We are a group of pro-legalization Californians concerned about the impact Prop. 64 would have on our environment, young people of color, college students and our local economies. Through our attorney-led analysis, we have discovered several unsettling truths in the initiative, including the bombshells that no tax revenue would go to local governments and that Prop. 64 would have no impact on reducing arrests or prison populations. We are available for interviews, panel discussions, and debates.
In an effort to lure voters, Prop. 64 proponents are currently spreading deceptive and misleading information about a false prison crisis that supposedly only AUMA can save us from. But this is another deception: California has no prison crisis with regard to cannabis offenders – we typically don’t imprison cannabis offenders at all – and the Golden State is already independently freeing nonviolent drug offenders thanks to Prop. 47, a measure passed in 2014 that reduced personal possession of almost all drugs from felonies to misdemeanors. Furthermore, Prop. 47 is helping hundreds of thousands more offenders than Prop. 64 even pretends to.
(a) Except as otherwise provided by this section or as authorized by law, every person who transports, imports into this state, sells, furnishes, administers, or gives away, or offers to transport, import into this state, sell, furnish, administer, or give away, or attempts to import into this state or transport any marijuana shall be punished as follows:
(2) Persons 18 years of age or over shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for a period of not more than 6 months or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or by both such fine and imprisonment. A person 18 years of age or over may be punished by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for a period two, three, or four years if:
(A) the person has one or more prior convictions for (certain) offense(s).
Prop. 64’s entire campaign is built upon deception. Don’t be fooled when Prop. 64 proponents claim California needs some unwieldy, 62-page initiative to keep our citizens out of jail. This is California, not Kentucky; we already don’t arrest people for carrying an ounce.