Legislative Alert: IACP Opposes California Marijuana Legalization Effort

In late August, IACP president Michael Carroll released a statement on the current movement to legalize marijuana in California. California was one of the first states to enact a medical marijuana law, and now the state has presented Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which seeks to legalize marijuana. As written, this legislation centralizes on the idea that cannabis legalization will generate revenue for the deficit-burdened state as well as the idea that legalization would alleviate police drug responsibilities as marijuana enforcement would not be necessary. The proposed revenue created would be applied to neutralize health-care costs, and legalization would eliminate the apparent violence demonstrated daily by the drug trade with the added benefit of applying the remaining tax dollars to close budget gaps.