Evans, Kelli M.

Kelli M. Evans is Associate Director at the ACLU of Northern California.

Moving Towards Rational Marijuana Policy: California ACLU Affiliates Endorse Prop 19

By Kelli M. Evans

Every year tens of thousands of people in California are arrested for simply possessing small amounts of marijuana. These arrests overload our already stressed courts and jails. They also divert scarce public safety dollars that could be used to address violent crime. California‚Äôs Proposition 19, on the November 2010 ballot, offers a remedy that will move marijuana policy in a direction that makes sense. 

The California Legislative Analyst's Office explains that the passage of Proposition 19 would allow redirection of court and law enforcement resources to solving violent crimes.