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September 23, 2010 - Sacramento, CA, USA
Sacramento, CA: The California council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the state's largest union, has endorsed Proposition 19, The Regulate, Control & Tax Cannabis Initiative of 2010. If passed, the measure would legalize the private adult possession and cultivation of marijuana, and allow local government the option to regulate the plant's commercial production and sale.
In a letter to the campaign, union President Bill A. Lloyd wrote that passage of Prop. 19 would generate new tax "revenues [that] will help the state and local governments protect and invest in jobs we need to provide for our families.
"[W]e look forward to joining you in any way we can to help pass Proposition 19," the letter concludes.
The SEIU has some 750,000 members in California.
Proposition 19 has also gained support from the council that oversees political activities for the United Food and Commercial Workers in California and four other western states. The Northern California council of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Communications Workers of America Local 9415 and Sign Displays & Allied Crafts Local 510 have also endorsed the campaign.
Other groups backing the campaign include the California state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Latino Voters League, the National Black Police Association, and the California Council of Churches IMPACT.
Californians favor the measure by a vote of 47 percent to 38 percent, according to the latest statewide poll, published on Wednesday.
For more information, please visit: http://yeson19.com.updated: Sep 23, 2010