Arizona voters are receiving a phone message from Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, encouraging them to “vote for taxing and regulating marijuana by voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 205.” The full message can be heard in a video available below and at https://youtu.be/nQey4RzF-og.
“Whether someone uses marijuana or not,” she says, “we probably all prefer for law enforcement to spend their time preventing and investigating serious crimes rather than marijuana offenses. Also, regulating marijuana will take it out of the hands of criminals and instead generate jobs and tax revenues.”
Sarandon is not the first celebrity to voice her support for Prop. 205. Earlier this month, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) aired a television ad featuring Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon during a Thursday Night Football match-up between two of his former teams, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.
“Ms. Sarandon is one of the most widely recognized and well-respected actresses in the nation,” said CRMLA Chairman J.P. Holyoak. “She has been an outspoken advocate for social justice and sensible criminal justice reform, and we are proud to have her support. Like most Arizonans, she does not think adults should be slapped with felonies simply for consuming a substance that is less harmful than alcohol.”
In 2013, Sarandon told The Huffington Post, “It’s ridiculous that we continue to incarcerate anyone for using a substance that actually causes far less damage than alcohol. No one goes out looking for fights on marijuana. No one dies from marijuana intoxication. And no one should be jailed for possessing marijuana.”