Polling Shows Turnout Will Be Critical to Prop 19′s Success

By: Thursday October 21, 2010 1:15 pm

The fate of Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana in California, is still very much up in the air. Depending on which most recent polls you look at, the measure is either winning by a few points or losing by a few points. Looking into the crosstabs of the polling on this proposition, it is clear that the success or failure of Prop 19 rides on the ability of its supporters to get out the vote.

Just Say Now Launches New Websites for South Dakota and Oregon Marijuana Measures

By: Thursday October 14, 2010 11:45 am

Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota have medical marijuana measures on the ballot thath have received little attention. These initiatives are being run by people who are really committed state grassroots activists, but they are seriously understaffed and under resourced. So Just Say Now volunteered to help all of them — as well as the Prop 19 campaign — with our phone banking, event, fundraising and email tools.

So if you’ve bought a T-shirt from the Just Say Now store, or you’ve given a donation to the Just Say Now campaign, take a spin at the new South Dakota Measure 13 and Oregon Measure 74 websites and have a look at your handiwork. Because your support made it possible.

Rand Study: Marijuana Legalization Would Markedly Cut Mexican Drug Cartel Profits

By: Tuesday October 12, 2010 5:20 pm

The Rand Corporation is notorious for its history of pro-drug-war studies. A report of theirs from earlier this year on Proposition 19 was full of dubious claims based on what even they had to admit were just guesses. Once again, with their newest report about marijuana legalization, the Rand Corporation buries the lede from their own study, one which strongly supporters the anti-cartel claims made by marijuana reformers. While not part of the press release, the study, in fact, backs up one of the main arguments of the supporters of marijuana legalization. The study determines legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana could eliminate all the profits the Mexican drug cartels currently make thanks to cannabis prohibition.

Prop 19 and Beyond: From Pot to Taxes – The Most Important Ballot Initiatives of 2010

By: Tuesday October 12, 2010 2:35 pm

In addition to deciding the makeup of Congress, selecting several governors, and a weighing a host of local races, voters across the country will be voting on 159 statewide ballot measures, of which about 60 are more interesting than bland bond measures. Of these propositions, there are a handful that I believe could have a national or even international impact.

Just Say Now: Boardwalk Empire Watch Party Tonight at 9pm ET on Firedoglake

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 9:00 am

We’ll be having a Boardwalk Empire watch party starting each week at 9pm ET, sponsored by the Just Say now campaign. We’ll have special guests and hosts, contests and a lively discussion in the comments that will hopefully be entertaining even for those who aren’t watching.

Former House Judiciary Counsel: DEA Chiefs’ Prop 19 Plea More About Politics Than Facts

By: Monday September 13, 2010 1:05 pm

Do the former DEA Administrators defend the federal marijuana prohibition with evidence that marijuana’s harms to users are so great that users must be denied the liberty to take the minimal risks attendant to its use? No, they cite an annual “strategy document” that has historically been an instrument of political propaganda, and was never taken seriously a genuine policy or planning document for addressing public safety or public health problems.

Live Broadcast: Just Say Now at the NORML Conference, Portland, OR

By: Thursday September 9, 2010 9:59 am

I’m here with FDL’s Jon Walker, Teddy Partridge and Michael Whitney. We’re here with Jon Perri and Amber Langston of SSDP on behalf of Just Say Now. Michael Whitney will be on a panel starting at 1pm ET/10am PT that will be livestreamed above.

Eric Sterling: No on 19 Co-Chair Lee Baca “Intoxicated by the Money and Hysteria Against Marijuana”

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 3:05 pm

Eric Sterling is a member of the Just Say Now advisory board, and President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. He released this statement in response to comments made by LA County Sheriff Lee Baca to the effect that the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries has resulted in more crime in Los Angeles:

Just Say Now: Lee Baca “Shouldn’t Distort His Official Duties to Promote His Political Pursuits”

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 12:35 pm

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper and current LA Police Chief Charles Beck take issue with Baca’s assertions.

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