Statewide and National Organizations Join Coalition in Support of Prop 19, to Legalize Cannabis in California


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Statewide and National Organizations Join Coalition in Support of Prop 19, to Legalize Cannabis in California.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. &mdash Today, nine very diverse groups and political parties emerged to announce that they stand strongly in support of Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis throughout California.

The Green Party of California, Peace and Freedom Party of California, Republican Liberty Caucus of California, Progressive Libertarian Caucus, National Black Police Association, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), The Free and Equal Elections Foundation and Hempire Media, today, announced they all agree, the passage of Proposition 19 is a vital step towards ending the War on Drugs, bringing peace and safety back to our neighborhoods, and producing an extra revenue source for struggling businesses and local governments in California.

Further, a number of signatories agreed:

“The Republican and Democratic Parties have sided against the people by failing to endorse Proposition 19. This historic proposition, if passed, would allow possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and over in California, for personal consumption, and in turn, would allow for the taxing and controlling of cannabis, similar to alcohol and tobacco, thus allowing all Californians and small businesses across this state the right to realize the potential of Cannabis, California’s number one cash crop.

“We ask that voters join us, as well as police officers, cancer patients, teachers, doctors, judges, nurses, journalists, students and everyone else across California to tell our government that we demand an end to prohibition of cannabis because it simply doesn’t work. Our prisons are bursting at the seams with cannabis arrests, which now comprise more than 50% of all drug arrests nationwide.

“We strongly urge California voters to legalize this herb in California by voting YES on Prop 19 this November. Together we can make our streets freer, smarter and safer.”

Mark Hinkle, Libertarian National Committee chair; Mike Feinstein, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States; C.T. Weber, state chairperson of Peace and Freedom Party of California and candidate for lieutenant governor of California; Laura Wells, Green Party candidate for governor of California; Carlos Alvarez, Peace and Freedom Party candidate for governor of California; Ann Menasche, Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State; Christina Tobin, Libertarian candidate for California Secretary of State and founder and chair of The Free and Equal Elections Foundation; Lex Green, Libertarian candidate for governor of Illinois; and Todd McCormick, founder of Hempire Media, all have joined the coalition and signed on to the group quote, with more standing up in support of the proposition daily.

“I endorse Proposition 19. The War on Drugs is a failure and the prohibition of Marijuana has been worse than the prohibition of alcohol,” Green said. “I urge all Californians to stand up for Liberty. Vote for Proposition 19.”

“Proposition 19 is a hot-button issue,” Tobin said. “Candidates, businesses and voters seem to be split down the middle in their opinions of the Act, but a number of polls in the last few months suggest a growing momentum of support for Prop 19.”

“Marijuana prohibition is one of our nation’s – and world’s – greatest propaganda campaigns,” Tobin added. “The U.S. government has been pulling the wool over the eyes of the American and global public for more than 70 years when it comes to marijuana. Proposition 19 is a chance for California voters to fight back.”

Gubernatorial candidates Wells and Alvarez along with challenger Dale Ogden, the Libertarian candidate, all publicly favor Proposition 19. Chelene Nightingale, California gubernatorial candidate of the American Independent Party, is currently neutral. Despite numerous attempts by Free and Equal representatives, the major party contenders Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman have been unavailable, or unwilling, to comment regarding Proposition 19 and all-inclusive debates.

All four minor party candidates have confirmed their participation in the all-inclusive California gubernatorial candidate debate, to be hosted at California State University, Sacramento, the third and final debate in a Free and Equal national debate tour. The two major party candidates have been invited but issued no response. The event will take place Thursday, October 28, 2010, time and venue to be announced.

This debate is sponsored by Students for Liberty and Free and Equal, and will provide an equal platform for all ballot qualified candidates to discuss alternative issues and ideas including Proposition 19 and proportional representation in addition to the those questions that plague the minds of Californians and Americans across the board.

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24 thoughts on “Statewide and National Organizations Join Coalition in Support of Prop 19, to Legalize Cannabis in California

  1. Matt Heath

    “While some Prop. 19 advocates are calling for taxes on marijuana (cannabis) as a means of managing the pain of California’s chronic budget crisis, Prop. 19 itself creates no such taxes or regulations. The RLCCA recommends voting “YES” on Prop. 19, while at the same time strongly opposing any taxes and regulations that local governments may try to impose,” said RLCCA Chairman Matt Heath. “It is important that voters and politicians alike remember that even after Prop. 19 passes, Article 13C of the California constitution grants voters the opportunity to block each and every new tax proposed by local governments.”

  2. Alan Pyeatt

    Great work, Christina! It’s good to see libertarians working with other groups on issues of mutual interest. I am particularly happy to see the National Black Police Association included.

    And kudos to Libertarian Party National Chair Mark Hinkle for signing on! It’s good to see that our national leadership realizes that if we want to be effective as a political force, and not just a debating society, we have to WORK WITH OTHERS on common interests.

    We may not be a majority party yet, but we CAN be the balance of power – IF we make that choice!

