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For Immediate Release

Statement from White House Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske on Proposition 19 in California

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Today, Californians recognized that legalizing marijuana will not solve California’s budget crisis, make our citizens healthier, or reduce drug related violence in Mexico. The Obama Administration has been clear in its opposition to marijuana legalization because research shows that marijuana use is associated with voluntary treatment admissions for addiction, fatal drugged driving accidents, mental illness, and emergency room admissions.”