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|Desperate Sell-Out: Sen. Barbara Boxer “shares the concerns of police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials that this mesure could lead to an increase in crime, vehicle accidents and higher costs for local law enforcement agencies”
California Senator Barbara Boxer may be considered a liberal, but when it comes to marijuana, all she knows is the same old song and dance. Sen. Boxer, facing the toughest reelection fight of her career, carries the unbecoming stench of desperation rather than the sweet smell of sinsemilla as she officially opposes a California ballot measure to legalize and tax cannabis.
“Senator Boxer does not support this initiative because she shares the concerns of police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials that this measure could lead to an increase in crime, vehicle accidents and higher costs for local law enforcement agencies,” said Boxer’s campaign manager, Rose Kapolczynski, in a statement issued Friday to liberal blog Talking Points Memo
“She supports current law in California, which allows for the use of medicinal marijuana with a doctor’s prescription,” Kapolczynski added.
Boxer’s six-year Senate term concludes this year. She’s battling it out at the polls with former Republican Rep. Tom Campbell and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, reports John Byrne at The Raw Story
The marijuana legalization measure, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, will be on the November 2 ballot as well.
If California voters go for it, it will be the most significant reform of marijuana laws ever undertaken in the United States.While 13 states have downgraded the penalties for simple marijuana possession in a policy known as “decriminalization,” no state has ever legalized and taxed the herb before.
The measure stands a good chance of passing. A poll taken last year found that 56 percent of Californians favor legalizing cannabis.
The measure would make it legal for anyone 21 or older to possess an ounce or less of marijuana, and to grow cannabis for personal use in a space no larger than 25 square feet. It would also give local city and county governments the right to license and tax marijuana sales.