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Massive Youth Turnout Reported in San Diego

I just heard that young voter turnout from the universities in San Diego has been so huge that they ran out of ballots. If so, that would definitely be helpful for Prop 19. It could also encourage Democrats to consider supporting marijuana legalization initiatives as a future get out the vote strategy, discussions we've heard rumor of -- what a game-changer that would be. This could make a difference in the crucial CA Attorney General race as well.

On the other hand, if we lose this because they didn't print enough ballots, I'll be pretty mad.

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San Diego, CA
United States

Whether Prop 19 Passes or Not, Legalization is Now Mainstream

Please check out my editorial that ran on Alternet this morning, "Whether Prop 19 Passes or Not, Legalization is Now Mainstream."

We've all been excitedly following the Prop 19 "tax and regulate" marijuana initiative and doing what we can to help it. Tonight we'll find out what fate California voters deal to the measure. But win or lose, the events of the past few months prove that in the big picture we are clearly winning. My editorial makes that case.

Also, I was interviewed live on Colombian National Radio this morning -- would have been on Polish television too, but we missed the call. Prop 19 has international interest. You can check out the Colombia interview (which includes English translation) here.

Last but not least, if you haven't voted already, GO VOTE!

Prop. 19 Supporters Say Win or Lose They've Sparked a Debate

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CA
United States
The marijuana legalization campaign said volunteers had made more than 188,500 calls to voters and hoped to hook 125,000 "Yes on 19" door-hangers on the homes of likely supporters, including young male Democrats and members of the Green and Libertarian parties. The campaign's message is, win or lose, the initiative has stimulated widespread debate and shown that the nation's ban on marijuana is destined to fall.
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Los Angeles Times (CA)
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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-marijuana-prop19-20101102,0,1118697.story

As the Marijuana Debate Heats Up, an Industry Blossoms

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CA
United States
Californians are set to vote on Proposition 19 today, which would essentially legalize recreational marijuana use in the Golden State.
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AOL News (US)
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http://smallbusiness.aol.com/2010/11/02/as-the-marijuana-debate-heats-up-an-industry-blossoms/

B.C. Bud Hangs in the Balance, as California Casts Marijuana Vote

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BC
Canada
As Californians go to the polls Tuesday night, they won't just be deciding the future of marijuana in their state - the vote may also rattle the booming B.C. bud industry. If the law passes, B.C.'s illegal pot industry - which generates between $3 billion and $7 billion a year - could take a big hit, says Darryl Plecas, a criminology professor at B.C.'s University of the Fraser Valley.
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The Gazette (Canada)
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http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/hangs+vote/3763009/story.html

California Proposition 19 - Snoop Dogg, San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara Vote Yes (Video)

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CA
United States
It is a rare day when Hip Hip star, Snoop Dogg and the former chief of police for San Jose, Joseph McNamara agree - especially when they agree on reforming California's marijuana laws.
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NowPublic (Canada)
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http://www.nowpublic.com/world/proposition-19-snoop-dogg-chief-joseph-mcnamara-prop-19-video-2719380.html

Marijuana Legalization: Why Tea Party Might Support Prop. 19

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CA
United States
Conventional wisdom says tea party conservatives would vote against marijuana legalization in California. Yet Prop. 19 could test how serious tea partyers are about states' rights. Instead of opposing Prop. 19, parts of the tea party – including some of its stalwarts like Tom Tancredo in Colorado and Rand Paul in Kentucky – have hailed drug legalization as an ideological linchpin in the fight between progressivism (a broader role for government) and the ideals of states' rights (get the government out of living rooms).
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The Christian Science Monitor (MA)
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http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Election-2010/Tea-Party-Tally/2010/1101/Marijuana-legalization-why-tea-party-might-support-Prop.-19

Prop. 19 Has Wide U.S. Support

More Americans than not would welcome a vote by Californians to legalize marijuana, a poll released Monday says.
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United Press International (DC)
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http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/11/01/Calif-pot-measure-has-wide-US-support/UPI-19841288648805/

Prop 19 Counting on Broad Coalition, Late Ad Blitz to Prevail [FEATURE]

Los Angeles Times readers woke up Monday morning to find a Proposition 19 ad wrapped around Section A. A day earlier, they were greeted with a full-page ad in the Sunday newspaper. The print ads are part of a last minute advertising campaign that also includes ads on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and "Colbert Report," millions of ad impressions on Google and Facebook, and a radio ad campaign highlighting the disproportionate harm that marijuana prohibition causes for communities of color is hitting five Southern California stations, three of them Spanish-language.

two page ad wrapping Sunday's LA Times
The ad campaign is being funded by a $1 million donation last month from financier George Soros and is being run not by Yes on 19, the official Prop 19 campaign committee, but by a political action committee controlled by the Drug Policy Alliance.

