Yes On Prop. 19 Campaign Releases TV Advertisement 

The campaign to pass Proposition 19, the California ballot measure to legalize the private adult use and cultivation of cannabis, released a television ad today featuring former San Jose police chief Joseph McNamara, who makes a strong public safety case for ending the current prohibition laws.

Says McNamara in the ad (view below):”Let’s be honest: The war against marijuana has failed. I know from 35 years in law enforcement. Today, it’s easier for a teenager to buy pot than beer. Proposition 19 will tax and control marijuana just like alcohol. It will generate billions of dollars for local communities, allow police to focus on violent crimes, and put drug cartels out of business. Join me and many others in law enforcement. Vote YES on Proposition 19!”

McNamara served as San Jose’s chief of police for 15 years.

The ad begins airing on televisions stations throughout California, with a specific emphasis on southern California, tomorrow. (Interested parties who wish to donate to the ad campaign can do so by going here.)

McNamara also has a commentary on today’s Huffington Post, which you can read here:

Let’s Be Honest: The War Against Marijuana Has Failed

[Excerpt] For 70 years, we have prohibited marijuana in this country, each day expecting different results. But as William F. Buckley once said: “Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.”

We spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year arresting people for marijuana possession, sending them to trial, and incarcerating small-time offenders.

And yet, despite our war against it, marijuana is so freely available that anyone who wants it in California can get it.

… On my watch as police chief in San Jose, the city was named the safest large city in the country, despite having the fewest police per capita. That’s because we policed intelligently. And between smart policing and sound policy we can make our streets safe, instead of paying lip service to the failing war on marijuana.

California cannot afford to continue the same failed policies of the past. … That’s why I am asking you to join me and many others in law enforcement by voting YES on Proposition 19.

33 thoughts

  1. I’m voting NO.

    it’s 20 years down a dead end road, all of our exhausting work will be for nothing.t only empowers the corrupted and expolits potsmokers. And in the meantime it does NOTHING to get us free.

    Focus on the FDA, and hit them as hard as we can, and keep hitting them until they change their wicked ways. That is all we can do from where we’re at. This initiative is quite deceptive and very corrupted. It does nothing for us.

    [Paul Armentano: Does nothing? Prop. 19 makes adult private use, possession, and cultivation legal. It is prohibition that exploits cannabis consumers and breeds corruption, or have you not noticed?]

  2. Wonderful! Clear, straight-forward, factual, non-bashing.

    I’m Dr.Dunkleosteus and I approve this message.

  3. I hope to see the commercial down here in San Diego. The drug cartels just killed another 13 people this weekend 1 mile across the border. Lets take away some of their funds! VOTE YES ON 19!

  4. I do not live in California, so Prop 19 does not apply to me. However, Of californian’s I ask this :
    1. Please keep in you minds the Damage done not ONLY to California but to the rest of America from the Violent Gangs that Plaque’s our streets.

    2. To keep in mind We are also oppressed by government.

    3. To keep in mind the Horable Killings of thousands of Mexicans, that is still on going.

    4. To keep in mind our Econamy and what help that Prop 19 can give is better than Spending Money that we don’t have on a War that we can’t win.

    5. To keep in mind that in this Issue you DON”T stand alone.

    And Finally I ask you to remember that When you Go Vote on Nov. 2 That Our hopes and hearts go with you. If I was californian, I would Say “YES ON PROP 19”

    Go california Lead us into a Better way of Life.

  5. I don’t live far from , Tijuana & today i heard another 13 people were just executed in a drug rehabb facility by drug cartels there .Another 15 in Ciudad Juaraz last week putting the total dead now over 30,000 .All this over a senseless drug war yet the prohibitionists are apparently favoring genocide because of their lust & greed for money & power over the World .

    Today i heard on L.A.’s biggest Radio station anti – Prop. 19 ads . Every hour on the hour the same ad was played filled with lies and distortion . The Prop. 19 people have gotten more money than the anti – prop. 19 ads yet i have yet to hear one ad that is pro 19 .

    Voting No on 19 does not make sense .

  6. looks like he forgot to take his medical mj.

    was that the best we can do? not bad not bad all in all

    will someone HIRE cheech and chong?

    mr soros thanks for helping

    prop 19 wins!

    flower children dust off love beads

    sgt pepper declares national holiday

  7. Great commercial. Says everything that needs to be said and having it said by an experience law enforcer really sends the message through. Great job to all who are involved!

