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Which newspapers back California’s recreational pot legalization effort? Who cares?

Both sides, pro and con, are battling for the endorsements of the Golden State’s still-influential dead-tree media. The No on Prop. 64 people just boasted that the Sacramento Bee, the Fresno Bee, the Porterville Recorder, and the St. Helena Star have all endorsed a no vote on the legalization initiative.

The Sacramento Bee urges its readers to “allow time for the new medical marijuana rules to be fully implemented and test driven before the state becomes a recreational marijuana epicenter.”

Of course your next question is, the Sacramento who? Indeed. The Bee, which covers the governor and the legislature with award-winning fervor, is influential. But the other papers mentioned by No on Prop. 64 are fairly small time.

The Yes On 64 folks argue that the publications that matter — the ones that serve the state’s largest regions — are on its side.

Its endorsers include the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle and the mighty Los Angeles Times.

The latest endorsement editorial, from a corporate group of newspapers that includes many of the above, says, “Our criminal justice system is poorly suited to address what is more a public health issue than criminal one, and law enforcement resources are probably better devoted toward behaviors which truly pose a threat to public safety.”

If you’re keeping score, we’d say legalization is winning the endorsement game.

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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