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.

Read legal opinion

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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Statement on Drug Policy Action press teleconference on Prop 64

No On Prop 64 Campaign

“The proponents of Prop 64 like to say that their measure is the ‘gold-standard’ of pot initiatives, but the latest polls highlight drop in support. Voters are figuring out that they got it wrong on the DUI issue and got it wrong allowing television advertising of marijuana.”

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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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Ad against marijuana legalization makes accurate claims

The Sacramento Bee

Impaired driving and youth exposure continue to be focal points for opponents of marijuana legalization, who contend that Proposition 64 would endanger kids allured by pot brownies and motorists sharing the road with stoned drivers. A web-only ad from opponents (they have not yet purchased television airtime) advances those claims.

“Proposition 64 will allow marijuana smoking ads in prime time, and on programs with millions of children and teenage viewers. Children could be exposed to ads promoting marijuana gummy candy and brownies, the same products blamed for a spike in emergency room visits in Colorado. Fatalities doubled in marijuana-related car crashes after legalization in Washington state. Yet, in California, Proposition 64 doesn’t even include a DUI standard.”

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No on Prop 64: State not ready to legalize marijuana

Bakersfield Californian
Editorial Board

Making a recommendation about a ballot initiative is not the same as handicapping a race. Even when the polls seem to indicate voters’ strong support, it is sometimes necessary to swim against the political tide.

And that’s what The Californian is doing with Proposition 64, the November ballot initiative that proposes to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California.

No doubt, the recreational use of marijuana will someday — likely soon — become legal. But that day should not be today. Simply, California is not prepared to become the epicenter of the nation’s marijuana industry.

Proposition 64 was written by and for special interests — mainly major corporations and investors, who will reap billions upon billions of dollars from sales. It was not written to protect the public’s interests.

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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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Oceanside supports medical marijuana but not recreation use

The Coast News Group
by Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — On Wednesday the Oceanside City Council voted 4-1 to draft a resolution to oppose Proposition 64, which allows statewide recreational use of marijuana.

Earlier in the year the City Council passed an ordinance to allow delivery of medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries outside the city.

Mayor Jim Wood explained the difference in the city’s point of view on uses.

“We supported medical marijuana, but we’re not open to recreational use statewide,” Wood said.

The one no vote on drafting a resolution in opposition was cast by Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery.

Following the vote, Lowery said he talked to an intellectual property manager, business people and community organizations to gather information.

“It’s a complex issue,” Lowery said. “It’s somewhat of an overreach to expect this council to research this issue prior to voting on it.”

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Latest Poll Shows Trouble for Prop 64 – Marijuana Measure

August 22, 2016
Contact: Andrew Acosta
(916) 505-3069

Voters show serious concerns over television ad language

SACRAMENTO, CA – A new poll on Proposition 64, the latest attempt at marijuana legalization, shows soft support of the measure and highlights how quickly support drops once voters hear just one fact — Proposition 64 will allow marijuana smoking ads in prime time, and on programs with millions of children and teenage viewers. The poll of 500 likely California voters was conducted August 17-19,2016, following a ruling by the Sacramento Superior Court that Proposition 64 opponents could include arguments outlining the possibility of television ads promoting marijuana smoking and edibles. First, voters were read a neutral description of the major provisions of Proposition 64.

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