The ad campaign is part of a frantic effort to sway voters and get out the vote as the clock ticks down toward Tuesday night. A barrage of recent polls have shown the measure losing, but Yes on 19 said Sunday that victory is still within reach.

The campaign cited youth energy, the get out the vote effort using state of the art technologies, general voter disaffection, and pollsters' likely undercounting of turnout generating by interest in the measure. "Together, these factors put 19 in a better position to win on Election Day than is indicated by the mainstream media narrative," campaign consultants Dan Newman and Chris Lehane argued in a memo Sunday.

"In the final days of this historic campaign, millions of Californians will be exposed in every media platform to the Yes on 19 message," said Stephen Gutwillig, DPA's California director. "We’re communicating to young voters in particular because they bear the brunt of marijuana enforcement and their turnout is crucial to Tuesday’s outcome."

Soros and DPA are by no means alone in joining the fight to legalize marijuana in California. In addition to advancing the public discussion on marijuana policy -- a Google search for "California Proposition 19" generates nearly 7.9 million hits -- the fight to pass Prop 19 has also generated the broadest outpouring of support for pot legalization ever. From labor to law enforcement, from identity politics organizations to the blogosphere, from entrepreneurs to elected officials, from law professors to doctors, from political organizations all across the ideological spectrum, a nice chunk of US civil society has rallied around Prop 19.

Prop 19 logo projected onto stadium side, World Series game, spotted Thursday night (twitpic.com/31xdog)
According to the Prop 19 campaign's endorsements page, it has law enforcement backing from the National Black Police Association, the National Latino Officers Association, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, former San Jose Police Chief Joe McNamara, retired California Judge Mike Grey, and dozens of other former and current police officers.

Prop 19 has been endorsed by more than a dozen prominent physicians, led by former US Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, and more than 75 leading law professors. It has been endorsed by dozens of California elected officials, the Berkeley and Oakland city councils and the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox even spoke out about it last week, saying "May God let it pass."

The measure has the backing of the California Green, Libertarian, Socialist, and Peace and Freedom parties, the Young Democrats, the Republican Liberty Caucus, and the Progressive Democrats of America, as well as 10 county Democratic Party organizations. The California NAACP, the Latino Voters League, the Northern and Southern California ACLU chapters are all on board, too, along with dozens of other state and local organizations. A mother's group was organized for the occasion.

In a real breakthrough, Prop 19 has also picked up significant support from organized labor. The Service Employee's International Union (SEIU) of California, the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, and the longshoremen's union have all put their names and their political machines behind the initiative. So have a number of locals across the state.

Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jan Wenner kicked in $2,500, while insurance magnate Peter Lewis donated more than $200,000, Facebook co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Sean Parker gave $70,000 and $100,000 respectively, while Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap president David Bronner kicked in $75,000, Men's Warehouse owner Robert Zimmer gave $50,000, and Washington, DC, activist and hemp store owner Adam Eidinger kicked in $25,000.

Other sizeable reported late donations from less prominent figures have come in as well. In the month of October, not counting the Soros million, the Prop 19 campaign has generated nearly $900,000 in donations.

All that money is making the last minute ad blitz possible. But that's not all that's going on in the final days. A massive phone banking and get out the vote effort has been joined by FiredogLake and its JustSayNow campaign, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, StoptheDrugWar.org, DPA, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, California Young Democrats, and California College Republicans.

For example, at UC-Berkeley, students are mobilizing around the initiative and are identifying it as the most important issue for young people in this election. In addition to tabling and canvassing, they held rallies this weekend, as did supporters in other parts of the state, all in an effort to create visibility and remind people to vote.

"Students are waking up and taking notice," said Kat Murti, a former president of Cal Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Yes on 19's Bay Area regional director. "Thousands of students lose financial aid each year due to marijuana offenses, including Berkeley students. This issue clearly affects and motivates them like no other political topic."

Let's hope that's the case, and that the ads, the media buzz, and the organizing draw out enough "unlikely voters" to change the world with a win on Tuesday.

CA
United States

Prop 19: Last Minute Request

Help us bring Latino voters to the polls in California for Prop 19 - chip in $5.
 

 

Or click here to volunteer to call voters for Prop 19.

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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