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Vice Presidential Candidate Jim Gray Endorses Sensible Washington

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judge jim gray medical marijuanaJudge Jim Gray Officially Endorses Sensible Washington

Judge Jim Gray, running mate to presidential candidate Gary Johnson, officially endorsed the non-profit organization Sensible Washington on Saturday. This endorsement encompasses the group’s planned 2013 initiative to repeal cannabis prohibition.

In speaking with them, Judge Gray stated, “I have a lot of respect for your organization, and I’m more than happy to give you my full endorsement.”

Judge Jim Gray is a former presiding judge of the Superior Court in Orange County, California, and is the author of several books including 2001?s Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed: A Judicial Indictment Of War On Drugs, and 2010?s A Voter’s Handbook: Effective Solutions to America’s Problems.

Sensible Washington is excited about this endorsement, and feels that it will help bring attention to their efforts to end adult cannabis prohibition in the State of Washington.

Below is the full endorsement list to date from the Sensible Washington website:

Our 2012 efforts at cannabis law reform have been endorsed by the following:

  • Judge Jim Gray, running mate to presidential candidate Gary Johnson
  • Roger Goodman, 45th District Washington State Representative and official I-75 Spokesman
  • Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th District Washington State Representative
  • Nick Licata, Seattle City Council-member
  • Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Harvard Psychiatry Professor, and author of “Marihuana Reconsidered”
  • Toke of the Town

In 2011, we collected the following endorsements:

  • The 27th Legislative District Democrats
  • Whatcom County Democrats
  • Cannabis Culture
  • Grammas for Ganja
  • Patients for Full Legalization
  • The Washington Teapot Party
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Lewis & Clark College
  • Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Harvard Psychiatry Professor
  • Norm Stamper, Seattle Chief of Police (Ret.)
  • James Bakalar, co-author of Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine.
  • Toby Nixon, Kirkland City Council member, former Washington State Rep. (R-Kirkland)

Our 2010 initiative was endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • Washington State Democrats
  • NORML — National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • NORML — Washington State Chapter
  • King County Democratic Central Committee
  • The 23rd Legislative District Democrats
  • The 30th Legislative District Democrats
  • The 37th Legislative District Democrats
  • The 39th Legislative District Democrats
  • The 41st Legislative District Democrats
  • Libertarian Party of Washington
  • Whatcom County Democrats
  • Fidalgo Democrats — Anacortes and surrounding West Skagit Co
  • Norm Stamper, Seattle Chief of Police (Ret.)
  • Toby Nixon, former Washington State Rep. (R-Kirkland)
  • Jim Kenny, Democratic candidate for Snohomish County Prosecutor
  • Kirk Prindle — Candidate for King Conservation District Board of Supervisors
  • Dr. Lester Grinspoon, MD, faculty emeritus, Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, and author of “Marihuana Reconsidered”

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14 Comments

  1. Blind faith? How absurd. I have followed Stroup’s career closely since he began in the 1970s. The explanation was more than sufficient.

    These attacks on marijuana reform leadership who have brought us to the cusp of victory say more about the attackers than these heroic leaders.

    Go back to doing what you’re good at – ripping off marijuana consumers and patients.

  2. lol. im happy you have so much blind faith in someone whos either lying, or doesnt know what his own organization is doing yet publicly makes statements that arent true.

  3. It was confusion. Stroup is a man with great integrity. He wouldn’t lie – especially for something so minor.

  4. A confusion in policy?

    This is Keith Stroup’s own words, posted on Toke of the Town: http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/07/group_unveils_2013_initiative_to_end_cannabis_proh.php

    “To correct the record, NORML has never endorsed any of the proposals put forward by Sensible Washington.”

    This isn’t confusion this is a lie. I’ve been told to my face by Keith, that NORML endorsed Sensible Washington. NORMLs Board of Directors voted on and passed the motion to endorse Sensible Washington’s I-1068 and I-1149….you think Keith would know about this even if he didn’t say it himself.

  5. Wow. I saw no “blatant lie,” just some minor confusion over past policy. It’s amazing to me how the severely misguided anti folks have declared a dirty political war on marijuana reform leadership.
    Besides the greedy grower motivation, I can’t stop thinking that with the billions of dollars in resources the prohibition profiteers (police, prisons, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, drug “treatment”/testing, drug cartels, money laundering banks, etc.) have, it would be EXTREMELY unlikely they would not be part of this incredibly counter-productive “anti” action.

  6. its also funny to see how Keith Stroup and Allen st pierre cant even agree on if they endorsed them. its crazy keith would so blatantly lie about something like this.

  7. “it’s not worth the time and effort to point people towards initiatives that haven’t made the ballot.”

    That has got to be one of the lamest and most ridiculous things ive ever read. WHAT? Why not use your resources to make change, not just wait and watch and maybe do something once something gets on the ballot [meaning they have a ton of money and probably dont need their help anyway]

  8. Here explains my confusion. This was posted on 7/31/2012:

    To correct the record, NORML has never endorsed any of the proposals put forward by Sensible Washington. Organizationally we do not endorse any voter initiative until it has qualified for the ballot, and Sensible Washington has never come close to qualifying.

    Let’s hope I-502 is approved this November, and we will not need another legalization initiative in Washington. But if it does not, then we would look forward to endorsing the newest Sensible Washington proposal, assuming they finally find the resources to qualify the measure for the ballot.If at first you don’t succeed …
    Keith Stroup
    NORML Legal Counsel
    http://disqus.com/guest/3fd51be595afdc35bbeeee21d117b3e7/

  9. As I said, I stand corrected. NORML did endorse I-1068. “In 2010, Sensible Washington had to drag NORML, kicking and screaming,
    into endorsing 1068 and, then, the group couldn’t be bothered to help
    publicize 1068’s existence—which would’ve been kind of helpful. But here
    we are two years later and NORML is enthusiastically promoting I-502.” Philip Dawdy

  10. I stand corrected. It has since become the policy of NORML to endorse only when initiatives qualify for the ballot.

    “NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre said that the national
    NORML board of directors had endorsed the initiative [1068] and that local chapters were involved in the effort, but that NORML wouldn’t do much more than that until — and unless — the initiative makes the ballot, something St. Pierre suggested he doubted would happen.

    “I’m very skeptical about their prospects,” he said. “These guys said from the beginning they didn’t have any money, and no initiatives not funded by billionaires have actually made it, yet they still decided to move forward. I told them NORML can’t do much until they get on the ballot — it’s not worth the time and effort to point people towards initiatives that haven’t made the ballot.”

    I would appreciate seeing the actual press release from NORML.

  11. Of course, these endorsements do not indicate these people do not support I-502. I know that at least most do.

  12. actually they did endorse them. here are two press releases that sensible posted about NORML endorsing them in both 2010 and 2011. NORML didnt say anything about that not being true and they would have if it wasnt. in fact one of sensibles foudners is NORML Board of Directors member Jeffrey Steinborn. i also talked to keith backstage at hempfest 2010 and he said that they definitely support and endorse i-1149.

    https://sensiblewashington.org/blog/2010/norml-endorses-i-1068/

    https://sensiblewashington.org/blog/2010/norml-endorses-sensible-washington-2011-marijuana-legalization-initiative/

  13. Please note that the 2010 initiative was NOT endorsed by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. NORML does not endorse initiatves until they qualify for the ballot.

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