California: LA County Democrats Endorse AUMA Marijuana Legalization
Largest Democratic County Committee in California says ballot measure will “protect children” and “provide critical funding for public health”
By Steve Elliott
The campaign in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) on Wednesday announced the official endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP), the largest Democratic county committee in California and the largest local Democratic Party organization in the nation.
The LACDP represents more than 2.4 million registered Democrats and a population larger than 42 other states in the 88 cities and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
“Los Angeles County Democrats support the Adult Use of Marijuana Act because it will end the failed policies of prohibition which have disproportionately harmed communities of color, it will protect California’s children and it will provide critical funding for public health and public safety programs,” said Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman.
Supporters of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act say the measure includes strong safeguards for children, businesses and local governments, strict anti-monopoly provisions and the toughest warning label and marketing-to-kids laws in the nation.
Opponents say the measure doesn't do enough to protect mom-and-pop growers, medical marijuana patients, and low income citizens, and gives too much control to big monied corporate interests.
AUMA closely adheres to the Lieutenant Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy and the new medical marijuana laws recently passed by a bipartisan majority of the Legislature and signed by Governor Brown.
The measure has been endorsed by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), the California Council of Land Trusts, Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, California Cannabis Industry Association, California Medical Association, California NAACP, and national NORML, among others.
Graphic: Los Angeles County Democratic Party