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Prop 19: Last Minute Request

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Dear friends,

We've received urgent requests from Hispanic community leaders for a Spanish language version of our phone banking tool to help get out the vote for Prop 19, and we need your help.

Polling shows that when Latino voters learn that Prop 19 will save tens of millions of dollars in incarceration costs, those who oppose the measure overwhelmingly become supporters.

But if they don't hear the message, they'll never know.

Can you chip in $5 or more to help us get Latino voters to the polls tomorrow?

If you can't donate, we still need your help.  Thousands of activists have called young California voters for the past month, and their votes are critical to whether Prop 19 will pass or fail.

Or, sign up to make calls yourself to young California voters for Prop 19.

We need your help to pull it off in these final hours.  The entire country is watching what happens in California.

Let's show everyone that the people who want an end marijuana prohibition believe passionately in the cause, and we're willing to fight every step of the way to make it happen.

Thanks for all you do.

Michael Whitney
JustSayNow.com

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United States

Yes on 19 Campaign Launches New "Stop the Insanity" Video (Video)

The Yes on 19 campaign launched its closing argument with a brand new web video. It emphasizes that for far too long the war on marijuana has cost the state billions of dollars and incarcerated hundreds of thousands of non-violent Californians, and that by stopping the insanity of marijuana prohibition the state can be led in a new direction.

The ad, which has an edgier flavor than previous messaging, was designed to address the human toll inflicted by marijuana prohibition. Unofficially called "Stop the Insanity," the ad is being targeted to younger CA voters who are less political, but moved by the subject of marijuana legalization. The rollout will be seen by 2 million Californians.

You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doRymwwLdE0

Location: 
CA
United States

Make the Call for Marijuana Law Reform (Action Alert)


Watch the instructional video and start making calls today!

Dear friends,

You can influence the passing of marijuana reform initiatives in 4 states by making calls from your home today!

Using the Just Say Now call tool is easy and can be done from anywhere.

Call California Voters– about Proposition 19 which would regulate marijuana similar to alcohol. 

Call Arizona Voters– about Prop 203 which would protect medical marijuana patients from arrest and prosecution.

Call Oregon Voters– about Measure 74 which allow the state to provide patients with safe access to medical marijuana through dispensaries.

Call South Dakota Voters– about Measure 13 which would protect medical marijuana patients from arrest and prosecution.

Help us end the war on marijuana - start calling voters and remind them to get to the polls vote for sensible marijuana reform!

Click here to start calling:
http://go.firedoglake.com/

Each call just takes a few minutes, and you can start calling voters with just your email address or Facebook account. Check out our video that explains how to call, step by step.

With only a 48 hours left until the election, voicing your support for marijuana law reform has never been easier or more urgently important, so start calling voters today.

Thank you from SSDP!

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Prop 19: A Letter to the Undecided (Opinion)

Location: 
CA
United States
Targeting undecided voters, Jesse Levine of the Marijuana Arrest Research Project lays out arguments in favor of voting "Yes" on California's Proposition 19.
Publication/Source: 
The Huffington Post (CA)
URL: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-levine/a-letter-to-the-undecided_b_776794.html

Marijuana is the Biggest Issue on Tomorrow’s Ballot (Press Release)

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                                                               

NOVEMBER 1, 2010

Marijuana is the Biggest Issue on Tomorrow’s Ballot

Win or Lose, Progress in 2010, As Well As Recent National Polling, Indicates That Marijuana Prohibition’s Days Are Numbered

MPP Spokespeople Available in California and Washington, D.C. to Discuss Various Initiatives and Provide National Perspective on the Future of Marijuana Policy Reform

CONTACT: Mike Meno, MPP director of communications: 202-905-2030, 202-905-2031 or 443-927-6400

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As voters in four states prepare to weigh in on statewide marijuana reform ballot measures, a new Gallup poll released last week shows that national support for making marijuana legal has reached an all-time high of 46% while support for current policies continued a gradual erosion to its lowest level on record. According to the poll, “If the trend of the past decade continues at a similar pace, majority support could be a reality within the next few years.” 

         “No matter what happens tomorrow, it’s now undeniable that national public sentiment is increasingly turning against the idea that responsible adults should be criminalized for using a substance less harmful than alcohol,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “Support for ending marijuana prohibition is not only growing among the populace, but we are also seeing prominent organizations coming out in support of reform. Thanks to initiatives like Proposition 19 in California, advocates for marijuana policy reform are gaining allies, from labor unions to the NAACP to Democratic Party committees, who will stand with us during future battles. So as we await tomorrow’s results, we are already looking forward to achieving major victories in 2012.”

