SAM Action Announces New State Partnerships
More than $300,000 Raised So Far to Defeat Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiatives
[ALEXANDRIA, VA] – With marijuana legalization ballot initiatives in five states, SAM Action, the 501 c-4 sister organization to Smart Approaches to Marijuana, announces partnerships with the Coalition for Responsible Drug Policies (California), Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, Mainers for Healthy Youth, and Nevadans for Responsible Drug Policy.
The focus of each of these state campaigns is to stop the legalization and commercialization of marijuana. To that end, SAM Action has raised more than $300,000 so far to spend on fighting the initiatives.
“The marijuana industry wants to get richer after this November election cycle, so they have written ballot initiatives that allow for thousands of shops selling pot candy, gummy bears and other addictive products in communities around the country,” said Kevin Sabet, president of SAM Action. “Between now and November, SAM Action and our state partners will ensure that the public is well informed about why a corporate cannabis free-for-all is bad for neighborhoods across the country.”
Many of the marijuana ballot initiatives that voters will consider this November contain strongly pro-industry provisions such as:
- Blocking effective regulation of sales and advertising of pot candies, edibles, and other kid-friendly pot products;
- Packing state regulatory bodies with marijuana industry representatives – stacking the deck so that there are few regulations to ensure public health and safety;
- Protecting stoned drivers from prosecution;
- Preventing employers from disciplining or firing employees who use marijuana, and restrict the use of pre-employment drug testing; and
- Permitting convicted heroin and methamphetamine dealers to operate marijuana businesses.