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Support Just Say Now’s Marijuana Policy Coverage and Activism

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 10:39 am

Just Say Now has experienced explosive growth over the last few years, with nearly 3 million followers worldwide!

But while we love that more people read and take action with us each week, don’t be deceived: our serious commitment to independence means we don’t enjoy big corporate budgets to fund and promote our work.

Please donate $20 to fund our marijuana policy reporting and activism and keep Just Say Now online.

We’re gearing up for the next round of marijuana reform battles this fall, but we can’t help without the necessary funds to cover our expenses and stay online. Your donations help us maintain our fierce independence from corporate and partisan influence and fund the reporting and activism you see here at Just Say Now.

It helps us give noted author and JSN writer Jon Walker the space he needs to do his unparalleled reporting and policy analysis, and organize millions of people online to take reforms into their own hands.

This model is hard to sustain, but it allows us to accomplish a lot. In just four years time, our little operation has become a go-to source for marijuana news, analysis and action.

We’ve proudly helped people bring reform home to their communities (including the first-ever legalization laws), breaking down the drug war and moving our nation away from its addiction to mass incarceration.

The coming months will be busy for the marijuana reform movement. More legalization initiatives are coming to voters in Alaska, Oregon and DC, and the Smarter Sentencing Act to reduce mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug offenders is gaining steam. It would be an understatement to say we have our work cut out for us!

We are so happy to see the momentum behind reform is very strong, and people are growing hungry for more information and action. We want to be there fighting for this important change. But we need your support to fund our reporting and cover the expenses we need to stay online.

Support independent media and activism: donate $20 keep Just Say Now online.

Thank you so much for your support.

Washington DC Residents Need Your Help To Regulate Marijuana

By: Monday April 7, 2014 2:30 pm

Call your member of Congress today and tell them to let Washington DC make its own decisions when it comes to regulating marijuana.

Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray recently signed legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession and reduce penalties from arrest to a small fine. This is an important step forward for a city that arrests one person for marijuana possession every two hours on average: the highest per capita marijuana arrest rate in the country.

But because of Washington, DC’s unique status as a federal district, Congress can veto local laws like this one. This is especially unfair considering that the people of DC do not have any representation in Congress.

That’s why Just Say Now activists from around the country are calling their representatives and asking them to pledge to permit the people of Washington, DC to reform their local marijuana laws without interference.

Can you please call and ask your member of Congress to pledge not to interfere with DC’s local marijuana laws?

Congress has previously worked to stop marijuana reforms in its hometown for over a decade and we can’t let that happen again. In 1998, Washington DC residents voted overwhelmingly in support of Initiative 59, which would have regulated medical marijuana in the nation’s capital. But Congress intervened and passed the ‘Barr Amendment,’ which blocked the legislation — and any future law that would¬†”decrease the penalties for marijuana or other Schedule I drugs” in the city.

Times have certainly changed since 1998, so much so that Bob Barr himself cheered on the repeal of his eponymous amendment in 2009. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen again. Medical marijuana is finally taking root in the city, and advocates are working to collect signatures to put full legalization on the November ballot. As my colleague Jon Walker noted, DC’s likely next mayor Muriel Bowser supports legalization.¬†With numerous reforms facing the city in short order, we need to begin asking our members of Congress to pledge to let the city make its own decisions.

Washington, DC badly needs this reform. According to a report put out by the ACLU just last year, DC not only has the highest arrest rate per capita for marijuana possession, but also has one of the highest rates of racial disparity in arrests. Washington DC’s black residents are over 8 times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts for the same crime. By reducing penalties for possession, we can take significant steps towards fixing this gross injustice.

So long as your member of Congress doesn’t act to block this bill, we will see real reform come to Washington, DC.

Call your member of Congress today and tell them to let Washington DC make its own decisions when it comes to regulating marijuana.

LIVESTREAM: Rhode Island State Legislators Introduce Bill to Legalize Marijuana

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 9:32 am

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Regulate Rhode Island will livestream the press conference, which is slated to begin sometime between 3 and 3:30pm ET

Rhode Island Assemblywoman Edith Ajello and Senator Josh Miller will introduce a bill to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol at a 3pm ET press conference today.

Rhode Island’s Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act is similar to laws recently passed in Colorado and Washington and would finally end the failed drug war policies that have ravaged families, the economy and the rule of law in communities across the state.

Ajello and Miller are currently looking for other members of the legislature to co-sponsor this critical bill, and the Just Say Now campaign is organizing activists in the state to reach out to their legislators in support.

If you live in Rhode Island, please click here to contact your representatives in the state assembly and senate and ask them to co-sponsor The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act.

If passed, The Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act would:

  • Allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana
  • Permit individuals to grow up to two plants in an enclosed, locked space
  • Establish a tightly regulated system of licensed retail stores, cultivation facilities and testing facilities
  • Enact a special 10% sales tax to generate revenue for the state
  • Require the Department of Business Regulation to establish rules regulating security, labeling, health and safety requirements.

We’re excited to spend the coming weeks and months working with you to dismantle prohibition in Rhode Island and replace it with a safe, common sense regulatory system. For more information, be sure to follow Just Say Now and Regulate Rhode Island. Thanks in advance for your support.

Jon Walker Discusses New Book, ‘After Legalization,’ With Medical Marijuana Radio

By: Monday December 9, 2013 9:50 am

Firedoglake’s Jon Walker had a great talk with Medical Marijuana Radio over the weekend to discuss his upcoming book, After Legalization: The Future of Marijuana Policy. Jon talked about the impetus behind writing this book, what lessons we can learn from the end of alcohol prohibition and his thoughts on where the movement to legalize marijuana is headed next.

We have just 7 days left to reach our $5,100 goal to fund the editing, publishing and promotion of this book on Kickstarter. Please consider pledging your support to this great project if you have not already.

Jon’s interview begins around 21:50 below.

Just Say Now’s Jon Walker: Marijuana Legalization Following Same Curve as Marriage Equality

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 12:59 pm

Check out this video of Firedoglake’s senior policy analyst Jon Walker discussing the growing national support for marijuana reform on Current TV’s “The War Room” with Michael Shure this week. Jon discusses the evolution of public perception on legalizing marijuana, drawing parallels to that of marriage equality.

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