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Celebrate Washington State Legalized #Marijuana Today with #JustSayNow Avatar

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 7:24 am

Today is the first day since 1937 that marijuana has been legal for recreational use anywhere in the United States. As Jon Walker writes, Colorado was technically the first state to approve legalized marijuana, but Amendment 64 won’t go into effect for a few more months.

Brian Sonenstein created this terrific avatar for Facebook to honor the event, and those who worked hard to make this happen. Feel free to share it and celebrate.

Click on this link to make the image your Facebook or Twitter avatar.

An End to Marijuana Prohibition is Just a Phone Call Away

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 12:22 pm

You wouldn’t know it from following the 2012 presidential campaign closely, but three states are poised to make history this year by ending their prohibition of marijuana.

Ballot initiatives in Colorado, Washington and Oregon could be the beginning of the end to an important pillar in the war on drugs: the criminalization of marijuana.

Neither candidate for the highest office in the land will discuss a policy favored by a solid majority of the American public — putting them both well outside the confines of popular opinion on the subject. Colorado, a hotly contested swing state and home of the first presidential debate this year, also happens to be home to Amendment 64 which would tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. Somehow, neither candidate was asked about or spoke of the initiative while in Colorado, and has barely spoken of it if at all since.

For this and other reasons, many voters feel very left out of this election. Here in America, our choice is between candidates who are committed to talking over us rather than listening, refusing to address the concerns of the average citizen while instead projecting solutions for the ‘problems’ of their big donors on the rest of us. To them, this election is about meeting the needs of those who maintain their power, while finding ways to placate the rest of us just enough to stave off civil unrest – so if we want an end to prohibition, we’ll have to roll up our sleeves and do it ourselves.

Unfortunately, because neither candidate supports marijuana reform, and both oppose it with varying degrees of tenacity, the path forward on drug reform will not mirror that of movements for LGBTQ equality, which were able to rest election year concessions from the president by threatening to withhold their support. To the contrary, growing support among the public for marijuana reforms have been me with relatively no change in courage from the policial classes, which has in-turn forced marijuana reformers to make their appeals directly to voters.

Put simply and without exaggeration, an end to the prohibition of marijuana lays squarely in your hands, regardless of the state in which you reside.

If you live in one of the states bravely seeking to strike down prohibition this year than your mission is clear: you need to get every registered voter you know to cast their vote for reform — friends, family, colleagues. Just Say Now has the information you need to volunteer for the campaigns in these final weeks, whether it be calling neighbors, handing out flyers or sharing info online. If you’d like to volunteer, you can reach us at justsaynow@firedoglake.com.

If you don’t live in these states and want to see marijuana reform in your own community, make no mistake: this is your time to act. If we can break the seal and legalize marijuana in at least one state this year, the impact on the 2014 election could be monumental — it could inspire other states to employ similar models and campaigns to strike down their own prohibitions, and build a challenge to the federal posture on marijuana laws (and other drug laws) that have destroyed lives and communities for over 30 years.

In the past month, Just Say Now has logged over 2,000 calls to voters in Colorado and Oregon, and will continue to push for the end to prohibition featured on several ballots throughout the nation. If we fail in these final weeks to reach out and speak to voters in Colorado, Washington and Oregon, it could be a serious set-back for the movement. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for the marijuana movement; please help us do more by RSVPing to call voters, or by making a few calls right now in support of legalizing marijuana.

Jon Walker and Radical Russ Discuss Facebook’s War on Weed

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 9:58 am

Veteran drug warriors like Rahm Emanuel may be changing their tune on marijuana, but the uber-hypocrites at Facebook are still trying to keep the conversation in the closest.

Just Say Now’s Jon Walker discusses the upcoming marijuana ballot measures on Radical Russ Belville’s radio show, and they both scratch their heads at how out of step with popular opinion the elite drug warriors at Facebook are.

