Author: The Press Democrat Editorial Board

PD editorial: No on Prop. 64: Just too many risks, unknowns

Give Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom credit. He speaks with passion, particularly on issues of social justice. And, to him, that’s what Proposition 64 is all about. During a meeting with The Press Democrat Editorial Board Tuesday, Newsom said of the 8,800 arrests for nonviolent marijuana felonies last year, a disproportionate number of them involved African-Americans and Latinos: “We are still arresting and incarcerating folks that don’t look like me.” It’s a compelling argument, one that underscores many of the inequalities of the criminal justice system. But it’s not enough to warrant the acceptance of a poorly worded ballot proposition...

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