Newton City Council: Let us Vote

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Hello All,

This is Lisa Gordon the treasurer for Opt Out Newton. We are raising funds to give Newton voters the opportunity on whether or not we would like pot stores in Newton. Cannabis would remain legal to grow, use, get mail order or home delivery, we just wouldn't have store fronts. Please contact optoutnewton@gmail.com with any questions!

Please note we will need to report all donations 8 days before the ballot question in November if we collect all the signatures. I'll be contacting everyone to verify: Name, Address, and if your donation is over $200 -- we will need occupation and employer (if relevant). This is in keeping with campaign finance regulations.


We are raising money to help get the word out and collect over 6,000 signatures before August 22nd. Money raised will go towards:

and other expenses to reach our goal of getting 6000 signatures by August 22. Funds will be withdrawn to pay for all of the above and other necessary items that we need for the campaign. 


Newton City Council: Let us vote whether we want to OPT OUT of retail marijuana sales

In 2016, Newton voters supported legalizing adult-use retail marijuana establishments. The language on the ballot added that local municipalities had the right to “adopt reasonable restrictions on the time, place and manner of operating marijuana businesses and to limit the number of marijuana establishments in their communities.” Newton voters, therefore, deserve the right to debate the issue of cannabis dispensaries—limiting or, if desired, opting out of them entirely.  

It is incorrect to assume that if Newton voters were in favor of legalization that they must also be in favor of commercialization. 

Selectmen and councilors in 40 Massachusetts towns (and counting) that voted YES on legalization have decided to put this question before the voters. That was the intent of the law and we ask that you fulfill this responsibility and put it on the November ballot giving Newton voters the opportunity to opt out.

016年,Newton选民们支持了当局的成人使用娱乐性大麻合法化的议案。投票时的措辞添加了各地区“有权采用合理的制约,限制时间,地点,大麻业务的经营方式,以及控制在本地社区大麻运营商的数量” Newton选民们因此完全有权利讨论有关大麻店的事宜,限制它或者,如果希望,彻底推翻它。
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Hi All,

We are in the final leg of our Opt Out Campaign. If anyone is available Wed, Thursday or Friday to help us at City Hall during the day until 8:00 PM (or Friday until 5:30 PM) please let us know. The opposition is now starting up in full force and our presence at the polling station is crucial. One future pot shop owner has given over 70K to stop Opt Out and he lives in Wellesley.

Alternatively/Additionally, if you are free on Tuesday, November 6th--we are trying to cover ALL the polling stations. Any help you can provide would be amazing.

Please send an email to nobarkin@hotmail.com who is coordinating this effort.

Thanks so much,


Want to know more about the graphic? Visit: http://optoutnewton.org/index.php/2018/10/30/wellesley-hedge-fund-spends-tens-of-thousands-telling-newton/
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Hello Opt Out Newton Supporters:

1) If you would like a yard sign, please send an email to optoutnewton@gmail.com

2) If you have the time to go door-to-door on your street and just see if your neighbors will support Opt Out, or if you have time to do another street, please let us know as soon as possible--we really need that personal connection with voters.

3) Please vote early! Early voting starts on 10/22 --visit this web page for location details:

4) Thank you for your donation in support of our campaign if you can spare a bit more it will help with the following items, but please make sure to use the following link as we can no longer take donations on this page for campaign finance reasons: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/oon_donate_today

$50 will pay for 8 yard signs
$100 will pay for 1,430 door hangers
$200 will pay for 5,000 voter instruction cards
$3,500 will pay for a 4 x 6 postcard mailing
$5,000 will pay for a mailing to 8,000 Newton Voters
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Dear Opt Out Supporters,

Opt Out is now on the November 6th ballot! We could not have done it without your generous support.

Now the real work begins. While Opt Out worked very hard to get a “clean” Opt Out question on the ballot, the Newton City Council decided that it would add a ballot question about limiting retail stores instead of banning them.

To this end, we must educate Newton voters that, in order to win Opt Out, they must vote YES to Opt Out of recreational pot shops and NO on the sham 2-4 question, as 2-4 is not really a true limit ( http://optoutnewton.org/index.php/2018/07/28/councilor-josh-krintzman-says-4-store-limit-in-ballot-question-can-be-increased-by-city-council/).

We're writing to thank you for the generous gift that helped us get here and to ask you, if you can spare a little more, to consider giving once again. We know that Big Marijuana is interested in Newton, and so we need to act fast. We need to raise funds for the following items and more:

• Mailers to Newton Voters (printing and postage costs)
• Lawn Signs
• Door Hangers
• Leaflets
• Advertising
• Social Media

Finally, a few generous donors will double your donation between now and 12:00 PM Saturday afternoon.

If you would consider giving what you gave before, or even a little more, it will help us make the most of the next 45 days--which is our time to educate over 17,000 Newton Voters.
Please follow this link to donate. We can no longer use the GoFundMe platform due to campaign finance rules and regulations.

Thank you for your consideration,

Kindest regards,

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Thank you for your generous donation without your generosity the goal of 6,000 signatures by mid-August is just a dream. I wanted you all to be the first to know that we just found out that your contribution will be worth double what you gave!

We have generous donors who have created a matching fund to match donations made on GoFundMe by July 20!

If you know anyone else who might contribute please send them the link and let them know whatever they can give will be worth twice that amount!

Thank you for your generous support,

The Opt Out Steering Cttee
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