Please join me as I moderate an all-star panel discussion next Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Commonwealth Club of California on Proposition 19, the ballot initiative to legalize recreational use and personal cultivation of marijuana.
This discussion will happen with less than a week to go before Election Day, and Prop. 19 is struggling: A Public Policy Institute of California poll released yesterday only 44 percent of likely voters polled Oct. 10 through 17 intend to vote for Prop. 19 – an eight-percentage-point drop since September – with 49 percent planning to oppose it and 7 percent undecided.
Supporters such as the California branch of the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, the California Young Democrats, the Republican Liberty Caucus, the California Council of Churches and several big labor unions say legalization would end the hypocritical and racially disproportionate ban on a drug less harmful than alcohol, while saving law enforcement costs, creating new tax revenue for cities and counties, and making it harder for kids to get marijuana.
Opponents such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving; most major law enforcement groups; all major-party candidates for governor, state attorney general and U.S. Senate; the California League of Cities; the California State Association of Counties; and business groups say the measure threatens public safety, violates federal law and drug-free workplace rules, allows a patchwork of different rules and won’t raise much tax revenue.
The event is at the club’s offices on the second floor of 595 Market St. (at Second) in San Francisco; check-in starts at 6 p.m., the program starts at 6:30 p.m. and there’ll be a networking reception at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for club members, $20 for nonmembers or $7 for students with valid ID, and are available online.