The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday against a proposition that would make recreational marijuana legal in California.
Proposition 64 – the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative – would legalize recreational marijuana and hemp in the state for people over 21 years old. The measure would also allow California to establish sales and cultivation taxes by 15 percent.
On Tuesday, San Diego leaders – including County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis – held a meeting at the County Administration to voice their concerns against the measure.
The opponents believe Prop 64 will lead to more people driving under the influence of marijuana, which could end in more deaths at the wheel. The group also fears the passing of Prop 64 may lead to more marijuana easily getting into the hands of those under 21 and the emergence of more drug cartel activity.
The opponents site public safety as their main concern against the prop.
The group hoped the Board of Supervisors would pass a recommendation to oppose the prop -- and they did.
Meanwhile, supporters of Prop 64 say the measure would raise $1 billion in annual taxes that can fund drug education and treatment programs aimed at teenagers.
Ultimately, it will be in the hands of California voters to decide if marijuana is legalized.