We have some very exciting news: California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act is officially on the ballot this November!
Now, as the campaign kicks into high gear, the real work begins. Legalizing and regulating adult use of marijuana in one of the nation’s most influential states will be a huge victory for drug policy reform, but to make sure it happens, we need to reach California voters and tell them why it’s so imperative to legalize and regulate marijuana.
Legalization and regulation of marijuana will create revenue estimated at more than $1 billion in California, in addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars the state will save in criminal justice costs currently being wasted on arresting, prosecuting, and imprisoning people for nonviolent marijuana offenses.
Californians need to hear from pro-reform law enforcers, one of the most influential groups in past successful legalization initiatives, on why legalization, regulation, and control is a more practical and ethical approach to marijuana policy. LEAP is ready to help bring legalization to California: our speakers are out in force, making presentations, talking to the media, writing opinion-editorial pieces, doing everything they can to support legalization efforts and connect with California voters. But we need your help to ensure a shift toward more responsible marijuana policy.
Can this happen?
Yeah. Some dumbasses can get themselves hooked on heroin. Some genes are more prone to addiction too. If you’re extremely addictive in nature be extra careful.
Is marijuana some crucial link and “gateway drug” in this alleged chain?
No. Of course not. We’ve seen plenty since this 1960s propaganda offensive.
Don’t do heroin. Don’t do meth. Learn about these substances, what they do, and why they hurt you.
Don’t tell lies either. Or your credibility will evaporate.
(Theft of property without due process should be considered a crime.)
Eric Holder just issued a huge blow to the drug war. This is big.
Today the Justice Department barred local and state police from using a federal program to seize a person’s property without evidence of a crime.
That might sound odd, since you would assume that it was already illegal in America for police to take your property without due process – but you would be wrong. Originally pushed in the 1980s as a way to combat illegal drugs, civil asset forfeiture has become common throughout the country.
Today people all over America who are simply suspected of drug law violations can have their assets seized without any ability to defend themselves in a court of law. Even if they are never convicted, or even charged with a crime they can have their property, bank accounts, cars, and assets taken from them forever. If this doesn’t enrage you, I don’t know what will.
Civil asset forfeiture is another ugly aspect of the drug war, and here at the Drug Policy Alliance we are making it a top issue in 2015.
Today’s actions by Eric Holder are a good first step to ending the unjust enforcement of this program once and for all. But now Congress needs to pass legislation to make this change permanent.
Director, National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance