Pot industry needs more clout

01/24/2014 7:10 AM

01/23/2014 4:36 PM

Re “Pot industry clout poised to grow” (Forum, Dan Moran, Jan. 19): Marijuana's influence on legislation should increase. Prominent examples of law enforcement lobbying organizations in California include the California Police Chiefs Association and the California Narcotics Officers Association, which use taxpayer dollars to fund their common lobbyist, John Lovell, to oppose any reforms on marijuana, including stopping raids on medical marijuana dispensaries. Recent examples of reasonable reforms Lovell has successfully killed include bills in both the Senate and the Assembly this year that would have provided clarification to California's murky Compassionate Use Act that governs medical marijuana use in the state. Cancer patients, AIDS patients and recreational marijuana users are tired of law enforcement's lobbyists putting pressure on the Legislature to keep or strengthen laws that the majority of California residents disagree with.

-- Mark Brouillet, Carmichael

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