Proposition 19 was huge.
Our work continues. It’s about educating and building a movement from the ground up so that the political leaders are forced to follow us, with a final goal of ending prohibition. Every new person we reach puts us that much closer. We know we can’t count on a Presidential decree or other deus ex machina intervention. It all depends on us.
But Proposition 19 was huge. Despite being a state initiative, it gave us an international stage to tell people about the costs of the drug war, to tell people about the violence of the drug war, to tell people about the racism of the drug war, and so much more. And oh, people listened.
No longer is the question one of whether marijuana will be legalized, but when.
Case in point:
There is a new campaign by Families in Action, called But What About The Children? Yes, of course, it’s the same old “what about the children” nonsense, but with a huge difference.
Check out what they’re saying…
Demand that policymakers who legalize marijuana guarantee the drug will not be marketed to children, like alcohol and tobacco are.
That’s right. Not if policymakers legalize marijuana, but when.
Whether or not Californians approve Proposition 19 on November 2, it is the first of many on the horizon to legalize marijuana for recreational use and turn it into an unregulated commercial enterprise. If Prop 19 fails, proponents are planning similar ballot initiatives for 2012, not only in California but also in other Western states. Their strategy seems to be to legalize marijuana in enough states to force Congress to change federal law and legalize the drug nationwide. In fact, Rep. Barney Frank has introduced HR 2943, the first federal bill to legalize marijuana. (It is two sentences long.)
But What about the Children? Campaign
National Families in Action is launching But What About the Children? â€“ a campaign to hold a legalized marijuana industry accountable for ensuring that children will not have access to the drug. The campaign holds that any marijuana legalization law should incorporate provisions to avoid what medical science has learned about alcohol and tobacco use in order to prevent marijuana use and addiction among children.
The entire campaign is about the assumption that marijuana will be legalized.
Of course, a lot of their claims and demands are nonsense, but what a change!
And who is on their advisory board? One of the worst prohibitionists out there â€” Robert DuPont â€” plus prohibition enabler extraordinaire Rosalie Pacula of Rand.
Change is in the works.