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20,000 Strong In Support of Prop 19

by: Robert Cruickshank

Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 18:50:16 PM PDT

Earlier this week we at the Courage Campaign (where I work as Public Policy Director) organized a petition to the California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting this weekend, calling on the party to endorse Prop 19.

The response has been very strong. As of 6PM on Friday, just over 20,000 people have signed their name to the petition, which reads as follows:

We, the undersigned, urge the California Democratic Party Executive Board to reform our prisons, help fix the budget mess, and make our communities safer by endorsing Proposition 19.

We reject the arguments of Senator Dianne Feinstein and others who oppose Prop 19. Prop 19 will provide for more effective regulation of cannabis, including prohibitions on its sale to people under age 21. It will help reduce drug crime by legalizing the growth, sale, and possession of small, reasonable amounts of cannabis. And it allows local governments to generate badly needed revenue by taxing cannabis.

We urge the Executive Board to follow the lead of the majority of California Democrats who support Prop 19 by endorsing it at this weekend's meeting in San Jose. It is time to bring sensible, rational reform of cannabis laws to California.

I'm here at the E-Board meeting (I'm a member) to support Prop 19. There's a lot of support here for Prop 19, as well as some people who are more skittish about the proposition. Over at FDL Michael Whitney did a good job debunking this, and several E-Board members I've talked to agree that Prop 19 is likely to help Democrats, not hurt them.

After all, rank and file California Democrats support Prop 19 - clear majorities of Dems back it, according to recent polling such as the Field Poll. With 20,000 signatures on the Courage Campaign petition, which I'll be bringing to the Resolutions Committee tomorrow afternoon and the floor session on Sunday, we should be able to win this fight.

Robert Cruickshank :: 20,000 Strong In Support of Prop 19
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Common sense and humanity may win a round this year. (0.00 / 0)
The state party would do well with this, for all the reasons you cite and more. If I were a bettin' man (I most definitely am not) I would wager that the party wimps out on this and will end up on the sidelines watching history roll by once again.  

You had me at Dianne Feinstein (0.00 / 0)
Just knowing Dianne Feinstein is apposed says all I need to know. I'm in favor of prison reform, I think marijuana should basically be legal and this prop 19 is ambiguous as to it's impact. I don't smoke it and wouldn't if it were legal. Just leave medical marijuana alone.  

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......Thinking is an inside job.

fix was in from the start (0.00 / 0)
12-8 vote by Democrats against Democrats' best interests. Need the list of those on resolutions who deserve accountability.

More at MyDD: California Democratic Party Content to Lose in November

Twitter: @BobBrigham

Wait - did they oppose it or take no position? (0.00 / 0)
Reading your linked story, I got the impression that the voted to oppose.  If they just voted to take no position, that's suboptimal, but not the same level of disaster.  It just means that others have to work to get these voters out.

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no endorsement is not supporting (0.00 / 0)
The Democratic Party needs Prop 19 more than Prop 19 needs the CDP. Prop 19 can still win, but win or lose, it won't be part of Democratic GOTV.

If the CDP had any brains, they would have put this on the ballot themselves. There are voters will show up specifically because this is on the ballot, each one offers a unique potential advantage over a ballot without pot. Yet the message for voters mobilizing around this issue is the Democrats are just as bad as Republicans?

No endorsement is no clue, it isn't less of a disaster, if anything it just highlights the cowardice.

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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Not less of a disaster than opposition? (0.00 / 0)
Don't you expect that Republicans are going to oppose 19?  That won't make Dems "just as bad."

I'm not soft-soaping the disappointment here, but I don't follow your reasoning.  I also expect that it sure will be part of GOTV on campuses, and most young people are Democrats.

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"Well, it would mitigate the cartel problem there, so go for it." (0.00 / 0)
So said one of my sisters just now, and she knows little of CA politics, but much about international politics.  It's a no brainer on several levels.

I'm union staff, but not a spokesperson for my union - all posts represent my views solely.

Maybe the Dem consultants (0.00 / 0)
just want to make sure they can rake in money from the cartels?

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the cartels should be buying Dems drinks tonight (0.00 / 0)
CDP = Cartel Defense Pushovers

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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