Why Should We Legalize?
The criminalization of marijuana use disproportionately harms young people and people of color, sponsors a broken system where drug cartels make the profit, don’t pay taxes, threaten our kids without protections or safeguards, and harms our environment without regulations on water use.
Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring one of the nation's largest cash crops under the rule of law. This will create jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market.
This proposition is estimated to create up to $1 billion in tax revenues annually that will go towards Youth Substance Abuse Education, Prevention and Treatment; State and Local Law Enforcement; and Environmental Restoration and Water Protection. According to the California Legislative Analysts' Office it costs an average of $47,000 annually to incarcerate an inmate in prison in California. With the tax revenues made, inmates with non-violent drug-related offenses would have costs covered to reduce prison sentences.
Legalizes recreational use of marijuana by Adults 21+ and remain illegal for minors under the age of 21. Creates a system for regulating marijuana businesses and their location, as well as establishing standards for tracking, packaging and labeling products that will not attract children. This will also protect the Latino community from further deportations that breakup families because of a drug-related criminal record.