  8. Wake Up for Florida

    Corrections workers weigh gubernatorial candidates

    http://www.floridacapitalnews.com/article/20101023/CAPITOLNEWS/10230312

    “Rick Scott, a Tea Party favorite, political newcomer and the insurgent Republican nominee, is beating a conservative drum that resonates…Scott’s economic reform plan is cutting the Department of Correction’s $2.2 billion budget by $1 billion over the next seven years and slashing the state workforce by 5 percent”

    Music to my ears

    YES 19

  9. Can we get an article before Nov 2 listing pro canabis politicians that are running for election, state by state.

    I cant find any info online and I’d hate to elect someone in my state who might block any good that Prop 19 might resonate nationwide if it passes and a “flood gate” senario ensues.

  10. @ #3 Jeff Lucas – I’m sure Meg Whitman and Michelle Leonhart both appreciate people like you! After all, you make it easier for them to keep marijuana users under lock and key.

  11. “…For 70 years, we have prohibited marijuana in this country, each day expecting different results…”

    As Albert Einstain stated the definition of insanity to be:
    Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

  12. good honest straight forward ad please calif listen to this ad it is the truth i dont live in calif i wished i did but calif. if u pass this the rest of the country will follow.this is not just about people wanting to smoke pot its also about personal freedoms and taking away govt. control people shouldnt be punished for having different veiws and lifestyles i am so tired of hearing the lies on marajuana it is my choice to be able to smoke show the prohibitionists that they are wrong about marajuana vote yes pleaselook at the topix marajuana debate the majority of america want it legalized

  13. Re #3 above,

    Either you’re a high-priced slinger who wants to keep his obscene profits, or you’re a troll. Why else anybody would vote against this prop is beyond me. For those who use taxes as an excuse, you need to come back to Earth and stop living in fairy-tale land. You don’t like taxes? Move to Somalia. That’s a real-world example of a utopian small-govt society.

  14. From tx here. I saw it on the e-mail i recasve. But i saw a news report of a eporter smokeing a joint then driveing his car thrue a cours the polic set up. We call them dps here calf hpm i gues.any way he drove of the road. this wason the nation news how coude a cop give a report a joint to smoke just to see if he can drive. He cant. very strang, the coersh was play in the back ground just a small bit cunt here any thing they mad sure of that.

  15. Its time we texas start comeing to geather now and puting it on the 2012 ballot. I have a dream that one day all men and chicks can purcus there hippe smoke with out the fear of being bust.or buying low joe smoke with seeds you dont need Im 55 yers old fart tird of this BULL.

  16. I would like to urge all Californians who go to the polls on November 2nd, and vote YES on Prop 19, to consider the sad state of affairs that our two “mainstream” political parties have continued to keep We the People in — a repressive police state that has continued unabated for nearly 40 years.

    There is an alternative political party with viable candidates running in California, the Green Party. It is said that all politics is local, and to affect changes at the National level, one must begin at the Local and State level. Vote for the candidates whose political party is the only one to oppose the War on Drugs and Prohibition 2.0 as a plank in both their State and National Party — the Green Party.

    Vote YES on Prop 19, and vote for the Green Party candidates!

  17. yeah! vote NO on prop. 19 and give the power for the mexican drug traffickers and all afghan war-enthusiastics

  18. Just heard that George Soros donated 1 million to the yes on 19 camp! That should really help with advertising in this last week before the election.

  19. The devil’s in the details.
    If this intitiative goes bad, it will be a much harsher California for potsmokers. Remember convention last year, that old hippie reminding everyone that he did time over no tax stamp?
    Nadelmann said it well in responding to Holder’s comments, “this is prop 215 all over again”. As long as the Federal Government waves their beating stick over our local governments, we will not find the leadership necessary to implement this plan. They will sit there with tied hands and watch chaos move in.

    -Right now I don’t even think twice about cops. Cops would be my friend and trust me if the gangsters would quit trying to blow them up (Hemet). They do not prevent me from growing my own personal crop of pot. But it is not safe for me to grow pot because of the crimnal element that plagues us. We get robbed, harassed, cased, manipulated… I don’t grow my own pot because of the criminals that case me every time I go get food. I sit here with no pot right now because I refuse to pay the high prices of dispensaries, who have monopolized the markets and took us for every penny they could. Activists get robbed and jacked all the time with no help and no justice. Show up at a patient meet, and meet nothing but moneyloving theives who won’t leave you alone.
    Cops aren’t my problem, not at all. It’s the lawlessness that plagues us. We need proactive leadership from the law, and we can’t get that without FDA reschedule.

