I received the following press release:
Today, in the wake of a majority of the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR) agreeing to vote to withdraw its own measure (known as "ReformCA"), six members of the CCPR Board immediately announced their endorsement of the recently-amended statewide ballot measure known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) to control, regulate and tax marijuana.
- David Bronner, CEO of North America's top-selling brand of natural soaps
- Nate Bradley, Executive Director, California Cannabis Industry Association
- Stacia Cosner, Deputy Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
- Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
- Antonio Gonzalez, President of the Latino Voters League and the William C. Velasquez Institute in Los Angeles AND
- Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam University in Oakland
In addition, Dr. Larry Bedard, former President of the American College of Emergency Physicians, has agreed to withdraw as an official co-proponent of the ReformCA measure and instead support AUMA.
Over the weekend, a majority of the CCPR Board formally agreed to vote to withdraw the ReformCA measure from the ballot qualification process.
"We have carefully reviewed amendments submitted by the proponents of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, and we're convinced it's time to endorse that initiative and unite everyone behind a single, consensus measure to achieve a legal, regulated system, which a majority of voters have consistently said they want," said Bronner.
"This amended measure strikes a thoughtful balance between civil liberties and protecting public safety and the safety and health of our children," said Franklin. "I'm pleased to endorse it and have every confidence it will pass in November."
"As amended, this measure reflects the voices and vision of communities all across California," said Gonzalez. "This represents best practices and the best chance California has to replace a failed system of prohibition with an effective, legal and regulated system that protects children, workers and small businesses."
This follows last week's announcement by Lee, an award-winning founding father of California's marijuana reform movement, the founder and former President of Oaksterdam, and the lead proponent of Proposition 19, that he was supporting the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (or AUMA), saying "It's important that we all get together to support one initiative."
The Adult Use measure is based on the collaborative input of hundreds of state and local stakeholders and the recommendations of the Lieutenant Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy - and it builds on the landmark regulatory structure for medical marijuana recently passed by a bipartisan majority of the Legislature and signed by Governor Brown (SB 643, AB 266 and AB 243).
It includes strict safeguards to protect children, explicit provisions preventing marijuana monopolies, and unprecedented new investments in teen drug prevention and treatment programs and environmental and water restoration.