A California activist is concerned that several initiatives to
legalize marijuana in three states will cause those states to be
the "drug dealers" to the rest of the country.
In 2010, California voters rejected a measure (Proposition 19)
to legalize marijuana in The Golden State. But activists now are
looking to pass similar initiatives in Colorado, Washington, and
Oregon in the general election next month.
Initiatives in Washington (Initiative 502) and Colorado
(Amendment 64) would tax and regulate the sale of marijuana in
those states; and a measure in Oregon (Measure 80) would create a
cannabis commission to regulate the sale and cultivation of
James Lambert, an author and pro-family activist in
Southern California, believes voters who might support those
initiatives are not taking into account the far-reaching effects
passage could have.
"What people don't understand in Colorado, Washington, and
Oregon is if recreational pot is legalized, their states could
effectively become the drug dealers to other states around the
country," he tells OneNewsNow.
"[If these initiatives are successful] pot will be allowed to be
cultivated and grown in their states -- and obviously people are
going to take advantage of that and grow marijuana in all types of
forms and send it to other states."
ABC reported that the measure in Washington generated $1.2
million at the start of signature gathering in 2011. The
initiatives are gaining momentum and are poised to pass.