I keep thinking about this great scene in the baseball film Bull Durham where Tim Robbins is giving an interview to a reporter and it goes like this: A good friend of mine used to say, “This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”
Today was the deadline to submit 623,212 valid signatures to the state of California to qualify for the November 2020 ballot and we never made it even close to that count because of COVID-19.
As of yet we have not received a single indication that the California government will allow for an extension or electronic signatures.
As of March 25, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has 454,398 confirmed cases and 20,550 deaths worldwide.
Of the 61,167 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, 2,660 are in California including 58 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Therefore, we, the Proponents of the California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative (19-0027A1), the Cannabis Hemp Heritage Act (19-0011), the California Initiative, Referendum and Recall Act (19-0009), and Allows for Jury Trials in Child-Custody and Dependent-Child Determinations Initiative Statute (19-0033) hereby request the Governor and/or the California State Legislature implement emergency legislation to authorize the collection of electronic signatures for statewide initiatives during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This request concerns not only our own initiative but all other initiatives actively collecting signatures.
We had just passed a 1,000 volunteers and were just shy of 25% of the number of signatures needed with an excellent ramp up to completion when the pandemic hit the state of California.
Originally this campaign was built off of in person meetings, cultivation classes, collecting signatures at farmers markets, music events, comedy shows, colleges, as well as brick and mortars.
Obviously that’s not going to work anymore and we are drastically altering our campaign strategy to adapt.
Here is the final language that was submitted to the state after the 30 day public comment period was completed.
We will begin collecting signatures roughly 2 weeks after we get the Title and Summary and Fiscal Impact report from the Attorney General.
We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Beckley Foundation, a leading non-profit organization set up by Amanda Feilding in 1998 to initiate and carry out pioneering research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, such as psilocybin, and to create a scientific evidence base for global drug policy reform.
Collaborating with leading scientific institutions worldwide, including Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins University, the Foundation has been responsible for some of the greatest breakthroughs in psychedelic science, including pioneering brain imaging studies on LSD, psilocybin, DMT, and MDMA, as well as clinical trials into psilocybin for depression and addiction, and more recently, laboratory-based research into the potential benefits of microdosing.
We have a busy collection of events this week.
Thursday at 7 PM in Ventura there is a Team Meeting at Fluid State Beer Garden.
Friday at 4 PM in San Francisco there is a Decriminalization panel at New West Summit.
Saturday at 6 PM in Monterey there is a Screening of Fantastic Fungi at the Osio Theater.
Sunday at 4:45 PM there is a screening of Dosed in Santa Cruz at DNA’s Comedy Lab.
This morning at 6 am we drove from Hollywood to Sacramento to drop off the language and $2,000 in cash with the Attorney General’s Initiative Coordinator to request a formal Title and Summary.
If all goes well in less than 65 days we will begin collecting signatures.
Alex and Donnell talk with Ryan Munevar about decriminalizing mushrooms at a state-wide level. Munevar tells us about the origins of the California Psilocybin Decriminalization and Research Initiative 2020, how he approaches such a massive endeavor, why he prefers decriminalization over legalization.
Decriminalize California is proud to begin teaching a series of classes around the state on various mushroom cultivation techniques.
The first class will be taught by the Campaign Director Ryan Munevar.
Location: Thymle Arts at 5481 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
There will be NO psychedelic mushrooms, spores, or spore prints on site.
This is strictly a class on how to grow your own when it is decriminalized.
We are now 200 volunteers strong, 500 days out from the November 2020 election, and 90 days out from 9/20 the Global Magic Mushroom Day.
To help get the word out about 9/20 and promote the campaign we are going to throw a little art show. For the art that is submitted and sold 10% of the sale will go to the gallery, 45% will go to the artist, and 45% will go to the campaign.
There will also be a Blacklight Body Paint Shoot leading up to the show that’s going to be pretty wild.
It has been a wild time since Denver won and we learned quite a few things in the process.
Focus on volunteers, fundraising, and influencers.
Decriminalize California is now 150+ volunteers strong and we are 524 days out from the November 2020 election.
In order to cover all the key areas, we are turning on the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego Team meetings in June.
We selected those areas primarily because of their massive voter populations and strategic locations.
Check out the California Campaign Math spreadsheet for a combination of voter turnout from the last gubernatorial election and the voter party registrations as of October 2018.
On Friday, May 3, 2019, at 4:20 pm(Colorado Time) we officially submitted our open source draft of the language and the signature sheets of 25 registered voters to the California State Legislature Office requesting assistance to complete the drafting of the 2020 California Psilocybin Decriminalization and Research Initiative.
The next stage should take a few weeks of back and forth with the Legislature Office before it’s ready to submit with a check for $2,000 to get the Title and Summary from the State.
To be clear, this is not a Prop 64 Legalization Model, this is not a taxation/permitting initiative, this is not hyper over-regulation.
This is a Decriminalization Initiative designed to protect people from prosecution and to allow small cultivators to establish themselves without fear of persecution and asset seizures.
In other news, we have been helping out Decriminalize Denver with the final push for their historic vote on May 7th, 2019.
Because of the heroic effort of Kevin Matthews and his volunteer team, this is where the first battle for Decriminalizing Psychedelic Mushrooms will be won.
My name is Ryan Munevar and I am the Campaign Manager for Decriminalize California and together we are going to try to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms by submitting a citizens initiative to be placed on the ballot for November 3, 2020 elections.
As of today’s Newsletter, that is approximately 573 days from now and though it may seem like a lot of time it is not.