Build a marijuana legalization mass movement

Probably one of the biggest untapped social networks in this country could be found in the connections between people who use illicit drugs and the people who supply it to them. Most people who smoke pot have one guy who gets them what they want, and typically this person deals with a larger network of customers. Those people have upstream suppliers or grow-ops and the chain goes up and down… blah blah blah, I’m sure you get the point.

Anyways, I am betting that there is at least one smart drug dealer out there who is stapling some form of propaganda on their goods, for whatever reason. Can you imagine how many likes the Just Say Now facebook campaign would have if only a small percentage of web-savvy marijuana industrialists in some major cities decided to act out against the state’s criminalization of their business in a rather novel fashion? Just Say Now is the most recent group out there and it has over 11,000 likes already since August, but don’t forget about NORML, which has 210,000 but has a more established (read, lumbersome) organization. Really, anyone is free to co-opt this and just have fun with it.

I know I’m going to let my dealer know about the magic of staples.

15 Comments
  1. While I like the idea, I can see it being a tough one. I live in California where we have medical marijuana (which I have a Dr recommendation for) and when I ask the dispenseries that I frequent about their position on prop 19, most say to vote No claiming that it will be worse since it changes the details on the amount of marijuana one can grow and limit the potency. I’ve read the prop and it says nothing of potency, and changes growing amounts from 12 plants to a certain square foot area. Hopefully we can clear up a lot of the misinfo out there for prop 19 in CA as well as everywhere else.

      1. Probably a lot of them. If anyone can grow, sell or buy pot without a medical card, that takes the dispensaries out of the game. Why would they want that?

      2. I’m in Sacramento, and am a “regular” at 4 different dispensaries. 3 of those 4 tell me to vote No. I’ve talked to two of the “No’s” about it pretty extensively, but they still hold the position. One even had a sign inside about voting No.

        Ick… it disgusts me.

  2. A lot of dealers are against legalization. Prohibition makes marijuana and other substances much, much more profitable than they would be otherwise.

    While you might have some limited success with this idea on a small scale, if it goes higher up the supply chain, you will get a definite order to quash that shit.

    Besides the fact that legalization would cost them a lot of money or take them out of the game completely, the bosses are really not going to like anything that attracts extra police attention…and cops make a lot of their money off prohibition and prohibition-related extortion and bribes, so you know they will fuck with some people just because of the brochures. That’s not what dealers up the chain consider smart business.

    Furthermore, they will probably crack down on your ass harder than the cops will just so they get to you before the police. As you probably know, suppliers get taken out when people in their organizations get popped and flipped into being informants. So anything that brings extra heat on a given organization is something that no supplier can tolerate.

      1. Like I said, it might work on a very small scale. But even if your ethical dealers put politics ahead of profits and are willing to take extra risk without extra profit, they will not be allowed to do so if they are hooked up to a large supply chain and their higher ups get wind of what they are up to.

        Those guys don’t get to be where they are by allowing unnecessary extra risks to jeopardize their operations. I explained why it would attract police attention. That means extra risk. And the payoff? If the legalization advocacy achieved its goal, this would take these bosses out of a very lucrative business. However, that is probably not going to be their primary concern as they will not see it as an immediate or realistic threat, but the likelihood that it will create low level busts which will lead to informants infesting their organization is what will make it a no go.

        So, at best, you may have some luck with small scale, independent dealers. Not supply chains.

        1. I’m sure there are good, liberty-loving people in distribution too. Marc Emery springs to mind. Don’t be a downer bro, the negativity doesn’t accomplish jack shit.

          Game face.

  3. I’m sure there are good, liberty-loving people in distribution too. Marc Emery springs to mind.

    Marc Emery ran a business that was completely legal where he lived. That’s a lot different than an “illegal” marijuana supply chain. Even so, he got fucked with and will be doing hard prison time in a foreign country, whereas numerous other people in the seed business overseas are not being fucked with, precisely because of his political activities, and the fed fuckers have even admitted it. When you are talking about building mass movements, you have to think about what masses of people are willing to do.

    Don’t be a downer, negativity doesn’t accomplish jack shit.

    I’m just trying to be realistic, but if you’d rather have a cheerleader….here you go:

        1. Some people want be a voice in the liberty movement through anonymous, surreptitious ways… And I guess some people will smoke up and do a funny dance that gets a bazillion pageviews. Anything is possible.

          Which one freaks out the establishment more?

  4. Paulie already hit my objections to this idea.

    Don’t take it as a discouragement though… liberty always needs people brainstorming for it. Not all ideas will be good ones, but many of them will.

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