Yes On Prop. 19 Campaign Releases TV Advertisement 

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 25, 2010

    The campaign to pass Proposition 19, the California ballot measure to legalize the private adult use and cultivation of cannabis, released a television ad today featuring former San Jose police chief Joseph McNamara, who makes a strong public safety case for ending the current prohibition laws.

    Says McNamara in the ad (view below):”Let’s be honest: The war against marijuana has failed. I know from 35 years in law enforcement. Today, it’s easier for a teenager to buy pot than beer. Proposition 19 will tax and control marijuana just like alcohol. It will generate billions of dollars for local communities, allow police to focus on violent crimes, and put drug cartels out of business. Join me and many others in law enforcement. Vote YES on Proposition 19!”

    McNamara served as San Jose’s chief of police for 15 years.

    The ad begins airing on televisions stations throughout California, with a specific emphasis on southern California, tomorrow. (Interested parties who wish to donate to the ad campaign can do so by going here.)

    McNamara also has a commentary on today’s Huffington Post, which you can read here:

    Let’s Be Honest: The War Against Marijuana Has Failed

    [Excerpt] For 70 years, we have prohibited marijuana in this country, each day expecting different results. But as William F. Buckley once said: “Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.”

    We spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year arresting people for marijuana possession, sending them to trial, and incarcerating small-time offenders.

    And yet, despite our war against it, marijuana is so freely available that anyone who wants it in California can get it.

    … On my watch as police chief in San Jose, the city was named the safest large city in the country, despite having the fewest police per capita. That’s because we policed intelligently. And between smart policing and sound policy we can make our streets safe, instead of paying lip service to the failing war on marijuana.

    California cannot afford to continue the same failed policies of the past. … That’s why I am asking you to join me and many others in law enforcement by voting YES on Proposition 19.

    33 responses to “Yes On Prop. 19 Campaign Releases TV Advertisement ”

    1. Jon says:

      It’s great to see the side of someone who was in the trenches of the failed drug war.

    2. hippie dude says:

      california must show the government the truth and vote yes to prop 19… the rest will be history!!

    3. Jeff Lucas says:

      I’m voting NO.

      it’s 20 years down a dead end road, all of our exhausting work will be for nothing.t only empowers the corrupted and expolits potsmokers. And in the meantime it does NOTHING to get us free.

      Focus on the FDA, and hit them as hard as we can, and keep hitting them until they change their wicked ways. That is all we can do from where we’re at. This initiative is quite deceptive and very corrupted. It does nothing for us.

      [Paul Armentano: Does nothing? Prop. 19 makes adult private use, possession, and cultivation legal. It is prohibition that exploits cannabis consumers and breeds corruption, or have you not noticed?]

    4. wash-voter says:

      Eliminate millions of criminals instantly by voting YES on 19.

    5. Dr.Dunkleosteus says:

      Wonderful! Clear, straight-forward, factual, non-bashing.

      I’m Dr.Dunkleosteus and I approve this message.

    6. JS says:

      Good Ad, I wonder if Eric Holder will watch it.

    7. Mike in San Diego says:

      I hope to see the commercial down here in San Diego. The drug cartels just killed another 13 people this weekend 1 mile across the border. Lets take away some of their funds! VOTE YES ON 19!

    8. afraidinCt. says:

      I do not live in California, so Prop 19 does not apply to me. However, Of californian’s I ask this :
      1. Please keep in you minds the Damage done not ONLY to California but to the rest of America from the Violent Gangs that Plaque’s our streets.

      2. To keep in mind We are also oppressed by government.

      3. To keep in mind the Horable Killings of thousands of Mexicans, that is still on going.

      4. To keep in mind our Econamy and what help that Prop 19 can give is better than Spending Money that we don’t have on a War that we can’t win.

      5. To keep in mind that in this Issue you DON”T stand alone.

      And Finally I ask you to remember that When you Go Vote on Nov. 2 That Our hopes and hearts go with you. If I was californian, I would Say “YES ON PROP 19”

      Go california Lead us into a Better way of Life.

    9. I don’t live far from , Tijuana & today i heard another 13 people were just executed in a drug rehabb facility by drug cartels there .Another 15 in Ciudad Juaraz last week putting the total dead now over 30,000 .All this over a senseless drug war yet the prohibitionists are apparently favoring genocide because of their lust & greed for money & power over the World .

      Today i heard on L.A.’s biggest Radio station anti – Prop. 19 ads . Every hour on the hour the same ad was played filled with lies and distortion . The Prop. 19 people have gotten more money than the anti – prop. 19 ads yet i have yet to hear one ad that is pro 19 .

      Voting No on 19 does not make sense .

    10. mtlasagna says:

      looks like he forgot to take his medical mj.

      was that the best we can do? not bad not bad all in all

      will someone HIRE cheech and chong?

      mr soros thanks for helping

      prop 19 wins!

      flower children dust off love beads

      sgt pepper declares national holiday