A pro-marijuana legalization Democratic club has been commissioned by the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee to support marijuana-friendly candidates and work toward full legalization of the drug by 2016.
The “Brownie Mary Democratic Club” is the first such club in the East Bay. According to the Bay Area News Group’s Political Blotter, the club’s members are already walking precincts, endorsing candidates, and taking policy positions on Proposition 46 (no) and Proposition 47 (yes).
“The Brownie Mary Club will help bridge the cannabis community throughout Alameda County and educate our elected and future elected with cannabis reform issues,” Club chairwoman Denise Martellaci said in a statement.
“Our Brownie Mary members are representatives from a wide spectrum and will demonstrate to the Democratic community our seriousness and abilities to meet our 2016 goal of full marijuana legalization for adults in the state of California.”
According to the Political Blotter, the group’s members include county Democratic chairwoman Robin Torello, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, county committeewoman Ginny DeMartini, and vice-chair Rick Trullinger.
A number of pro-marijuana organizations are also involved with the Democratic Club, including California NORML, the Drug Policy Alliance, and the California Cannabis Industry Association.
The group reportedly takes its name from marijuana activist “Brownie Mary” Rathbun, who worked on marijuana advocacy issues in San Francisco prior to 1996’s landmark Proposition 215.
The Brownie Mary Democratic Club joins five other counties with Democratic marijuana reform groups. Riverside, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Francisco are all home to similar clubs.