The California chapter of the nation's
oldest Latino civil rights group has endorsed the November ballot
proposition that would legalize and tax recreational use of
marijuana in the state.
In announcing its support for Proposition 19 Friday, the League
of United Latin American Citizens of California said that young
Latinos are disproportionately arrested and charged with possessing
and cultivating pot.
State director Argentina Davila-Luevanp says bringing marijuana
"under the control of the law" also would reduce the violence
associated with the illegal drug trade in California and Mexico.
A Public Policy Institute of California polls shows that 63
percent of likely Latino voters support Proposition 19, compared to
52 percent of all likely voters in next month's election.
LULAC joins the California NAACP in backing the initiative.
by: Tom Tucker
Latino Group Backs Marijuana Legalization in California