National Voter Registration Day: Help NORML Smoke the Vote in 2012!

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director September 25, 2012

    Today, September 25th, is National Voter Registration Day and never has it been more important to make sure you are registered to vote and are ready to let your voice be heard this election. With three states voting on outright legalization, several voting on medical marijuana measures, many local municipalities voting on decriminalization, and a presidential campaign, this fall will be one for the history books.

    You can utilize NORML’s 2012 Election Guide: Smoke the Vote by clicking here or on the poster image at the bottom of the page. This guide provides you with a variety of tools to prepare you for November 6th. Use our resources to register to vote, find your polling place, learn about all the marijuana voter initiatives, and see the presidential candidates‘ public statements on marijuana policy all on one convenient page. To make it even easier, you can register to vote quickly, right from this page, by using NORML’s rock the vote widget below.

    Together we will legalize marijuana and we can start this fall. Won’t you help us Smoke the Vote?

    (Note: You can download a printable copy of the above flyer here)

    18 Responses to “National Voter Registration Day: Help NORML Smoke the Vote in 2012!”

    1. Doug says:

      I am as conservative as anyone and I believe pot should have been legalized years ago. Most of my conservative friends believe this too. Obama hasn’t done anything to legalize pot. I’m voting for Romney cause he will not interfere with states if individual states vote to legalize.

      [Editor’s note: It is possible that a Romney presidency could favor states’ rights over central government planning, however, Romney has a long and troubling public record on cannabis policy.

      To wit:

      “People talk about medicinal marijuana, and, you know, you hear that story: People who are sick need medicinal marijuana. But marijuana is the entry drug for people trying to get kids hooked on drugs. I don’t want medicinal marijuana. There are synthetic forms of marijuana that are available for people who need it for prescription. Don’t open the doorway to medicinal marijuana.”
      (“Ask Mitt Anything” Event in Bedford, NH 2007 – source)

      “We’ve got to not only continue our war on drugs from a police standpoint but also to market again to our young people about the perils of drugs.”
      (New Hampshire Voter Event, August 17, 2011 – source)

      “I believe marijuana should be illegal in this country. It is the pathway to drug usage by our society, which has made great scourges; it is one of the great causes of crime in our cities. I believe if we are at a state were, of course we are very concerned about people who are suffering in pain, and there are various means of providing pain management. And those who have had loved ones that have gone through an end of life with cancer know nature of real pain. I watched my wife’s mom and dad going through cancer treatments suffering a great deal of pain, but they didn’t have marijuana, and they didn’t need marijuana. Because there were other sources of pain management that worked as effectively.”
      (Oct. 4 2007 at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, NH – source)

      “But having legalized [medical] marijuana is, in my view, an effort by a very committed few to try to get marijuana out in the public and ultimately legalize marijuana. They have a long way to go. We need less drugs in this society, not more drugs. I would oppose the legalization of marijuana in the country or legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes because pain management is available from other sources.”
      (Oct. 4 2007 at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, NH – source)

      “Q: I want to know what you thought about industrialized hemp?
      Romney: About what?
      Q: Industrialized hemp.
      Romney: Industrialized hemp? I’m not quite sure what industrialized hemp is.”
      (Peterborough, NH Town Hall on January 5, 2012 – source)

      “Q: Are you in favor of arresting medical marijuana patients?
      Romney: I’m in favor of the law not allowing legal marijuana.”
      (Tilton School Meet and Greet on January 6, 2012 – source)

    2. Randy Balou says:

      Anybody remember a certain legendary, revolutionary patriot that was the iconic voice for freedom for this generation? The good doctor, Ron Paul? Forget what you heard when the news box lied to you, pause for the shock but he is still running. With what all I’ve seen there is no lying in this man. I would vote for Gary Johnson but his views aren’t quiet as…pure or just, as Ron Paul’s are, to put it semi-poetically.

    3. john w says:

      Ughhhh. Sorry normal but I had to return. I’ve studied hard and I think I might be onto something here…. and I just wanted to say I feel great today because I think I have dicovered the meaning of Thanksgiving for wtvr that means to you lol( I feel so good!) I just wanted to throw that in there but I want to say I like romney alot and I take back my comment on caddle prodding I do appologize here to Mr Romney here on this website in front of a group whom I hold in high regard and highley respect! I also appologize for offending his view points. Sometimes we just need a little bit of time to work things out!!! GO OBAMA 2012 BABY WHOOOOO!! And I also appologize to any growers whom I offended with my money comments. Once again… thank you Norml! Have a great day everybody!

    4. steve-says says:

      For Dave:I listined to Gary Jonhson he is somewhat ok but have you listined to Jill Stein on the Green vote.she will legalise cannibis and help the gov. and the country in alot of other things.

    5. Galileo Galilei says:

      Most conservatives have no qualms whatsoever about abandoning principles like state’s rights when it comes to marijuana.

    6. Sean says:

      Hey Matthew, maybe you can start a “Stoners For Romney” movement. While Obama has been abysmal on mj rights, your hero Romney has nothing to offer and you are living in fairyland if you think Romney will respect states right. Would you like some unicorns with that?

    7. Galileo Galilei says:

      Unlike Bush 2.0 and Reagan, Romney is an intelligent man. There is no excuse for his ignorant attitude toward marijuana.

    8. Galileo Galilei says:

      I didn’t say a word. Romney represents the cultural conservatives who despise change and especially marijuana. I’m definitely voting against Romney or not at all. I think it’s obvious that legalization will have to start at the state level just like it did in with alcohol, in Colorado. Here’s a link to a conservative Colorado politician who understands what NORML, et al have been saying: http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/tancredo. He is in favor of the Colorado initiative, BECAUSE of his conservative believes.

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