Yes on Prop 19: Marijuana Legalization Gets Its Number in California

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 8:25 am

Get used to hearing about Proposition 19, which is where you’ll get to vote to legalize marijuana in California. LA Weekly notes a strange coincidence in the legalization initiative’s number. When pot legalization was on the ballot in 1972, it was also Proposition 19.


Legalizing Marijuana Wins Facebook Fans, But Will They Actually Vote?

By: Friday June 25, 2010 11:45 am

The big question for November is whether this online engagement will translate into large youth turnout numbers.

Big Money Alert: Oil Companies Spend Millions to Overturn CA Climate-Change Law

By: Thursday June 24, 2010 7:35 am

In addition to deciding whether or not to legalize marijuana, California voters will decide whether or not to abolish AB 32, the state’s tough climate-change legislation. The abolition measure just qualified for the November ballot. Two big oil companies, Valero Energy Inc. and Tesoro Corp., invested heavily in gathering the signatures needed to get it on the ballot and will probably spend millions on the ensuing campaign.

Marijuana Legalization Possibly Headed to Detroit Ballot

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 6:30 pm

This November, the citizens of Detroit will get to decide whether to change the city’s charter to make it legal for adults 21 and over to possess less than one ounce of marijuana on private property. If this ballot initiative passes, it will conflict with state and federal law. How federal authorities deal with the potential passage of this local initiative and the much bigger statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiative in California should be very interesting.

CA Voters Nix Baby Step on Public Financing, Pass Game-Changing Primary System

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 8:45 am

On June 8, California voters turned down campaign-finance reform but embraced an unusual new primary system. The results last night were a mixed bag. The biggest disappointment is that Prop. 15, a small step toward public financing of elections in California, failed by a wide margin. It looks like the corrupting influence of big money in politics will continue for a long time in the state. In retrospect, it was probably a bad decision to put Prop. 15 on the primary ballot when the big races were on the Republican side, with no major Democratic statewide races.

The lack of movement toward public financing of elections is even more disappointing because elections are likely to get more expensive in California, thanks to the passage of Prop. 14. The primary voters yesterday voted to make this the last “primary” as we know it. The so-called top-two primary ballot measure passed by a wide margin. This means all candidates will run in the same “primary” and the top two vote getters, regardless of party, will advance to the general. In effect, this moves the general election to June, with a runoff election months later in November. This eliminates the ability of parties to select their nominee for the general election and makes it unlikely any third-party candidates will be on the November ballot. The official description of Prop. 14 was very misleading. Voters in several districts may not realize what they signed up for when they face a choice between just two Democrats or two Republicans in general elections.

The good news is that Prop. 16, a disgusting power grab by power company PG&E, appears to have lost. The proposition would have made it much more difficult for local entities to create new utilities to compete with the power giant. PG&E spent millions on the ballot measure but the people of California rejected this naked attempt to use the initiative system to protect a corporation’s profits.

The California Chamber of Commerce backed Props. 14 and 16, while opposing Prop. 15. The corporatists won a few last night but it was not a clean sweep. I hope the voters of California enjoy the huge campaign spending by Meg Whitman, because without public financing of elections and with a new “primary” system that will likely make running for office even more expensive, it is a sign of things to come.

Washington State Favors Marijuana Legalization 52% to 35%

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 6:45 am

According to the poll of 1,252 registered voters conducted last month, 52% in Washington State support “removing state civil and criminal penalties for possession or use of marijuana,” with only 35% opposed. The poll’s release did not indicate the position of the other 13%.

Marijuana Legalization Supported by 55% of Western US

By: Tuesday April 20, 2010 1:19 pm

In the Western part of the US, legalizing cannabis is supported by a solid majority, 55%, and opposed by only 41%. This is important because citizens of California will be voting on a state ballot initiative to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana in November. Groups in Washigton state and Oregon are also working to gather the necessary signatures to get similar marijuana legalization initiatives put on the ballot in those states, as well.

FDL Celebrates 420: Join Us for “Name Our Pot Campaign Contest” Tonight for Late Nite

By: Tuesday April 20, 2010 11:45 am

If today’s drug laws were in force during the 1970s, Barack Obama might not be President.

In his autobiography, Obama admitted to experimenting with marijuana during his high school years in the ’70s. He then went on to college and law school with the help of student loans.

We’re kicking off our campaign with a “name our Pot Campaign” contest tonight during Late Nite, which starts at 11pm ET. We haven’t done anything like it since the Dick Cheney Poetry Contest of 2006. It’s a return to the “FDL Late Nite” of old, hosted by yours truly. So, please join us.

Pew Poll: 73% Favor Legalizing Medical Marijuana

By: Monday April 5, 2010 1:30 pm

A new poll for the Pew Research Center found that an overwhelming 73% of Americans favor the legalization of medical marijuana for those who get a prescription from a doctor. Only 23% of the country opposes the idea of medical marijuana. While medical marijuana is only legal in a minority of states, and is officially illegal under current federal law, support for the idea is broad-based throughout the country.

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