More Members of the Marijuana Majority

Marijuana Majority is helping to change the conversation about marijuana policy, and it’s not just us saying that about ourselves.

The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf wrote an amazing article about our website launch, titled “The End of Laughing at Marijuana Reformers.” Read it here.

Beyond earning media coverage that reframes the marijuana debate, we’ve continued to be in touch with more prominent people who want to add their voices to the Marijuana Majority.

For example, comedian and actor Drew Carey sent this tweet making sure to get his support for legalization on the record:

Michigan State Representative Mike Callton, a Republican, contacted Marijuana Majority and asked us to note his support for medical marijuana on the site:

“Aside from being a state legislator, I am a Chiropractor. I have had patients tell me about how medical marijuana has helped them without the side effects of prescription drugs. The light bulb flicked on for me when a patient came in telling me that he was dying of liver cancer… He said he was losing a lot of weight but could not tolerate the medicines his doctor had given him for nausea. He got a prescription for medical marijuana and he said it was really helping him keep weight on since it eliminated the nausea and improved his appetite… When I decided that I would support medical marijuana publicly, I had to consider the political ramifications. Would this hurt my chances of being reelected? 63% of Michigan voters supported the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and 37% opposed it. You wouldn’t be in elected office very long if you always sided with minority opposition.”

Doug Fine, bestselling author, sent this over to us:

“America is ready to end the Drug War. Great countries make mistakes. The Drug War, at 40 years and a trillion taxpayer dollars, is one of our worst. Up there with segregation and the approval of DDT. After a year spent following a cannabis flower from farm to patient, it is my clear journalistic conclusion in the book TOO HIGH TO FAIL that my children will be safer and healthier, and our nation more affluent, when we remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and allow states to regulate it for adult use, like alcohol.”

Documentary filmmaker Matthew Cooke asked us to post this quote:

“The latest polls show the majority of Americans support decriminalizing marijuana. It’s time to change our laws. Every day marijuana remains illegal means more people arrested and given criminal records ruining their lives. The only winners from a marijuana black-market are the drug cartels and the prison industrial complex.”
And Mike Collins, a former prosecutor who also served as national spokesman for the Republican National Committee, wanted us to post this:
“A broad consensus is emerging that it’s only a matter of time before marijuana is legalized. Most voters — and nearly everybody I ever worked with in law enforcement — agree that marijuana prohibition has been a horrible, wasteful mistake. The people are way ahead of their leaders on this one, and the people are right.”
With the marijuana legalization votes on Tuesday in Colorado, Oregon and Washington, it sure is an exciting time to speak out and join the Marijuana Majority.

With your help, we can convince even more prominent people to add their voices to the debate. Send some tweets asking celebrities to speak out now. Just go to MarijuanaMajority.com, click on the “ISSUES” dropdown on the top menu and then select “GET OUT THE QUOTE.”

Top 10 Most Unexpected Marijuana Reform Supporters

Check out this slideshow we just uploaded to Huffington Post featuring some of the most unexpected supporters of changing our marijuana laws. Some of the names may surprise you.

Here are a couple of entires just as a teaser:

Rick Perry
The Republican governor of Texas and former presidential candidate doesn’t fancy himself a fan of marijuana, but does support consistently applying the principles of federalism and states’ rights, even when it comes to medical marijuana laws.
“[If] you want to go somewhere where you can smoke medicinal weed, then you ought to be able to do that.”


Sarah Palin

The Republican former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate is known for speaking her mind, but did you know that she thinks cops have better things to do than bust people for marijuana?
“We need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts, and if somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm, then perhaps there are other things that our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society that are appropriate for law enforcement to do.”

Check out the full slideshow over at Huffington Post, and then share the link on Facebook and Twitter if you think any of the entires will surprise your friends.

More People Are Joining Marijuana Majority

 

Wow!

Yesterday’s launch was exciting. We got great press coverage from outlets like TechCrunch, Mediaite, Andrew Sullivan’s Daily DishHuffington Post, Boing Boing, Reason and many others!

