvillez@yahoo.com and let me know what u think.

  20. Has anyone on this board bothered to thank Marc Emery for the bounty we now share? He is stuck in a U.S. jail for 5 years for selling SEEDS!!!. What is really strange is the U.S. government got some of their seeds from Marc’s store to use in their own research ( that is the rumour I heard go a round). The state of Cannabis in your country is due to Marc and the late great Jack Herer. Light one up in both their honour 🙂

  21. Hey don’t forget about Maine! They have 2 proposals in the works that are currently gathering signatures. One to open up the medical marijuana laws to far a far less restrictive, “California-style” system. The other to legalize possession and cultivation for anyone over 19. Will NORML be getting behind these ballot efforts as well?

  22. * SMILE FOE THE CAMERA ?

    One thing that will greatly help our cause is to try to keep the camera off the less than desirable folk that tend to show up at these rallies. Unfortunately, these interesting people are like gnats to a flame when they see a news reporter with a camera. The conversation that ensues is frequently very damaging to our cause and only serves to solidify the laws currently in place and bring legitimacy to the oppositions opinions.

    Everybody has their right to their 15min; but we must take into consideration how the public eye is perceiving the cause and those that are promoting it.

    *We are only as stong as our last screw up !

  23. I’m a Texan and support ending prohibition on Pot 100%.Not just in California the whole USA ,Canada ,and Mexico. As a Texan how do we get the message here. The crusade is on we need to do our part. Legalization is as strong as I’ve ever seen and its getting stronger and for what its worth Texas needs to get on board with this. We need your help and support.

  24. Note for mlsasagna: (post #59 for example)

    I think most of us that participate in the NORML organization and forums are serious about wanting to change the marijuana laws. Your comments and grammar are bad enough to leave me thinking that maybe you’re a troll lookiing to stir up trouble and sabotage our efforts. It would be better for our cause if you try keeping it a bit more real. Have you been drinking too much alcohol? That might explain your attitude…

  25. Note for True American: (post #76)

    My thoughts exactly!!! Too many people out there think that just because someone chooses to smoke pot that they must fit the old stereotype (stupid, lazy, useless…). Well, some pot smokers do fit that mold, but it’s not pot that made them that way. They definately hurt the NORML cause more than help it.

    The vast majority of the people I’ve known that smoke pot are very intelligent, hard-working, motivated, and caring people. Most of them are afraid to admit it however out of fear! Fear of persecution by the law enforcement, fear of losing their jobs, fear of losing educational benefits, fear of having their children taken away, and on and on… I must point out however, that in my case, I am a professional educated adult, and so they are the kinds of people I tend to be around which could skew my perspective. Nevertheless, it’s very important for everyone to know that some people, both good and bad, choose to smoke pot. Some choose to smoke tobacco, some choose to drink alcohol, some choose to become politicians or police officers…

  26. Note for meyer (Post #77)

    One thing you can do for Texas specifically is to join the Texas NORML organization and help out in whatever way you can! Here is the link:

    http://texasnorml.org/

    I’m joining up with the Virginal NORML org since I, like you, truly want to try to change things for the better!

    It’s not easy though! It can be worse for a closet pot smoker to come out than it is for a gay person. The gay person doesn’t have to fear that the blue meanies might bust their door down in the middle of the night to see if they have any illegal materials…

  27. @ #78 don,

    yes please, let’s get real.

    if there is some statement of mine that you think is false or wrongheaded, now would be the time to elucidate.

    i am 100 per cent for legalizing marijuana yesterday, today or tomorrow. thus far our movement has been very disappointing to me. what we need to do is: “stir it up”.

    as for the troll silliness, takes one to know one. o derrrr

    or we can call the

    wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhm

    bulance

  28. Reply to #81:

    Please imagine that your posts are being read by people who are for prohibition. I imagine they would see your posts as an example that marijuana must be bad for you! It appears that this person never got beyond the 3rd grade and has a really bad attitude toward all authority.

    I don’t know you, but I just want you to understand that it is much more helpful to write intelligent, well thought out statements, that use at least the basics of proper spelling and grammar.

    If you show up at a rally representing the people that would like to change the laws, it would not be helpful to show up looking like a hippie and talking in half sentences that make little sense… I don’t mean to insult so much as to help the cause! I too am very frustrated about the laws here in what has been called “The Land of the Free”.

  29. don massa grammarian

    you can thank the hippies for establishing the blessed and righteous kingdom of stone way in this country. ~ ~ ~

    your generation needs to be reminded again and again to make love not war.

    get back to where u once belong

    flower power

    3.1416 or am i about to be vanished?

