Marijuana News: Why Obama is Right on Calif. Prop 19

SACRAMENTO - According to news reports, President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., “in a letter sent Wednesday to nine former chiefs of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, wrote, ‘Let me state clearly that the Department of Justice strongly opposes Proposition 19. If passed, this legislation will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens.’”

The following is a statement from No on Prop 19 spokesman Roger Salazar on the announcement:

“The reasons keep mounting to oppose Proposition 19 and this latest news from the Obama administration should give undecided voters pause as they consider the poorly-worded measure.

“Let’s take stock of where we are:

  • No revenue guarantees: The California Board of Equalization says that it cannot determine how much, if any, revenue would be generated by Proposition 19 because it neither establishes a regulatory framework nor does it impose any taxes on marijuana.
  • No controls: Prop 19 contains no prohibition against driving after smoking marijuana meaning anyone, even school bus drivers and heavy equipment operators, can smoke up right up until they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
  • No reduction of illegal drug trafficking or violence: The Rand report released earlier this week notes that legalizing marijuana in California would not appreciably influence the Mexican drug trafficking organizations and the related violence.

“Now the federal government says it will vigorously enforce marijuana laws ‘against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law.’

“This sets up a situation where the Feds could withhold billions in federal education funds while cracking down on California’s marijuana industry. It begs the question: Why would anyone vote for this mess of a proposition?”


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