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:
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) October 27, 2012
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.”
“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 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.”