California Marijuana Legalization Draws Lawmaker Opposition
by Jeremy B. White
- Two Democrats among opponents
- Legalization likely going before voters in November
- Other critics include police chiefs, hospitals, Sacramento DA
Two Democratic state lawmakers with deep law enforcement ties announced their opposition on Tuesday to legalizing recreational marijuana use.
Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, a former Sacramento County sheriff’s official who regularly warns about the consequences of drug use, and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, the Democratic senator most aligned with law enforcement, warned in a statement about impaired drivers and exposing children to marijuana.
Joining Cooper and Galgiani in opposition were Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne-Marie Schubert.
“This initiative will endanger the most vulnerable members of our community,” Schubert said in a statement.