Proponents of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) have announced today that their cannabis legalization initiative has been formally endorsed by the California State NAACP, which is comprised of 52 branches and more than 30 youth chapters statewide. The NAACP is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.
The California NAACP – which voted to endorse the initiative over the weekend — joins a rapidly-growing broad-based coalition of support, which already includes physicians, environmental leaders, business owners, small farmers and social justice advocates.
“Creating a legal, responsible and regulated framework for marijuana is a predominant civil rights issue and it’s long overdue,” said Alice Huffman, longtime President of California State NAACP. “The current system is counterproductive, financially wasteful and racially biased, and the people of California have repeatedly called for it to be fixed. This measure will ensure that California is not unjustly criminalizing responsible adults while also ensuring that our children are protected while the State receives hundreds of millions of new dollars for vital government and community-based programs.”