Will California’s First Open Primary Open the Door to Marijuana Legalization?

In this year’s election, voters will likely have to look to a third party candidate if they want a pro-marijuana legalization President. But California’s new voter rules offer a unique opportunity for a fellow Democrat to challenge the less-than-pot-friendly Senator Dianne Feinstein in tomorrow’s election.

As of January 2011, California’s partisan offices (state legislative and congressional offices) are now “voter-nominated.” All candidates for voter-nominated offices are listed on every June ballot, and the top two vote-getters in the primary election – regardless of party preference – move on to the general election. Even if a candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, they face a run off with the second biggest vote getter.

Into this fray comes David Levitt, 55, a software engineer and activist, who is challenging Dianne Feinstein for Senate, with a platform that includes marijuana legalization, as well as ending the war in Afghanistan and single-payer health insurance for all.

Levitt co-founded a nonprofit group called Be Your Government that is working with other groups to promote non-corporate-funded candidates like activist author Norman Solomon and LA NORML director Bruce Margolin, both California congressional candidates.

– Read the entire article at Smell The Truth.