NORML PAC Endorses Representative Beto O’Rourke for US Congress

betomemeNORML PAC is endorsing Representative Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) for re-election the the US House of Representatives.

“Rep. O’Rourke is an ardent supporter of reforming our nation’s marijuana policies,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri, “In just his first term, he has proven to be an intelligent and pragmatic politician with a long future in front of him. We strongly encourage voters to support his re-election campaign to keep a true reform champion in Congress.”

Representative O’Rourke issued the following statement to supporters and voters on the topic:

“Those of us who live in this region, in El Paso and Juarez, have a unique perspective on the war on drugs. We know that billions of dollars in cash, drugs, guns and arms are transited through this community. We know that billions of dollars in federal resources from the United States and Mexico are spent on law enforcement to try and stop that illicit drug trade. And we also know, all too well, the suffering that accompanies that black market trade in illegal drugs. It is because of that experience and looking back over the 40-year, failed war on drugs that I’ve come to the conclusion that at least when it comes to a drug like marijuana, we owe ourselves, and especially our kids, a much better policy.

As a rational and humane country, we can decide, as we did with alcohol that the harms in the prohibition of marijuana far outweigh any gains in security and in our efforts to keep these drugs away from our fellow citizens.

If you support my work and advocacy on this issue, I hope I can count on your help.”

For the next 24 hours, Rep. O’Rourke will be running a “Powered by People” campaign with the goal of raising $123,200 in amounts less than $200 to illustrate that everyday citizens can compete with special interests in politics and issues such as marijuana law reform drive voter engagement. If you are interested in donating to this campaign you can do so by clicking here (donations are tracked so donations made through this link will show as support for his marijuana reform stance).

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  1. this is an example of this mindless mindset of the american politics. we have to vote for individuals to do OUR bidding. here in ohio we have the gov and atty gen telling us they don’t want mj so they tell us we have to collect massive ridiculous number of signatures to get it on ballot. just let us vote on it and it will pass. 2 people run all of us! stop the dumb crap!

  2. THANK YOU ALLEN! Thank you everyone at NORML PAC for making it easier for us to link us and direct us to representatives in our state where we can make real change happen fast.
    What a wonderful, rewarding time to be a marijuana activist. In less than five minutes, I was able to check on this blog on my lunch break, download a bank app on to my iphone to transfer funds with a picture of a check, donate to a pro-marijuana anti-prohibition Democratic representative in my state, and I even had time to write about it and thank Allen for the link.
    I can’t wait for November 4th!

  3. I lived in Texas for 8 years. There is a strong anti-intellectual element in Texas and its politics.

    Good luck with your efforts, Mr. O’Rourke.

  4. Some have said
    Down through history
    If you last
    Its a mystery
    But I guess they dont know
    What theyre talkin about…

    From the mountains…
    Down into the sea…
    It’s become a habit
    To smoke bud legally…

    America…
    Ameheaherica

    Well i come from
    Washington DC
    But the people of Texas
    Are nice to me…

    America…
    Ameheaherica…

    It dont matter…
    Where i may roam
    Ill tell you people
    Its home sweet home

    America…
    Amerheriherica…

    And my brothers…
    Are all black and white…
    Yellow too…
    And the red man is right…

    To expect a little from you…
    Promise…
    And then follow through…
    America

    All the men…
    That build their plans
    But get penned
    By Prohibition

    America…
    Amerheaherica…

    And the men…
    That could not fight
    In a war…
    That didnt seem right…

    You better come home…
    Ameheaherica…

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    Are all black and white
    Yellow too
    And the red man is right

    To expect a little from yoou
    Promise, and then follow throouggh…
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    Well i come from
    Washington DC
    But i grew up
    In Texas Hill Country

    America…
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    And no matter
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  5. Texas is one of the worst states to live in// we have idiots that run this state.. all the reps in this state are full of nothing but corruptness.. the cartels just pay our law inforcement dea border patrol etc etc ///somebody tell me who we should vote for in november to help change the laws about prohibition on cannibis in texas ..i think we are all very tired of the gov running our lives ..,we need to change that/ we need to have the politics working for the people not for the reps back pockets ..

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