Standing in front of the Glendale Police Department on Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) voiced strong opposition to Proposition 19, the Nov. 2 ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in California.
"As a mother and grandmother of six, I believe Prop. 19 will send a signal to youngsters that marijuana smoking is legal and therefore permissible," Feinstein said. "That's what legalization does. It says it's OK. It's not OK."
Feinstein was joined by Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and nearly two dozen other opponents of Proposition 19, including representatives of police agencies, schools and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Nearby, half a dozen Yes on 19 advocates handed out literature and countered the comments of the speakers.
Covina Police Chief Kim Raney, speaking on behalf of the California Police Chiefs Assn., said his group of 350 top enforcement officers believe the measure would dramatically increase the use of hard drugs in the state, as well as traffic collisions caused by drivers under the influence.