California Teamsters contribute to group opposing MJ legalization

One of California’s biggest unions labor has contributed $25,000 to a group dedicated to defeating adult-use marijuana legalization this year in the state.

The California Teamsters chapter gave the money to the Coalition for Responsible Drug Policies, an anti-legalization group, ATT: reported. And a Teamsters lobbyist told the news site that his organization has “serious concerns” about the initiative California voters will likely decide on this November.

The Teamster’s primary gripe with the Adult Use of Marijuana Act – the legalization measure backed by tech billionaire Sean Parker – focuses on distribution and transportation, the lobbyist said.

He added the trucking union would instead prefer an “independent distribution model,” more akin to what’s set up for the alcohol industry.

Because the legalization measure wouldn’t follow the same type of distribution model, Teamsters members could lose out on a financial windfall if the measure passes – and Teamster drivers aren’t needed to help transport cannabis to market.

The lobbyist said the donation was also intended to help pay for polling, and doesn’t necessarily indicate direct opposition to the AUMA.

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6 comments on “California Teamsters contribute to group opposing MJ legalization
  1. Thomas Huzella on

    A $25,000 contribution is a rounding error. Sheldon Adelson threw $500,000 at the Florida Amendment 2 in 2014 and his late buy caused the defeat of the measure by 3%. This go round there is 81% support for passage in the Sunshine state.

  2. Jim Vander Jagt on

    The Teamzters as a whole make decisions with out all the facts.
    Their Central States Chapter is cutting Pensions to retirees…… Why oh Why are they wasting their members moneyhaard earned dues on this assanine attempt to .uddy the water… Better yet, send the money to the Central State retirement fund to HELP A BROTHER!!

  3. Dr. Mark on

    The forces of evil must divide us to conquer. I do not think they will do it this time. Lets hang together. TEAMSTERS: ignore your leadership or better yet make them listen to reason, this law can be fine tuned, without it the certainty is that brave folks (non-union members) will continue risk their freedom and lives to transport.

    • Peter on

      D. Mark… Why are TEAMSTERS LESS likely to risk their freedom and lives compared to anyone else whom has been transporting, is transporting, and will be transporting into the future?!?? I don’t get your point.

  4. mike on

    This is nothing but simple lobbying tactics from a union group. This is why unions have fallen in America business today. $25k?? Please this ain’t squat in the fight against legalization. Look up the facts, you will achieve nothing with this paltry bit of cash. What a waste of their monies.

  5. Guest2 on

    The AUMA is opposed by plenty or regular folks too! Those include Prop 215 patients and caregivers, and just regular people who want REAL legalization, not some POS like they tried to pass in Ohio.

    Bad “legalization” laws are a real problem, and certainly are nowdays more “over-regulation” than they are “legalization”. In CA, the AUMA is a disaster.

    And, people are mistaken in the claims it will “let you grow your own”, when it
    will really permit local governments to flat out ban outdoor grows, and will
    permit “reasonable regulation” of your indoor grow (and we all know what THAT will mean – besides, most folks cannot grow indoors for many reasons).

    This thing is a huge conglomeration of give-aways of power to storefronts and big farms, as well as litigation-ready employment for cops and lawyers. We can’t let the crappy be the enemy of the decent law we know is out there.

    The trick seems to be convincing some moneybag like Parker to back something worthwhile, and to convince the “pro pot lobby” to demonstrate a modicum of selectivity with their endorsements. The incremental “is it ANY better than what we
    have now?” (somewhat subjective, I might add) is threadbare at best, and probably harmful.

    We are not beggars. Demographics are shifting fast. We don’t need to settle
    for a crap sandwich like the AUMA.


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