1. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is holding a press conference today to try to scare Californians out of voting for Proposition 19. Meanwhile Yes on Prop. 19 has announced their ads will run on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Their supporters will also march in business suits during the Rally To Restore Sanity Saturday. The ad is titled: “If We Vote, We’ll Win!” and runs today and Monday in Southern and Northern California. “Comedy Central’s flagship shows are the perfect outlet for Prop. 19’s reform message,” said Stephen Gutwillig, California state director of Drug Policy Action. “Getting younger voters and progressive voters to the polls Tuesday could well make the difference for this historic initiative to end decades of failed, punitive, and wasteful marijuana policies.” Read the text of the ad after the jump.
Upper Playground blog The Citrus Report posts a video clip of a reporter from Texas sort of flipping out over how chill San Francisco is. "This is San Francisco, and I can tell you, right over there, there's some people smoking weed!" The female anchor sounds a bit jealous. "It's a beautiful place to do that." Texas has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country. Those caught with a joint can get six months in jail. Selling a joint can earn defendants up to a year in state prison. Watch the video after the jump.
1. The New York Times looks at Internet domain name camping by hopeful marijuana entrepreneurs, in the dead heat of Prop 19's final days. “Mr. Faler, a former police officer who once worked the narcotics beat, has registered more than 1,000 marijuana-related Internet domain names, including oddities like icecreammarijuana.com and marijuanapastry.com. ...
“The industry is estimated to be worth billions of dollars. A $13 million sale is pending for sex.com. In June, slots.com sold for $5.5 million and dating.com for $1.75 million. The New Jersey company that paid over $1 million for marijuana.com in 2004 says it has turned down five offers for more than $2 million for the domain in the last 12 months.” More news after the jump.
Prop 19 volunteers will spread their message at the San Francisco Giants World Series game tonight in the Bay Area, and at Jon Stewart's Rally To Restore Sanity October 30th in Washington, DC. The Prop 19 campaign says it's all part of the final, six-day push to get out the vote for the tax and regulate cannabis measure, the outcome of which has become too close to call.
The ballot measure to tax and regulate small amounts of cannabis in California just got a huge shot in the arm from billionaire philanthropist and drug law reform advocate George Soros. The Sacramento Bee broke the news this morning that Soros has given $1 million to the Prop 19 today, confirmed in this campaign finance report. An otherwise low-budget affair, Soros' donation doubles 2010 contribution totals to Prop 19 in the final six days before the election. The Yes on 19 campaign has begun running last-minute TV ads in Los Angeles, and Soros' dough will likely keep those ads on-air. Internal Yes on 19 polls show it passing 56-41, but an LATimes/USC poll had it down significantly. Prop 19 has a 32 percent probability of passing, based on 5,481 bets placed via prediction market InTrade.
1. Billionaire investor George Soros tells Wall Street Journal opinion readers why he supports legal cannabis, but not why he hasn't donated to Prop 19. “In many respects, of course, Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on Election Day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago.”
Are there voters who intend to pass Prop 19, but not tell anyone about it? The results of a new poll by Prop 19's backers say thousands of such voters might be saying “no” when asked, but voting "yes" in private. Prop 19 is winning 56 to 41 in an automated poll of 1,043 respondents, according to a new poll by EMC Research. Commissioned by the Yes on 19 campaign, the poll differs from the recent LA Times/USC Poll that found the tax and regulate measure trailing by a wide margin. The difference is the live pollster. Yes on 19 says seventy years of cannabis prohibition is making people careful around live polling officials.
The Prop 19 campaign takes to the skies this week, with a No on 19 radio ad paid for by big business, and a Yes on 19 TV ad paid for largely by voters. Watch the Yes on 19 video and hear the No on 19 radio ad after the jump.
1. California Watch has a report saying the largely ineffective D.A.R.E. program has no intention of changing with the times. Meanwhile on the East Coast, another child turns in his parents for marijuana after a D.A.R.E. class tells him to. [via MMJ News] More news after the jump.
1. Kareem (Biggs) Burke has been swept up in federal anti-pot operation "Green Venom," in New York this week. Burke co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z, and was spotted taking dope money, according to court records. An ad exec for High Times Matthew Woodstock Stang also got pinched in the sweep. [via New York Daily News] More news after the jump.