USA: S.A.M – CITY OF COMPTON REJECTS POT SHOPS BY MORE THAN 3 to 1

 

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press@learnaboutsam.org; 303-335-7584              January 24, 2018 

CITY OF COMPTON REJECTS POT SHOPS BY MORE THAN 3 to 1
Voters Reject Two Local Initiatives; Marijuana Stores Remain Banned
(January 24, 2018 – Alexandria, VA) – Voters in Compton, California soundly rejected two local measures that would have allowed businesses selling marijuana in their city. The rejection, which 76-77% of voters agreed with, means that a ban on marijuana businesses in the city remains.
“Today, Compton voters refused to be pawns for the billionaire pot lobbyists who just want to get richer,” said Kevin A. Sabet, a former Obama Administration drug policy adviser who is now head of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). “This is a great win for public health and safety, and for Compton’s youth in particular. City by city, this fight continues.”
A SAM Action-led rally in Compton, 2016
SAM has engaged in multiple community events in Compton for the past few years.In 2016, Compton was a major focus area for the anti-Prop 64 campaign, which was largely funded by SAM Action, SAM’s sister organization. Despite state initiatives, marijuana remains illegal, and new guidance issued recently clarifiesthat the sales of marijuana remains a federal felony. 

Recent research has also found that arrests for young, communities of color have gone up since legalization in Colorado.

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