  30. Sorry, Will #25: But your description of the watered down consequences issued to a first time offender don’t cut it for me. It’s still speaking to the notion that any use of marijuana by an adult is seriously wrong, yet even at this level the consequences are far worse than any consequences of the use of marijuana itself. Even if I don’t get jail time, it is still expensive and time consuming on my part, enough for some people who are already economically or medically on the edge, these consequences could pull them out of commission for a long time, and create a ripple effect of negative consequences, all from one joint essentially. And if you just leave poor Tokin Joe alone, what conseuqnces arise?

  31. #84:

    I wonder what gen you think I’m from! Anyway, I’m frustrated that I don’t seem to be getting through to you. Bless you anyway! Enjoy!

    By the way, I loved the hippie movement and lived through it 🙂 I’m really saddened by the memory that our government shut them down big time…

  32. marc emery is a leader of the movement.

    DISGRACEFUL that he rots in a fed prison.

    the feds took a canadian citizen from canada and locked him up here. imagine that for serious.

    boy, this guy must be some kind of slavering sociopath.

    where is the outrage in d.c.?

  33. marc emery thinks that the most important point is the 25 square feet of legal grow space for every adult in cali.

    that is enough grow space to keep you and your many friends happy year around.

    also seems that even for the miiiiiighty feds this would be impossible to police. so if cali goes legal, the entire nation should be ready to rollllll.

    the oakland guy richard lee is one righteous and wise fellow. hope we are backing him. are we?

    [Paul Armentano responds: But of course. The CA initiative is formally backed by NORML, and the organization has helped raise $$ for the campaign.]

  34. paul,

    that’s great to know.

    surprisingly more latinos oppose legalization than do whites in cali.

    do we actually have strategies that target this kind of stuff?

    [Paul Armentano responds: Yes.]

  35. Yes, yes, yes!!! Thanks everybody for getting us to this stage. I can’t wait for November, I was just about to move to California this summer but I am instead finishing college by December. I wish I could be there with you all when it is hopefully legalized! But I don’t think any of us should tone down our efforts, we should all at the very least be open about our preference for cannabis and we can all create a general zeitgeist of marijuana being a normal and ok thing to use. So everybody, the battle is not yet won and we all have to keep doing whatever we can to re-legalize it!

  36. mtlasagna – thanx for the link to Marc’s article!!! He is a hero in my mind and it just kills me that the Canadian Govt caved in the to American bullies… I’ve been reading blogs where some people are encouraging others not to vote Yes in the Cali election because they have some issues with the way it’s written. The way I see it, if someone offers me a gift os $1000 I’m not going to say no since I want $10,000! I’d vote yes for such a bill in less than a heartbeat of only I had the opportunity here in Virginia…
    If Cali legalizes it, I think it would be absolutely great to meet up there with a bunch of NORML supporters to share some Premo Cali Weed!

  37. I’m really hoping that it’ll pass here in California. Even my very conservative parents are voting yes. However, I’ve noticed some reactionary things lately. For instance, in the magazine Better Homes and Gardens, there is a HUGE article on the dangers of MJ—like four pages–with all of the mythology in tact. Now, I’ve taken this magazine for years, mainly for garden ideas, and I have NEVER seen anything like this in all those years. Suffice to say, they’ve lost me–there are other garden magazines. But I find it interesting that I”m seeing more of this Hearst era freakiness with the vote so close by.

  38. Too bad Texas is nowhere near even proposing any sort of MEDICAL marijuana measure. Maybe we’ll get lucky here and they’ll go straight to legalization…in about 50 years when Rick Perry is dead. lol…

  39. Paul,

    I am curious as to what is happening in the Great State of Louisiana for marijuana reform, any groups started that I can assist. Just last week i wrote a letter to Fox news who is supposedly (fair and balanced) how much i was dissapointed in them for having the Bishop on their morning program spewing all kinds of bullshit about marijuana, I shot holes all in his testimonial with some facts from (if marijuana is safer then why are they driving us to drink) and sugested they read it then do some real research before they do anymore half assed reporting…Please follow up on this if you can, they have not replied to my email….figures!
    William

  40. just saw this quote from richard lee:

    “Dale Gieringer, California NORML–all of them declined, all of them said we could never win this year. Either that or they’re just used to doing things a certain way and they didn’t like to share any power. For whatever reason these people declined to support me and so it’s become a little more Richard Lee’s movement.”

    please explain

    [Editor’s note: It is not clear that anyone other than Richard Lee supported spending the money and effort to get onto an off-year election ballot. NORML, ACLU, DPA, MPP, Dennis Peron, Steve DeAngelo, etc….all advised against launching the effort. But, Richard chose otherwise…and groups like NORML support the effort despite the fact that the initiative’s timing may not (or maybe) optimal.]

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