No On 64 Election Night Statement

No on Prop 64 Press Release

“After spending almost $20 million on Proposition 64, the financial investors are the winners, and California’s children, local communities and health care systems are the big losers.

Three things we know for sure:

1. More people will start smoking marijuana.
2. Our highways will be more dangerous and emergency rooms more crowded.
3. Our elected leaders will struggle to contain an aggressive industry that most do not even fully understand today.”

“It now falls on California’s elected leaders to tackle the myriad issues that were raised during this campaign – ranging from advertising to marijuana impaired driving. Unfortunately, they will confront those challenges in an political and legislative environment that will now include advocacy by major cannabis investors and corporate special interests focused solely on profits.”

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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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BREAKING: Prop 64 major donor exempt from key regulations in marijuana legalization initiative

Press Release
No On 64 Campaign

Weedmaps – $1 million donor to Prop 64 campaign – would be allowed to circumvent regulations
(Sacramento) – Opponents of Proposition 64 released an official opinion from the Legislative Counsel Office which concludes that technology platforms, such as Weedmaps, are essentially exempt from any licensee regulations under Proposition 64. Weedmaps, which calls itself the Yelp of marijuana, would not be required to obtain a license under Prop 64.

Weedmaps has given almost $1 million to Prop 64 and their founder Justin Hartfield told the Wall Street Journal that he wanted to be the “Phillip Morris of Marijuana.”

The opinion requested by State Senator Jim Nielsen and issued by the Office of Legislative Counsel, the nonpartisan public agency that drafts legislative proposals and prepares legal opinions, addressed two points:

1) That technology platforms, like Weedmaps, would not be required to obtain a license under Prop 64 because they would not be owned or controlled by a retail marijuana establishment nor would they transfer, sell or deliver marijuana products.

2) Because they would not be required to be a licensee under Prop 64, they would not fall under the advertising and marketing provisions set up under the initiative.

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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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Colorado Governor Urges Caution on Legal Marijuana

No On 64 Campaign

On 60 Min Interview – He calls on states considering legalization to collect data and wait a couple of years

“I urge caution. My recommendation has been to go slowly and probably wait a couple years and let’s make sure we get some good vertical studies to make sure that there isn’t a dramatic increase in teenage usage, that there isn’t a significant increase in abuse like while driving,” he tells LaPook. “We don’t see it yet…but we don’t have enough data to make that decision.”

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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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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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El Dorado County Board of Supervisors oppose Proposition 64, marijuana legalization initiative

By El Dorado County

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board voted unanimously in favor of a resolution opposing the passage of California Proposition 64. Proposition 64 would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 years or older in the State of California.

In opposing the proposition, the Board of Supervisors cited, in a resolution, evidence that marijuana use and secondhand exposure pose health risks, including increased risk for cancer, heart attack, stroke, reproductive toxicity, respiratory impairment, long-lasting detrimental changes in brain function, and increased risk of addiction. In addition, the Board has concerns about the accessibility to teens, as the full effects of marijuana use on their short and long term health are still unknown.

The Board of Supervisors follows the American Academy of Pediatrics in its opposition to the proposition due to the potential harm marijuana could have to children and adolescents. In addition, the California State Sheriffs’ Association has issued a position statement opposing efforts to legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana remains a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act and is defined as having a high potential for abuse.

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