Over the last few years, a small group of friends decided that it was time to do something about the sad state of marijuana politics in the United States. Millions of Americans admit to using cannabis, and still it remains illegal. Laws can be changed, but it can be difficult to get someone to stand for something when he or she is threatened with arrest, jail time, loss of ability to receive student loans, and many other punishments. With more than 800,000 arrested on marijuana charges last year alone, we felt the need to find a way for those who live in fear of fear of prosecution to voice their support in favor of legalization.
The 1400 lighters collected, and the 964 on display here are the voices of those disenfranchised citizens. We stand united in the belief that marijuana should be decriminalized, regulated, and taxed. We believe the time to take a stand is now, and there is something you can do. Californians will vote on legalization, and Washington should too. Sign the petition for Washington Initiative 1068, or call someone you know in Washington and tell them to do so. If you live in Idaho, call Tom Trail, and tell him you support his bill for medical marijuana in Idaho, and that you would like it expanded even further. Use your voice, your signature, and your vote to tell our government: These rules are absurd, and they need to change. It is the only way.