Endorsement: Yes on Los Angeles County Measure A on Nov. 5
By Lee Casey, The Examiner
Lee Casey, The Examiner
The California League of Conservation Voters has endorsed “yes” on Measure A — a Proposition 1 ballot measure that would legalize cultivation of industrial hemp in Los Angeles County and prohibit the state from prosecuting users.
League executive director Bill Tow said the measure would eliminate the state’s prohibition against growing hemp.
The measure would authorize cultivation on up to 160 acres of land by approved farmers. Those who have been certified by the Department of Food and Agriculture for the production of the industrial fibers and seeds would be exempt.
“The measure would be good for California jobs and could become a major source of revenue that would provide desperately needed relief to California families,” Tow said. “It would help us deal with our state budget problem in an environmentally friendly way.”
Cochrane said in a statement that hemp “supports agricultural livelihoods and helps relieve California from high unemployment.”
On the measure’s chances: “It is well on its way to implementation, and is expected to pass at the Nov. 5 general election in the high single digits,” said Dan Schnur, a spokesman for the San Francisco-based Ballot Pundit, a firm hired by the campaign.
“Proposition 1 has been a long time coming,” said campaign spokesman Bob Hill.
However, the campaign has “received a major boost in the past month with a massive ‘Yes on 3,'” he added.
Measure No. 1 is the ballot initiative to legalize the production of industrial hemp in California.
As for the measure’s chances, Tow said: “Our coalition is excited about the initiative process. It shows that citizens in California are very interested in making a change. This will be a real game-changer for California agriculture.”
The campaign has had support from the League of Conservation Voters, the California Family Council, the American Farm Bureau Federation, Service Employees International Union, the League of California Cities, and other organizations.
The Ballot Measure No. 1 campaign had launched its website last week. It had