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DPA Statement: California's Marijuana Legalization Initiative Falls Short

Proposition 19 was an Extraordinary Victory for National Movement to Legalize Marijuana

California voters decided against the adoption of Proposition 19, which would have legalized possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana by adults and allow cities and counties to regulate sales of marijuana within their jurisdictions. A win at the ballot would have been a first of its kind in U.S.

Tony Newman at (646) 335-5384 or Stephen Gutwillig at (323) 542-2606

New Study Shows Portugal's Decriminalization of All Drugs Was Followed by Reductions in Student Drug Use, Prison Overcrowding, Drug Related Deaths and HIV/ AIDS

Study Published in British Journal of Criminology is First Independent Study to Assess Effects of Portuguese 2001 Decriminalization of Drugs
Professor Alex Stevens, Author of Report in New York November 20- 23rd to Discuss Findings
A new study (http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/6/999.full.pdf+html ), published this month in the British Journal of Criminology shows that decriminalisation of all drugs in Portugal did not lead to increases in drug-related harms.
Tony Newman at 646-335-5384 or Alex Stevens at + 44 780 305 4621

DPA Statement: Senator Dianne Feinstein's Opposition to Prop. 19 is the Same Old Song

California's Senior Senator Favors Costly, Punitive Approaches in Lock-Step with the Drug War Lobby
Senator Dianne Feinstein, co-chair of the No on 19 campaign, will appear with law enforcement officials today to express her opposition to the landmark marijuana legalization initiative.
Stephen Gutwillig, California director of the Drug Policy Alliance offered this statement:
"For those of us working to reverse our nation's disastrously failed drug policies, opposition from Dianne Feinstein is all-too familiar.
Stephen Gutwillig at 323-542-2606 or Tony Newman at 646-335-5384

Prop. 19 Supporters Launch Final Media Push to Pass Historic Marijuana Initiative

Campaign Features Ads on Urban Radio, Online Outlets, Los Angeles Times and Comedy Central
The Drug Policy Action committee supporting California 's historic marijuana legalization initiative launched its final efforts to secure victory for Proposition 19.
The campaign focuses on youth voter mobilization and includes substantial advertising on Southern California urban radio stations as well as tens of millions of online impressions on Google and Facebook. As previously announced, a get-out-the-youth-vote ad is already running on Comedy Central 's Daily Show and Colbert Report.
Stephen Gutwillig at 323-542-2606 or Tony Newman at 646-335-5384

Prop. 19 Supporters Wrap Main Section of Today's Los Angeles Times

3-Page Advertisement is a First for a Political Campaign
The Drug Policy Action committee supporting California's historic marijuana legalization initiative placed a historic three-page ad promoting passage of Proposition 19, wrapping the main section of today's Los Angeles Times.
Stephen Gutwillig at 323-542-2606 or Tony Newman at 646-335-5384

DPA Statement: Attorney General's Opposition to California's Marijuana Initiative, Prop. 19, is Political Posturing

California Alone Gets to Decide State Law
In a letter to former chiefs of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will prosecute distribution and possession of marijuana in California even if the state's voters approve Proposition 19.
Stephen Gutwillig at 323-542-2606 or Tony Newman at 646-335-5384

Drug Czar Spreads Outdated "Reefer Madness" Hyperbole at California Event Opposing Prop. 19

DPA Statement: Drug Czar Ignores Costs of Failed Marijuana Prohibition: Mass Arrests, Violence from Illicit Market, Easy Availability of Marijuana
President Obama's Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske is in Southern California today to speak out against Proposition 19, California's initiative to control and tax marijuana. Kerlikowske is appearing at a treatment center where he will claim that passing Prop.
Stephen Gutwillig at 323-542-2606 or Tony Newman at 646-335-5384

New Report Released at NAACP State Conference Highlights Marijuana Arrest Disparities in 25 Major Cities in California

500,000 Marijuana Arrests in California Over the Last Decade; Blacks Arrested at 4 to 12 Times the Rate of Whites though Whites Use Marijuana at Higher Rates
WHO:
Alice Huffman, President, California NAACP State Conference
Stephen Gutwillig, State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Major Neill Franklin, Exec. Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Danny Glover – Actor
Richard Lee – President, Oaksterdam University, and Proponent of Prop. 19
Robert Rooks – Director, Criminal Justice, National NAACP
Dr.
Joy Atkinson at 213-840-4173 or Tony Newman at 646-335-5384

TV Ad Attacks Susana Martinez for Threat to Repeal Medical Marijuana Program

Ad Features New Mexico Medical Marijuana Patients Who Will Lose Their Medicine if Martinez is Elected
Ad to Air During World Series, Oprah and Local News

An ad featuring three New Mexican medical marijuana patients will run statewide leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, November 2. The patients are terrified that they will lose their medicine if Republican candidate Susana Martinez is elected.

The three patients in the ad are a disabled Navy veteran, a disabled construction worker, and a senior citizen with AIDS.

The New Mexico legislature legalized marijuana for medical purposes in 2007.

Tony Newman at (646) 335-5384 or Sheila Lewis at (505) 470-3535

Yes on Prop. 19 Ads to Run on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report: "If We Vote, We'll Win!"

Marijuana Legalization Commercials to Run Thursday, Friday and Monday in Southern and Northern California
Hundreds of Prop. 19 Supporters to Attend Stewart/Colbert Rally
In the days leading up to California's historic vote on Proposition 19, advocates for the initiative to control and tax marijuana are taking out ads on The Daily Show and Colbert Report.
Prop. 19 has generated worldwide news and many political strategists have observed that it is compensating for the "enthusiasm gap" among young voters who drove President Barack Obama to victory in 2008. With the vote still too close to call, the initiative may be decided by tapping into the youth vote.
Tony Newman at 646-335-5384 or Stephen Gutwillig at 323-542-2606
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