#428 Marijuana Activists Urge National Boycott Of Starbucks

Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:48:53 -0800
Subject: #428 Marijuana Activists Urge National Boycott Of Starbucks

MARIJUANA ACTIVISTS URGE NATIONAL BOYCOTT OF STARBUCKS

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Update from SAFER, Monday Jan 25, 2010:

“SAFER and supporters of marijuana policy reform have won Round 1
in the fight against the Arrest and Prosecution Industry and the
companies that sponsor their efforts to keep marijuana illegal . . .
SAFER is no longer calling for a nationwide boycott
of Starbucks or these other companies.”

You can read SAFER’s complete statement at http://mapinc.org/url/uqHsjhDw

This is from Chris Gyrgiel, Jan 23:

Starbucks officials said the effort is misguided. The company does not provide financial support to the Colorado law enforcement group, Starbucks said in a statement.

“This organization is apparently targeting us because a local law enforcement organization in Colorado posted our logo on their Web site. Starbucks has not taken a position on their issue,” the statement said. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women of local law enforcement. However, we have not sponsored this particular organization through our foundation. It is up to the discretion of our local teams to support those groups that are relevant in their neighborhoods. Our stores often support organizations in their community by donating coffee for their events.”

The Colorado Drug Investigators Association Web site, which apparently listed other national and Colorado companies besides Starbucks as backers, is no longer working.


Continues: http://www.kval.com/news/national/82516892.html


DrugSense FOCUS Alert #428 – Saturday, 23 January 2010

Mason Tvert and SAFER Colorado this week called for a boycott of
Starbucks and other sponsors of the Colorado Drug Investigators
Association (CDIA), after the coffee franchise was listed as a sponsor
of the rabidly prohibitionist police association on their web site.

Writes SAFER, “the Colorado Drug Investigators Association (CDIA), the
group spearheading anti-marijuana lobbying efforts, is sponsored by
several local and national businesses including Starbucks Coffee,
Glock handguns, and — you guessed it — members of the alcohol
industry! This might seem a bit odd, but when you consider the fact
that their Web site and merchandise features the grim reaper and
military helicopters, a skull motif, and the slogan, ‘Death on Drugs,’
it all makes a little more sense. These guys are not out to protect
people; they’re out to fight a literal war on marijuana . . .

“It’s no surprise that the Arrest and Prosecution Industry is
determined to maintain the war on marijuana. But Starbucks and other
companies’ funding of this war should strike any marijuana consumer or
reform supporter as truly appalling. It’s time to stand up and send
them all a message.”

The report, below, is just one about this story now circulating in the
blogosphere. By using MAP’s newsbot http://drugnewsbot.org
http://drugnewsbot.org?concept=safer_colorado you can follow the news
about the Mason Tvert and Starbucks boycott, as it breaks.

SAFER Colorado has put up a page suggesting some ways you can
immediately take action http://www.saferchoice.org/content/view/995/9/

Writing letters to the editor to newspapers about the vested interests
many have in maintaining marijuana prohibition can help advance the
issue. Contacts for newspapers may be found at http://mapinc.org/media.htm

Updated facts on marijuana you may wish to use are at
http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/node/53

Articles and opinion items about Mason Tvert updated hourly may be
found at http://drugnewsbot.org/topic/safer_colorado.htm

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Pubdate: Fri Jan 22nd, 2010
Source: Indybay.org
Webpage: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/01/22/18635964.php

Today, Mason Tvert, founder of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable
Recreation), called for a boycott of Starbucks, saying the coffee
chain supported the Colorado Drug Investigators Association, a
lobbying group that has opposed to medical marijuana.

The CDIA, which listed Starbucks as a sponsor on its website alongside
such vendors as Glock handguns and Point Blank Body Armor, is a group
that is seeking to overturn Colorado’s constitutional amendment
allowing cannabis for medical use.

Oddly, Tvert says, the CDIA’s website was curiously taken down an hour
before his noon appearance at the 300 East 6th Avenue Starbucks
branch. But SAFER outreach director Eva Enns called it “totally
metal.” According to her, the site featured skull-and-crossbones
graphics and a grim reaper rappelling from a helicopter declaring
“Death on Drugs.”

“Law enforcement is an industry like any other, and the
decriminalization of marijuana threatens part of that industry,” Tvert
says, adding that regulation of marijuana poses a conflict of interest
for drug enforcement agencies.

On one hand, marijuana dispensaries keep some of the drug trade out of
the hands of organized traffickers, ultimately reducing crime
(something you might think law enforcement would support). On the
other, that reduction in crime takes jobs away from those enforcement
agencies. “Law enforcement groups are not motivated by maintaining
public safety or developing a workable system of medical marijuana
regulation,” Tvert adds. “They are motivated by one thing — job
security.”

Tvert hopes to spread awareness among consumers that don’t realize
Starbucks helps fund the CDIA’s efforts. He believes that by
pressuring Starbucks (and other national corporations such as
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and Embassy Suites)
through consumer backlash, he can help impede the CDIA’s efforts to
abolish dispensaries and wage war on marijuana.

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Prepared by: Doug Snead * MAP Editor http://www.mapinc.org * International
Drug Policy Analyst * http://www.drugnewsbot.org

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