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Activists Plan Epic Signature Blitz To End Marijuana Prohibition In Oregon

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oregon state marijuanaBy Sam Chapman

As the deadline approaches for all of Oregon’s initiative signatures to be turned into the Secretary of State to be counted, Oregon marijuana activists have kicked into over-drive for one last signature collection blitz in hopes of putting marijuana legalization on the ballot. The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (I-9) and the Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement (I-24) campaigns have come together under one roof alongside Oregon Students for Sensible Drug Policy in order to effectively divide and conquer every event, concert, and rally in Oregon over the next few weeks in one last effort to collect signatures.

The main idea is to get signature sheets into hands of everyone we know. The time where we speak passionately with our voices is long gone, it is time to speak through actions. The prohibition of marijuana in this country negatively effects all of us whether we use marijuana or not. It’s time to come together and end the prohibition of marijuana once and for all in Oregon, here is how we are going to do it.

Phase 1:

The coalition of activists will be hosting an empowerment rally this Thursday at 5pm in two locations, 15th and NE Alberta and 30th NE Alberta. Starting on each end of the Alberta street faire, two groups will starting walking through the faire and meet in the middle where they will host a brief empowerment rally to train people on how to collect signatures. They will be training friends, family, co-workers, and strangers on how to collect signatures for both campaigns. We will not be obtaining a permit for this rally because in short, the money that would be spent on paying for such a permit will be put to better use by using it to aid further signature collection efforts. This is a tactic that we have successfully used in the past with No More Drug War protests as well as with the Occupy movement.

After the rally we will head out into the streets of Portland to collect signatures for two hours. After that we will reconvene at the OCTA headquarters to debrief, socialize and build community.

Phase 2:
The signature drives being headed up by teams in different cities across the state will take place between June 28th and July 4th By this point we should have identified places and events that have not been targeted for signature collection. This week will be devoted to continuing to send our teams to new locations.

Phase 3:

There will be one large signature turn in blitz on July 4th for both campaigns. All team leaders are responsible to make sure their team has filled out their forms correctly turned in all their signatures before July 5th by 5pm.

Our efforts will not solely based in Portland, in fact we are trying to collect signatures outside of Portland as much as possible. In light of the fact that Portland may be a bit “over fished” if you will, Oregon SSDP is currently facilitating all communication efforts between both campaigns to identify where existing signature gathers are already headed. If you live in Oregon, we need your help!!

We are in the process of identifying team leaders in every city in Oregon to create and manage a small group of people to collect signatures in your area. If you want to collect signatures in your area or help facilitate or group of friends, we would love to help you get started! Below are links to print out both petition sheets.

Contact Sam Chapman @ ssdpduck@gmail.com if you want to get involved, have ideas, questions or would like to donate to money, food, sign materials or anything else for that matter.

 

Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement (I24): http://endprohibitionagain.com/petition/

Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (I-9): http://www.cannabistaxact.org/circulate-petition

 

OCTA Headquarters

2712 NE Sandy Blvd Portland

Oregon 97232

Rally in Portland @ Last Thursday Alberta Street Faire FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/450632281621875/

Marijuana isn’t going to put itself on the ballot, and a handful of activists can’t do it on their own. It’s time to take a stand against everything that is wrong with marijuana prohibition, for your children, your parents, your friends, and yourself by joining us this Thursday at 5pm for the Last Thursday Alberta Street Fair Rally.

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  1. Declaration of Rights of Cannabis Users

    Mission Statement: To bring an end to cannabis prohibition in 2013 by gathering signatory members through promotion and declaring our rights through the document, “Declaration of Rights of Cannabis Users”. Giving prohibitionists reasonable opportunity to affect appropriate, timely and agreed upon change and, if necessary enforcing our rights in a peaceful way. After April 20 2013 adopting a zero tolerance for acts of brutality and injustice by prohibitionists.

    The laws regarding cannabis were born on the wings of lies and pampered by propaganda such that now the tightly held belief systems are going to have to reckon with the desire of all humanity to live with dignity, free from the oppressive tyranny that ignorance and bigotry have spawned.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/all-elected-represenitives-and-the-united-nations-recognize-the-rights-of-cannabis-users

  2. one_who_reads on

    I’ve been canvassing at New Seasons Arbor Lodge (near Interstate Ave MAX) for weeks now, consistently gathering dozens of signatures every day. The staff and regulars know me and we chat during times of low foot traffic. New folks come by all the time, providing some fun– and some intense– conversation.

    It’s a great feeling, to see all the time and effort yielding (some unexpected) results; residents and businesses coming to recognize me as “the cannabis guy,” getting smiles and friendly nods (rather than glares or suspicious glances) as I traverse the store 10 times a day to use their bathroom, buy snacks/coffee, and fill my water bottle.

  3. Prohibition’s underlying ideology is based wholly on fear, hate, envy, and greed – leading universally and invariably to abject failure, economic collapse, sickness and war.

    Ending prohibition would greatly reduce, even almost eliminate, the market in illegal narcotics, cause a reduction in the number of users and addicts, greatly curtail drug related illness and deaths, reduce societal harm from problematic abusers, and bring about an enormous reduction in the presence and influence of organized crime. The people who use drugs are our own children, our brothers, our sisters, our parents and our neighbors. By allowing all adults safe and controlled legal access to psychoactive substances, we will not only greatly reduce the dangers for both them and ourselves but also greatly minimize the possibility of ‘peer-initiation’ and sales to minors.

    Never have so many been harmed and impoverished by so few, so quickly. Prohibition is not just an extremely expensive accident. Like any harmful and completely ineffective policy, it was connived and implemented by immoral, malicious, fools. It cannot be ended soon enough.

    After many decades of drug-war-dystopia, don’t we all deserve a healthy, safe and prosperous future?

    Just say no to prohibition-insanity, prohibition-corruption, prohibition-violence and prohibition-terrorism!

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