Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, announced that it has endorsed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will be on the statewide ballot in November.
“Proposition 64 is about social justice and ending a failed and costly war on marijuana which has done severe, disproportionate damage to California’s communities of color,” said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “The revenue from Proposition 64 will be used to fund critical youth services and job training programs. It represents a new, smarter, more thoughtful approach to marijuana policy and Equality California is pleased to support it.”
Equality California joins a diverse coalition of support for Proposition 64 that includes the California Medical Association, California Academy of Preventative Medicine, California Council of Land Trusts, California State NAACP, California Democratic Party, Courage Campaign, 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 Republican Congressman and 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.