Proposition 64 finally creates a safe, legal, and comprehensive system for adult use of marijuana while protecting our children.
Marijuana is available nearly everywhere in California—but without any protections for children, without assurances of product safety, and without generating tax revenue for the state.
Prop. 64 controls, regulates and taxes adult use of marijuana, and ends California's criminalization of responsible adult use.
California Medical Association supports Prop. 64 because it incorporates best practices from states that already legalized adult marijuana use, and adheres closely to the recommendations of California's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, which included law enforcement and public health experts.
How Prop. 64 Works:
The independent Legislative Analyst's Office found that 64 will both raise revenue and decrease costs. By collecting unpaid taxes from marijuana, it will bring in over $1 billion of revenue every year to help California. And it could save tens of millions of dollars annually in reduced law enforcement costs. Together, that is a benefit of $11 billion over the next decade.
Every year, there are more than 8,800 felony arrests for growing or selling marijuana in California, resulting in some very long prison sentences. This is an enormous waste of law enforcement resources. Prop. 64 will stop ruining people's lives for marijuana.
The tough, common sense regulations put forth in 64 are supported by the largest coalition ever in support of marijuana reform, including Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Democratic and Republican Congressmembers, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the California NAACP, the California Democratic Party and many others.
We all know California's current approach toward marijuana doesn't make sense. It's time to put an end to our broken system, and implement proven reforms so marijuana will be safe, controlled, and taxed.
DR. DONALD O. LYMAN, Former Chief of Chronic Disease and Injury Control
California Department of Public Health
GRETCHEN BURNS, Executive Director
Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing
STEVEN DOWNING, Former Deputy Chief
Los Angeles Police Department
Proposition 64, in effect, could limit a 45-year ban on smoking ads on television, allowing marijuana ads airing to millions of children and teen viewers. These ads can appear during The Olympics, on "The Voice," "The Big Bang Theory" and hundreds of other programs popular with younger viewers.
These marijuana smoking ads could be allowed on all broadcast primetime shows, and approximately 95% of all broadcast television programming. Children could be exposed to ads promoting marijuana Gummy candy and brownies—the same products blamed for a spike in emergency room visits in Colorado.
We ban tobacco television ads because studies show it encouraged kids to start smoking. Marijuana smoking ads on TV should have been banned, but the proponents didn't want to restrict the enormous profits they plan to make, estimated in the billions. And like tobacco money, the corporate monopolies spawned by Proposition 64 can use that money for contributions to politicians to ensure we can never undo the damage Proposition 64 will do.
Sharon Levy, M.D., FAAP, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Abuse warns "It took several generations, millions of lives and billions of dollars to establish the harms of tobacco use on health, even though these harms are overwhelming. We should not consider marijuana 'innocent until proven guilty,' given what we already know about the harms to adolescents."
After recent reforms, not one single person remains in California's prisons solely for simple marijuana possession. What Proposition 64 is really about is exposing our children to harm in order to make billions.
Join us in voting "No" on Proposition 64.
KATIE DEXTER, Past President
San Diego County School Boards Association
JOHN QUINTANILLA, Board Member
Rosemead School District
CYNTHIA RUIZ, Board Member
Walnut Valley Unified School District
There are five huge flaws in Proposition 64 that directly affect you and the people you care about.
Flaw #1: Doubling of highway fatalities.
The AAA Foundation for Highway Safety reports that deaths in marijuana-related car crashes have doubled since the State of Washington approved legalization. Yet, incredibly, Proposition 64's proponents refused to include a DUI standard for marijuana, making it extremely difficult to keep impaired drivers off our highways.
Flaw #2: Allows marijuana growing near schools and parks.
Proposition 64 actually forbids local governments from banning indoor residential growing of marijuana—even next door to an elementary school—provided the crop is limited to six plants, (and that is a lot of marijuana). The California Police Chiefs Association adds that "by permitting indoor cultivation of marijuana literally next door to elementary schools and playgrounds, Proposition 64 is trampling local control."
Flaw #3: Will increase, not decrease black market and drug cartel activity.
"Organized crime filings have skyrocketed in Colorado since marijuana legalization," says Past President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police John Jackson. "We had 1 filing in 2007 and by 2015, we had 40. Since your Proposition 64 repeals the prohibition on heroin and meth dealers with felony convictions getting into the legal marijuana business, it could be much worse in California."
Flaw #4: Could roll back the total prohibition of smoking ads on TV.
Tobacco ads have been banned from television for decades, but Proposition 64 will allow marijuana smoking ads in prime time, and on programs with millions of children and teenage viewers.
Flaw #5: Proposition 64 is an all-out assault on underprivileged neighborhoods already reeling from alcohol and drug addiction problems.
Bishop Ron Allen of the International Faith Based Coalition representing 5,000 inner-city churches calls Proposition 64 an "attack on minorities" and asks "Why are there no limits on the number of pot shops that can be opened in poor neighborhoods? We will now have a string of pot shops to go with the two liquor stores on every block, but we still can't get a grocery store. Proposition 64 will make every parent's job tougher."
In short, Proposition 64 is radically different from legalization measures in other states, and may weaken countless consumer protections just passed last year and signed into law by Governor Brown.
If the proponents' Rebuttal below doesn't answer these five questions, then the only reasonable decision is to vote "No".
They've gotten it wrong, again. We strongly urge your "No" vote on Proposition 64.
To get the facts, visit www.NoOn64.net
DIANNE FEINSTEIN, United States Senator
DOUG VILLARS, President
California Association of Highway Patrolmen
C. DUANE DAUNER, President
California Hospital Association
Look at the facts, not scare tactics from groups that always oppose marijuana reform.
Vote Yes on 64 because:
The independent Legislative Analyst's Office says 64 will raise revenue and decrease costs. Bipartisan lawmakers support 64 because it's based on best practices of states that have safely legalized.
"I don't use marijuana and I don't want my 17-year-old son to either. I'm voting Yes on 64 because it's clear it will protect children much better than what we have now," says Maria Alexander, Los Angeles mother.
Learn more at YesOn64.org.
REP. TED LIEU, Former Military Prosecutor
MARSHA ROSENBAUM, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Youth Education and Prevention Working Group,
Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy
DR. LARRY BEDARD, Former President
American College of Emergency Physicians
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