Dear Friend:

We here at the Marijuana Policy Project are supposedly being funded by
Colombian drug cartels -- or at least that is what the opponents of
our Nevada ballot initiative would have you believe.

Our privately funded polling shows that Nevada voters are split 50/50
on our ballot initiative ... which might explain why Nevada police,
prosecutors, and the state Board of Health are thrashing about ... and
lying ... saying anything they can to scare voters away from passing
the first law to end marijuana prohibition in the history of the
nation.

We absolutely must get our message to the voters to combat our
opponents' lies, and the only cost-effective way to do this is on TV.
It costs only one penny to show one TV ad to each Nevada voter one
time. Would you please visit http://www.NRLE.org to donate $10 or more
to our TV ad campaign?

This campaign has been getting ugly, and the face of our opposition
shows that it will only get uglier. Check out the beginning of this
article from yesterday's Las Vegas Sun, the third-largest newspaper in
Nevada:

"A chief deputy district attorney in Clark County has suggested
a drug cartel is behind the effort to legalize possession of up
to 3 ounces of marijuana in Nevada.

But a spokesman who is pushing approval of the constitutional
amendment called the statement of prosecutor Gary Booker "an
outright lie, slanderous and libelous."

Billy Rogers, spokesman for Nevadans for Responsible Law
Enforcement, said Booker "ought to have his mouth washed out
with soap."

Booker and more than 15 other witnesses appeared before the
state Board of Health Friday to urge its opposition to
Question 9 on the November ballot. The board agreed, saying the
legalization of marijuana was a "clear and present danger to the
public safety and health" of Nevada.

The witnesses included a Las Vegas mother whose son is in prison
for committing murder while under the influence of marijuana and
cocaine, a mother who said her baby almost died from second-hand
marijuana smoke and a former user who said he hallucinated on
the drug.

Rogers, who represents the group that gathered the signatures
that put the question on the ballot, was not invited to testify.

Board chairman Dr. Joey Villaflor said the legalization would
lead to more young children using the drug and would increase
traffic accidents and domestic violence cases. He said because
of impurities, marijuana would be a 'health hazard" and increase
the problems of those who suffered from chronic lung illnesses.

Booker, chief of the Clark County district attorney's Vehicular
Crimes Unit, suggested the marijuana campaign was tied to people
connected with organized crime -- "In a word 'cartel'."

When our opponents were pressed to cite the source for their claim,
they pointed to a publication by Lyndon LaRouche, the discredited
perennial presidential candidate who spent five years in prison for
fundraising irregularities. In an attempt to defend themselves, our
opponents lamely claimed they believe LaRouche's accusations because
MPP has not sued him yet (as if we even read his newsletter). Of
course, our opponents have it all backwards: Drug cartels support
prohibition -- and oppose regulation -- because a legally regulated
market would put them out of business.

http://www.NRLE.org/news/lvs100702.html ,
http://www.NRLE.org/news/lvrj100802.html , and
http://www.NRLE.org/news/lvrj100802-2.html for the story.)