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Marijuana is Winning – Help Us Keep Up the Momentum!

  • by NORML November 6, 2014

    NORML has been fighting to legalize marijuana for more than forty years, and as we saw from this week’s midterm election results, our hard work is starting to pay off. Though we are a divided nation in many ways, voters across the political spectrum were largely united on Election Day in their near overwhelming support for marijuana law reform. NORML’s ability to educate and unite people behind this cause has largely been made possible by donations and contributions from people like you. Thanks to NORML’s outreach efforts, Americans are now aware that it makes no sense from any objective measure to perpetuate the prosecution and stigmatization of those adults who choose to responsibly consume a substance that is safer than either alcohol or tobacco. But we still need your support to keep up the momentum, and to continue bringing our winning message of legalization to the American people.

    Two More States – and Washington DC – Legalize Marijuana: 

    The two most significant victories of the night no doubt occurred in Oregon and Alaska – where both states passed measures legalizing and regulating the cannabis plant’s retail production and sale, as well as permitting adults to grow the plant for their own personal use. In Oregon, 56 percent of voters approved the measure – the highest percentage ever to endorse a statewide campaign to regulate adult marijuana sales. Alaska and Oregon are the third and fourth states to enact regulations regarding the retail production and sale of cannabis goods, joining Colorado and Washington.

    Voters in the nation’s capitol provided arguably the most resounding victory on Election Day. An overwhelming 69 percent of District voters – yes, I said 69 percent – said ‘yes’ to Initiative 71, which removes criminal and civil penalties regarding the adult possession of up to two ounces of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to three mature plants. Indeed, marijuana law reform has come to Washington, DC and there is no way for our federal officials to ignore it.

    NORML Needs You Now More Than Ever!
    There remains much work to be done – and this is why we still need your continued financial support. NORML’s outreach and media efforts in the coming months will be more important than ever, as we fight to maintain our historic gains and push forward for new ones. We can’t expect our prohibitionist opponents to take these victories lying down, and we still need the resources to move legalization across the country. Please donate $50 or whatever you can afford today and help ensure our victories become the foundation for progressive marijuana policy nationwide.

    25 Responses to “Marijuana is Winning – Help Us Keep Up the Momentum!”

    1. Galileo Galilei says:

      Here’s a reason donate:

      http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/11/06/3589464/gordon-klingenschmitt/

      I wonder what he thinks of NORML.

    2. TheOracle says:

      Well done!

      I certainly want to see the momentum snow ball keep getting bigger as it rolls across the country. First 2 states, then just now practically 3 states–DC should be a state, you know, taxation without representation.

      How does the legalization is okay meme move east? Will McConnell and Rand, the two prominent pols from Kentucky, orchestrate down the line to rank and file so that Kentucky legalizes adult recreational? Texas’ Governor Rick Perry was at the World Economic Forum in Davos advocating for legalization, that Colorado and Washington. You know, Perry’s in some deep shit right now, and he sure would like someone to call off the dogs. He may be receptive to it if you make his legal troubles trickle into nothing. If the Bilderbergers and Davos didn’t hear Texas Big Oil being channeled by Perry then they need to hear it again for Alaska, Oregon and DC again, and louder.

      You don’t get farther east than DC. It sets a precedent for a city on the east coast legalizing, a trend which other cities back east can follow. There is the one-upmanship game they can play. DC might be prevented from implementing by Congress, somehow. If the large cities in small states on the east coast want to legalize the whole state is more likely to legalize adult recreational. Will the legislature legalize it in states back east that do not have the ballot initiative? Methinks if stats on the east coast had ballot initiatives like western states you’d already have legal adult recreational on the east coast.

      It’s not just staunchly blue states anymore. States with less of a democrat majority than Washington or Oregon have legalized. States, I guess, more like Colorado and now Alaska. The red states will have to use the appeal to the libertarian streaks in their R bases, and count on the vote for the popularity of pot even though lots of people will have to say they are voting against it, but once they get in that voting booth, hey, we’ll see.

      So Big Apple, you gonna let DC legalize and not play the one-upmanship game, and for how long? DeBlasio is like that old Who song singing about the new boss same as the old boss, and shit, we got fooled again! He needs to come around to his senses. His cops got problems with overreach on the aggression.

      Anyway, if you subscribe to the notion that large numbers of illegal immigrants are in the US working jobs Americans refuse to do and driving down the cost of labor and can do that Only because they are supplementing their legal income with underground income from trafficking in marijuana, then such people will have to move out of states that have legalized. And where are they going to move into: states that haven’t legalized and thus have outsource the supply for the demand in their states to the cartels. Even if the people involved in the underground supply chain are Not illegal immigrants, where do you think they’re going to have to move to when their cash flow is cut off in states that have now legalized: to your backyard in states where it’s still illegal.