Tell Facebook To Stop Censoring the Marijuana Legalization Debate

Prop 19: State of the Race

By: Friday October 22, 2010 9:23 am

Just Say Now - Call for PotA new LA Times/USC poll finds Prop 19 trailing 51% to 39%. In a year of wacky polling when everyone is debating likely turnout models, polling on Prop 19 has been all over the map.

In September, PPIC had an outlier poll that found Prop 19 ahead 52-41. Yesterday they released another poll found there had been a 16 point swing, to 44-49. On the other hand, Survey USA found Prop 19 leading 48-41 in September, and holding somewhat steady at 48-44 this week.

Somebody has to be wrong. But SurveyUSA is the only polling firm that is releasing its likely voter models for public scrutiny, so it’s difficult to compare either the PPIC or the LA Times/USC polls in terms of methodology. PPIC released many of its findings, but not its likely voter model.

Several things are worth noting:

1. The polling methodology being used on this issue is more appropriate to partisan office holders rather than ballot measures. On an issue like Prop 19, where age is a much stronger predictor of support than partisan affiliation, the samples being taken among 18-39 year olds is probably small enough to be statistically insignificant. The LA Times poll finds that voters under 40 only favor it by 48% to 37%. That’s inconsistent with the findings of just about every other poll, and considering the fact that they only poll 441 likely voters, the margin of error is going to be enormous.

2. The PPIC polls from September to October are worth comparing on an apples-to-apples basis, however. Support among Latinos has eroded from 63% to 42%. Polling has indicated that support among Hispanic voters increase when they are told that Prop 19 will save money on incarcerations, and the Voto Latino’s California voter guide (PDF) says:

Financial Impact: Estimated savings of up to several tens of millions of dollars annually for state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. It is currently unknown but there could potentially be an increased amount of revenue for state and local government related to the production and sale of marijuana products.

It’s unfortunate that nobody has launched a Hispanic radio campaign, because there is virtually no money on the “no” side of the issue. It’s long been apparent that marijuana measures pass largely on the basis of public enthusiasm, however, regardless of the skill level of those running the campaigns.

3. Robert Cruickshank of the Courage Campaign says that anecdotally, he’s hearing that Eric Holder’s bombastic and threatening statement against Prop 19 has had an impact on turning off supporters, but it’s hard to know if that’s showing up in the polls.

4. It’s all going to come down to turnout. Will young voters buck historic midterm trends and show up for Prop 19? As Jon Walker noted, among those who have already sent in their ballots, Prop 19 is narrowly losing. But it leads among those who plan to vote and have not done so. If there was ever a measure in need of a crack turnout operation, this is it. Unfortunately, there never really was one assembled due to lack of resources.

If you want Prop 19 to pass, get to the phones. Calling likely Prop 19 supporters and personally asking them to vote is one of the best ways to get them to the polls, and Just Say Now phone bankers have already put in over 10,000 calls.

You can also donate here to help Just Say Now’s Get Out the Vote effort.

Join Our Campaign for Prop 19:

Just Say Now Phone Banking: People LOVE Being Called For Prop 19!

By: Tuesday October 19, 2010 9:10 am

We’re experiencing something I’ve never seen before with the Just Say Now Prop 19 phone banking: the people we’re calling LOVE being called.

Sure, we’re targeting people in the 18-29 age group who are likely to support marijuana legalization. And with 94% awareness of Prop 19 in that group, we knew there was going to be enthusiasm.

But when Michael Whitney was at the Prop 19 headquarters last weekend phonebanking with our friends from Students for Sensible Drug Policy, people started CHEERING when the callers said they were from Prop 19. If nobody was home and they left a message, people were calling back and thanking them.

Seriously.

Just Say Now placed over 5,000 calls last week into California, Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota. Our phone banking tool is teh awesome, thanks to the hard work of Mike Whitney and Brian Sonenstein (who made the great video above).

You can login now through Facebook, Twitter or register through email, and start calling!

And once you’re logged in, you can join the FDL calling group. Or create your own group.  If you’re looking for a bright spot in the 2010 election, this is it!



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