California: Senator Diane Feinstein Signs Ballot Argument Opposing Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Sacramento, CA: California’s senior senator, Democrat Diane Feinstein (San Francisco), has cosigned the ballot argument against Prop. 19, The Regulate, Control & Tax Cannabis Initiative of 2010, which would allow adults 21 years or older to privately possess and cultivate marijuana for personal use. It would also permit local governments the option to authorize the retail sale and commercial cultivation of cannabis to adults. Personal marijuana cultivation or not-for-profit sales of marijuana would not be taxed under the measure.

Senator Feinstein issued a statement this week calling the measure “a jumbled legal nightmare that will make our highways, our workplaces and our communities less safe.” Feinstein falsely claims that the measure, if passed, would prohibit sanctions against employees or motorists who are impaired by marijuana, and would cost California billions of dollars in federal funding.

“Senator Feinstein’s opposition to this measure is based upon fear, not fact,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “The public is well ahead of the politicians when it comes to the issue of enacting common sense marijuana law reforms.”

Senator Feinstein has served in Congress since 1992.

According to the most recent statewide poll, conducted on July 11 by Survey USA, 50 percent of Californians support Prop. 19, while 40 percent oppose it.

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