We get it. You’re tired of hearing about voting. It’s less than one week before the midterms and the drumbeat leading up to November 6th is deafening. Maybe you’re tuning it out. Maybe you think your vote doesn’t matter. The Green Solution is here to tell you that it does. It was voters like you who turned out to vote for the legalization of recreational cannabis in 2012. Now that we’ve reached the goal of legal adult use cannabis in our state, it’s important that we don’t let our guard down. Cannabis is still federally illegal and, under the wrong leadership, legal adult use in Colorado could be in jeopardy.
That’s why The Green Solution is endorsing State Representative Jared Polis for governor. Polis is not shy about his support for the cannabis industry. A recent mailer (see photo above) focused entirely on his positions regarding our favorite plant. Polis says, “I will stand up for Colorado’s freedom to use cannabis. Our legal cannabis gives money to classrooms, not cartels, and boosts our economy, not our prison population.” His voting record includes:
- Supporting Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana
- Writing the bipartisan bill to end federal marijuana prohibition
- Passing a law to stop the DEA from interfering with our medical marijuana rights
- Leading the fight to legalize hemp and stop the DEA from interfering in legal cannabis
Polis spokesperson Mara Sheldon told Westword, “Jared has always been very outspoken on cannabis. The industry has certainly evolved since the passage of Amendment 64. It’s brought revenue into the state, it’s created jobs – and these are voters. We’re really starting to see a new voter bloc develop.”
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML) endorsed Polis back in June, and the candidate embraced the famed organization’s support. Polis tweeted, “Honored to have the endorsement of @NORML! I’m proud to be the only #COGov candidate who supported the legalization of recreational #marijuana, and I will continue to be an unwavering champion for our thriving #cannabis industry!”
If you’ve never voted before, no worries! The Colorado Secretary of State’s website will tell you all you need to know about registering and voting. It’s simple. You’ll get a sticker and you’ll feel good after you do it.
Remember, get out there and blaze the vote. Together, Jared Polis and the cannabis industry will keep the future green!