|Assemblymember Catharine Baker|
ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker says she opposes the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” the state ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in California.
Baker, an East Bay Republican legislator representing suburban areas from Walnut Creek to Pleasanton, announced her opposition to the initiative, known as Proposition 64, in a tweet Friday afternoon.
Although, the bid to legalize cannabis in the state, according to polling, is likely to succeed next November, Baker’s opposition is centered around the perceived danger to children posed by legalization. In the tweet, Baker said, “Let’s send the right message to our kids and oppose Prop. 64.”
This week I announced my opposition to Prop 64. Let’s send the right message to our kids & oppose Prop 64. pic.twitter.com/saZSVqKwwG
— Catharine Baker (@CBakerAD16) July 29, 2016
Baker’s stance on cannabis will likely become an election issue. She is being challenged by Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio, a former Pleasanton councilmember. Last June Baker topped Cook-Kallio by six points, setting up a competitive and likely expensive campaign this fall.
Cook-Kallio’s stance on cannabis is not clear. Her campaign has not yet responded for comment on its stance on Proposition 64. During a different era, Cook-Kallio voted against allowing medical cannabis dispensaries in Pleasanton as a councilmember in 2007.
As opposed to other assembly districts in the East Bay, possessing a moderate stance toward cannabis is not necessarily a negative.
In fact, the district is the only state legislative seat represented by a Republican and its political makeup is dominated by moderates (23 percent) and a a higher percentage of registered Republicans (32 percent) than any other area in the East Bay. Democrats represent 39 percent of the electorate.
Cannabis has been known for thousands of years for all it's medicinal benefits and more. The reason it is illegal is offensive to say the least. Good job including this valuable herb on your blog. I am an activist for medicinal Cannabis and advertise my activism proudly.
This shows how out of touch the average politician is with the voters. The research shows that in the States that have legalized marijuana the usage among children has decreased.
Good for you.
It's nice to see at least one California politician still has principles. All the others seem to have taken the “if you can't beat them, join them… and tax the hell out of it so that we have even more of the people's money to spend” mindset.
We will have to set up a series of meetings between Baker and Nate Miley so that Miley can brainwash her not only about the “benefits” of: one, having medical marijuana clinics in our community; but two, also still further increasing the number of medical marijuana clinics.