Marijuana Majority website boosts Amendment 64 with power of celebrity, social media

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Last week, we noted that actress Susan Sarandon is voicing robocalls on behalf of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Now, a new website, MarijuanaMajority.com, is pushing such measures here and elsewhere using the words of other notables who've questioned drug policy, including Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, seen here. And the man behind the site thinks social media pressure will lead to more recruits.

"Think marijuana laws will never change in the U.S.?" asks the introductory passage at the top of the site's main page. Immediately below, the text sites statistics ("81 percent support medical marijuana, 72 percent support no jail time for marijuana, 50 percent support legalizing marijuana") that suggest such a shift is not only possible but inevitable.

That's followed by an enormous gallery of celebrities, politicians, media figures and more, all of whom have made public comments critical of the war on drugs. And they're not all progressive figures. For instance, the following comments from NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous....

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...are juxtaposed against remarks by David Koch, a millionaire investor in conservative causes who's typically demonized by the left:

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What's the idea behind these messages? According to Marijuana Majority chairman Tom Angell, a longtime marijuana-reform activist (he's also the spokesman for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), the site is meant to reassure voters in Colorado, plus those in Washington and Oregon, where marijuana measures are also on the ballot, that legalization has become a thoroughly mainstream position.

"The other well-established organizations in the drug-policy-reform movement do a very good job of making the policy-focused case on why these laws need to change," Angell says. "Most sensible-thinking people already realize that. But the problem is, they perceive this as some dangerous, third-rail issue, and that speaking out will somehow harm them politically. So what we've decided to do is supplement all the other good work of the other organizations with this important social cue -- letting people know that when they speak out, they're not sticking their neck out. They're joining a majority of Americans, including some of the most prominent voices from across the political spectrum.

"When people like [Christian broadcaster] Pat Robertson and [progressive comedian] Bill Maher agree on something, that's probably something lawmakers should take a look at," he adds. "And it lets people know that if they speak out on this, they're not going to be attacked by the far right or by the far left. They'll be applauded by people across the political spectrum."

Continue to read more about MarijuanaMajority.com, and see more celebrity and politician comments.


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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

I see that I can always strike a nerve with the Donkey Hotay and one of her many screen names.  It's good to know that I can still get under her hide.  She does sure spend a lot of time fantasizing about me.  

 

A64= Six plants one ounce no more doctor's visits.

Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

Well, Black, we live in a celebrity-obsessed culture, in spite of Americans' misplaced pride in the false ideal of "rugged individualism." Sheeple, the lot of them.

Bill Black
Bill Black

At the end of the day ... we're all in the same boat. We just happen to be the first. Personally ... I'm proud of us.

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

Who cares what a celebrity supports? Have you no brain to think about an issue and decide yourself? Time to change history Colorado

Vic Shayne
Vic Shayne

Some issues are without borders.

Don Tacho
Don Tacho

No! I say, let's make history, Colorado

Gerald Calvin Bohmer Jr
Gerald Calvin Bohmer Jr

No Colorado & Oregon are "test states" for a national campaign. It's time to change the laws.

Jen Symank
Jen Symank

hell no, somebody has got to change this conversation and take it to a national audience

Justin Novak
Justin Novak

I think it's a good thing. Why is there a picture of Bill O'Reily next to this article?

Paul Vincent Saurini
Paul Vincent Saurini

Which is basically the way people feel about America. They march along to the idea but are ignorant about the actual reality. Did I say that? yeah.

Paul Vincent Saurini
Paul Vincent Saurini

It bothers me if they march along and they don't read it or think about what it really means. Lots of folks march along to an idea but are ignorant of the full scope.

Kevin Brauer
Kevin Brauer

Not at all. Let's all save tax dollars wasted on prisons for dope smokers and dope peddlars.

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

anyone can stand behind it because un-like alcohol the tax dollars are going into schools!!! and in a state that was up in arms on how they were going to feed these children last year i say let them...

Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy

No...in reality, everybody is watching. After it is approved here..the door will be open at 4:20pm.

The_Yeti_Knows
The_Yeti_Knows

I would pay big time to see Romney and Obama hitting the bong all through the debate 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Whether 64 passes or not , cops are still beginning to lighten up on small amounts . Claiming there are 10,000 arrests is pure propaganda . There are actually more citations , ( tickets ) than arrests . 

Legalization is only a matter of time .....

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

If Pat batshitcrazy Robertson and Bill O'Liely are for something ... it must be wrong.

 

Just my 2¢

 

 

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Yes We Cannabis!

 

The time has come,

For one and all

To playyyyyyyy

Ball

 

Monkey
Monkey

With 81% already in favor of MMJ, we could have easily extended medical privileges instead of gone for "recreational". We already had the support, and could have done the same thing A64 does without losing 31% of the votes. A64 is against public opinion and for corporate greed. It ignores a large population that agrees with medicinal use for the chance to gain support from un-informed young voters with dreams of old school Amsterdam coffee shops.

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

 @Monkey I am voting no on A64.

 

Apologies for the juvenile antics of my son, he always fell for those "Make Money Fast" emails.

 

Kevin's Mom

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

 @Kevins_Mom  @Monkey 

So going with the theory your a mom with a kid named Kevin...

 

So What happens when like 20,000,000 Americans Kevin decides he wants to smoke some pot?

He risks becoming 1 of the 1,000,000 Americans we arrest every year for Marijuana crimes. 

Now the theory is We arrest those people to protect them. So please tell us how jail and prison would help your son in any way?

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

 @Kevins_Mom  @nemopunk15  @Monkey With a mom like you, no wonder he turned out like he did.

I have worked with countless kids some with IQ's less than 60, not a single parent or anyone in the system used have the random cruel names you toss out about your own son.

 

As you say your kid always has pot now, yet does not even smoke it, clearly where he buys it would change his whole world.

 

Will legal Marijuana stores help your kid (who i pray to any and all gods you don't actually have, and if you do please god never let him find out what kind of mother you really are) Likely not, but then they wont hurt him any either.

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

 @nemopunk15  @Kevins_Mom  @Monkey 

 

My son Kevin, well, he never was the brightest bulb on the string and never made many friends on the short bus to school. He doesn't really have that many brain cells to spare, so keeping him away from self-administered recreational chemicals might enable him to become smart enough to one day be stupid.

 

He posts to these druggie blogs in a desperate attempt to try and make friends with the cool kids who always shunned him because he was "special". He doesn't even really smoke marijuana, or grow it, he merely buys an ounce per year to keep around the house in case someone cool actually accepted his invitation to see his basement apartment, which never happens.

 

Please don't lead my son astray.

 

Kevin's Mom

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

 @orson 

 

You're clearly crazy.

Nobody gets arrests for Marijuana? Get a clue, check the numbers.

You're badly miss informed. The Data is clear and easy to look up, you're just not bothering to do so.

 

Keep trying to protect your black market pot profits, our Legal Marijuana system is coming for you!

orson
orson

@nemopunk15   The people currently being arrested for marijuana related activities are operating outside of decriminalized and medicinal limits...A64 would not help any of these people regardless of their age.  A64 would not stop marijuana related arrests.  Alcohol use, sale, etc is legal in colorado but in 2009 there were still 51,595 alcohol related arrests....5 times what A64 proponents claim in marijuana related arrests.  A64 is smoke and mirrors....a re-branding campaign....that is all.

 

http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/pdf/t4282009.pdf

http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/tost_4.html#4_c

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