Put this in your pipe and smoke it: California is ill-prepared for legal recreational marijuana

The Sacramento Bee
By Marcos Breton

…Is California ready for the regulatory, social and health consequences of [legalizing marijuana]? No.

Is the state prepared to cope with marijuana operations propagating in poor neighborhoods? Or with emergency rooms flooding with knuckleheads freaking out after eating one cannabis-spiked brownie too many? Or with more stoned people getting behind the steering wheel?

No, no and no.

California is not ready for any of this, which is why I’m voting no on Proposition 64. But according to polls, those of us on the “no” side are in the minority.

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Los electores de California deberían votar No en la Propuesta 64

04 Noviembre
Por Eric Nunez

La marihuana con fines recreativos es legal en Colorado y justo esta semana pasada Colorado advirtió a los votantes de California que esperen algunos años antes de considerar legalizarla aquí. Como padre de familia y como Jefe de Policía, he puesto suma atención a la experiencia de Colorado con la legalización de la marihuana. Yo sé que desde que Colorado legalizó la marihuana recreativa ha habido un aumento en visitas de niños a las Salas de Emergencias debido a que han ingerido marihuana al comer dulces y gomitas- los mismos productos que permite la Propuesta 64.

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U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrators issue letter to Governor Brown

Re: Proposition 64

Dear Governor Brown,

As former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration, we write to ask you, the State’s highest level and most visible political leader, to take a position on Proposition 64 before the election next Tuesday. For the reasons set out below, we urge you to oppose Prop 64. Your voice, Governor, is critical.

As you know, Prop 64, if passed by the voters, will legalize the commercial cultivation, production and sale of marijuana in California. It is useful to look at how this experiment with commercial legalization has worked out in Colorado, the first state to do so. The results of the Colorado experiment are troubling.

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No On Prop. 64; we don’t need more stoned drivers on roads

Daily Bulletin
By Senator Dianne Feinstein and Donny Youngblood

Six years ago, Laura Cupples’ 24-year-old son Ryan was killed when his friend’s car hit a tree on San Vicente Road in Ramona, and plunged into a ravine. Ryan’s friend was high on marijuana at the time of the crash.

The legalization of recreational marijuana could significantly increase the number of stoned drivers on our roads — fatal marijuana-related accidents doubled in Washington and Colorado after they legalized recreational marijuana.

Avoidable tragedies like the death of Ryan Cupples could become more frequent in our state and we urge Californians to vote No.

Proposition 64 is poorly written, with gaping loopholes that would exacerbate negative public health and safety consequences.

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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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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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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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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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Local faith leaders speak out against legalizing recreational marijuana

FOX 40 News
By Ben Deci

It’s a bright Thursday morning. Beneath a hand-painted plywood marquee that reads “Love Thy Neighbor Church Of God” a coalition of church leaders gathered in Del Paso Heights to rally against legal recreational pot…

…”Do you want to keep your community high and lethargic? Money isn’t worth it, my friend. Look at Del Paso Heights. And if you’d have come earlier you could smell the marijuana in this community already. So we need our city council member, and our mayor-elect to do something that’s going to be good for the community, and not good for the government,” said Bishop Allen.

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