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|Dianne Feinstein must be tired of being a senator. She does some really dumb stuff sometimes -- like opposing pot legalization.|
California's senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, has lent her voice and support to the effort to defeat Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization measure on the state's November ballot, reports John Hoeffel at the Los Angeles Times.
Feinstein, a prominent Democrat who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, has signed the ballot argument against Prop 19. On Monday, she made a statement through the opposition campaign calling the measure "a jumbled legal nightmare that will make our highways, our workplaces and our communities less safe."
The opposition committee sought Feinstein's support, according to Public Safety First spokesman Roger Salazar.
"She's one of the most respected figures in California," Salazar said. "She has a great history with law enforcement and dealing with this type of issue. We're looking at a bipartisan effort."
It's not surprising that "Di-Fei" and other prominent statewide politicians oppose Prop 19, according to Tax Cannabis 2010 spokesman Dale Sky Clare.
"I'm just not putting a lot of faith in politicians to lead," she said. "The voters have always led on this issue."
Prop 19 would allow adults 21 and older to possess, grow and transport marijuana, and would allow cities and counties to regulate and tax commercial sales.
Despite California voters being almost evenly split on the issue, most of the state's top elected officials and candidates for statewide office -- from both major parties -- are against the initiative.