On Election Day tomorrow, Californians will vote on Proposition 19, a potentially historic ballot measure that would make marijuana legal for all adults and allow localities to regulate its sale.

In Arizona and South Dakota, voters will consider medical marijuana ballot initiatives.

In Oregon, voters will decide whether to expand the state’s current medical marijuana law by authorizing state-licensed dispensaries.

         MPP has spokespeople available in California and Washington, D.C. to discuss the various initiatives and provide a national perspective on the future of marijuana policy reform.

         With more than 124,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit www.mpp.org.

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Zach Galifianakis Supports Prop 19 by Smoking a Joint on Bill Maher's Show (Video)

Location: 
CA
United States
Proponents have been stepping up the call to show favor for California's Prop 19. Taking to national television, actor Zach Galifianakis staged a rather dramatic show of support by lighting up a marijuana joint while debating the proposition on Real Time With Bill Maher.
Publication/Source: 
The Washington Post (DC)
URL: 
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2010/11/zach_galifianakis_smokes_a_joi.html

Say "No" to Lies; Say "Yes" to Prop. 19 (Opinion)

Location: 
CA
United States
NORML's Paul Armentano opines on the lies and distortions being employed against California's Proposition 19.
Publication/Source: 
Opposing Views (CA)
URL: 
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/say-no-to-lies-say-yes-to-prop-19

Nine Oregon Police Officers Accused of Illegally Campaigning Against Measure 74

Location: 
OR
United States
Law enforcement officials are alleged to have violated Oregon Revised Statute 260.432, which excludes public officials from promoting or opposing any measure or candidate as part of their official duties.
Publication/Source: 
The Mail Tribune (OR)
URL: 
http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101031/NEWS/10310334

Final Field Poll Has Prop 19 Down

Proposition 19, the tax and regulate marijuana legalization initiative is trailing 42% to 49% in the last Field poll of the campaign season. A Field poll last month had the initiative winning by the same margin.

The Field poll results are in line with other recent polls. The Talking Points Memo Poll Tracker, which does not include the latest Field poll, has Prop 19 losing 49.6% to 43.4%. Only two polls out of 10 in the past month show the measure winning.

It appears support for Prop 19 peaked in September, before any serious opposition emerged. The measure polled ahead in all five polls that month.

But the election isn't over until everyone votes on Tuesday, and the Yes on 19 campaign is in full-blown get out the vote mode until the polls close. Rallies, newspaper and electronic media ads, and phone banking will continue up until the last minute.

Still, the Field poll suggests a victory on Tuesday may be hard to come by. Only slim majorities of Democrats (51%) and independents (57%) favor the initiative, while nearly two-thirds (65%) of Republicans oppose it. Prop 19 is only polling at 49% in the San Francisco Bay area and 50% in the rest of northern California, and is trailing in Los Angeles County (38%), the Central Valley (39%), and the rest of southern California (41%).

The measure was trailing among men, 44% to 48%, and by a larger margin among women, 40% to 50%. It trailed in all age groups except voters under age 40, who favored by a margin of 54% to 38%.

Prop 19 didn't have majority support among any ethnic group in the latest Field poll. It fared best with whites (46%), followed by blacks (45%) and Hispanics (35%). But it got creamed by Asian ethnic voters. Only 22% of Chinese-Americans supported, only 19% of Korean-Americans supported it, and only 10% of Vietnamese-Americans supported it.

Can a surge of "unlikely voters" prove the polls wrong? Stay tuned.

CA
United States

Ahead of Tuesday's Election Gmail Founder Donates to Legalize Marijuana

Location: 
CA
United States
Gmail and FriendFinder founder Paul Buchheit says that adults should be able to smoke marijuana for fun. Mr. Bucheit's donation of $100,000 to the California Yes on Proposition 19 campaign surpasses Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz’s $70,000 donation. Some more of the tech industry's brightest minds have also supported the campaign -- Sean Parker the financial supporter behind Napster and long-time Facebook collaborator, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, and Innovative Interfaces President Steve Silberstein have all donated money to it.
Publication/Source: 
DailyTech (NC)
URL: 
http://www.dailytech.com/Ahead+of+Tuesdays+Election+Gmail+Founder+Donates+to+Legalize+Marijauna/article20031.htm

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