Today, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are wasted enforcing the failed prohibition of marijuana (also known as cannabis.) Currently, marijuana is easier for kids to get than alcohol. Prohibition has created a violent criminal market run by international drug cartels. Police waste valuable resources targeting non-violent marijuana consumers, while thousands of violent crimes go unsolved.
But California has a game-changer on its ballot in November. Proposition 19 would make marijuana available to adults over 21 in California, and would generate much needed revenue by controlling and taxing it. This isn't just about California - Prop. 19 will send a message to the nation and to the world that marijuana prohibition has failed.
Governor Schwarzenegger has publicly opposed Prop. 19, saying, "It would...make California a laughingstock."
Tell Governor Schwarzenegger there is nothing funny about marijuana prohibition and that the majority of Californians support reasonable marijuana regulation.
Marijuana prohibition is a failed strategy. Prohibition has not limited the availability of drugs or reduced the use of drugs; it has simply created a system in which control of marijuana distribution is in the hands of criminal enterprises rather than legitimate, licensed and regulated vendors. As long as marijuana remains illegal, street dealers will not ask for ID and will sell to anyone who is willing and able to buy from them, including young people.
If you are concerned about the safety of our youth, as I am, then please support Prop. 19 to create sensible regulations to limit young people’s access to marijuana.