Today, Darrell Steinberg, the Mayor-elect of the City of Sacramento, announced his endorsement of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will be on the statewide ballot in November.
“I am no particular fan of marijuana and remain concerned about its health impacts on children and other vulnerable populations, but the solution is not prohibition,” said Steinberg. “California needs a smarter and more honest approach to marijuana policy – one that prioritizes strict regulation and prevention over criminalization, protects local decision-making authority and brings oversight and enforcement, consumer and environmental protections and a common-sense tax structure to what is already a billion-dollar industry.”
“I have reviewed Proposition 64 and believe it is carefully crafted to protect the public safety in our communities, protects our local control and land-use authority, protects employer and worker rights, bans public consumption and invests hundreds of millions in new revenue into critical youth and job-training programs,” Steinberg continued. “Best of all, it provides maximum flexibility to both regulators and the Legislature to strengthen the system over time.”
“I will be voting for Proposition 64 in November and encourage others to do the same,” he concluded.
In June, Steinberg, the former Senate President, Assemblyman and City Councilman and one of the Sacramento’s most popular and respected leaders, was elected the next Mayor of Sacramento by an overwhelming margin.
As a State Senator, Steinberg co-authored legislation to 2013 to strictly regulate, license and control California’s medical marijuana system – bills that became the precursor to the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Brown last year.
Steinberg is the third high-profile endorsement of Proposition 64 this week, following on the heels of leading environmental group California League of Conservation Voters and leading LGBT civil rights organization Equality California.
Steinberg 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, California Council of Land Trusts, California Cannabis Industry Association, Courage Campaign, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, National Latino Officers Association, William C. Velasquez Institute and the United Food and Commercial Workers.
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 (D-Sacramento) 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.