The California Academy of Preventive Medicine (CAPM) on Monday announced its support for Proposition 64, the consensus statewide ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).
CAPM is the official state specialty society for California physicians practicing in the fields of Preventive Medicine and Public Health.“Proposition 64 is a thoughtful, comprehensive measure based on sound evidence-based science that will protect public health and fund vital health programs for California’s youth,” said Dr. Donald Lyman, Legislative Director for CAPM.
“Now that Governor Brown and the California Legislature have regulated medical marijuana, California needs a new and safe approach to controlling and regulating adult-use marijuana – one that ends improper diversion by healthy adults into the medical system, one that allows for evidence-based clinical research into the effects of cannabis and one that protects children and funds proven public health programs.”
The California Academy of Preventive Medicine joins the California Medical Association in support of Proposition 64 – as well as California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, bipartisan elected officials including Democratic U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu and Jared Huffman and Republican U.S. Rep Dana Rohrabacher, and an unprecedented coalition including environmental leaders, business owners, small farmers, civil rights groups, public safety experts and social justice advocates.“Proposition 64 is a consensus measure based on recognized best practices and recommendations from hundreds of engaged citizens and organizations, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act headquarters states in a prepared release. “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),” according to AUMA.
Mom-and-pop growing artisanal growing operations have expressed concerns that the pro-corporate tilt of AUMA might endanger small businesses which helped establish the cannabis culture in California in the first place, by AUMA’s favoring of deep-pocketed corporations.
The AUMA campaign is being paid for by Yes On 64, Californians to Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana while Protecting Children, which is sponsored by business, physicians, environmental and social-justice advocate organizations. Major funding comes from Sean Parker and affiliated entities, and Drug Policy Action – Non-Profit 501c4 (Committee).