      That really sucks. Cannabis consumers will have to settle for whatever kind of no-name weed, shit weed or whatever. It sucks for medical marijuana patients in non-MMJ states, as well.

      I don’t want to wait until the 2016 election for major momentum on the east coast.

    3. Julian says:

      Just donated $25. The most gratifying $25 i spent all year! (Besides the $50 membership!)
      Its $25 that says, “Ahhhh…take THAT prohibition!”

    4. Herb says:

      A recent Gallup poll has shown that support for legalization has dropped. Pro legalization organizations need to conduct their own polls and find out why the naysayers do not want cannabis legalized and focus their campaign on those issues.

    5. Julian says:

      @Oracle,
      While i enjoy your optimism with Texas, i wouldnt expect anything from Perry. There is a decriminalization measure thats due to hit the state legislature next year, which will undoubtably set us up for 2016 elections if Republicans dont snap to the opportunity. Republicans like the one from my district, Lamar Smith and Jason Isaac, are the face of prohibiion, DEEP in the pockets of the DEA. (Just look at Smith’s face; with that fake Devil smile he could crack your screen). This is why electing more Democrats in Texas like Beto Orourke are VITAL to ending prohibition here in Texas where the evil heart of the military-prison industrial drug complex yet lives. Texas doesnt have voter initiatives like the states that just legalized, so we are completely dependent on NORML PAC for funding the right candidates into office.
      As for the Kentucky Senators, expect some decrim. and perhaps a hemp bill, but dont hold your breath for descheduling from this Congress unless Holder forces them to it…

    6. ano says:

      What a great victory for us!

      I’m not even using currently and don’t plan to do so either, but I want the right to do it again in some distant future LEGALLY.

      I’m disappointed by how little attention this victory seems to be getting in the media. Compared to when Colorado and Washington legalized, there are very few news articles and not much attention is given to this achievement and what it means. Even blogs that are very pro-marijuana, that usually would go crazy on news like this, are awfully silent.

      I don’t get it. We shouldn’t forget how hard the road ahead will be and that’s why this VICTORY is so important and so significant.

      Florida is the wierdest story this time, because clearly the voters DID approve of the measure.
      But it’s reported as if they didn’t. They didn’t get the supermajority, but in what world is 58% not approving of something? I mean, they are making it sound like an outright rejection. Yes, they even use the word rejection.

      Nothing was rejected this time around. Florida is just a question of time now.

      NORML and the MMP are awesome. Please do more media interviews, because you totally rule.

      I think the media is faced with our success and they shifted their strategy from ridicule to mostly ignoring.
      Because they want to keep the momentum down.

      IF we had enough funding, it’s not impossible to see a half a dozen states legalizing in 2016.

      Btw. has anybody here seen the new documentary “The Culture High”. It’s absolutely awesome and should help our cause. I mean it will probably not reach the hardcore anti-marijuana people, but the people in the gray area can be easily influenced by a great movie putting it all together like this.

      Please promote this movie NORML.

      If we don’t keep the pressure and momentum up, I think it could happen that The Empire Strikes Back.
      I can imagine that they will work harder next time with more TV ads and more propaganda to stop more ballot initiatives.
      I can also see them killing our progress by eventually enforcing federal laws in the states that legalized, let’s say when the wrong Republican is elected or even Hillary (who is not progressive and very shady by the way…).

      This isn’t over yet, we won a few important battles. But when we now think that the wave is going to continue by itsself and its just a question of time, our failure is all but sure.

      You all know how many big interests are against this, pharmaceutical companies, dinosaur politicians, tobacco and alcohol corporations and on and on and on.

      This isn’t the time to lean back. We delivered a blow to them. And now they are pretending that they didn’t get a scratch. We have to hit them again and even harder.
      Next time they need to start tumbling.

      Don’t underestimate the power of the Dark Side.

    7. Julian says:

      As if to answer my last point about Holder, look who President Obama is nominating behind him;

      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/obama-expected-to-nominate-loretta-lynch-to-be-attorney-general-cnn/ar-AA71hLk?ocid=iehp

