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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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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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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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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Voters, Prop. 64 approach a flawed way to legalize pot

The Desert Sun – Part of the USA Today Network
The Desert Sun Editorial Board

California voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to make recreational marijuana use legal for adults.

While lighting up is increasingly accepted and possible now via wide illegal availability or through the by-prescription medicinal structure, legalization has been tried before at the ballot box and failed. We believe this effort also should fail.

Polls show legalization has majority support, but The Desert Sun Editorial Board believes this statewide ballot initiative doesn’t address key concerns, especially when it comes to public safety.

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A proposition to legalize pot raises DUI concerns: ‘We are going to start losing folks in astronomical numbers’

The Los Angeles Times
By Patrick McGreevy

Law enforcement leaders are warning that the state is ill-prepared to handle the reforms needed if Proposition 64 passes

The defendant told an LAPD officer he had smoked pot five hours before he was pulled over on Melrose Avenue for driving erratically. A blood test found a significant level of the chemical THC in his system, and a drug recognition expert ruled he was too impaired to drive safely.

But a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury deadlocked on whether the young, off-duty valet had committed a crime by driving under the influence of marijuana, which he said he smokes for back pain and anxiety.

Similar outcomes are being seen all over California by law enforcement officials who say an initiative that would legalize recreational use of pot fails to properly address the issue of drugged driving.

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Pot is polling high, but opponents say Colorado is a cautionary tale

The San Diego Union Tribune
By Joshua Stewart

With polls showing support for allowing recreational use of marijuana in California, Proposition 64’s opponents are urging voters to look at increased crime and traffic crashes in Colorado, a state where it’s legal to use and sell the drug, as a cautionary tale.

“California would be falling into a pit hole, falling into a ditch,” Bishop Ron Allen, the founder of the International Faith Based Coalition, said at a news conference Tuesday.

Since voters legalized marijuana there in 2013, traffic-related marijuana deaths have increased by 48 percent, emergency room visits by 49 percent, and marijuana-related poison center calls by 100 percent, according to a letter provided by No on 64 from Denver District Attorney Mitchell Morrissey.

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AAA – Auto Club of Southern California recommends a ‘No’ on Prop 64

Westways
AAA of Southern California

The Auto Club opposes Proposition 64. We have a genuine traffic-safety concern related to the legalization of recreational marijuana use, including marijuana candies, foods, an concentrates. It has taken generations to educate the driving public about drinking and driving and to strengthen laws to reduce drunk driving. Proposition 64 would create new traffic-safety issues and increase the problem of impaired driving.

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The California Association of Highway Patrolmen Reiterate Their Strong Opposition to Proposition 64

Press Release
September 14, 2016

The California Association of Highway Patrolmen – representing the 7,900 highway patrol officers who are the front line of defense against impaired drivers on our highways – released the following statement from Doug Villars, President of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen to clear up any confusion regarding their position on Prop 64:

“Recent numbers out of Colorado show that marijuana related traffic deaths have increased almost 50 percent since 2013 which is exactly why we strongly oppose Prop 64. For the proponents of Prop 64 to say that they worked with law enforcement to craft this measure is misleading and when you see Colorado law enforcement asking for a timeout to deal with the problems they are facing it should give us all pause on this important issue. We will continue to educate media, local and state leaders, but most importantly we tell California voters that Prop 64 did NOT get it right.”

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Editorial: Vote no on Prop 64

St. Helena Star
Star Editorial Board

California needs to reform its marijuana laws, but Proposition 64 isn’t the right way to do so – at least not yet.
Prop 64, one of 18 propositions on the November ballot, would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes without regulations that are needed to shield kids from marijuana-related ads and protect all of us from drivers who are under the influence of marijuana.

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