Advocates behind last fall’s CA Proposition 19 campaign have formed a new committee for the purpose of creating another ballot measure to legalize cannabis in California. Committee members include the Chairwoman of the CA NAACP Alice Huffman, Dan Rush from The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and Dale Sky Jones from Oaksterdam, who will be the spokesperson for the new campaign.
“The purpose of our organization is to learn from our experiences in 2010 and take the lead toward victory in 2012,” Jones wrote to supporters in an e-mail sent Friday. “We will expand our coalition, raise the necessary funds to move toward a possible 2012 campaign, and conduct polling and other opinion research that will guide the drafting of a new initiative.”
Hopefully the in-fighting that hampered Prop 19 can be relegated to the past and all the disparate forces in the CA cannabis law reform movement can be brought together. If not, the new legalization initiative could be doomed before it is drafted. Advocates, medical marijuana owners, and growers must all have a stake in the new endeavor. We cannot waste time fighting among ourselves when our opponents will use every opportunity to hammer us.
While it may seem like we have plenty of time, November 2012 will be here before we know it, and in CA at least, the process of gathering signatures must still happen to get the measure on the ballot. Work must begin now if victory is to occur next year.