The Adult Us of Marijuana Act (AUMA) added yet another mainstream political voice supporting cannabis legalization as Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced her support for Proposition 64. It isn’t surprising that Representative Lee, who has dedicated her career to fighting poverty, would endorse a measure that will end thousands of arrests and citations that disproportionately impact the poor and people of color. Not only do legalization measures stop harmful arrests, fines and prison sentences, they also create new jobs and generate revenue for the state. The Yes on 64 campaign sent out a press release today announcing their latest mainstream political endorsement:
EAST BAY CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE ADDS HER VOICE TO COALITION SUPPORTING PROP 64
Respected elected leader and anti-poverty champion joins growing bipartisan coalition; says Prop 64 is “a sound approach” that “sends a message to our federal government that nationwide change is needed”
SACRAMENTO—Today, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), the respected 18-year Congresswoman and anti-poverty champion, officially endorsed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will be on the statewide ballot in November.
“The ongoing criminalization of marijuana has cost our state hundreds of millions of dollars and done disproportionate harm to people of color, especially our youth, said Lee.
“Proposition 64 is a sound approach to replacing marijuana prohibition with a safe and legal statewide system.”
“Proposition 64 also preserves the rights of medical patients, is supported by California’s physicians and will send a message to our federal government that nationwide change is needed on this critical issue,” she continued.
Lee joins a bipartisan coalition of support for Proposition 64 that includes Democratic U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu and Jared Huffman and Republican U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher. Last month, Tom Campbell, the former Finance Director for the State of California and Republican Congressman, and George Miller, the retired four-decade Democratic Congressman also from the East Bay, endorsed it.
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.
It is supported by the California Academy of Preventative Medicine and the California Medical Association — as well as California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a bipartisan group of federal, state and local elected officials, and an unprecedented coalition including environmental leaders, business owners, small farmers, civil rights groups, public safety experts and social justice advocates.
Paid for by Yes on 64, Californians to Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana while Protecting Children, sponsored by business, physicians, environmental and social-justice advocate organizations. Major funding from Sean Parker and affiliated entities and Drug Policy Action – Non-Profit 501c4 (Committee).