  3. Alan Pyeatt

    Adrian @ 4: I’m not in favor of drug testing, for the most part. And we all know that Prop 19 is not a perfect bill.

    However, as libertarians, we do not want the government to interfere with voluntary agreements between employers and employees. So for us, one of the strong points of Prop 19 is that it does NOT dictate the terms of employment to private individuals and firms. Obviously, if an employer does not require drug testing for a certain job, that job becomes more desirable to potential employees. Then, if some employers require drug testing for a certain job, and other employers do not require testing for that same job, the potential employee can take that into account when choosing between jobs.

    The bottom line is whether Prop 19 moves the legal environment in the right direction. I believe that it does.

  4. Catholic Trotskyist

    The Catholic Trotskyist Party of America also endorses Prop 19.

    This proposition is a good left-wing libertarian alliance, with even a few right-wing reactionaries supporting it too.
    PLAS!

  5. James O. Ogle

    We look forward to working with the Catholic Trotskyist Party. How about a Ministry? You simply need to nominate your name (or anonymous is ok too).

    Once nominated, your name automatically qualifies for the 8th USA Parliament Election in 2010.

    http://www.usparliament.org

    Just let us know, and we’ll make it so.

    James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]
    Volunteer Vote Counter

  6. Darryl W. Perry

    It should be noted that Prop 19 has been endorsed by the Chair of the BTP National Committee

    http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/08/darryl-perry-californias-proposition-19-yes-we-cannabis/

    And the BTP program calls for ending the “War on Drugs” http://bostontea.us/program
    3. End the War on Drugs: The federal government should repeal all laws against the use and trade of “controlled substances.” The states and local communities should also permit people to freely choose what substances they wish to consume without government intervention.

  7. Darryl W. Perry

    As Chair of the BTP National Committee, I have endorsed Prop 19 http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/08/darryl-perry-californias-proposition-19-yes-we-cannabis/

    And the BTP has endorsed ending the “war on drugs” as part of it’s official program http://bostontea.us/program 3. End the War on Drugs: The federal government should repeal all laws against the use and trade of “controlled substances.” The states and local communities should also permit people to freely choose what substances they wish to consume without government intervention.

  8. Darryl W. Perry

    As Chair of the BTP National Committee, I have endorsed Prop 19 http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/08/darryl-perry-californias-proposition-19-yes-we-cannabis/

    And the BTP has endorsed ending the “war on drugs” as part of it’s official program http://bostontea.us/program
    3. End the War on Drugs:
    The federal government should repeal all laws against the use and trade of “controlled substances.” The states and local communities should also permit people to freely choose what substances they wish to consume without government intervention.

  9. BTP

    As Chair of the BTP National Committee, I have endorsed Prop 19 http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/08/darryl-perry-californias-proposition-19-yes-we-cannabis/

    And the BTP has endorsed ending the “war on drugs” as part of it’s official program http://bostontea.us/program
    3. End the War on Drugs:
    The federal government should repeal all laws against the use and trade of “controlled substances.” The states and local communities should also permit people to freely choose what substances they wish to consume without government intervention.

  10. Bob Richard

    Re #13: never mind. I now see that Free and Equal’s self-description includes this: “Free & Equal will also engage in activism for causes independent of the current two-party duopoly. “

  11. paulie Post author

    2010: A turning point?

    In his latest column, MPP executive director Rob Kampia considers whether 2010 will be remembered as a turning point in the failed war on marijuana regardless of election outcomes. In a year when marijuana became a serious topic for mainstream public discourse, when political strategists realized the potential of appealing to marijuana voters, and when regulations became a proactive process in at least one state, it’s fair to say that 2010 could one considered a tipping point in the movement to end marijuana prohibition. Read more…

    http://blog.mpp.org/tax-and-regulate/is-2010-the-turning-point-in-the-failed-war-on-marijuana/10282010/

    It shouldn’t be a crime

    MPP’s Sarah Lovering introduces a new 30-second video produced by MPP to reinforce the idea that adults should not be punished for making the decision to use a substance less harmful than alcohol. With an election just days away this is a great time to remind ourselves that prohibition has failed and that it’s time to tax and regulate marijuana for adults. Check out the video and send it along to your friends!

    http://blog.mpp.org/tax-and-regulate/it-shouldn%E2%80%99t-be-a-crime/10282010/

  12. Best We Can Do? [Lake]

    paulie // Oct 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    2010: A turning point?

    [Not if the MSM has it's sneakie way. Take Sandy Ego's Television Channel Ten (PLEASE)! About eight to one one anti pot stories to pro pot stories. More telling, the anti stories get played over and over, no matter how mundane; the pro stories were run once or twice and tossed, no matter how salient .........]

  13. Best We Can Do? [Lake]

    October, 18th, 2010, as Citizens For A Better Veterans Home keeps telling Christina, over one third of the California voters have already voted.

    This consolidation is in danger of being too little too late. Oh well ………

    My sweetie has hand delivered over thirty ballots to date! *keep tellin ya, keep tellin ya*

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