    That is my focus, and I’d encourage you all to press in on this point a little more as well: If we focus on the FDA, and hit them as hard as we can, and keep hitting them until they reschedule, then not only would avoid the litigation and skirmishes here in California and find able leadership, but the gentleman in Tyler, Texas, who just got sentenced to 34 years for 4-1/2 ounces of pot, might get his life back, too.

    I am a conservative Christian. Not because I fit in with those guys, but because that’s what I believe. Liberal-Progressive-socialist values do not appeal to me, and neither does drunkenness, lawlessness, and immorality.
    -My belief that pot should be legal is rooted in liberty of conscience. It’s a First Amendment issue, I think it is our right by birth into this existence to cultivate and use this plant. It’s not something God gave to “Caesar”, It’s a common grace blessing given to all of mankind. 80 years ago America despised their blessing, and now today we seek it back with many sorrows and sufferings. I find the Bible does accurately reflect our situation, and it is the Bible and Systematic Theology that motivates me; call me crazy, but I think God wants me to try and reform pot laws, not just for freedom, but for His glory. They bring a reproach upon Him when they demonize His blessings and sustenance for us. I dont’ want prohibition in my Church any more than I do in my Nation- and my Preachers got a pretty good handle on that.
    I’m detached from pro pot lobbies because of my Faith. I don’t share the same world view as the liberals that dominate the discussion. I’ll still do my best to work together on this common cause.
    As far as potlitics go, right now my Republican Representative has done more for me than my Democrat Senator- and it’s the Senator’s job to represent state issues before the Federal Government. Look at who wrote the opposition to Prop 19, a Democrat. Democrats have thrown us under the bus for decades. They whisper well crafted words in our ears and make us think they might help us, and then they put us on the shelf, the top shelf, way back in the corner where you have to get a ladder to find us. There’s only one or two Democrats I support now, and I actively support them.
    I register and vote Libertarian. This year, because of mantatory health insurance, I have voted for the best possible candidates to unseat the ones who passed that law.

    Don’t get me wrong, if Prop 19 passes, I will go to bat for it and run with it as best as I can and do my best to make sure it gets implemented.
    But we can’t handle any more chaos. I had safer, more affordable access to pot in 1994 than I do now, and I can’t help but see that this initiative will continue down that path that put money and business in charge of our freedom and passion.

    God Bless
    Jeff Lucas

    [Editor’s note: “But it is not safe for me to grow pot because of the crimnal element that plagues us. We get robbed, harassed, cased, manipulated… I don’t grow my own pot because of the criminals that case me every time I go get food. I sit here with no pot right now because I refuse to pay the high prices of dispensaries, who have monopolized the markets and took us for every penny they could. Activists get robbed and jacked all the time with no help and no justice. Show up at a patient meet, and meet nothing but moneyloving theives who won’t leave you alone.”

    Um….voting ‘no’ on Prop 19 perpetuates all of the above that you supposedly care about. Passing Prop 19 moves hugely in the right direction for cannabis legalization that looks more like lawful alcohol distribution than today’s ‘cops-n-robbers’ charade. Voting ‘no’ keeps Cannabis Prohibition in place and makes no sense for cannabis consumers or taxpayers.]

  20. #24 weweed: I agree totally. Michigan here (and the rest of the country) has their eyes on California. YES ON 19

  21. @22 old blue man i to live in texas and while i do like texas it is one of the harshest on pot they will trough you in jail for a seed on your floor in your living room

  22. “voting ‘no’ on Prop 19 perpetuates all of the above that you supposedly care about. Passing Prop 19 moves hugely in the right direction for cannabis legalization that looks more like lawful alcohol distribution than today’s ‘cops-n-robbers’ charade. Voting ‘no’ keeps Cannabis Prohibition in place and makes no sense for cannabis consumers or taxpayers.”

    If it doesn’t get implemented, it only expands our current situation. No city councilmember is going to act on this intitative as long as the Federal Government is threatening to cut their federal funding, throw them in jail, etc etc. They’ll just sit there and do nothing while the criminal element thrives and prospers. Just like we have with SB 420. We desperately need FDA reschedule to make our laws work.

