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U.S. Marijuana Party Candidate Switches to Independent for 2014 U.S. Congress Campaign
Cris Ericson, perennial marijuana legalization candidate in Vermont, just lost another election season as a candidate for Governor and for U.S. Senator for Vermont 2012. She bought a new domain after the sad election results were in, http://indyVT.com and might retire her old domain http://usmjp.com because despite ten years (2002 - 2012) of campaigning to legalize marijuana in Vermont, voters stubbornly chose independent or Democrat candidates over the "real thing", Cris Ericson, the "real" marijuana legalization candidate.
Voters in Burlington, Vermont voted in favor of a non-binding referendum to support the legalization and taxation of all cannabis and hemp products. But, although Burlington is the largest city in Vermont, that does not make marijuana legal statewide in Vermont.
Cris Ericson has been on the official election ballot statewide in Vermont 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 and has lost every election because she is blunt and honest about making marijuana legal. She does not use words like "cannabis". She talks the bold truth and says what she means, "make marijuana legal". She has never been elected.
She might retire her old domain, http://usmjp.com USMJP
because voters don't seem to want to vote for "marijuana", even though the voters in the largest city of Vermont, Burlington, voted to "support the legalization and taxation of all cannabis and hemp products". Why did they shy away from the word, "marijuana"?
Cris Ericson was sad over the election results and immediately bought a new domain,
indyVT dot com
Cris Ericson will run in 2014 as a candidate for U.S. Congress, House of Representatives against incumbent U.S. Congressman Peter Welch who will do nothing at all to make marijuana legal.
Cris Ericson will also run in 2014 against incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin who wants to "decriminalize" marijuana, but refuses to go so far as to legalize marijuana.
Cris Ericson continues to move forward like a little turtle, hopefully slowly but surely encouraging Vermonters to move towards making marijuana legal. At least they could see the word "Marijuana" on the official election ballot after her name. She received thousands of votes, but not nearly enough to win.
Cris Ericson will probably go on the ballot in 2014 as an "independent" candidate, but
she still owns the domain http://usmjp.com
so she still has time to think about it.
If she goes on the 2014 ballot as an "independent" rather than for the
United States Marijuana Party in Vermont
then she will use her new domain
indyVT dot com