      CNN says the Obama administration wouldn’t confirm the nomination, but it leaked out anyway. A Democratic prosecutor representing Brooklyn and New York’s Eastern district, Loretta Lynch could ride in on a clean slate to deschedule marijuana. It hadn’t occured to me until now, but one of the reasons Holder may be retiring is that descheduling marijuana (especially under this Congress) would open him up to prohibitionist attacks from within Congress, meaning Congressional investigation. Eric Holder may still be the most supportive Attorney General for descheduling marijuana than any since Nixon signed the Controlled Substance Act; But he has been at the job for a while and had to sign off on a variety dirty jobs, including the Fast and Furious scandal from Obama’s first term where the ATF (who has exclusive right not to disclose serial tracking numbers of weapons sold in the U.S.) was caught selling weapons to both sides of the drug war in Mexico. That means former Mexican president Calderon was not being informed that the same weapons he was purchasing from the U.S. were also being supplied to the cartels he was at war with… by the same agencies in the U.S.D.O.J.
      The ATF is quoted as saying “We wanted to see where the weapons ended up.” They ended up killing lots of innocent people (usually poor immigrants who refuse to join the ranks) and a DEA agent on “vacation” wearing a bullet proof vest.
      Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State at that time, and having also had to sign off on these “tracer program” it took an act of executive privilege from President Obama to stop the investigation.
      But executive privilege doesn’t mean that a fully Republican Congress won’t try to sink their teeth into a new investigation to attack Obama for the next two years.
      These activities of selling weapons to all sides of contrived drug wars and then blaming it on another party are par for the course on Capitol Hill. It will take an attorney general with a clean record and a desire to testify repeatedly before Congress to get marijuana descheduled. From what I have lightly investigated of Loretta Lynch, I couldn’t find another nominee for attorney general with a better case to deschedule marijuana after serving years as a prosecutor representing disproportionately incarcerated African Americans in New York’s Eastern district.
      At this point, after pending majority Leader McConnel’s comments about “passing executive decisions” (mostly regarding immigration) will be “waving a red flag in the face of Congress,” I see President Obama’s response dressed up like a Matador wanting to follow through with descheduling marijuana just to see the look on the Koch-headed-Tea-Party and Mitch McConnel’s face.
      And all this starting 2015 with judge Mueller’s likely decision for the defense in the U.S. v. Pickard et al?
      2015 is shaping up to be a very intersting year. Game on.

    8. ano says:

      What a great victory for us!

      I’m not even using currently and don’t plan to do so either, but I want the right to do it again in some distant future LEGALLY.

      I’m disappointed by how little attention this victory seems to be getting in the media. Compared to when Colorado and Washington legalized, there are very few news articles and not much attention is given to this achievement and what it means. Even blogs that are very pro-marijuana, that usually would go crazy on news like this, are awfully silent.

      I don’t get it. We shouldn’t forget how hard the road ahead will be and that’s why this VICTORY is so important and so significant.

      Florida is the wierdest story this time, because clearly the voters DID approve of the measure.
      But it’s reported as if they didn’t. They didn’t get the supermajority, but in what world is 58% not approving of something? I mean, they are making it sound like an outright rejection. Yes, they even use the word rejection.

      Nothing was rejected this time around. Florida is just a question of time now.

      NORML and the MMP are awesome. Please do more media interviews, because you totally rule.

      I think the media is faced with our success and they shifted their strategy from ridicule to mostly ignoring.
      Because they want to keep the momentum down.

      IF we had enough funding, it’s not impossible to see a half a dozen states legalizing in 2016.

      Btw. has anybody here seen the new documentary “The Culture High”. It’s absolutely awesome and should help our cause. I mean it will probably not reach the hardcore anti-marijuana people, but the people in the gray area can be easily influenced by a great movie putting it all together like this.

      Please promote this movie NORML.

      If we don’t keep the pressure and momentum up, I think it could happen that The Empire Strikes Back.
      I can imagine that they will work harder next time with more TV ads and more propaganda to stop more ballot initiatives.
      I can also see them killing our progress by eventually enforcing federal laws in the states that legalized, let’s say when the wrong Republican is elected or even Hillary (who is not progressive and very shady by the way…).

      This isn’t over yet, we won a few important battles. But when we now think that the wave is going to continue by itsself and its just a question of time, our failure is all but certain.

      You all know how many big interests are against this, pharmaceutical companies, dinosaur politicians, tobacco and alcohol corporations and on and on and on.

      This isn’t the time to lean back. We delivered a blow to them. And now they are pretending that they didn’t get a scratch. We have to hit them again and even harder.
      Next time they need to start tumbling.

      Don’t underestimate the power of the Dark Side.

    9. Fireweed says:

      You’d think that the republicans with their “get government out of personal lives” would be all over legalization as in keeping with their “small government” agenda, yet when it comes to marijuana, they seem to advocate big government and then some!

    10. Raven says:

      Politics in D.C. are playing out like som morality play. However, nobody really knows what they discuss back in the “Green Room.” I understand the pesamism because things are moving so slowly. Or mabey not so slowly considering how long it took to get to this point. I never thought that I would see this in my lifetime.

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