Just Say Now Launches Online Phone Banking For Marijuana Reform
According to Michael Whitney at Firedoglake, there are thousands of voters in Arizona, California, Oregon and South Dakota who could potentially vote for cannabis reforms.
“We’re targeting calls to young voters and ‘surge voters’ — people who turned out in 2008 but who are not yet likely to vote in the midterm elections,” Whitney said.
According to Whitney, anyone can log in to the phone banking tool with their email address or Facebook account to immediately start calling voters in any of four states voting on marijuana reforms. When you call, you’ll identify supporters of marijuana initiatives, and the Just Say Now campaign will later organize to bring those voters to the poll.
You can check out Just Say Now’s online phone banking tool by clicking here.
“You’re just a phone call away from helping to end the war on marijuana,” Whitney said. “Our online phone bank tool allows anyone to be a part of this historic election from the comfort of their home.”
“The goal is to put this election in the hands of the people so we can pass these ballot initiatives and help end the war on marijuana,” Whitney said.
You can choose which state you want to call. California is voting on marijuana legalization with Prop 19; Oregon is voting on Measure 74 to allow nonprofit dispensaries for medical marijuana patients; and Arizona’s Prop 203 and South Dakota’s Measure 13 would each allow medical marijuana in the state.
“We’re specifically targeting young voters, and people who voted in the 2008 election but aren’t voting in the midterms,” Whitney said. “Young voters are more likely than any other group to support marijuana reforms, and are the least likely to turn out right now. We want to shift that balance and bring young voters to the polls that no one else thinks will show up.”
“The path to victory for marijuana reform leads straight through young voters,” agreed Aaron Houston, executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and a Just Say Now partner.
“It’s imperative that young supporters of marijuana reforms are identified, especially those who wouldn’t normally vote in this election,” Houston said. “That’s why Just Say Now’s online phone bank tool is such a critical tool for passing marijuana reforms this year.”
According to Whitney, it’s important to call these voters so the campaign can identify who supports the marijuana initiatives. “That way, when it comes down to get out the vote, we can spend our time contacting just those people whom we know support marijuana reform,” Whitney said.
“Our phone banking tool will convert enthusiasm about marijuana reform into votes,” Whitney said. “It gives marijuana reform supporters who don’t have initiatives in their states a way to have an impact.”
“No matter what state you choose to call, you’ll help us end the war on marijuana,” Whitney said. “Your calls are critical to our efforts to pass these marijuana initiatives.”
Steve Elliott, a working journalist since 1982, is editor of Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media’s site of cannabis news, views, rumor and humor.