From Lanny Swerdlow:    Whenever I am out registering people to vote, I always run across a number of people who say they can’t vote because they are convicted felons. I would nod my head and say something like “yeah – you know we need to change that.” Well guess what? The state of California already has and on February 25, 2013, Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office issued a memo on felon voter registration.

With a few exceptions, most felons once they are out of prison can vote. At 6 p.m. on the Monday, May 20 broadcast and simulcast of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense, Efrain Escobedo, Governmental & Legislative Affairs Division Manager for the Los Angeles County Registrar-of-Voters, will be our first guest explaining about the rights of felons to vote in elections. It’s not that complicated but there are few requirements that a person needs to be aware of.

As marijuana consumers, too many of us know people with felony convictions and most likely they think they can’t vote. That’s a lot of folks who would vote on our side of the issue, so listen to the show this Monday and then let them know they can register to vote. Then on Election Day we will have more votes on our side of the issues and for the candidates who support us.

Our second guest is John Lee and Dave Hodges from They have been working tirelessly to get a marijuana legalization initiative on California’s 2014 ballot. They will bring us to date on what is happening, the groups that are working to make it happen and what you can do to make it happen too.

Learn how felons can vote and how they might be able to vote for a legalization initiative in 2014 on the 6 p.m. Monday, May 20 broadcast of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense on IE Talk Radio KCAA 1050AM and simulcast on the Internet at

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