2014 Midterms

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2014 Midterms

Unread postby Brenden » 6 June 2014, 23:58

The 2014 midterm elections are on the 4th of November, and the primaries for it are throughout the summer.

I just got my primary ballot in in my email. My congressman, Mike Rogers (R, MI-8), is retiring this year, so the field is wide open. There are four Democrats, two Republicans, and (at the moment) one independent running for Michigan's 8th.

I've decided I'll be voting for Jeffrey Hank in the Democratic primary. I was convinced when I read this on his website:
Jeffrey Hank wrote:I have been a leader on reforming the failed war on drugs. The war on drugs is a war on people and a war on the Constitution. These perhaps well-intentioned but poorly designed policies have lead to the evisceration of our constitutional rights; the highest incarceration rate on the planet; global and local violence and financing for terrorism and criminal mafias; political corruption; and an increasingly militarized domestic police force that leads to conflict between citizens and the police who are to protect and serve.

In 2013, I lead the historic repeal of cannabis prohibition in Lansing, Michigan, that removed legal penalties and prohibited local government from taking any action against adults over the age of 21 who used, possessed, or transferred an ounce or less of cannabis on private property. The voters approved the city charter amendment through a ballot initiative with over 6,000 people signing petitions to end the war in Lansing.

I have consistently advocated for the rights of medical marijuana patients, including the right to cultivate and transfer medicinal herb, and even to exercise the right to bear arms. In 2012, I spoke out against the war on drugs on the steps of the Michigan Capitol and fired up 10,000 protestors with rallying cries of "Freeeeeeddooooommmm!!!!!" and demanded that Governor Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette, and President Obama not deny us our God-given rights.

I support the end of cannabis prohibition and establishing a prudent regulation and taxation system of cannabis.

I support the re-legalizaiton of industrial hemp, so that our fields don't lay fallow, so that our scientists and engineers can experiment with an amazing plant, and so that our farmers can once again grow a natural plant.

I support the release of all non-violent drug offenders from prisons and jails, across America.

I support the end to any infringement on the right to bear arms or the right to vote as a result of a drug conviction.

I support the rights of indigenous humans to use plants and their derivatives as spiritual sacraments.

I support amending international treaties to decriminalize drugs with a focus on public health and mitigating the negative consequences of drug use and addiction with health professionals, not the criminal justice system.




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Re: 2014 Midterms

Unread postby Descuff » 7 June 2014, 06:12

It's that time of the bi-year again? If all goes to plan, this will be the first election I'm voting in. I'll tune back in with my candidates.
I wonder how many people know this is down here
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Re: 2014 Midterms

Unread postby Ericb91 » 7 June 2014, 23:11

I'll stop following politics for the next two years if the GOP takes the senate. The mess we have today is enough to make me cry.
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