People really seem to like the site. Check out this tweet from Josh Greenman, the opinions editor at New York Daily News:

And, people are connecting with us in a big way! After just one day, we have 5,000 Facebook likes, 700 Twitter followers and over 2,500 people on our e-mail list. And people are tweeting at celebrities to help Get Out the Quote and are sharing our image memes widely. This image of Morgan Freeman was shared 12,000 times on Facebook alone:

Morgan Freeman Supports Legalizing Marijuana

But that’s not the best part. This is:

Just one day after launching, Marijuana Majority is already succeeding in influencing even more prominent people to speak out about the need to change marijuana laws!

Check out this quote that filmmaker & activist Robert Greenwald submitted directly to Marijuana Majority:

“The prohibition of marijuana has been a disaster. It has fostered a violent black market on our streets while gobbling up tax dollars that should be going to strengthening communities. Public opinion has rightly turned against this fruitless crusade, and voices on the Left and Right alike have increasingly called for change. Now is the time to end marijuana prohibition.”

Here’s something that model & animal rights activist Joanna Krupa sent over:

“The killing of innocent animals is far too common in the context of violent drug raids and needs to end. Our harsh drug policies create an atmosphere where officers are too often forced into dangerous situations where tragic outcomes sometimes can’t be avoided. The risks taken and inconveniences suffered by police officers to protect the lives, defend civil liberties, and secure the safety of fellow citizens should be related to keeping the public safe, not killing dogs and other pets needlessly. We need to end the unnecessary deaths caused by these raids and give pets the dignity they deserve.”

Also, check out this tweet from actor Jonathan Daniel Brown from the film “Project X”:

And here’s one from actor Sunil Malhotra:

“This all comes back to the ridiculous War on Drugs. In this War, we’re shooting and imprisoning our neighbors, our friends, our family. Not to mention that this War is racist, with its greater negative impact on communities of color, through differential enforcement and draconian sentencing. We talk about lost blood and treasure in the two wars we’ve been engaged in for the past decade (also an abomination), and we’ve lost so much more in this so-called War.”

With your help we can continue to greatly increase the number of prominent people who are speaking out against our failed marijuana laws. Please spend some time on the Marijuana Majority homepage sending tweets to anyone who has “Get Out the Quote” listed under their name.

Here are a few top targets:

With your help, we can and will build this movement. Let’s do this!

Welcome to Marijuana Majority

 

The war on marijuana has failed. Pretty much everyone knows it.

But too many people who support replacing marijuana prohibition with legalization or decriminalization are afraid to say so. Because they don’t realize that a majority of Americans — including some of the most influential voices from across the political spectrum — feel exactly the same way, these silenced supporters see speaking out as risky.

Marijuana Majority exists to help people understand that ending our ineffective and harmful marijuana prohibition laws not only makes perfect policy sense, but is a completely mainstream position that enjoys broad support.

On this site, we’ve collected in one place quotes and videos from politicians, religious leaders, celebrities, medical professionals, members of law enforcement and others who think it’s time to end the war on marijuana. And we’ve made it easy to search by issue and by type of person or organization so you can, for example, see members of Congress, actors, medical organizations and business leaders who support decriminalizing marijuana, allowing medical marijuana or legalizing and regulating marijuana sales.

But more than just merely tracking the large number of prominent people and organizations that are already a part of the Marijuana Majority, we’re going to be regularly asking for your help to grow the majority and make this movement even more powerful.

By making the content sharable on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, we’ve made it easy for you to help spread the word that most sensible people agree it is time to change the marijuana laws. Just think about how much more likely your dad or your aunt would be to tell their co-workers that they support legalizing marijuana if only they knew that they could say, “Even evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson agrees!” When you take advantage of the sharing tools we’ve made available here, you are helping to make it much more likely that these kinds of important conversations will take place.

