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Re: [mnNORML] Colorado One step closer!

From: Kurtis W. H.
Sent on: Saturday, January 7, 2012 11:42 AM
I agree Tom! Pat and Bill both expressed interest in putting something together for a training session and maybe also a website/ pamphlet for people that can't attend. Can you guys all talk to one another about putting something together for us? This is definitely not something within my expertise.


On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 10:44 PM, T Gallagher <[address removed]> wrote:
I think that we should consider a precinct caucus training event, sponsored by MN NORML and other supportive groups.  I can train on the DFL, as likely others could as well.  It would be nice to have trainers from other parties as well.
I realize time is short.  I think we should do the best we can with it.  Better to do something.
Tom Gallagher

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM, Common Kurt <[address removed]> wrote:
Can you tell us some more about what exactly we should do at our precinct caucuses if we do go? I agree that getting people to sign petitions with detailed information about themselves is better than us just having them write down their email address for our email list.

Secondly, I think that we should all talk about how we can organize for the upcoming Republican and DFL precinct caucuses. Here's a little bit of info about them... Do you have any suggestions for us bill? Would anyone be willing to be in charge of getting a cohesive plan in place for caucus goers and then help mobilize our members to execute that plan? One Love.


On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM, Bill Hamm <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello Pat;
If you read the petition you will see that we would be petitioning the legislature and the Governor for change. You are correct, we can not petition to the ballot which means we need 6 to 8 times more signatures to be as affective. The main reason to do it here is organizational which was a secondary in Colorado. Only by making our issue known to both parties at the caucus level and by pressuring candidates for support will we win this battle here. This petition is one great tool for giving the public ownership of this effort as well as working to strengthen our effort.
Bill Hamm
P.S. At the end of the first sentence I would also addthe words, "and hemp for our farmers". This gives us an all inclusive effort aimed at dealing with the whole issue in one "bill" rather than multiple piecemeal efforts.

From: Pat Bradley <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, January 5,[masked]:55 PM
Subject: Re: [mnNORML] Colorado One step closer!

Hi Bill,

The problem here is that Minnesota does not have a petition to referendum process as Colorado does.  
Without a mechanism to turn a petition into an outcome (like a CO Ballot question) who or what are we petitioning?
Given that we can't petition for a ballot initiative and must go through the legislature what does a physical petition drive bring to the party that an on-line or email campaign can't accomplish?

Pat Bradley
[address removed]

On Jan 4, 2012, at 6:43 PM, Bill Hamm wrote:

To Randy and all;
The enclosed proposed Petition is a draft form for discussion. 
Bill Hamm

From: Randy Quast <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:23 AM
Subject: [mnNORML] Colorado One step closer!

The signature drive is over!

Today, the campaign will submit nearly 160,000 total signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State in support of the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act.  Only about 86,000 valid signatures are needed to qualify for the 2012 ballot, all but guaranteeing Coloradans will vote on whether to end marijuana prohibition this November.
Finishing the petition drive is a huge accomplishment and we couldn't have done it without the roughly 500 volunteers and more than 150 businesses that signed on to help collect signatures.  This is not to mention the support of thousands of people throughout Colorado and around the nation.  There is still a lot of work to be done, though, so we are going to need as much help as possible over the next 10 months. 
We will soon be reaching out to everyone who has signed up to volunteer for the campaign to let you know how you can start taking action.  If you would like to get involved but have yet to sign up as a volunteer, CLICK HERE to do so today!
To celebrate the end of the signature drive and and recognize those who helped make it possible, the campaign is throwing a party TONIGHT, January 4th, from 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Industry Lounge in Denver (2046 Arapahoe St.).  Along with a hearty supply of pizza and drinks, the event will feature an update on the campaign and awards for some of the volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty.  All supporters are invited to attend for a donation of $10, but as a token of our appreciation, admission is FREE for anyone who volunteered on the petition drive.

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