Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Times are low, our nation seems to be in despair, and this emotion  is rolling downhill. Here in the great state of California we are especially flailing. Signs of renaissance are all but present and morale is lower than we have seen in quite some time. One specific issue with Proposition 19 vocalized by our opponents, from both individuals and organizations like the California State Association of Counties, is that leaving commercial regulations and ordinances up to counties, "Will be particularly problematic."

Leaving the questions of sales taxation and regulation primarily to local governments is the most empowering and strategically special points of Proposition 19. With financial disparity sweeping the state, county and city funds are being raided. They are being raided so frequently and ruthlessly that a ballot initiative (Prop 22) has been created in hopes to blockade some of these sweeps. And when these local authorities are in such a state of woe, they should be turning to the text of Proposition 19 in hopes of regaining control and diffusing ambiguity. Taxes to be gained from this so called "Green Rush" will be seen where it is needed most, at home. Local police, fire, education, maintenance, and other departments will be the first to inherit this most necessary funding.

Proposition 19 is a game changer. We will be seeing the benefits of Prop 19 at home, in our cities, and even across the state once regulations are in place and commerce is established. It is most noteworthy to mention that Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has taken specific interest in Prop 19.

"We are all affected by this scourge of drug trafficking," Santos said, referring to Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. "We must sit down and work out how we are going to react and what is going to happen after this referendum," he said. "All strategies that are combined are more effective."

Ending cannabis prohibition is long overdue and it will be embraced, as it should. Prohibition is not for the greater good, it is simply great for the few who profit from it. It is time for change and we will WIN!

Recent News and Past Events

9/17  Lobsterfest, Yes on 19 Allstars, and Nada Rasta
Friday was a crazy day! Lots of events starting at 5PM running basically till 2 in the morning! We collected over 200 signatures at Lobsterfest alone! The Yes on 19 Allstars and Nada Rasta events were also off the hook! Great vibes, great responses and a great time all together!

9/18 - 9/19   Lobsterfest and Venice Beach
Unfortunately day 2 of Lobsterfest ended earlier than expected. Our volunteers had an unexpected and out of the law's reach confrontation with a rookie police officer who stepped out of line. Everything ended well and nobody was arrested or even cited. We maintained composure and the public's response to us being there is still awesome! We were even invited back after Lobsterfest's end! Tons of pledges from Lobsterfest day 2 and 3 as well as at Venice Beach!

9/19  Upright Citizen's Brigade
Do I even have to say anything? AMAZING as usual! Those guys love us and we love them! Hopefully we can work out a specialty prop 19 show!

9/6, 9/13, 9/20  Laughs for Legalization!
These guys were hilarious! It was a pleasure being able to work with some awesome comedians and the producer wasn't too bad himself! Haha, we hope to work with them again in the future and I believe some Universal Citywalk tabling events are in the works!!

Events are popping up all the time! We also have our office headquarters located at the Patient ID Center in Atwater Village. We need people in there all the time Mon-Sat 10A-6P!! Please get in contact with us to get involved!

Forrest Rosenbach
(818) 415-8094
Assistant Field Director Los Angeles

Thursday, September 16, 2010

47 Days Left!

With a month and a half left in the battle for Proposition 19, things are heating up! According to The Marijuana Policy Project website, the California Beer and Beverage Distributors has made a $10,000 contribution to the "No on 19 campaign." MPP's Director of Government Relations, Steve Fox, expresses “Unless the beer distributors in California have suddenly developed a philosophical opposition to the use of intoxicating substances, the motivation behind this contribution is clear. Plain and simple, the alcohol industry is trying to kill the competition."

Ironically, I believe this to be a favor to the "Yes on 19" campaign. The ever so demonized plant that is often recognized as a hard, addictive drug is now being leveled by the "socially accepted" alcohol industry. By their own admission! This kind of statement may be just the kind of epiphany society has been waiting for!

Recent News
09/10 - 09/12  Hempcon
Excellent turn out! Many great discussions and tons of new voters registered. We encountered an interesting opposition from a recurring few individuals, but beyond their inadequate opposition the general experience and connections made were superb!

09/11 Judge Gray vs. John Redman Debate in Irvine
John Redman from the "Official No on 19 Campaign" joined us at the Irvine United Congregational Church on Saturday to perform a formal debate with Retired CA Superior Court Judge Jim Gray. This event can be described with one word...Win.
Though several press releases were released by the opposition, with over 100 attendees, only 2 supporters showed up (John Redman and his assistant). They had a table waiting for them to set up, but when they realized we were all supporters they didn't even bother! This event was a clear example of the position in which the supporters of Prop 19 have placed our opponents. Redman's (hehe, Red Man) presentation through the debate was flaccid. He had absolutely zero coherence in his defense or offense. He had logical fallacies in almost every statement that left his mouth. It was a brilliant and effortless win for Judge Gray.
(We should all acknowledge that Jim Gray has been an outstanding patriot in his efforts to speak for common sense especially when it comes to marijuana prohibition. Thank You Judge Gray!!)

09/11 Pomona Art Walk
Awesome as usual, Thank you Benay!!!

09/13 West Hollywood Press Release
On Monday Sept. 13, a handful of former Law Enforcement Officials (including a reprisal by Judge Gray), Prosecutors, and Dale Sky Jones gathered in West Hollywood and Oakland for a Press Release. The officials spoke out in favor of Proposition 19 with lists of other law enforcement endorsers. The release in West Hollywood was stationed in front of a playground at West Hollywood Park causing reporters to inquire about a "struggling demographic" for our campaign, asking Dale if the women and mothers with their children behind us would support us and if this was just a gimmick. After the release disbanded the reporters swarmed the parents in the playground expecting to hear opposition, when to the contrary, most of the adults but maybe a couple, were all for Proposition 19!

We are being heard! We are being seen! And the response is beautiful! But we cannot let up. With only 47 days left till the big day our battle has only just begun!

If you are not already directly involved with our volunteer effort please get in contact and join us! 
If you are planning an event please feel free to contact us!

Forrest Rosenbach
(818) 415-8094

Assistant Field Director Los Angeles