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California: Police And Prison Guard Groups Fight Marijuana Legalization

Police and prison guard groups are afraid of losing revenue if marijuana is legalized.

By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Police and prison guard groups are afraid that legalizing recreational marijuana in California will cause them to lose the revenue streams upon which they have become addicted. These groups have raised roughly half of all money raised to oppose the legalization measure.

The marijuana legalization initiative is slated to go before voters in November. Opposition to the initiative has been organized by John Lovell, a longtime Sacramento lobbyist for police chiefs and prison guard supervisors. His Coalition for Responsible Drug Policies raised $60,000 in the first three months of this year for his committee created to defeat the pot initiative, according to a disclosure filed earlier this month.

The funds came from groups representing law enforcement, including the California Police Chiefs Association, the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association, the Los Angeles Police Protective League’s Issues PAC, and the California Correctional Supervisor’s Organization. Other donors include the California Teamsters union and the California Hospital Association, as well as Sam Action, an anti-marijuana advocacy group co-founded by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Mass., and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum.

California: Gov. Brown Brokering Deal On Medical Marijuana Regulations


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

California Governor Jerry Brown's office is working on the framework for medical marijuana regulations in California in a session-closing move that could end nearly two decades of court battles in the Golden State.

With the Legislature scheduled to adjourn next week, the Governor's office is said to be emphasizing the details of a compromise measure on medicinal cannabis, report Christopher Cadelago and Jeremy B. White at The Sacramento Bee. The legislation could impact the push to put a recreational marijuana legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot.

Gov. Brown's office isn't commenting, but lawmakers and stakeholders have confirmed that his administration has stepped in to help develop a bill. Legislative leaders last week stripped the contents of several medical marijuana measures and linked them with boilerplate language, giving Brown's aides a chance to start all over.

"The Governor's Office has been very heavily involved," said Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), who wrote one of the medical marijuana bills. "They've brought forward some different views on how to structure it, which I think people are pretty comfortable with."

"I'm feeling like we're a week out and we have wide (support for acting) ... trying to bring this thing home," Cooley said.

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