Groups throughout California and across the nation to hold news conferences on Tuesday, Oct. 5th, to discuss -- and build -- support for marijuana reform among women
Events coincide with first week of early voting in California
DENVER -- On Tuesday, October 5, women throughout California will hold news conferences at which they will speak out in support of Proposition 19, the California ballot measure that would regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol. Women in cities across the nation -- including moms, grandmothers, young professionals and college students -- will also be participating to show their support for marijuana legalization and announce efforts to begin organizing women in their areas.
The event is being coordinated by the Women's Marijuana Movement -- http://www.WomensMarijuanaMovement.org -- along with local women's organizations and activists nationwide.
"For too long, women's voices have not been heard during the debate over marijuana policy,"
said Eva Enns, coordinator of the Women's Marijuana Movement
. "But women will make the difference in this debate -- and this election -- so it is time for us to take the lead.
The events coincide with the first week of early voting in California, as well as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Women will be highlighting the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol and discussing how alcohol is a major contributing factor to incidents of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other acts of violence, whereas marijuana is not.
"Women from across the state of California and across the nation are standing up tomorrow for more sensible marijuana policies," Enns said. "They are unified in their belief that it is illogical to punish adults who make the rational choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol. They know that alcohol causes more health problems and is far more frequently associated with acts of violence, including date rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse. They are simply fed up with law enforcement officials who know these facts yet embrace and defend laws that literally drive people to drink."
In California, some women will target offices of key law enforcement officials who are opposing Proposition 19, including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, and San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. Women will call on these officials to explain why they would prefer to keep alcohol the only legal intoxicant and prohibit adults from making the safer choice to use marijuana instead. They will also deliver the officials copies of the book, "Marijuana is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink?" (Chelsea Green, 2009).
"We need to advocate for sensible regulations that actually enhance public safety rather than undermine it," Enns said. "We want our young people to be carded before they can purchase marijuana. We want marijuana removed from the criminal market so teens are not exposed to harder drugs if they happen to seek marijuana. And we want our sons and daughters to grow up in a world where they will not be punished if they make the sensible choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol. These are the kinds of issues that led me to join the Women's Marijuana Movement and I am excited to be a part of this important effort."
Event Times, Locations, and Contacts
In front of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's office, 4700 W. Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park
Contact: Cheryl Shuman,
* Women will deliver Sheriff Baca a copy of "Marijuana is Safer" *
In front of of Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Contact: Samantha Talavera, 602-430-1793
Redlands -- University of Redlands
Hunsucker Plaza, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands
Contact: Andrew Bobroff, 410-804-3979
In front of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis's office , 330 W. Broadway, San Diego
Contact: Gretchen Bergman, 619-884-3561
* Women will deliver District Attorney Dumanis a copy of "Marijuana is Safer" *
San Jose -- San Jose State University
Inside the Student Union, 1 Washington Square, San Jose
Contact: Fiza Najeeb, 925-872-2792
Santa Ana (Orange County)
In front of Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens's office, 550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana
Contact: Kandice Hawes, 724-928-9129
* Women will deliver Sheriff Hutchens a copy of "Marijuana is Safer" *
In front of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building , 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver (corner of Colfax & Bannock)
Contact: Eva Enns, 720-620-5931
Colorado Springs -- University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Contact: Polina Reynolds, 719-355-6215
Ft. Lauderdale -- Florida Atlantic University
In front of the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Contact: Sabrina, 56-755-7506
NE corner of Bruce B Downs Blvd. and E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
Contact: Cyndi Hamad, 727-421-7862
In front of The Grove Plaza (Front St. & 8th Street)
Contact: Theresa Knox, Moms for Marijuana, 208-353-7331
Columbia -- University of Missouri
Contact: Devon Slavens, 816-651-6405
Spiva Park in front of The Globe
Contact: Linda Yelvington, 417-499-9055
Liberty Memorial , 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City
Contact: Kelley Wesley, 417-327-9595
NW Corner of the Higgins Street Bridge (near the Wilma Theatre), Missoula
Contact: Heather Masterson, 406-370-0604
27th and O St., Lincoln
Contact: Melanie Marshall, 402-415-7373
72nd and Dodge, Omaha
Contact: Melanie Marshall, 402-415-7373
In front of the New Jersey State House Building, 125 W. State St., Trenton
Contact: Dawb Schiaretti, 609-553-3783
Town Center, Corner of Lake and Broadway, near the police station, courthouse, and Skidmore University
Contact: Kat Dancz, 518-541-2719
Pioneer Square at SW 6th & Broadway
Contact: Jennifer Alexander, 503-839-5969
In front of the Texas Pioneer Woman Monument, Texas State Capitol Grounds , 1100 Congress Ave.
Contact: Cheyanne Weldon, 337-349-9314
College Station -- Texas A&M University
In front of the Sul Ross statue by the Academic Building, Texas A&M University campus
Contact: Pru Reardon, 713-560-2708
In front of the fountain on the east side of Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford St., Fort Worth (corner of Weatherford and Commerce)
Contact: Elizabeth Rodriguez, 817-896-4898
Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney St., Houston
Contact: Anne Webster, 832-693-5800