Today, North Coast congressman and longtime environmental leader U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced his support for the statewide ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).
Prior to his election to Congress in November of 2012, Huffman served six years in the California State Assembly and was co-chair of the Legislative Environmental Caucus. He previously served as a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. As a congressman, he serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources.
"The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is a necessary statewide reform that brings a billion-dollar industry out of the shadows and into a regulated market," said Rep. Huffman, whose district spans from the Golden Gate Bridge north to the Oregon border and includes the Emerald Triangle, the three-county region that produces most of America's domestically grown marijuana.
"The measure takes historic, first-of-its-kind steps to reverse the devastating environmental and water damage that has been done by illegal marijuana grows in our state. AUMA is not just good social justice and public health policy. It's forward-thinking environmental reform as well."
Huffman joins California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, bipartisan elected officials including Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu and Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, and a rapidly-growing and diverse coalition, including physicians, environmental leaders, business owners, small farmers, civil right groups and social justice advocates, in support of California's consensus ballot measure to regulate adult use of marijuana.
The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is a consensus measure based on recognized best practices and recommendations from hundreds of engaged citizens and organizations. It includes strong safeguards for children, workers, local governments and small businesses and strict anti-monopoly provisions and the toughest warning label and marketing-to-kids laws in the nation.
It also 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 (SB 643, AB 266 and AB 243).
AUMA has been endorsed by the California Council of Land Trusts, Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, California Cannabis Industry Association, California Medical Association and California NAACP, and national NORML, among others.
For more information: www.letsgetitrightca.org. For full text of the measure: http://www.letsgetitrightca.org/pdfs/AUMA.Amended.12.7.15.Final.pdf.
Source: AUMA press release