And, even more excitingly, we’ve built the site in a way that makes it more likely that influential celebrities and opinion leaders will add their voices to the emerging marijuana policy debate. Whenever you visit the site, you’ll see that we’ve selected a handful of prominent people who we believe are likely to support changing marijuana laws but just haven’t been given the opportunity to say so publicly yet. We’ve made it easy for you to help “Get Out the Quote” by tweeting pre-written messages to these people with just a couple clicks.  When you and enough other supporters take action and reach out to these celebrities and elected officials with tweet after tweet about marijuana policy, they are sure to take note.

These are just a few of the ways that Marijuana Majority intends to influence the emerging debate about our failed marijuana laws and how to fix them.

Please take some time to read quotes and watch videos. But don’t stop there. Make sure to share the content with your social networks and tweet to some celebrities. With your help, we can and will help more people to understand that speaking out is the right thing to do.

Press Release: Marijuana Majority Launches!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2012
CONTACT: Tom Angell – (202) 557-4979 or info@marijuanamajority.com

New Website Tracks Politicians & Celebrities Who Support Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana Reform Is An Increasingly Mainstream, Majority-Support Position

Site Lets Supporters Tweet Prominent People to Encourage Speaking Out

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Just over two weeks before voters in three U.S. states decide on ballot measures to legalize marijuana, a new website launches on Monday that tracks prominent people and organizations speaking out in favor of changing marijuana laws. MarijuanaMajority.com allows visitors to see just how mainstream this debate has become by viewing and sharing visually appealing lists of elected officials, actors, medical organizations and business leaders who support solutions like decriminalizing marijuana possession, allowing medical marijuana or legalizing and regulating marijuana sales for adult use.

In addition to tracking prominent people who have already spoken out, MarijuanaMajority.com has a social component that lets individual supporters play a role in convincing even more opinion leaders to publicly say they favor reform. Visitors to the site will be able to easily send targeted tweets to celebrities and politicians with just a few clicks, encouraging them to speak out and join the Marijuana Majority. Among the initial “Get Out the Quote” targets are Ben Affleck, Mark Cuban, John Cusack, Van Jones, Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”), Shaquille O’Neal, Rihanna and Kanye West.

“At a time when polls show that a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana and that mega-majorities support allowing medical marijuana or at least decriminalizing possession, it makes no sense whatsoever that so many national politicians look at this issue as some kind of dangerous third rail of politics,” said Tom Angell, founder and chairman of Marijuana Majority. “By allowing people to see in one place the prominent, respectable and numerous supporters of changing these laws, we hope to convince more elected officials that there’s political opportunity, and not political peril, in jumping on board the marijuana policy reform bandwagon.”

The site launches as national polls show — for the first time ever — that a majority of U.S. voters support legalizing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. Polling also indicates that voters in Colorado and Washington are poised to make history by voting to legalize marijuana on Election Day.

Aaron Houston, executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and a Marijuana Majority board member, said, “Anyone who looks at the polls can plainly see that trends heavily favor the marijuana legalization movement. For a long time, young people have overwhelmingly supported replacing failed marijuana laws with a new approach. Savvy politicians who are looking to earn support should realize that a growing demographic wants them to speak out for marijuana reform, and that doing so can only help them at the ballot box.”

Marijuana Majority advisory board member Sean Dunagan, who served as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) intelligence analyst for 13 years, added, “Ending marijuana prohibition enjoys support from religious leaders like Pat Robertson, business leaders like David Koch, entertainers like Morgan Freeman, world leaders like Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and — by the way — the majority of U.S. voters. No one who realizes that our failed marijuana laws cause tremendous violence and waste should be afraid to say so. The time to speak out and join the Marijuana Majority is now.”

ABOUT MARIJUANA MAJORITY:

Marijuana Majority exists to help people understand that replacing marijuana prohibition with solutions like legalization, decriminalization and medical marijuana are mainstream, majority-support positions, and that no one who supports reform should be afraid to say so.  More info at http://www.MarijuanaMajority.com.

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