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District Attorney Opposes Marijuana Legalization Prop, Says it's 'Poorly Drafted'

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Steve Cooley | Photo via L.A. District Attorney's Office

Steve Cooley | Photo via L.A. District Attorney's Office
Los Angeles County's District Attorney (and a Republican Attorney General Candidate) today officially opposed the November ballot prop to legalize marijuana in California today. “The marijuana initiative is terribly misleading, poorly drafted and not in the best interests of California residents,” Steve Cooley said in a written statement. “It will not regulate, not control nor effectively tax marijuana in California.”Cooley believes revenues estimated in the prop language are not true and its passing would mean California would lose federal funds for violating the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. And because the prop allows local jurisdictions to make their own marijuana regulations--he says there will be no state control--it would create a "completely unworkable patchwork of different laws throughout the state’s 483 cities and 58 counties."

Legalizing marijuana would also restrict property owner rights and potentially cause the loss of businesses and jobs throughout California, Cooley contends.

“This is a bad initiative that will create tremendous harm and no good at all,” he said. “I have asked that the Attorney General not approve the proposed Title and Summary, unless it truly reflects the initiative’s seriously negative consequences.”

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Cooley definitely could use some fact checking, which we encourage in the comments section below.