DC Legalization Campaign Needs Registration Drive $$$ NOW

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Dear friend,

The DC campaign to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia needs donations this week, for a voter registration drive that needs to go full speed from now until the early October mail-in deadline. Please visit our web site at http://stopthedrugwar.org/donate and make the most generous donation you can -- please put a note in the comment box saying that it is for the "DC Cannabis Campaign." We will donate 100% of it to the campaign.

(You can also make the donation straight to the campaign if you prefer -- and I hope you'll sign up for their email list. But donating to us for the campaign will help us meet our pledge of raising at least $5,000. If you donate straight to the campaign instead, I hope you'll also send us a note to let us know you did and how much.)

Initiative 71 will legalize possession and home growing of marijuana in DC. (It leaves regulated legalization of sales to the council because that can't be done through an initiative under DC law.) A victory will add to the momentum of battles now underway in Oregon and Alaska, and from legalized marijuana systems being implemented right now in Colorado and Washington. It will advance the credibility of the anti-prohibitionists who want to set our country free and make this a national issue that no one can ignore any longer.

TO DONATE: Visit our donation page to make a generous donation supporting the DC Cannabis Campaign. Please select the option to make a non-deductible donation supporting our lobbying work, and indicate in the notes field that it is for the DC campaign, Initiative 71. If you can afford it, please return to the donation page to make a second gift (tax-deductible or non-deductible) supporting our ongoing work that makes this outreach possible, or indicate in the notes field how much of your gift is meant for the campaign vs. our organization.

IF YOU LIVE HERE YOU CAN VOLUNTEER TOO: If you live in the DC-area, please contact StoptheDrugWar.org and become part of the campaign's volunteer force. Please include "DCMJ volunteer" in the subject line. Campaign organizers will be in touch soon thereafter.

This is an exciting time. We're not a voice in the wilderness anymore. Unprecedented gains are within our reach — even in the nation's capital.

Will you join us?

Sincerely,

David Borden, Executive Director
StoptheDrugWar.org
Washington, DC
http://stopthedrugwar.org

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In the Prohibitionist's World...

In the prohibitionist's world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are "stoners" and "dopers" that need to be incarcerated in order to to protect society. In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their God given duty to worry about "saving us all" from the "evils" of marijuana use. Who are they to tell us we can't choose marijuana, the safer choice instead of alcohol for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes? People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who "follow the law" also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it's current prohibition of course) . Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too. Several Presidents of The United States themselves, along with Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, and Carl Sagan have all confessed to their marijuana use. As have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives. Although, that doesn't mean a damned thing to people who will make comments like "dopers" and "stoners" about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol. To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, glorifies, and advertises alcohol consumption like it's an All American pastime. There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long, hard day, than having a drink or two of alcohol. So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can't enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes? We've worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don't appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all. Has a marijuana user ever tried to force you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either. Don't try to impose your morality and "clean living" upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won't think you're such prohibitionist hypocrites. Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

Why make it about 'safety'?

Right. Absolutely. Except, don't stop with pot. Unless you want to be yet another hypocrite who says YOUR drug is OK, but not somebody else's. Which is what we have now. Society needs to give up Prohibition, period. Not just pot prohibition!  Why is it always about 'safety'? They never hear this argument anyhow, do they? How safe is safe? I have seen pot smokers make some very stupid mistakes while stoned. But that is besides the point. I knew an addiction specialist who was an M.D. who admitted to me that heroin was safer than alcohol for long term usage. Does that mean that heroin out to be legal? Well, certainly not without regulation. But the point is that if I want to grow poppies for personal use, why can't I? I am tired of hearing about how 'safe' things are is what makes them OK. Driving a car is dangerous. Gasoline is dangerous. Drugs can be dangerous So? If 'safety' was the issue, alcohol would be illegal. Period. All I ask is that the same dangers be accepted for other things. Why is LSD illegal, for e.g.? In knowledgeable hands, pure LSD can be an amazing sacrament. Fact is that our infantile & prohibitory 'laws' are wrong. If safety is the big concern, then why should alcohol or nicotine (which kills millions) get special treatment and exception?  They shouldn't. But there you have it.  I will agree, however, that if safety is going to be the issue. then pot is one of the few drugs that OUGHT to be legal, along with peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, and many others. The real issue is not about some moral, logical debate. If it was, it would have been over before it got started. It is about POWER and CONTROL. To get change, we must all work together. Please, let's not make this about 'safety'. Let's make this about the right to choose what risks we wish to take. Then, if we do that, we can move forward to let people who wish to have alternative medical treatments get them without being harassed by the FDA, etc., for e.g. As long as some corporation bribed entity decides 'safety', you get nothing but hypocrisy. Let's take the contest to a different level.

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