As voters begin receiving their voter pamphlets and as voter registration closes, the Yes on 80 campaign is bringing the soon-to-be-released social documentary, Legalize It, and its filmmaker, Dan Katzir, to Oregon for a series of screenings and private events.
Legalize It is an inspiring journey demonstrating that even those without wealth and political connection can bend the arc toward greater social justice.
The public screenings give Oregonians a special opportunity to preview the documentary, which follows the Proposition 19 campaign in California that, in 2010, transformed a fringe social issue into a mainstream political topic and set the stage for marijuana-policy reform efforts in 2012 in Oregon, Colorado and Washington.
"Regardless how you feel about marijuana, prohibition as a policy has failed," said director Dan Katzir, whose films have won 22 international awards. "We followed what began as a seemingly tiny, hopeless campaign in Oakland, California and witnessed it opening hearts and minds the world over to the devastating social injustice involved in the American marijuana policy."
With showings October 18-21 at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Mt. Hood Community College and Oregon State University, Oregonians will have the opportunity to speak directly with the filmmaker, as well as with a star from the film and representatives from the Measure 80 campaign to discuss prior efforts in California and the need and opportunity to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Oregon.
October 18th 3-6 pm: Oregon State University, Snow Building, International Forum
October 19th 3-6 pm: Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 Southeast Stark Street, Room #22
October 20th 1-4 pm: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, Portland - Special Admission $5
Prop 19 was the first marijuana-legalization ballot initiative to garner support across the political spectrum. Proponents included the California Council of Churches, the NAACP, labor unions (UFCW and SEIU), the ACLU, Fox News(!), Glenn Beck(!), Bill Maher, Ron Paul, the Latino Voters League, and the retired police officers and judges of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) -- notably Judge Jim Gray, the Libertarian Party's candidate for Vice President of the United States.
Similarly, Oregon's Measure 80 has secured support from past and present Oregon civic leaders like Rep. Peter Buckley and Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, the UFCW, the NAACP, law-enforcement organizations like LEAP, including Judge Jim Gray, GOP State Senate candidate Cliff Hutchison, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Oregon.
To learn more about the opportunity Oregon has to repeal marijuana prohibition, regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older, and re-introduce agricultural hemp into Oregon's sustainable economy, visit www.Vote80.org.