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Opinion: Today is election day, vote for marijuana, it can only help

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The polls open at at 7 a.m. today and they will close at 7 p.m.; most will not vote.

Very few people decide an election, especially in a non-presidential election year. Most people feel like their vote doesn’t matter, and that is what allows so few people to essentially rule this country.

If you want to feel like you’ve done something, want to feel good about yourself, get to the voting booth and pull the lever for the issue of marijuana.

It’s something the majority agrees with. Hardly anyone wants to see someone in jail or have their life ruined by the judicial system because they possessed a non-toxic plant. Help change these laws either by voting for ballot initiatives, if you’re so lucky to live in such a state, or by voting for politicians who support make the laws better.

Today the states of Alaska, California, Florida, and Oregon, along with our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. will vote on either full legalization or medical marijuana.

Elsewhere there will be plenty of candidates to vote for who support changing marijuana laws. If you live in Texas, there’s always the handy Texas NORML Voter’s Guide. If you live in another state, a quick search on the internet should lead you to some basic information about candidates in your area.

So go vote today. Some of these measures will pass, some of these people will get elected. Others may fail, but only if the people who support changing the law don’t show up. If you go vote and they lose, there’s no harm and you did a good deed. However if they win, you’ve just contributed to making the world a better place.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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