As public officials, as parents, as employers, as community activists and as proud Scottsdale citizens working every day to make our hometown a better place to live, we should all be concerned about the ballot proposition that seeks to permanently and irreparably undermine our efforts: Prop 205.
Prop 205, the initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana, will have enormous and irreversible consequences on our community and our state.
If we look to Colorado as a case study, the results are bleak. They now lead the nation in teen marijuana use; pot-related expulsions are up; marijuana-related traffic fatalities are on the rise. Rather than eliminating the black market for marijuana, underground sales are thriving, as illegal drug traffickers find safe haven in Colorado’s legal marijuana marketplace.
Regardless of your personal view on legalization, Prop 205 is problematic. Buried in its 20 pages of convoluted legalize are provisions that grow government, protect special interests, take away the rights of employers to keep a safe workplace, and threaten the authority of police officers to keep safe roadways.
Worse, the marijuana industry insiders who drafted the proposal strategically snuck in provisions that subvert local control, effectively stripping cities and towns of the ability to opt out. If a dispensary owner wants to sell pot down the street from your children’s school — including in the form of high-potency edibles — I will be prohibited by law from stopping it. The will of the people will be permanently preempted by a law written only to benefit a powerful few.
If passed, Prop 205 becomes a part of our state constitution. It will be voter-protected and virtually impossible to undo or even amend.
That’s why it’s so important that we stop Prop 205 NOW, while we have the opportunity. I hope you’ll join me in voting ‘no’ on November 8.
Editor’s note: Mr. Lane is mayor of Scottsdale and is seeking re-election Tuesday, Nov. 8