Today, the California League of Conversation Voters (CLCV) – the non-partisan political action arm of the environmental movement in California — announced its endorsement of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will be on the statewide ballot in November.
“Proposition 64 is a landmark measure that will allow California to conserve precious lands and start reversing the severe damage done by illegal marijuana grows,” said Sarah Rose, CEO of CLCV. “CLCV is pleased to endorse it.”
According to an analysis from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, the ballot measure could raise state and local revenue of up to $1 billion annually. 20% of revenues will be disbursed to the Environmental Restoration and Protection Account, which will be used for environmental cleanup, remediated and restoration of public lands damaged by cultivation, as well as environmental enforcement against illegal water diversion, illegal cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana on public lands.
This represents a strong, targeted investment so that public lands that had been taken over and abused by drug cartels will be restored and become safe and accessible for all Californians.
The landmark land and water protections in the measure have received specific praise from leading environmental and conservation organizations across the state.
One of the co-proponents of Prop 64 is Michael Sutton, longtime conservationist and environmental attorney, former President of the California Fish and Game Commission and former Vice President of National Audubon Society.
Proposition 64 was previously endorsed by the California Council of Land Trusts.
CLCV joins a diverse coalition of support for Proposition 64 that also includes the California Medical Association, California Academy of Preventative Medicine, California State NAACP, California Democratic Party, Courage Campaign, Equality California, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, National Latino Officers Association, William C. Velasquez Institute and United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council.
Current and former elected officials in support include Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Democratic U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu and Jared Huffman, Republican U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher, State Senator Mark Leno, Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins, Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, David Chiu, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Cristina Garcia, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Kevin McCarty and Bill Quirk and Tom Campbell, the former Finance Director for the State of California.
Proposition 64 is a consensus measure based on recognized best practices and recommendations from hundreds of engaged citizens and organizations. It includes strong safeguards for children, workers, local governments and small businesses and strict anti-monopoly provisions and the toughest warning label and marketing-to-kids laws in the nation.
Proposition 64 has been endorsed by the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times.