California Union Supports Pot Legalization

September 14th, 2010 at 2:20 am | 4 Comments |

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The New York Times reports:

LOS ANGELES — A ballot measure to make California the first state to legalize the sale and use of marijuana has won the support of one of the state’s most powerful union, officials said Monday, offering the proposition a shot of mainstream legitimacy as well as a potential financial and organizational lift.

The decision by the executive board of the Service Employees International Union of California will be announced in the next few days, according to officials who have been briefed about it but were not allowed to speak publicly before it was announced.

The measure has faced strong opposition from law enforcement groups, including Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles County, who said he would lead a campaign against it as a threat to public safety.

But the proposal also won support on Monday from some former law enforcement officials, including police officers, judges and prosecutors.

The measure, known as Proposition, 19 would legalize, regulate and tax the sale of marijuana. It has been promoted as a way to raise money for the financially beleaguered state, while dealing a setback to Mexican drug cartels.

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  • Rabiner

    SWEET! GO PROP 19!

    Legalization is the way to go.

  • ktward

    … Proposition 19 would legalize, regulate and tax the sale of marijuana. It has been promoted as a way to raise money for the financially beleaguered state, while dealing a setback to Mexican drug cartels.

    It’s. About. Time.
    And what legalization can do for CA, it can do for the other 49. $$$

  • Rabiner

    I only hope the federal government lets CA experiment in this to see if it can work on a state level and eventually to adapt it federally.

  • ktward

    Rabiner.

    Yeah, even if Prop 19 passes I know it might still prove a sticky wicket for the Feds.
    I’m not sure that Holder (Obama) have a stated position yet, specifically in light of the recent DEA drama.

    This response from Just Say Now is enlightening, though I haven’t had an opp to digest it yet:
    http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/71066

    Prop. 19 is akin to the act of the New York legislature repealing its alcohol prohibition law in 1923 which was perfectly lawful and Constitutional.