Libertarian Party Chairman Debates Arizona’s Marijuana Legalization

ARIZONA: QallOut, a first of its kind online debating platform, hosted a live head-2-head video debate between Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark and party member Vann Gutier last Sunday. The two debated the issue of marijuana legalization and specifically Arizona Proposition 205, which would legalize the possession and consumption of marijuana for Arizonans over the age of 21 if passed.

Sarwark debated in favor of Proposition 205 and argued that it would stop jailing citizens on minor possession charges, which are currently felonies under Arizona law. On the other hand, Vann argued the Proposition should first decriminalize marijuana before its legalization. Arizonans can vote for Proposition 205 on November 8, 2016.


QallOut Founder and CEO Yazan Madanat remarks, “This is exactly the kind of debate QallOut was created for. Here we have the highest ranked administrator of the Libertarian Party directly interacting with a party member about an issue they both are passionate about. We had live viewers posting video comments in real-time, which the debaters addressed throughout the live debate.”

Madanat adds, “People are yearning to debate and challenge their own opinions—we just created a more convenient and lively way to cater for this need.” You can watch the full debate between Nicholas and Vann here.

Paul Finds Unlikely Support From Marijuana Advocates

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA :Among the top contributors to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign are the usual suspects — a financial management firm, a real estate developer, a manufacturer of hand tools.

But Paul also is getting significant support from an unlikely source for a conservative Republican — the marijuana industry.

The Marijuana Policy Project gave Paul’s campaign $5,000 — the legal limit that a political committee can give a candidate, according to campaign finance records.

The National Cannabis Industry Association gave $5,000. Its executive director and federal lobbyist added another $2,000, according to a tally by the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan group that tracks campaign spending.