Mr. President : Legalize Marijuana and You’ll Get the Youth Vote and Win the Election.

by on August 7, 2012 · 6 comments

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A Majority of Americans Support Legalization of Marijuana Now for the First Time

This is an Open Letter to President Barack Obama Calling on him to legalize marijuana.

If you legalize marijuana, Mr. President, you’ll get the youth vote and win the 2012 Presidential election. It’s as simple as that. However you do it, Mr. President, if you legalize cannabis, you’ll then do for the young of this country what you did for the Mexican-American and Latino populations, and then what you did for the gay and lesbian communities earlier this year.

How is this so?

It just so happens, that here in the midst of campaign 2012, the issue of marijuana legalization and the status of medical cannabis have perhaps paradoxically both become highly charged topics. Legalization initiatives are on three state ballots, there’s a whole array of other reform measures up for vote, and there’s polls that show a majority of Americans support straight-out legalization of pot – all that makes this year 2012 an historic year for marijuana reform.

But you wouldn’t know it by watching the campaigns of Governor Romney and President Obama. Both candidates continue to avoid talking about marijuana legalization, and Romney even chastised a reporter in Colorado recently for bringing up the subject – it’s on the state ballot. Both candidates apparently believe it’s a non-issue. Yet they do so at their own peril. As the more likely candidate to support marijuana reform, Obama, would win if he came out publicly for its legalization.

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A lawyer and grassroots activist, I was finally convinced by Patty Jones to start the OB Rag, a blog of citizen journalists, after she got tired of listening to my rants about the news. Way back during the Dinosaurs in 1970, I founded the original Ocean Beach People’s Rag - OB’s famous underground newspaper -, and then later during the early Eighties, published The Whole Damn Pie Shop, a progressive alternative to the Reader.

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