    -and on another point, think this one through with me-

    Last year I became aware of conversations between former drug czar Barry McCaffrey and a handul of ONDCP affiliates concerning tax stamps. They really liked the idea. I kind of thought it was a positive thing, thought they might be looking into a policy shift.
    Through this year, they’ve not come against prop 19 as intensely as other initiatives, not really rallying against Prop 19 like they did SB 420, and Nevada’s Measure G (I think it was letter G). I mean they are, but not so intense as previous battles with them. They’re not as vicious and crooked as they have been in the past.
    I’m begining to wonder now, if they’re not working their own angle on this.

    -help me think this through-

    Do you want ONDCP affiliates and just say no types in a position to levy a tax on our pot? There’s no limit on what they can charge us. They can levy a 1000 dollar an ounce tax on us if they want. No tax stamp, is tax evasion -a felony 20 year jail sentence and a fine on top of that.

    If this initiative goes bad on us, it will be a much harsher California for potheads. We will be fighting for our lives again, instead of just with our lives, you know?

    I might be divided on prop 19, but I’m confident we can all be 100% united on a campaign against the FDA schedule 1. It’s the last front of the war on cannabis; the Yorktown, the Appotamox courthouse, the Berlin, the Baghdad… If we can take down schedule 1, we’ve won this war. And until schedule 1 goes down, we must continue to wage this war.

    let us start to organize and prepare for that front.

    -God Bless-

    [Editor’s note: “No city councilmember is going to act on this intitative as long as the Federal Government is threatening to cut their federal funding, throw them in jail, etc etc. They’ll just sit there and do nothing while the criminal element thrives and prospers. Just like we have with SB 420. We desperately need FDA reschedule to make our laws work.”

    Incorrect on all counts. After Prop 215 passed in 1996, despite the SAME threats and rants from the feds, dozens of cities led by hundreds of local politicians logically followed the voters’ lead and passed affirming legislation to implement the law reforms. Likely 99% of medical cannabis patients are protected under Prop 215 and SB 420, with only a few folks being arrested and even fewer successfully prosecuted for commercial operations (and usually for going way beyond what Prop 215 and SB 420 allows).

    With state voters being proactive to effectively and functionally end eight decades of Cannabis Prohibition it is foolish beyond belief to hope and wait for a majority of the 535 members of the Congress and Senate to pass a re-scheduling act for cannabis (a rescheduling that will make the production and distribution tightly controlled by corporate interests and ban home production, therefore making CA’s current medical cannabis laws illegal) and a President who’ll agree to sign it.

    You do realize that a single senator can stop legislation, don’t you? Are you asking reformers to sit around and wait for decades while Senators like Orrin Hatch, Jim DeMint or Tom Coburn/Diane Feinstein, Ben Nelson or Blanche Lincoln –folks who’ll never allow a vote to reschedule cannabis for any purposes–place secret or not-so-secret holds on legislation as is the wont of all senators?

    How long are you willing to wait for this unnecessary political compromise for an inferior policy….10 years? 20? 40?
    Because that is how long you’ll probably have to wait when today virtually NONE of the members of Congress publicly support re-scheduling cannabis as a medicine (or for industrial hemp) and absolutely NOT as a recreational drug.

    Please, stop hoping for perfection from the oppressors and embrace the liberators in CA!! The states are the incubators of freedom and innovation–not the federal government.]

  23. organized crime says vote no on prop 19. because there is big money in illegal vice, and criminal gangs wants to keep it that way.

    who fought the hardes to get the 18 Amendment inacted, and tried to provent it’s repeal, organized crime. (J. Edgar Hoover)

  24. My Son got caught with some Marijauna and I had to pay
    $250.00 to get him out of jail then court cost $150.00 then he went on probation for a year in the mean time I had to spend so much when he went to see his probation officer that came $1850.00.Now he has a Marijauna charge on him and he can’t even get a job because of all of this.I know some of you may think or say so what?If you say no to prop19 you are saying yes to the PROHIBITONIST.$2250.00 they got from me.I’m a Man that Loves his Son.And I know you Love your family and friends.All I could do is donate and I have.Yes on prop19 be STRONG Califorina and Power to the People.

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