California's Biggest Union Backs Legalizing Marijuana

Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 10:33 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The California initiative to legalize marijuana, which had been relying on stoking grass-roots support, so to speak, got a major spark when the Golden State’s largest labor union endorsed Proposition 19 on the November ballot. The backing of the Service Employees International Union could be a boon to the effort, according to the Los Angeles Times, which reported that the campaign has not been able to generate enough money for TV ads.

California, legalize, marijuana, Proposition 19, SEIUThe 700,000-member SEIU is considered a major force in California politics, although the Times noted that it’s not clear whether the union will add financial and human resources to its endorsement.

Union President Bill A. Lloyd wrote a letter to the campaign saying, "As you know, our primary objective in the 2010 election is targeting the top of the ticket. The lion's share of our focus and resources are targeted at electing Jerry Brown as our next governor, but we look forward to joining you in any way we can to help pass Proposition 19."

The union decided to back the initiative because of its potential to raise money to avoid budget cuts healthcare, home care, education and services for children, families, the elderly, and people with disabilities, Lloyd wrote. "These new revenues will help the state and local governments protect and invest in jobs we need to provide for our families," he wrote.

The initiative, which would allow people 21 and older to grow and possess marijuana, would not authorize any state taxes but rather, would allow cities and counties to approve selling marijuana and taxing the proceeds.

Opposition spokesman Roger Salazar said the initiative does not guarantee new revenues, and the Times quoted him as saying, "It strikes me that they have been sold a bill of goods."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Polls: Gardner Leads Incumbent Udall in Colo. Senate Race

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 09:21 AM

In several recent polls, Sen. Mark Udall continues to trail his Republican challenger, Cory Gardner, as the Colorado Sen . . .

Report: Official Autopsy Supports Officer in Ferguson Shooting

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 12:10 PM

Slain Ferguson teen Michael Brown was shot in the hand at close range, an official county autopsy report obtained by the . . .

Takata Air Bag Recall Affects 7.8M Vehicles

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 08:15 AM

The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of po . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved