This fall we Californians will once again have the opportunity to legalize marijuana in our state by voting on a historic measure dubbed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).
I can’t say with certainty which way the public will vote, but thus far support has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only were there enough initial signatures to place the measure on the ballot, its support is gaining traction each and every day.
Let us follow in the footsteps of states like Colorado and Washington, which have raised millions in tax revenue and saved millions of dollars in law enforcement resources.
Legalizing marijuana use in California would likely stop the needless arrests destroying communities of color and drive hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy. According to California’s independent Legislative Analyst’s Office, this initiative could generate up to $1 billion in revenue and $100 million in savings annually for Californians.
Marijuana prohibition has been a monumental failure since its inception. It has fueled the illicit drug market and wasted millions of our tax dollars — and once again communities of color have been the most targeted and injured by the unequal enforcement of these laws.
Sign your name to support marijuana legalization in California because treating marijuana use as a crime has failed!
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.