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When A Governor Calls And Asks For Support To Reform Marijuana Laws…

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director August 3, 2012

    …you provide it!

    I want to relate to NORML supporters my recent call with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, his support for major cannabis law reforms and his wont as a re-elected governor to become a national spokesperson for cannabis law reforms before the Congress and Executive branches.

    Many of us have worked for too many years (decades!) to arrive at this juncture in the Cannabis Prohibition epoch when elected policymakers now contact pro-cannabis law reform organizations proactively for financial help, and to affirm their support for legal reforms.

    Therefore, I strongly suggest it behooves those of us who can make a political donation to a sitting governor that supports legalizing cannabis to do so by a Vermont-imposed August 14 deadline to demonstrate the kind of political-financial support necessary to provide these reform-minded politicians with both the mettle and funding to advance long-needed cannabis law reforms.

    You can donate to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s re-election campaign through either 1) the NORMLPAC by calling in a credit card donation to 202-483-5500 or 2) by sending a check to: NORMLPAC, 1600 K St., NW, Mezzanine, Washington, DC, 20006.

    NORML supporters can donate up to $5,000 annually to the NORMLPAC.

    To comply with current Federal Election Commission rules, $25 of any NORMLPAC donations received by non-members will be separated from your PAC donation and must be applied to an annual NORML membership (because, only NORML members can donate to the NORMLPAC).

    If you’d rather make a direct donation to Shumlin’s campaign, the contact and donation information are found below:

    Shumlin for Governor
    PO Box 5353
    Burlington, VT 05402

    shumlinforgovernor.com

    FYI: The maximum donation from a person or business in Vermont’s election cycles is $2,000.

    Please reference your support for NORML and cannabis law reform when corresponding with his campaign. One can envisage Governor Shumlin informing his fellow governors that he supports cannabis law reforms, sought the support of the cannabis law reform community and received large support and enthusiasm. This will surely encourage some of his fellow (and closeted) governors to both embrace the law reform community and to recognize how popular cannabis law reforms are today among the American people.

    In my recent blog post memorializing Cannabis Prohibition’s unfortunate 75th anniversary I lamented: Do not elect politicians who support Cannabis Prohibition.

    The polar opposite of such is: Support elected politicians who favor ending Cannabis Prohibition.

    We’ve this opportunity in Vermont, and I suspect soon in many more states around the country.

    Again, cannabis law reformers have worked hard and long to arrive at these days where, according to most recent Gallup polling, legalization is more popular than prohibition–let’s help finish this process sooner than later by helping to elect the political allies we need to replace the failed and expensive public policy of Cannabis Prohibition with logical alternatives.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration, financial support and kind regards!

    34 Responses to “When A Governor Calls And Asks For Support To Reform Marijuana Laws…”

    1. Sunil says:

      Hi Allen, where is your note about the phonecall?

    2. St. Nick says:

      Pot is the safest drug. I heard something like, you would have to smoke half your weight in pot in 2 hours to die from it. Let’s say you’re 200 lbs. And lets say you could only get nugs. Nugz are like $10,000 a pound… you’re looking at $1 Million dollars worth of pot in 2 or 3 hours… It’s NOT possible. And you would’nt survive long enough to take $1 million in Asprin. You would’nt survive $20 worth. And Oxycodone is legal, crystal meth is for some (Extreme cases of ADD & ADHD in a drug called Desoxin [spelling?]) Peyote is legal for those in Native American church. Somethings not right and we need to DESTROY the bad shit that’s causing this joke of a free life.

    3. mert says:

      yes finnaly someone we can thow money behind …… oh wait i don’t see shit on his webpage about the cauase ??? I did see somthing about Ronald Regan Day????? Want my money speak up a lil louder

    4. Rich says:

      Just think, if Vermont had decriminalized Cannabis already they could have saved a bunch of police cars..

      http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/19184491/police-vermont-farmer-crushed-cop-cars-with-tractor

    5. Chris in WI says:

      It’s more like 1,500 lbs in 15 mins… But that much can kill ya. If they dropped it on ya!

      Big news! Gratz NORML, that’s one big fish you landed.

    6. Warren Osborn says:

      Shumlin for president in 2016

    7. Mike dar says:

      Somehow I would be more appreciative if my donations were used to expose those Politicians taking these same ‘bribes’ to continue prohibition. Obama recieved support from anti prohibitionis, look what we got for that.
      Better spent would the money be to put Normal employees in the halls of Congress to observe those early morning flows of Lobbiests that influence our nations drug policies for the advancement of certain private enterprises.
      A simple news ‘.. Congressman so-n-so meets with Lobby representative for(pick a pharma) and votes against MJ reform..’
      Lobby money is supposed to be recorded. Why the pro orgs. do not play hardball with the anti-proponets/private enterprises I will never know.

    8. Ben says:

      I am all for this,
      however,
      I notice that no statements of cannabis, marijuana, nor NORML appear on his shumlinforgovernor.com site…

      I suspect he is on the ball-
      however, as a member of a forward-thinking society – this lack of statement should be remedied…

      Or did I miss something?

      [Editor’s note: Governor Shumlin has publicly supported medical cannabis, legislation for dispensaries, decriminalization legislation and he has signed a petition letter along with other governors to the President and Attorney General to reschedule cannabis.

      The man supports reform.]

    9. St. Nick says:

      I wish they would drop 1,500 lbs. nugs on me… Not packaged, of course. Maybe shake. I’d play dead then take it all home with a bulldozer. Maybe we should try to legalize a dangerous drug so it legalizing pot would look good: Legalize KETAMINE. Special K starts the day off good. K-holing is a pleasure being denied to us.

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