One thing AG candidates Kamala Harris, John Eastman and Chris Kelly all agree on? Marijuana isn't like alcohol, and it shouldn't be regulated like it.
All three have come out against a November initiative that would legalize possession and consumption of marijuana for all adults over 21. The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which counts activist and businessman Richard Lee as a main backer, goes much further than Prop 215, which legalized medical marijuana in the state in 1996. The measure would leave it up to cities and counties to determine taxation levels and regulations.
In interviews with the Bay Area Reporter, Kelly and Harris declared their support of medical marijuana, but expressed concerns with both the current system of regulation and the effects of legalization on society.
"I think that we have to make sure we have a regulatory regime in place around medical marijuana and compassionate use of marijuana before we consider any further steps toward decriminalization or legalization," Kelly said in a phone interview.
Eastman called the measure "ineffectual" and went on to say that "we can't make something legal here that is illegal under federal law."