Citing marijuana ‘mess,’ Sen. Mike McGuire opposes California’s faulty Proposition 64

The Press Democrat
Guy Kovner

Two decades ago, Californians voted to become the first state in the nation to allow use of medical marijuana. A cannabis trade now worth billions of dollars sprouted, linking growers in the famed Emerald Triangle and those closer to home on the North Coast with dispensaries and consumers buying an ever wider array of pot products…

…As one of the authors of the landmark medical cannabis law approved last year and scheduled for implementation in 2018, McGuire said he will vote against Proposition 64. He favors legalization, but said the proposed law is coming before the state has a handle on medical cannabis. He also faulted it for allowing marijuana gardens of unlimited size, starting in 2023.

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Colorado Governor Urges Caution on Legal Marijuana

No On 64 Campaign

On 60 Min Interview – He calls on states considering legalization to collect data and wait a couple of years

“I urge caution. My recommendation has been to go slowly and probably wait a couple years and let’s make sure we get some good vertical studies to make sure that there isn’t a dramatic increase in teenage usage, that there isn’t a significant increase in abuse like while driving,” he tells LaPook. “We don’t see it yet…but we don’t have enough data to make that decision.”

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Statement on Drug Policy Action press teleconference on Prop 64

No On Prop 64 Campaign

“The proponents of Prop 64 like to say that their measure is the ‘gold-standard’ of pot initiatives, but the latest polls highlight drop in support. Voters are figuring out that they got it wrong on the DUI issue and got it wrong allowing television advertising of marijuana.”

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City officials condemn Prop 64 in Compton, Lynwood

Compton Herald
By the Compton Herald

Calling it a threat to public safety, a group of southeast area elected officials and community leaders came together in solidarity to condemn Prop 64, the marijuana legalization initiative, Tuesday at a news conference in Compton.

The effort was spearheaded by Smart Approaches to Marijuana, known as SAM Action, a national group co-founded by former Massachusetts Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

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Tulare Board expresses opposition to Props

The Foothills Sun-Gazette
By Paul Myers

While some voters may be wringing their hands over which way to vote, the leaders of Tulare County have firmly made up their mind on at least two propositions on the ballot this year. Last week the Board of Supervisors passed two resolutions voicing their concerns over proposition 64 and 57.

Proposition 64 decriminalizes the recreational use of marijuana. The proposition allows people aged 21 or older to possess, process, share or transport no more than one ounce of marijuana for personal consumption and not for sale. As well, it allows for people to grow no more than six plants indoors or on private property, again for personal use, and subject to reasonable local regulations.

And while the language allows for local governments the option and ability to ban commercial marijuana activities, that is not what stands in the way of the board. A Tulare County board report noted that, “The safety and well-being of Tulare County residents is of the upmost priority to the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. Studies have suggested that the legalization of medical marijuana can lead to an increase in youth addiction, impaired driving while under the influence of marijuana, respiratory issues, emergency room and hospital marijuana related admissions, and a possible increase for the underground black market distribution and sales of marijuana.”

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El Dorado County Board of Supervisors oppose Proposition 64, marijuana legalization initiative

Yuba Net.com
By El Dorado County

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board voted unanimously in favor of a resolution opposing the passage of California Proposition 64. Proposition 64 would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 years or older in the State of California.

In opposing the proposition, the Board of Supervisors cited, in a resolution, evidence that marijuana use and secondhand exposure pose health risks, including increased risk for cancer, heart attack, stroke, reproductive toxicity, respiratory impairment, long-lasting detrimental changes in brain function, and increased risk of addiction. In addition, the Board has concerns about the accessibility to teens, as the full effects of marijuana use on their short and long term health are still unknown.

The Board of Supervisors follows the American Academy of Pediatrics in its opposition to the proposition due to the potential harm marijuana could have to children and adolescents. In addition, the California State Sheriffs’ Association has issued a position statement opposing efforts to legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana remains a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act and is defined as having a high potential for abuse.

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Sheriff Mims, religious leaders argue against pot legalization

Fresno Bee
By Jim Guy

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims joined several other public safety officials and religious leaders Tuesday to urge a vote against Proposition 64, the marijuana legalization initiative on the Nov. 8 state ballot.

At Harvest of Harmony International Church in northwest Fresno, the sheriff cited marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state as examples of how legalization had increased crime, endangered public safety and increased traffic fatalities.

“Legalization will increase our quality of life issues,” Mims said.

Bishop Ron Allen, founder of the International Faith Based Coalition, said marijuana legalization would be especially detrimental to people of color.

“If marijuana is legalized, it will be in underserved areas of communities,” he said. “Imagine marijuana stores next to liquor stores. Why would we want to hurt our youth for money?”

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Propositions galore on statewide ballot

Daily Republic
By Daily Republic

California voters face 17 statewide initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot, a whopping number of measure that cover the gamut of governmental affairs.

Proposition 64 – Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute: NO. California is barely getting its feet wet in terms of medicinal marijuana. Let’s work though that process first. A delay will also allow Californians to see how full legalization works in those states where recreational marijuana use is newly legal.

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We can do better than Prop. 64

OC Register
By Jamie Kerr

I believe California can do better than Proposition 64. California deserves better. While I hope that California eventually legalizes marijuana (cannabis) for recreational use, 2016 is not the right year for the conversation and Proposition 64 is not the right initiative.

It may seem surprising that a 7-year locally-compliant cannabis dispensary operator would oppose an initiative to legalize cannabis. However, I am not just a cannabis industry operator; I am also a small business owner, a civil servant and policy analyst. From these perspectives, my view on the issue of cannabis legalization is different than many might expect. I am in support of eventually legalizing cannabis for adult-use in California as, in general, I think doing so can be good policy. However, I do not support legalization unconditionally.

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Pot measure not up to snuff on regulation

Ventura County Star
Editorial Board

Recreational marijuana use by adults is, in all probability, going to be legal in California. The Star Editorial Board supports that goal but does not believe this year’s legalization initiative, Proposition 64, sufficiently establishes regulatory controls over this explosive new industry…

…But this proposition is alarmingly vague when it comes to controls over this new industry.

As opponents have correctly pointed out, this measure is not really about legalization of marijuana in California. It is about commercialization of marijuana.

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