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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

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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)

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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

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

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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)

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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)
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http://www.opposingviews.com/i/say-no-to-lies-say-yes-to-prop-19

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

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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

Marijuana Legalization Contingent at the Stewart/Colbert Rally

I am heading downtown after finishing this blog post, to join my cohorts in the drug policy contingent at the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" this afternoon. There are hundreds of people we know are joining us, and we're hoping to recruit many more by handing out signs. The picture here is of signs that DPA made up for the occasion, a cartoon version of a recent John Stewart program where he commented that "the 'legalize pot' sign always shows up."

We've made signs up for the occasion, a huge number of them, reading "Yes on Prop 19." Our hope is to get on TV with them and help the Prop 19 voter turnout in California next week. Of course a lot of groups hope to get on TV today, and a lot of people will be there. But our side has done pretty well with coverage for this so far, including articles on CBS and Talking Points Memo, and thanks to George Soros there are Prop 19 ads actually running during Colbert's and Stewart's shows (at least in California), so maybe we will.

See an Alternet piece written by our friends Yair Tygiel of DPA and Stacia Cosner of SSDP, "Rally to Restore (Drug Policy) Sanity," and if you're in town stop by the StoptheDrugWar.org/SSDP office for pizza and Prop 19 phonebanking today between 3:00pm and midnight. And of course check back here for pictures.

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Washington, DC
United States

World Series Reporter's 'They're Smoking Weed' Clip Becomes Prop. 19 Ad

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CA
United States
Just before game two of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers on Thursday, a reporter for a Dallas television station filed a story on the scene outside AT&T park for the local audience back home. But rather than the usual cliches about the picturesque view of San Francisco Bay, Newy Scruggs' story dealt almost entirely about marijuana being used by fans a short distance away. The group Internet Today quickly edited and tacked on a pro-Proposition 19 message to the end of the clip, which proceeded to go viral on the Internet and become the subject of talk radio and newspaper reports.
Publication/Source: 
AOL News (US)
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http://www.aolnews.com/surge-desk-elections/article/world-series-reporters-theyre-smoking-weed-clip-becomes-vira/19695175

Proposition 19 Backers Turn to Jon Stewart, Colbert and Comedy Central with Marijuana Ads

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CA
United States
The initiative’s supporters, armed with cash from recent major donations, are targeting young voters who polls show overwhelmingly support legalization with commercials on Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report".
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times (CA)
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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/10/proposition-19-ads-will-air-on-comedy-cental-and-sf-bay-area-radio-.html

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