They could have written an initiative that protected children and consumers. Instead, they wrote Proposition 64….
The initiative to commercialize marijuana in California is opposed by a coalition of Democrats and Republicans, healthcare, labor & every major law enforcement organization.
Why? Because even many supporters of marijuana legalization believe that allowing television ads promoting marijuana smoking is a huge setback for public health policy. Proponents even wrote into law a provision that insures more than 95% of all broadcast television programming will be open to ads promoting marijuana – ads that will be seen by millions of children and adolescents.
The proponents have titled their initiative campaign “Let’s Get it Right,” which announces that the debate is not about whether to legalize recreational marijuana, but how. In other words, they are asking voters not just to endorse an idea, but a specific business model that creates winners and losers. The money behind Prop 64 has nothing to do with good public policy, and everything to do with making some obscenely rich people even richer.
The California Association of Highway Patrolmen strongly oppose Proposition 64 because it has no standard for marijuana impaired driving –none. They cite a recently-released AAA Foundation study in the State of Washington where fatalities doubled in auto crashes involving marijuana.
Current law prohibits convicted meth and heroin felons from being involved in medical marijuana. But this new initiative will specifically allow for dealers convicted of dealing up to 20,000 heroin doses or up to 10,000 meth doses, to receive marijuana licenses.
A recent University of California, San Francisco report titled A Public Health Analysis of Two Proposed Marijuana Legalization Initiatives for the 2016 California Ballot: Creating the New Tobacco Industry says the initiative contains “minimal protections for public health”.
Parkview Hospital Emergency Room in Colorado wrote recently that since recreational marijuana has been legal in that state, the hospital has seen a 51% increase in children 18 and under that test positive for marijuana. Nearly half of all newborns born in that hospital also tested positive for pre-natal marijuana exposure.
Internal polling conducted by the opposition campaign indicates that California voter opinions on legalization of marijuana have not significantly changed since Proposition 19 was defeated in 2010 by 7 points, which also began the campaign with a lead. Recently, Ohio voters also overwhelmingly defeated a similar measure that put monopoly profits ahead of public health.