Sen. Boxer Opposes California Initiative To Fully Legalize Marijuana

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April 2, 2010 1:32 p.m.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) does not support a push to fully legalize marijuana in California, an initiative she will share the ballot with this fall. As we reported earlier, California voters will decide whether to legalize — and tax — marijuana. The state already allows for medicinal marijuana use.

I asked Boxer’s campaign her position. Campaign manager Rose Kapolczynski issued a statement detailing the senator’s stance on the measure, which qualified for the ballot last week.

Senator Boxer does not support this initiative because she shares the concerns of police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials that this measure could lead to an increase in crime, vehicle accidents and higher costs for local law enforcement agencies,” Kapolczynski said. “She supports current law in California, which allows for the use of medicinal marijuana with a doctor’s prescription.”

Boxer will face one of several Republicans vying for their party’s nomination on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Ed. note: This post has been edited from the original.

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