Cannabis Culture LIVE in California for Legalization Vote

CANNABIS CULTURE – Californians will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 2 for the historic vote on Proposition 19, the ballot initiative to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana – and Cannabis Culture is webcasting LIVE from Yes on Prop 19 Headquarters in Oaksterdam!

Tune in to CC on the evening of November 2 to watch our LIVE webcast from the center of the storm, activist Richard Lee’s Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California.

CC editors Jodie Emery and Jeremiah Vandermeer will give viewers regular updates as the votes are counted and the totals roll in. We expect to discuss this monumental event with some of the activists and volunteers responsible for the initiative, and hopefully (fingers crossed) end the evening with a glorious victory celebration – and a few tokes of the first fully-legalized, non-medical marijuana in the United States.

CLICK HERE to go to the Cannabis Culture USTREAM page and watch video clips of our earlier LIVE webcasts from today.

CLICK HERE to go to the Cannabis Culture USTREAM page and watch video clips of our earlier LIVE webcasts from today.

We will also provide viewers with the latest information on medical marijuana legalization initiatives in Arizona and South Dakota, and the vote to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon.

Jodie Emery, wife of imprisoned Canadian cannabis activist Marc Emery, will be volunteering to help the Proposition 19 election campaign get out the vote on November 2. Marc Emery, known to his supporters and critics as the Prince of Pot, was sentenced to five years in a US prison for selling marijuana seeds online and using the profits to fund legalization efforts. Marc is currently in transit on his way to Taft prison in California, where he is expected to serve his sentence unless he is allowed to return to Canada through the Treaty Transfer process.

“It’s ironic that my husband has been designated to serve his 5-year federal prison sentence in California for selling marijuana seeds when the massive industry in this state has been aided by his seed sales,” Jodie said. “The cannabis seeds he sold to Californians from 1994 to 2005 have helped grow an enormous industry that cannot be contained. It’s great to see this very important and monumental vote take place.”

Support for Proposition 19 has been dipping in recent polls, but activists are still hopeful voters will give the measure the 50% majority it needs to pass.

The Yes on Prop 19 campaign has in recent weeks received some large contributions from big-name donors including George Soros, and the initiative has garnered endorsements from a huge list of law professors and celebrities including Danny Glover and Snoop Dogg.

Though there has been an outpouring of support, nearly all of California’s major newspapers have refused to endorse Prop 19, claiming it would cause problems due to Federal Laws banning the substance – laws that would not be affected by the passage of Prop 19.

US Attorney General Eric Holder and Federal Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske oppose the legalization effort, and claim the Federal government will continue to arrest and imprison people for marijuana offenses even if the law passes. Federal authorities made the same claims in 1996 when California passed Proposition 215, the initiative which legalized medical marijuana in the state, and continued prosecuting patients until a recent declaration made by the Obama administration to stand down as long as pot users were in accord with state law.

Richard Lee, the successful entrepreneur responsible for Oaksterdam university and other pot-related businesses in California, was a driving force behind the Yes on Prop 19, helping to write the ballot initiative and providing more than a million dollars of his own cash. The campaign released this commercial in support of the initiative, which features former San Jose Chief of Police Joseph D. McNamara discussing the failed US Drug War.

Don’t forget to tune into our LIVE webcast on November 2 for detailed coverage of what could be the most important vote in the history of cannabis culture.

Please DONATE or VOLUNTEER to help the Yes on Prop 19 campaign. Visit the official Yes on Prop 19 website.