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County Supervisors Say ‘No’ To Legalizing Pot

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors say they don't support Proposition 19, a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana.

— San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors have said “no” to Proposition 19, a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in California. The board unanimously passed a resolution to oppose Prop. 19 at a meeting today.

“This is bad for our community, bad for our kids,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob said.

Jacob, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis authored the anti-Prop. 19 resolution.

“This poorly written proposition includes vague language and ill-conceived provisions that would result in a public health and public safety nightmare for California,” the resolution states.

Special Feature The Marijuana State

KPBS investigates Prop. 19, a ballot initiative that would make recreational use of marijuana legal and allow cities and counties to tax and regulate the sale of the drug. "The Marijuana State" will air Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. on KPBS Television.

Prop. 19 is on the November ballot. It proposes making recreational use of marijuana legal, and allowing cities and counties to tax and regulate the sale of the drug for commercial use.

District Attorney Dumanis opposes Prop 19 because she says it would create more problems for police.

“Just look at alcohol and prescription drugs and how they’re abused right now. It’s just a forbearer (sic) of what’s going to come in the future," said Dumanis.

If Prop. 19 passes, California would become the first state in the nation to legalize pot. Adults over age 21 would be allowed to grow and possess small amounts of cannabis, but could not use the drug around minors.

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