Marijuana (Prop 64) Info

In 2016 the California Police Chiefs Association was opposed to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, better known as Proposition 64; however, 57% of Californians were in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Our position on this issue has not changed, but California police chiefs will continue to be a part of the conversation so that our concerns are heard and taken into consideration.

Here are CPCA’s top priorities for recreational use of marijuana (cannabis):

  • Drugged driving – Like alcohol, cannabis can impair a person’s cognitive abilities while driving. According to the National Institute of Drugged Driving, “several studies have shown that drivers with THC in their blood were roughly twice as likely to be responsible for a deadly crash or be killed than drivers who hadn't used drugs or alcohol.” CPCA is committed to establishing a per se standard on how to detect drugged driving to prevent fatal accidents.
  • Youth access – We are concerned that youth may have easy access to cannabis related products. Local law enforcement is committed to working with local communities and school districts to prevent this from happening.
  • Diversion California police chiefs are working tirelessly with local governments and the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) to better improve the Track-and-Trace system in order to prevent cannabis products from being diverted into the black market. If we can cut off the black market’s supply of cannabis we can better regulate the market in a safe and effective way.
  • Resources – CPCA is fully aware of the fact that to address these concerns local governments and law enforcement agencies require additional resources. Additional funding and access to information are top priorities for police chiefs. We are working with the BCC and other stakeholders to guarantee these crucial resources for our members and their respective cities.


Below are links for additional information regarding cannabis regulations in California.

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