California Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, was on the in as an . Supporters referred to the initiative as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. It was approved.
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It's more than a little odd that [the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America] and the other groups leading the fight against relaxing marijuana laws, including the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), derive a significant portion of their budget from opioid manufacturers and other pharmaceutical companies. According to critics, this funding has shaped the organization's policy goals: CADCA takes a softer approach toward prescription-drug abuse, limiting its advocacy to a call for more educational programs, and has failed to join the efforts to change prescription guidelines in order to curb abuse. In contrast, CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have adopted a hard-line approach to marijuana, opposing even limited legalization and supporting increased police powers.
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Journalists, along with supporters and opponents of marijuana legalization, debated whether Proposition 64 was the tipping point for nationwide marijuana legalization. Some even expected the measure's approval to impact the state's southern neighbor, Mexico. (D), the state's highest-ranking official to endorse the initiative, claimed, "A lot of eyes are on California. It’s very different than almost any other state because of the scale and the magnitude of the change and what it will represent across the country." Marijuana Majority's Tom Angell said, "Passing legalization in California will greatly accelerate our ability to end the federal prohibition." A number of factors were identified as contributing to California's potential tipping-point status.
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The AAA Foundation for Highway Safety reports that deaths in marijuana-related car crashes have doubled since the State of Washington approved legalization. Yet, incredibly, Proposition 64's proponents refused to include a DUI standard for marijuana, making it extremely difficult to keep impaired drivers off our highways.
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Rachel A. Barry and Stanton A. Glantz, the center's researchers, deemed marijuana legalization an "appropriate response" to "the social inequities and large public costs of a failed War on Drugs." However, they said that without proper safeguards, a powerful marijuana industry similar to the tobacco industry would emerge. The center's report recommended that a marijuana legalization measure include "a robust marijuana prevention and control program modeled on the evidence-based California Tobacco Control Program." Furthermore,