IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION:
Registration closes Monday, October 24, 2016
Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016
We all have distinct memories of our parents and teachers describing to us the lengths to which the founders of this nation went in order to secure our rights and freedoms as American citizens – rights and freedoms that many in other countries do not enjoy. We as a nation have always fought to end injustice from our bold declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776, to the passage of the 13th Amendment ending the heinous practice of slavery in 1865, to victory for women’s suffrage in 1920, to the recent Supreme Court decision that no one should be denied the privilege of marriage based on sexual orientation. Whether through civil disobedience, media activism, or protests both peaceful and violent, we have always found an outlet to express our displeasure with the status quo. Our most effective tool, however, in creating lasting change is one of our most basic rights – voting - that is unfortunately all too often taken for granted.
It is no secret that many people in our country opt not to vote, especially the younger generation. Millennials are slowly becoming the doctors, lawyers, artists, musicians, business men and women, and politicians who have so much potential to influence society at large as the future leaders of our country. Speaking as a millennial, we have to decide what kind of place we want this country to be. Although there are millions of Americans, we each have the ability and privilege to contribute our thoughts and ideas in a manner in which no one person’s opinion counts more than another. This happens indirectly through election of local, state, and national representatives and more directly by voting for local and statewide initiatives that will affect us in our everyday life. This is why we urge you all to vote in these upcoming local, state, and national elections, and if you have not already done so, to register to vote in your respective states.
Here in California supporters of cannabis, from the novice to the connoisseur, are well aware of the painful and agonizing reality that is prohibition. Not only has our state been responsible for incarcerating marijuana users at ridiculous rates, but it has time and time again failed to recognize the countless scientific studies that have found that cannabis provides a plethora of medicinal benefits. These studies debunk the myth that cannabis is an unhealthy and destructive gateway drug. With the 2016 elections on the horizon it is important that we collectively register to vote in order to support the California Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Initiative in November so that we can finally legalize cannabis.