Capitol Alert

Dianne Feinstein officially opposes pot legalization in California

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday formally opposed an initiative on California’s fall ballot to legalize recreational marijuana for adults.

Feinstein said the measure, Proposition 64, lacked protections for children and motorists and would clash with medical marijuana guidelines signed last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The state’s senior senator has long been opposed to legalizing marijuana, and in February told reporters in Sacramento that she would not be joining Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a 2018 candidate for governor, in support of the latest effort.

“That may be one of the few issues that I would disagree with Gavin on,” she said. “I am not really for recreational use of marijuana. Medical use, yes.”

Feinstein and Newsom are the only two statewide elected officials with an opinion on marijuana, through retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer has said she is leaning toward supporting the legalization proposal.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago