The California State NAACP this week endorsed the proposed Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), a marijuana-legalization initiative aiming for the November ballot in California.
AUMA is the proposal backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker. It would allow Californians 21-and-older to possess one ounce of marijuana without fear of arrest. It would also regulate pot like alcohol.
The group, with 52 branches and more than 30 youth chapters statewide, has gotten into pot politics through civil rights.
African Americans are the most-likely people to be put behind bars for even minor drug offenses. Legalizing it, in theory, could delete a tool of biased policing.
In a statement, the California State NAACP called AUMA a “a consensus measure” that “includes strong safeguards for children, workers, local governments and small businesses and strict anti-monopoly provisions and the toughest warning label and marketing-to-kids laws in the nation.”
“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 the organization. “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.”