Friday, October 29, 2010

Daily Roundup: Yes on 19 Buys Ads on Stewart, Colbert

By David Downs
Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

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.

Text of ad:

“They’re hoping we don’t vote this year. That’s why they don’t talk about Prop 19. How it’ll force the government to stop wasting money on outdated pot laws. How it’ll let the police spend more time locking up real criminals. How it’ll bring up to two billion dollars a year to California. But the biggest thing they didn’t tell us about Prop. 19 is that the polls show if we vote we win. So vote yes on Prop 19. (And we win.) Yes on 19.”

2. The DEA announces a big bust in Tracy this week, seizing about 2,000 pot plants, 50 pounds of bud, four guns, four vehicles (including a Lexus, Hummer, and two BMWs), two boats, and approximately $1.5 million. Six were arrested on federal drug charges. The street value of the marijuana seized in this investigation is $11 million. If convicted, defendants face mandatory minimum prison sentences of ten years, and a fine of up to $4,000,000.

3. A new Gallup poll says 46 percent of Americans favor legalization of marijuana, up from 44 percent last year. In the early 1970s, about eight in ten Americans were opposed to legalizing marijuana.

4. Government officials tell the Washington Post that strong pot is increasing emergency room visits, but a recent RAND Corporation study found just 181 pot visits to California ERs each year, compared to 109,000 injuries from alcohol. The Washington Post reports, “Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, maintains 'The marijuana people were smoking 20 years ago was much less potent, and that explains why in the past medical consequences associated with marijuana were relatively rare,' she said. 'Now we are seeing an increase in [emergency room] admissions.'

5. Redheaded Blackbelt reports 2010 produced a bumper crop of the sticky icky, thanks to rain and sun.

6. Rapper Kid Kudi drops new track "Marijuana" on Fader Magazine's site.

7. And The Washington Post tries to imagine cannabis in 2020.

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