2016 Election Drawing Support for Re-Legalization

Go east or west, support for the re-legalization of cannabis is finding sometimes unexpected allies.  Take Arizona, where former DEA agents are speaking out in support of the end of cannabis prohibition.

[On October 12] Two retired agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hit Arizona State University — the first day of early voting — to encourage students to vote “yes” on Prop. 205, the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Arizona. As students begin heading to an early voting location on the ASU campus, former special agents Michael Capasso and Finn Selander [spoke] to them about why they support repealing the marijuana prohibition laws that they spent many years enforcing. They were available for interviews at 11:30 a.m. in front of the ASU Memorial Union.

Capasso retired in 2015 following more than three and half years as chief of the DEA Financial Crimes Unit. During his tenure at the agency, Capasso spearheaded a task force comprised of Phoenix-area police officers targeting Mexican cartels trafficking drugs into the U.S. He also directed operations in Sierra Vista, one of the DEA’s front-line posts along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Selander served six years as marijuana coordinator for the DEA, working out of its offices in New Mexico and Florida, followed by seven years as a demand reduction coordinator. Prior to joining the DEA, he served as a police officer in Pensacola, Florida.

Learn more about efforts in Arizona HERE.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country in far away Maine, travel writer and cannabis advocate Rick Steves is lending his voice.

Travel guru Rick Steves will be visiting Maine starting on Monday, October 17 in support of Question 1. Rick will be holding a media availability at campaign headquarters during the day and hosting a lecture in the evening at the University of New England titled “Marijuana and Civil Rights in America: A European Perspective.”

Rick has donated to the Maine campaign and also supported other successful legalization initiatives in Washington and Oregon. 

“We are excited that Rick Steves has come to our state to promote the common sense policy of regulating and taxing marijuana. Legalization is working in Colorado and Washington, and it will work here in Maine. Yes on 1 will generate millions in new tax revenue and free up law enforcement to focus on serious and violent crime.” said David Boyer, campaign manager for Yes on 1.

Learn more about Maine’s Question 1 HERE.

If you live in one of the nine — 9 — states with cannabis on the ballot in the upcoming election, make sure you are registered to vote, then VOTE !!!!

[images:  regulatemaine.org; aznatrualselection; election.gov]

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Author: DavidB

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