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tell firedoglake that you want them to support pot initiatives
04-07-2010, 07:08 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-07-2010, 07:08 PM by h3rm35.)
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tell firedoglake that you want them to support pot initiatives
usually, Firedoglake.com is into dealing with BS Democratic party-line schlock. I just received an email asking if I thought they should focus on Marijuana legalization initiatives. They've got great contacts in the MSM and would help get the concept more exposure on a national scale, and stop wasting their resources on Democratic cheerleading. I said yes. So can you.

Here's the text of the email:
Quote:This year will be big at the ballot box - and not just for candidates.

Voters in several states will have the chance to decide if cannabis should be legalized, taxed, and regulated. California just certified a ballot initiative for a vote in November [1], and at least eight other states are preparing for cannabis votes in the fall.

Supporters of the cannabis initiatives say that taxing cannabis can bring in much needed revenue to ease budget crises crippling the finances communities across the country. They say it would also provide safe access for medical use and make big steps with prison reform.[3]

Legalizing cannabis could be a huge opportunity to create real change and help our communities. But what do you think?

Should Firedoglake work to support state ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis this fall?

YES, I think we should support cannabis legalization initiatives.

NO, I don't think we should support cannabis legalization initiatives.

Californians voted 15 years ago to allow cannabis for medical use, and since then more than a dozen states have followed suit. [4] At stake in this year's ballot initiative is if the state should legalize cannabis so it can be regulated, taxed, and controlled. [5]

Here's what California's initiative would do, according to supporters:

* Regulate cannabis like alcohol: adults older than 21 would be able to grow, purchase, and possess a small amount of cannabis.

* Tax cannabis: local governments would be able to tax the sale of cannabis to generate billions in new funds for cash-strapped budgets

* Spur other reforms: legalizing cannabis could go a long way to reforming our prisons, redirecting wasted resources and helping law enforcement refocus their efforts. Additional revenue would also help our schools, parks, and other public programs. [6]

California will definitely vote on cannabis in November, and petition drives are still ongoing in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona to put cannabis on the ballot. Four more states will vote on medical cannabis questions in the fall as well. [7]

There's a big movement under way - should Firedoglake join in the fight to legalize cannabis?

Click here to vote YES if you think Firedoglake should work to support legalizing cannabis.

Click here to vote NO if you don't think we should work to support legalizing cannabis.

Thanks for your opinion. We'll let you know the result of this vote soon.

Jane Hamsher
Firedoglake.com

1. LA Times: Measure to legalize marijuana will be on California's November ballot. 3/25/2010
2. Ballotpedia: Marijuana Initiatives in 2010
3. Tax Cannabis 2010: About the Initiative
4. Wikipedia: Medical cannabis in the United States
5. LA Times: Measure to legalize marijuana will be on California's November ballot. 3/25/2010
6. Tax Cannabis 2010: About the Initiative
7. Ballotpedia: Marijuana Initiatives in 2010

follow this link to voice your opinion. at time of postin, there were just under 3000 votes, only 99 of which said it shouldn't be legalized (6%).
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