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San Diego Lawmakers Urge ‘No’ Vote On Recreational Marijuana

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Legalization of recreational marijuana may be a factor influencing increased use college-age young adults.

San Diego lawmakers, law enforcers and religious leaders joined forces Monday to urge San Diegans to vote against Proposition 64.

That's the state ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana.

The group warned of dangers, including edibles resembling candy that can get into the hands of teenagers and deaths caused by marijuana-impaired drivers.

San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn pointed to what he said is an increase in crime in Colorado, where pot's been legal for three years. Horn said that increase is an example of why legalization is wrong for California.

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"This is a plague, it's illegal for a reason and needs to stay that way," he said. "If you are listening and you haven't voted yet, we ask that you 'vote no' on Prop 64. No good comes from it."

Last week, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom came to San Diego to campaign in support of Proposition 64. He said he favors it because of illegal marijuana’s role in the drug war, with all its racial overtones.

“Drug policy emanated in my city, San Francisco as a way of going after the Chinese, in the 1870s," Newsom said. "Then we went after the quote, unquote Mexicans with marijuana. Then we went after African Americans with crack cocaine.”

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