Michael Whitney

About Me:
My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.
About Me:
My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.

Do You Know Where to Vote?

By: Monday November 1, 2010 2:36 pm

Now you do. Election Day is tomorrow, folks. Find out where your polling place is in the map below. Then, sign up to help make calls to California voters for Prop 19.

Democratic Party of Oregon Endorses Measure 74, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By: Monday October 4, 2010 3:47 pm

Good news for Oregon’s Measure 74, a ballot initiative that will regulate medical marijuana supplies in the state: the Democratic Party of Oregon gave its endorsement to the medical marijuana measure. This is big news for Measure 74, which if passed, would create nonprofit clinics like pharmacies to supply marijuana to patients. While Oregon has had medical marijuana since 1998, patients have had to either grow their own or have someone else grow for them. With Measure 74, patients with have better, safer access to medical marijuana in a regulated system.

Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote in Arizona

By: Monday October 4, 2010 11:38 am

Attention Arizona: today is your last chance to register to vote if you want to help pass Prop 203 and bring medical marijuana to your state. As of 11:59pm tonight, if you’re not registered to vote at your current address, you can’t vote on November 2. Click here to register to vote online in Arizona.

Arizona’s Prop 203: Pledge to Vote for Medical Marijuana

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 6:11 pm

Arizonans will vote on Proposition 203, which if passed would bring medical marijuana to Arizona. This year could be the year Arizona patients finally have safe access to medical marijuana. Prop 203 is up in the polls, but opposition is starting to pop up. In addition to the Arizona Cardinals NFL team donating $10,000 to get between cancer patients and their doctors, Sheriff Joe Arpaio came out against Prop 203.

It’s critical that we secure as many votes as we can for Prop 203. If you’re an Arizona voter, can you please pledge to vote for Prop 203?

Pledge to vote Yes on Prop 203 and help bring medical marijuana to Arizona.

Ex-Drug Czar Bill Bennett: Showtime’s “Weeds” is “Damaging,” Jonas Brothers Should Fight Prop 19

By: Friday September 24, 2010 1:01 pm

America’s first Drug Czar and conservative commentator Bill Bennett penned an op-ed for in which he suggests that Showtime’s series “Weeds” is “damaging,” and “would never be aired” if “our country was making a serious assault on drug abuse.” But Bennett’s crazy doesn’t stop there. He co-authored the piece with Alexandra Datig, a business, political campaign, and real estate consultant, recovering addict, and Prop 19 opponent whose website,, suggests that legalizing marijuana is “un-American,” puts “our national security at risk” and compares legalization to 9/11.

Live: Just Say Now Broadcasts UC Berkeley Debate on Prop 19

By: Wednesday September 22, 2010 9:55 pm

At 7pm PDT tonight, students from UC Berkeley will debate Proposition 19, California’s initiative to legalize marijuana. Thanks to Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Just Say Now is able to livestream the debate from UC Berkeley’s campus. Check out our new Just Say Now: Live! page to watch the debate live.

Prop 19: Cops, Law Enforcement Support Marijuana Legalization

By: Wednesday September 15, 2010 11:24 am

In just the last several days, dozens of police officers, prosecutors, and other law enforcement officials have joined forces to endorse California’s Prop 19 to legalize marijuana. Led by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the mostly former officials say that marijuana prohibition only fuels more dangerous crime by enriching Mexican drug cartels who put guns on American streets.

Prop 19: National Black Police Association Endorses Marijuana Legalization

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 4:29 pm

Great news from our friends at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: the National Black Police Association, a 38-year-old advocacy group for African American law enforcement professionals, has endorsed Prop 19, California’s marijuana legalization initiative.

No on Prop 19 Photoshops Joints into Photos of Cop, Judge

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 8:32 am

The No on Prop 19 campaign – those wonderful folks protecting marijuana prohibition – have stooped to attacking cops, judges, doctors, and teachers on the campaign’s official website.

In a landing page from an online ad, the No on Prop 19 campaign photoshopped burning joints into the mouths of 5 people from stock photos dressed as a doctor, teacher, judge, police officer, and a young woman.

Does the No on Prop 19 campaign trust our public guardians so little, it thinks all that’s stopping police, judges, doctors, and teachers from going to work with a joint is ending marijuana prohibition?

NN10 Liveblog: Marijuana Policy and Politics

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 4:52 pm

As part of today’s 3-way FDL liveblog from Vegas, I’m covering the Marijuana Policy and Politics panel with FDL’s own Jon Walker. Here’s some background on the panel and panelists:

Marijuana Policy and Politics
SAT, 07/24/2010 – 1:45PM, Miranda 3-4
With a wave of populist energy upending the old political coalitions, bloggers have a leading role to play in redefining the political playing field. One of the openings is drug policy, with marijuana policy in the lead, pulling together the libertarian elements of the Tea Party movement, small-government conservatives and progressives. Medical marijuana is now legal in 14 states, and several more are considering taxing and regulating marijuana for non-medical use. Ballot measures are being considered in several states for 2010 and 2012. By embracing marijuana as a serious issue to be addressed in the context of a broader populist movement, bloggers can help to take it out of the policy and political ghetto where it normally resides and could make genuine progress.

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