The Importance of Getting Stoners to Vote on Nov. 4

  • by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel September 15, 2014

    Legalization Initiatives on the 2014 Ballot

    As we approach the midterm elections this November 4th, it is important that everyone understand the right to vote is both a privilege and a responsibility of citizenship that should not be overlooked. Not only do we have federal, state and local candidates on the ballot, but even more important for marijuana smokers, we will have full legalization proposals on the ballot in Alaska and Oregon; a more complete version of decriminalization on the ballot in the District of Columbia; a medical use proposal on the ballot in Florida (the first southern state to vote on medical use); and a number of municipal proposals on the ballot in several cities in Michigan and Maine.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to move legalization forward, to continue to build our political momentum, and to win back a measure of personal freedom in our lives. If you smoke marijuana, but do not vote, then don’t complain down the road when you are busted, lose your job or otherwise become a victim of marijuana prohibition.

    To Read the Balance of this column, please go to Marijuana.com.




    31 responses to “The Importance of Getting Stoners to Vote on Nov. 4”

    1. Rob Cutler says:

      In Massachusetts vote for Evan Falchuk. He’s the only candidate that has openly spoken about getting the process of medical marijuana expedited and also has a full legalization stance. Evan Falchuk #magov14

    2. Miles says:

      I just tried to post a comment but got this error message; not the first time this has happened… What is up with this?

      “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

    3. Miles says:

      IF anyone reading this lives in Virginia, PLEASE get out and vote for Robert Sarvis. He seems to our only chance for any kind of legalization initiative here. The alternate choices, Gillespie and Warner, have proven track records of maintaining the Status Quo…

    4. Skot Pierson says:

      Just like we did up in Washington at Seattle Hempfest in 2012, we need to get the message out LOUD and CLEAR that you can’t change the laws until you SPARK UP THE VOTE!

    5. Julian says:

      A poor girl wants to marry
      A rich girl wants to flirt
      A rich man goes to College
      And a poor man goes to work

      Big Pharma wants you to buy another pill
      And forget the November vote
      And we all want prohibition to end
      But I will take another toke…

      Oh I ain’t asking nobody for nothin
      If I can’t get it on my own
      If you don’t like the way we’re living
      You need to vote for somma this here home grown.

    6. Dennis says:

      change is coming
      come together to sing
      change is coming
      a better world we bring

      see it that all are free.

    7. Anonymous says:

      Thank You

    8. 40 yr toker says:

      Yes, I will vote but I wanted to thank Keith Stroup and NORML for never giving up the fight. What patience and smarts to keep pushing.
      There are still great people in this world. I figure that if Wendy is elected governor of Texas we may have a shot at sanity ourselves.

    9. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Freedom makes life worth living. Be sure that freedom includes you when it comes to voting on other issues.
      Pot makes thinking more entertaining.

    10. This November this going to be a major turning point. I’m thrilled I’m here to see it.