Target: Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader
Goal: Demand funding of legal marijuana initiative
The U.S. government has gone against the will of the people again by banning the funding of a legal marijuana program that is supported by up to 70 percent of citizens. The ban was grouped in with a $1.1 trillion budget bill that was meant to keep the government funded for another year. The harmful process of adding riders to bills allowed those who personally oppose marijuana use the ability to oppose the will of the general population. This is not how a democracy should function. Something must be done to stop the government from steamrolling the will of Americans.
In a recent referendum, citizens of Washington D.C. voted in favor of legalizing marijuana by a substantial margin: 70 percent. While, this may not sound earth-shattering, when it comes to legislation, this number is extremely significant because it exceeds two-thirds in favor. For example, this is enough of a majority to impeach a president or add a new constitutional amendment. Yet, this two-thirds majority was not enough to get a referendum on marijuana usage the respect it deserves.
Tens of thousands of people have been needlessly incarcerated due to low-level drug possession charges. The numbers of those incarcerated for drug possession are also strikingly slanted by race. Yet, when people vote to put a stop to a racist and draconian drug policy, bureaucrats that personally oppose it are able to silence the voices of millions. This flagrant lack of respect for the people is unacceptable in a country that claims to be a democracy. When a two-thirds majority is not enough to make a change, the system ceases to be democratic and starts to be oligarchic. Please act now to show the government that your voice matters by signing the petition below.
Dear Senate Majority Leader Reid,
The recent spending bill, which outlaws the funding of marijuana legalization, is unacceptable and must be changed immediately. Marijuana legalization would remove strain from the U.S. prison system, help to fix some of the racially driven incarceration rates in this country, and even make money for the government through taxation. It is a win in every category, yet a small group of bureaucrats seems to think they know what the people want more than the people.
Seventy percent of the people living Washington D.C. voted in favor of this referendum—more than a two-thirds majority in favor of legalization. This would be enough to impeach a president or add a new constitutional amendment, but it isn’t enough to get a referendum supported? Something is wrong here, Senator Reid. When 70 percent of the population agrees to something and that is undercut, the system ceases to be democratic in nature. Please act now to respect the wishes of American citizens.
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