Monday, July 19, 2010

Breaking - Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders Endorses Proposition 19

From The New York Times (via @TaxCannabis on Twitter):
Last week, proponents secured what they view as a major endorsement, that of Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the former United States surgeon general and the first black to hold that position.
In a statement to be published in a voter guide, Dr. Elders said the legalization bill would help divert law enforcement resources to more serious threats. “We can let police prevent violent crime, or we can accept the status quo, and keep wasting resources sending tens of thousands of nonviolent marijuana consumers — a disproportionate number who are minorities — to jail,” Dr. Elders wrote.
Dr. Elders has never been afraid to speak up for the truth over "conventional wisdom," propaganda, and politics.

It's a shame that, even after hearing arguments from Assemblyman Ammiano and Alice Huffman of the California NAACP, the California Democratic Party couldn't follow Ammiano, Huffman, and Dr. Elders's courageous example and endorse this historic ballot initiative.  They better hope, politically, that the Republicans don't have their finger on the pulse of California better than they do this time.


  1. Hey,

    I'm just writing to say that I love your blog. Too many cannabis consumers are unwilling to make concessions to proper spelling and grammar and that gives the mistaken impression that all marijuana smokers are lazy and uneducated. It's simply not true.

    Anyone who thinks that cannabis ought to remain illicit while beer is legal and popular is a hypocrite.

    Cannabis is far less harmful than alcohol and therefore keeping it illegal is arbitrary and capricious. Prohibiting cannabis is also an expensive project (because it takes money to build and maintain prisons) and it makes drug gangs very, very wealthy.

    The election of President Obama proved that ballot box surprises ARE possible.

    Let's educate, agitate, and organize to legalize cannabis.

  2. Amen, brother! Thanks for your support. :)