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California Marijuana Initiative Could Help Propel Barbara Boxer to Re-election

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CA
United States
A ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in California could help propel endangered incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to re-election in November, according to a respected polling expert.
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The Raw Story (DC)
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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/california-pot-initiative-propel-barbara-boxer-reelection/

What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens: Alcohol Industry Profits (Opinion)

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CA
United States
David Sirota, author of the best-selling books Hostile Takeover and The Uprising, believes our society is drunk off of alcohol propaganda we've had trouble separating fact from fiction.
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Alternet (CA)
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http://www.alternet.org/drugs/148279/what_the_pot_legalization_campaign_really_threatens%3A_alcohol_industry_profits

Stop the Lies About Prop 19 -- It Will Help, Not Hurt, Medical Marijuana Patients

A small but loud group of medical marijuana businesses are in the media claiming that Prop 19, California's "tax and regulate" initiative to legalize marijuana, would make marijuana less available to medical patients. Their arguments are demonstrably false, but the media has mostly given them a pass on it. I have a piece on Huffington Post today that calls them out. Check it out and then comment there and/or here.

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CA
United States

Arizona Firms Jockeying to Get Medical Marijuana Licenses

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AZ
United States
More than a dozen companies are setting up shop in Arizona hoping to get into the business of selling medical marijuana. The Arizona law requires that the dispensaries be set up as non-profit corporations. But that isn't deterring would-be medical marijuana sellers who hope to snare one of 120 licenses.
Publication/Source: 
Arizona Business Gazette (AZ)
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http://www.azcentral.com/business/abg/articles/2010/09/23/20100923abg-maryjane0923.html

California Marijuana Legalization Measure Has Nine-Point Lead in Latest Poll

Proposition 19 pot legalization initiative leads 47%-38% in the latest Public Policy Polling survey of likely voters. That's good, but not great, news for the campaign.

Good because nine points is a nice cushion six weeks out from election day. But not great because Prop 19 is still polling under 50% when it needs 50% plus one vote to win and because the race is closer than in the previous Public Policy Polling survey in July, when it led 52%-36%.

The poll is an automated phone survey of 630 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.9%. It took place last week.

victory in November? (chart from polltracker.talkingpointsmemo.com)
Most, but not all recent polls, have shown Prop 19 leading. The Talking Points Memo Poll Average on Prop 19, which combines all the recent polls, has the measure leading 47.8% to 38.8%.

Telephone robo-polls have generated higher numbers than face to face interview polls, leading some observers to suggest some people may be more willing to embrace a controversial position like marijuana legalization in the facelessness of the robo-polls.

Prop 19 was supported by 74% of liberals, 47% of moderates, and only 27% of conservatives. 53% of men supported it, compared to only 42% of women, suggesting the campaign has not been able to overcome lackluster support in what it considers a key swing constituency.

Whites showed the strongest support at 49%, followed by blacks at 46%, Asians at 44%, and the large Hispanic electorate at 42%.

Six weeks out, victory appears tantalizingly within reach, but defeat cannot be ruled out. This sucker is going down to the wire.

CA
United States

The Patients vs. The Powerful

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Dear friends:

It is crunch time in Arizona.

With just six weeks to go in the medical marijuana ballot initiative campaign, powerful people in the state have joined together to prevent patients from using and acquiring their medicine legally. The campaign is working hard to keep pace but we need your help.

As a supporter of marijuana policy reform, you know how hard it is to change marijuana laws. Amazingly, we are now on the cusp of making medical marijuana legal for the citizens of another state. We cannot fail.

Working with individuals like the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, a group called Keep AZ Drug Free is spreading misinformation throughout the state. And now they have received a contribution of $10,000 from the Arizona Cardinals professional football team. The Cardinals get sponsorship money from beer companies and are using it to prevent patients from using a far less harmful substance! Disgusting.

We cannot let hypocrites like this succeed. We must match them dollar for dollar. If you can help us raise $10,000 for the campaign, they will be able to put more volunteers to work distributing materials and holding signs. And they will be able to mount a more aggressive earned media campaign.

Please make a contribution or $5, $10 or more to the Arizona ballot initiative campaign today. And celebrate with us six weeks from today when we defeat the powerful and make marijuana legal for the patients.

Thanks in advance.

Sincerely,

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Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.


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AZ
United States

Prediction: Washington State Will End Marijuana Prohibition in 26 Months (Opinion)

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Washington
United States
Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, opines on why he is convinced that Washington state will probably be one of the first two states to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol.
Publication/Source: 
The Huffington Post (CA)
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-kampia/prediction-washington-sta_b_731027.html

Arizona Health Department Preps for Medical Marijuana Passage

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AZ
United States
Polls show strong support for passage of Proposition 203, and the executive director of the Arizona Department of Health Services is putting processes into place to regulate what could become a new industry in the state.
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Phoenix Business Journal (AZ)
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http://phoenix.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2010/09/20/story16.html

Marijuana Law Reform is a Civil Rights Issue (Opinion)

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CA
United States
Alice Huffman, president of the California State NAACP, opines on the civil rights aspects of legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana in California. She says the California NAACP does not believe maintaining the illusion that we're winning the "war on drugs" is worth sacrificing another generation of our young men and women.
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San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/15/EDQB1FE2T8.DTL

Stand Up to Big Alcohol (Action Alert)

The alcohol industry is fueling the campaign to defeat Proposition 19in California so that adults cannot make the safer choice to use marijuana.

According to campaign finance reports, the California Beer and Beverage Distributors State Issues Committee donated $10,000 to the campaign to defeat Proposition 19, the initiative that would establish a legal and regulated marijuana market and provide adults with a safer recreational alternative to alcohol. 

We understand why Big Alcohol wants to protect its turf and keep Californians drinking; but why does the No on Prop. 19 campaign -- which is calling itself "Public Safety First" -- share this goal?

Click on the button below or visit http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5559/action/prop19to send a message to the head of the No on Prop. 19 campaign, calling on him to explain why the campaign is working with Big Alcohol to drive Californians to drink.  Then visit the campaign's website -- http://www.Yeson19.com -- and find out how you can help bring about a victory this November.

You will be redirected to the Yes on 19 website after taking action!

 

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CA
United States

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