San Diego — Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), announced plans today to mobilize student voters in support of Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. SSDP, the nation's largest student drug policy group with over 150 chapters nationwide, will rally an army of student canvassers at its regional conference to be held at San Francisco State University October 16-17. Many events have been scheduled between now and the election on campuses up and down the state. With a massive fire truck touring California, the students will 'Sound the Alarm to Vote Yes on Prop 19.'
"Young voters are the primary victims of the drug war and logically the largest group of supporters of Prop 19," says Aaron Houston, SSDP's Executive Director. "We plan to register thousands of students in the next 10 days and help many first time voters develop plans for Election Day. Meshing good old fashioned one-on-one on college campuses with mobile alert technology sums up our strategy to turnout young voters," adds Houston.
SSDP already planned a massive canvass in Northern California months ago, but last week the group received a surprise $75,000 dollar donation from David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and another $25,000 from Capitol Hemp Clothing and Accessories. "We are ramping up our outreach to even more students thanks to the surprise support," says Houston.
Dr. Bronner's is providing the company's promotional fire truck to 'sound the alarm' on college campuses across California before November's election. A California based company, Dr. Bronner's buys 20 tons of hemp oil for their soaps from Canada each year. For ten years the Bronner family has financially supported bringing back non-drug industrial hemp farming in the U.S. as an environmentally sustainable crop that can be made into a wide variety of products including food, cosmetics, clothing, building materials and much more. Traditionally Dr. Bronner's has publicly supported 'hemp only' advocates; however Mr. Bronner is now publicly calling for the end of cannabis prohibition entirely in light of the bloody conflict being fueled in neighboring Mexico and the enormous waste of California taxpayer and police resources in the current budget crisis.
Mr. Bronner stated: "I'm calling up businesses like ours that I know are socially and environmentally conscious with a simple message, 'Just Say Now, now is the time to step up support.' Prop 19 will free up police for fighting real crimes and stop renegade cannabis cultivation by gangs that are destroying our national parks. Cannabis prohibition, not the herb itself, has been ruining productive and upstanding citizens' lives with courts and jails for decades."