More Mayors, School Board Members, Councilmembers, DA’s & Sheriffs Join the Opposition to California’s Non-Medical Marijuana Commercialization Initiative (AUMA)

Sacramento, CA – The campaign against the non-medical marijuana commericialization ballot measure was further bolstered this past week by the opposition of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the San Diego School Boards Association, the Mayors of Upland and Rancho Cucamonga, Mayor pro Tem of Newport Beach, City Councilmembers from Santee and Upland, a School Board Member from the Lemon Grove School District and Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. These local leaders are just the latest to join the growing opposition.

Included specifically in the recent list of those opposing the AUMA likely to appear on the November 2016 ballot are:

Mayor L. Dennis Michael, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Mayor Ray Musser, City of Upland
Mayor pro Tem Kevin Muldoon, City of Newport Beach
Board Member Katie Dexter, Lemon Grove School District
Councilmember Carol Timms, City of Upland
Councilmember John Minto, City of Santee

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Opposition campaign statement on non-medical marijuana qualifying for the November ballot … “Here we go again”

Sacramento, CA – As expected, the ballot measure to commercialize non-medical marijuana has qualified for the November 2016 ballot. In response, the opposition campaign issued the following statement:

“This campaign will very be similar to that of Proposition 19. They have the money and we have the facts.

“Under current law, convicted cartel meth and heroin dealers are banned from being involved in medical marijuana, but this initiative overturns that ban and lets these felons be licensed to sell recreational marijuana. The proponents were specifically advised by numerous law enforcement groups during the comment period about this huge flaw, but they deliberately chose to keep it in, and you have to ask “why?”. Who is that provision for? They got it wrong. Again.”

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LG Newsom reveals his wife is “scared as hell” about non-medical marijuana legalization

The Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee reported that at the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo yesterday Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a 2018 Democratic candidate for Governor, revealed that his wife is “scared as hell” about his ballot measure to commercialize non-medical marijuana.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is concerned for good reason. Californians know from the experience with Washington state’s law that DUI deaths related to people driving under the influence of marijuana has doubled according to a report recently published by the AAA Foundation for Highway Safety.

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California Association of Highway Patrolmen Announce Opposition to Marijuana Sales Ballot Measure

Sacramento, CA – The California Association of Highway Patrolmen is adding the voice of their 14,500 members against the proposed “Adult Use of Marijuana” intitiative which legalizes recreational sales and businesses.

California Association of Highway Patrolmen president Doug Villars noted in their opposition, “We strongly oppose the new ‘Adult Use of Marijuana Act’ and will urge California voters to do the same. This proposed measure will result in no cost savings to the highway patrol, and in fact adds costs due to increased marijuana DUI-related accidents and fatalities as experienced by other states. This initiative also allows passengers in a vehicle to smoke marijuana, resulting in second-hand smoke intoxication of the driver. We believe this, combined with a number of other provisions in the initiative, will make California’s highways and roads more dangerous.”

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Fatal Road Crashes Involving Marijuana Double After State Legalizes Drug

AAA News Room
by Tamra Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2016) – Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. New research also shows that legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free and others being wrongfully convicted for impaired driving. Washington was one of the first two states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and these findings raise serious concerns about drug-impaired driving with at least 20 states considering marijuana legalization this year.

The Foundation examined drug tests and fatal crashes among drivers in Washington, a state that legalized marijuana in December 2012. The researchers found:

  • The percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled from eight to 17 percent between 2013 and 2014.
  • One in six drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 had recently used marijuana, which is the most recent data available.

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California Marijuana Legalization Draws Lawmaker Opposition

Sacramento Bee
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.

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Marijuana Positive Tests Sky Rocket in Fatal Utah Crashes

by Heidi Hatch

(KUTV) Positive marijuana tests have sky rocketed nearly 300 percent in 3 years in fatal Utah crashes.

The numbers are staggering and are raising concern with the increase happening during the same time period marijuana has been legalized in neighboring Colorado.

128 people who’ve died in fatal crashes in the last decade in Utah have tested positive for marijuana. That number has jumped in the last 3 years, raising alarms for Utah’s Department of Public Safety.

“It is always a concern when the numbers go up.” Sgt. Christian Newlin knows the numbers and says drivers testing positive for marijuana in fatal accidents have increased from 10 in 2013 to 21 in 2014 and 38 in 2015.

The increase equals 280 percent in 3 years.
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Is Marijuana the Next Big Tobacco

East Bay Times
by Margaret Lavin

California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use in 1996. In 2010, Proposition 19 would have made California the first state to legalize nonmedical marijuana, but voters defeated the measure by a 53.5-46.5 margin. However, lawmakers will try again. There are two major initiatives that have a very good chance of qualifying for the November ballot due to their financial backing and political support.

Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) recently released a new report that evaluates the retail marijuana legalization proposals in California from a public health standard. According to the study, recreational marijuana will likely lead to a new profit-driven industry similar to Big Tobacco that could impede public health efforts.

Researchers said they began their study with the premise that legalizing marijuana makes sense because its prohibition has caused excessive incarcerations and cost taxpayers too much money. However, they concluded that legalized recreational marijuana would replace a crime problem with a public health issue.

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Researchers Warn Legal Marijuana Could be Next Big Tobacco

Sacramento Bee
by Christopher Cadelago

  • Report from UCSF institute warns about health risks, industry power
  • Researchers wanted measures modeled after Tobacco Control Program
  • Backers of main initiative say report is flawed and measure has safeguards

A ballot proposal legalizing recreational marijuana would likely launch a new profit-driven industry similar to Big Tobacco that could impede public health efforts, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

The 66-page analysis, released Tuesday, is the first in-depth look at the state’s main effort to legalize recreational marijuana this year.

Researchers said they began with the premise that legalizing marijuana makes sense because its prohibition has put too many people behind bars and cost taxpayers too much money. But they concluded the two potential initiatives they examined would replace a crime problem with a public health issue.

The authors, Rachel Barry and Stanton Glantz, of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy, said the measure most likely to qualify for the ballot establishes a regulatory system similar to the one used for alcohol. They said it would have been better to pattern the guidelines after the state’s Tobacco Control Program, which they credited with reducing the health effects and costs related to tobacco.

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