Do Not Delay: Implement Marijuana Legalization in California

On time and intact implementation of California’s Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, is critical to realizing the benefits of legalization and reducing the harms from decades of prohibition that have resulted in the mass incarceration and criminalization of low-income people of color, and utterly failed to protect public health and public safety. Efficient implementation of Prop. 64 is urgent. While Prop. 64 legalized possession and consumption of cannabis products for adults 21 … [Read more...]

Marijuana Legalization Must Also Focus on Racial Justice

The following excerpts are from “Marijuana Legalization Without Racial Justice Risks   Being Another Extension of White Privilege” by Bill Piper, Senior Director of National Affairs for the Drug Police Alliance.  Written before last November’s elections, Piper argues marijuana legislation must also include racial justice- which has not been part of the marijuana legalization discussion. “The trend to legalize marijuana for medical use is good news because it reduces marijuana arrests and the … [Read more...]

Legal Marijuana, Death Penalty Initiatives: How Should Innercity Communities React?

Justice Revival Offers Spiritual, Legislative Criminal Justice Reform Solutions When: Thursday, October 6, 2016 Where: First AME Church of Los Angeles, 2270 So. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles RSVP Here Overflow Parking & Shuttle Service: Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 West Adams Blvd Los Angeles America's decades-long "War on Drugs" and "War on Crime" have too often been morphed into a grotesque War on Blacks and Browns. Michelle Alexander's seminal work, "The New Jim Crow: Mass … [Read more...]

Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’

This short film, narrated by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our … [Read more...]

California Police Groups Fighting Death Penalty Repeal, Marijuana Legalization

California law enforcement organizations are giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight efforts to repeal the death penalty and legalize marijuana. While five of the 17 measures on the state’s November ballot concern crime and punishment, contributions from police groups are focused on three initiative battles, the analysis found. Law enforcement groups have provided nearly $2 million of the $3.6 million given to the campaign for Proposition 66, a measure aimed at reducing delays in … [Read more...]

Time to Legalize, Regulate Marijuana in California

Six years ago California voters were asked to make recreational marijuana legal under state law and they declined to do so. But the close decision — 46% voted “yes” on Proposition 19 — suggested that the battle was not yet over. At that time, The Times opposed Proposition 19 not because legalization was necessarily a bad idea, but because it was a poorly drafted mess that would have created a regulatory nightmare. In the years since, a lot has changed. Four states, starting with Colorado and … [Read more...]

What Happens If Marijuana Is Legalized?

When we speak of legalizing marijuana we are really speaking of the Great Cannabis Debate. Come November, Californians will vote on Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which could bring safety and security for both cannabis consumers and farmers, and the sales taxes accrued could provide much-needed revenue to our state. Let’s look at a short list of possible unforeseen ramifications. Local mom-and-pop cannabis growers fear that if we legalize the cultivation and distribution of … [Read more...]

It’s Not Legal Yet

Nearly 500,000 Marijuana Arrests in California in the Last Decade A report released recently by the Drug Policy Alliance finds that there were nearly half a million marijuana felony and misdemeanor arrests in California between 2006 and 2015. Thousands of Californians are arrested annually for marijuana misdemeanors and felonies. These arrests are not equal. Black and Latino Californians are arrested for marijuana offenses at disproportionately high rates. In addition, youth under 18 years of … [Read more...]

Gavin Newsom Explains Why Lawmakers Shouldn’t Be Neutral on Marijuana Legalization

Gavin Newsom is a little tired of being the only state official in California to fully endorse legalizing recreational marijuana. Speaking with The Huffington Post at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, the lieutenant governor said it’s time for others to take a stand on the issue, which will appear on California’s ballot this fall. “What we’re doing to criminalize the drug is not working,” he said. “And the drug is ubiquitous. Every young person would say it’s easier to get … [Read more...]