Representatives of the Latino Voters League are touring Spanish-language radio and television stations in Los Angeles, and other parts of California, trying to persuade Hispanic voters to vote yes on Proposition 19, the legalization of marijuana. These representatives have a very active role in the promotion of this proposition.
Some of their arguments are that the state is going to receive millions of dollars in revenue. Youth will no longer have access to the drug because it is going to be regulated. It has controls for employers to maintain a drug free environment. They even say that Mexico will benefit of the legalization of weed in California with a decrease in violence.
All those arguments are flawed.
The Latino Voters League states: “The State’s tax collector, the Board of Equalization, says taxing marijuana would generate $1.4 billion in annual revenue”
The fact is: That that revenue would never materialize. The measure establishes no state controls over distribution and product standardsbut gives the responsibility to the 58 counties and hundreds of cities to decide if they will allow its sale and how much in taxes they will impose. The only profit from legalization of marijuana is if individual cities and counties opt in and set up regulatory tax schemes. Most, however, have already passed resolutions against medical marijuana, meaning the drug will remain untaxed throughout much of the state.According to the RAND Corporation, the State could never receive large amounts of revenues “due to tax evasion or a ‘race to the bottom’.”
No longer upholding a drug-free workplace goes against the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This means the state could lose billions of dollars in federal funding and grants.
The Latino Voters League states: “If we can control and tax alcohol, we can control and tax marijuana, youth will not have access to the drug”
The fact is: Would allow licensed marijuana dealers to advertise without restriction, near schools, libraries and parks, just like cigarette companies. This is made possible by a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2001 entitled Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. Reilly (US Sup. Ct., Opinion per O’Connor) which struck down as unconstitutional a Massachusetts statute which banned tobacco ads within 1000 feet of a school or playground.
Youth who want to buy pot still will be able to do it at a black market. Thousands of teenagers use alcohol (provided by older friends, or relatives), and the same will happen with marijuana.
The Latino Voters League states: Maintains strict criminal penalties for driving under the influence and keeps workplaces safe by preserving the right of employers to maintain a drug-free workplace.
The fact is: the Act only prohibits consumption while driving. There are no devices to measure the level of marijuana (other than a blood test) in a driver, making it difficult for law enforcement to determine if the person is legally driving under the influence. While users are prohibited from consuming pot at the work place, they are not prevented from using before their shift and working while impaired.
The Latino Voters League states: “Marijuana prohibition has created vicious drug cartels across our border. In 2008 alone, cartels murdered 6,290 civilians in Mexico.60 percent of drug cartel revenue comes from the illegal U.S marijuana market.
By controlling marijuana, Proposition 19 will help cut off funding to the cartels.”
More information: No on prop 19 . Democrat and Republican candidates against Prop 10 . Oficial voter information guide PDF