May 302012
 May 30, 2012

End ProhibitionPoliticians That Frown On Marijuana Reform Are Getting The Boot

Do you ever hear politicians talk about not wanting to support marijuana reform because it’s ‘political suicide?’ In my home state of Oregon, it was a phrase thrown around a lot during this year’s state attorney general race between Dwight Holton and Ellen Rosenblum. Dwight Holton, as well as the mainstream media in Oregon that endorsed him, dropped that phrase so many times I can’t even count.

Holton even stated the phrase in a mass e-mail he sent out to his supporters, claiming that since Ellen was aligning herself with the pro-marijuana community, she had no chance of winning…How’d that work out for you Dwight? Last time I checked, even your home state of Virginia was making fun of you for getting dominated so hard!

Yesterday, the marijuana community scored another victory when anti-marijuana crusader Silvestre Reyes lost to pro-marijuana reform candidate Beto O’Rourke. The reform community has been working with Mr. O’Rourke for a long time, to the point that I would go as far as saying that Beto O’Rourke doesn’t just support the reform community, he’s part of the reform community. I know that he has been working with Students for Sensible Drug Policy for awhile now.

I also know that O’Rourke has received a lot of support from the National Cannabis Coalition, a leading national marijuana reform advocacy group. I’m so happy to see him win and Silvestre Reyes scrambling to figure out where he went wrong. Maybe Silvestre Reyes needs to take a look at the campaign ad he put out bashing Beto O’Rourke for O’Rourke’s views on the drug war…

First Steve Cooley went down in California, then Dwight Holton got thrashed on Election Day in Oregon, and now Silvestre Reyes loses, all of them running on an anti-marijuana platform. With the election season starting to heat up, how many other politicians will come out against marijuana reform and lose? How many of them will stay mum on the issue now because they are scared? How many politicians will change their tone and support marijuana reform because they see it as a viable way to win elections now?

For so long the marijuana movement has been pushed aside and written off as a bunch of ‘lazy stoners that don’t vote or do anything.’ Those days are gone. The losses to Cooley, Holton, and now Reyes are not a coincidence. The mood of the general public is shifting. People that were marijuana supporters in the shadows are coming out more and more everyday. The marijuana movement is more organized than ever before thanks to the internet and the rise of social media. Organizations like the National Cannabis Coalition are making strategic moves in campaigns across the nation.

The marijuana movement has a winning recipe, which has been proven not once, not twice, but three times now. The marijuana movement is a force in politics now, whether political analysts and/or anti-marijuana politicians want to recognize it or not. I would kind of prefer that we keep getting discredited because it allows us to lurk in the shadows and win elections undetected. Every political strategist and/or candidate can underestimate us all they want, and much like Silvestre Reyes is doing today, they can then reflect back and try to figure out what went wrong with their failed campaigns. The marijuana community will always be lurking, looking for the next election to get involved in. We are just getting started, and all politicians need to be on notice.

I always relate the marijuana movement to the American Revolution. Marijuana activists, much like our founding fathers, don’t have as much ammo as our opposition. Our weapons aren’t as fancy as our opposition’s, and we aren’t as organized. However, we have more passion, and most importantly, we have truth and justice on our side. We will fight for what’s noble, and unlike a hired opponent who is fighting for a paycheck, we will fight with everything we have until the end of prohibition is acheived.

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Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • Sciencefreak

    Read the book “Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease” and get really mad that cowardly politicians want to keep ruining the lives of marijuana users with arrests and sending them to gulags to be raped and brutalized and tortured. When people learn that science has proven that using a small amount of marijuana every day is the best way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, game over, prohibition dies. テつ

  • eating_sunshine

    Your article gave me chills Mr Green. テつMakes me feel like I could do a bayonet charge at the battle of Gettysburg. テつ

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war….

  • jontomas

    Unfortunately, there’s a new twist to this story.テつ From the Huffington Post:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/beto-orourke-marijuana-_n_1554661.html

    >>>”In the final weeks of the Texas race, O’Rourke had somewhat downplayed his views on legalization. He said that it was a low priority for El Paso voters and not something he would pursue in Congress.

    “He’s backed off a lot on the talking points about the need to legalize marijuana or the impact it has on this border community,” said Richard Pineda, associate director of Sam Donaldson Center at University of Texas El Paso. “I think that it’s unlikely he’s going to be a champion for that issue.”

    It seems there is something about success that takes marijuana reform out of candidates.テつ I can only assume it’s the strings attached to the ‘big money’ once it starts rolling in.

    Should we call this horrible effect the “Obama Syndrome?”

    This is quite discouraging.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joost-Kloon/100003095818524 Joost Kloon

    One would hope that soon they are really a dying breed: I am against the death penalty, but would be prepared to make an exception for the prohibitionists. They really are responsible for so much deaths (in the US and abroad, such as Mexico) and other misery that truely these politicians must be regarded to be mass murderers.

    I hope to see the day that they loose their politikcal immunity and get their deserved harsh punishment.

    Eye for an eye…

  • http://www.facebook.com/OklahomaWeed Oklahoma Weed

    テつThe truth is out help spread the truth and let people know that
    cannabis is not to be feared. Man made pills and GOD made cannabis, I
    will trust GOD!!!!!

    http://www.facebook.com/okweed

  • Reality

    there are also very few “reefer madness” voters anymore(my grandmother and mothers generation) they dont yet realize that us baby boomers are now the largest voting block in this country by farrrrrrr. go ask your “grandfather politicians” at the old folks home what a pain in the ass we were then, we dont have to play go along to get along anymore, our retirement money/nest egg/whatever is now guaranteed. and besides it looks AWFULLY bad to put granny in jail. just a thought, would it not be easier to control a “stoned” population than one that is alert and oriented?
    just remember, we are not asking you for your permission to do anything, i am an adult and dont need permission from anyone.WE are TELLING you to legalize it because it is what WE want, not what you want……but i could be wrong, ya know
    they maybe only opinions, but at least they are all mine.