Marijuana Policy Reform & the 2012 California Election

On Tuesday, November 6, California voters will decide who will represent them in the state Assembly and in half of the Senate seats. To educate voters, MPP has compiled information about the candidates’ positions on marijuana policy reform.

To learn the positions of candidates for state Senate and Assembly, MPP sent surveys asking candidates to respond either “agree,” “disagree,” or “unsure/undecided” to the following five statements:

1. Qualified patients should be allowed to have safe, reliable access to medical marijuana. State law should explicitly allow and regulate larger-scale cultivation of medical marijuana and the sale of medical marijuana to qualified patients.

2.
Charging the cultivation of marijuana as an automatic felony — regardless of the circumstances — wastes taxpayer dollars. State law should allow prosecutors and judges to use their discretion in charging a crime of marijuana cultivation as either a felony or a misdemeanor to reduce the number of non-violent and small-scale offenders clogging our state prisons and jails.

3. Qualified patients who use marijuana with their physicians’ recommendations should not be denied employment opportunities, parental rights, or medical care simply because they use marijuana as part of their treatment regime. State law should provide protections to shield patients from these types of discrimination.

4. Marijuana prohibition results in the over-incarceration of youths and minorities, creates barriers to medical research, and gives control of a lucrative market to cartels, gangs, and criminals while diverting law enforcement resources away from preventing and solving violent and property crimes. Marijuana prohibition should be replaced by a system of regulation and taxation, with common-sense restrictions on sales and advertising.

5. Given that 99% of all marijuana arrests are made by state and local law enforcement, marijuana policy should be determined at the state level, not by the federal government.

Unfortunately, we did not receive a lot of responses to the surveys. However, as a service to our supporters, we have used a mixture of candidate surveys, votes on previous marijuana policy related legislation, and previous sponsorship of bills that would sensibly reform California’s marijuana laws. Please note that, for all intents and purposes, an “absent” vote is almost as bad as a “no” vote.

Candidates whose names appear as green have been identified as supporters of sensible marijuana policy reform. Those whose names appear as red have been identified as opposed to sensible reform. For those names that are neither red nor green, we either lack intel or the candidate has conflicting positions on marijuana policy reform.

The California Legislature created new legislative district boundaries since the last election. You may no longer be located in the same district as you previously were. In addition, many incumbents are running in different districts than they currently serve; these are identified. You can find new district maps here.  


The California Senate

Senate District 1

  • Ted Gaines (R): Sen. Gaines is the incumbent and is no friend of positive marijuana policy reform. Sen. Gaines voted against a resolution to ask the federal government to refrain from enforcing federal marijuana laws against state-compliant medical marijuana providers (SJR 14, 2009-2010). As member of the Assembly, he also voted “no” on a proposal to give medical marijuana patients employment protections (AB 2279, 2008).  
  • Julie Griffith-Flatter (D): Ms. Griffith-Flatter is the challenger and did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 3

  • Lois Wolk (D): Sen. Wolk is the incumbent from District 5 (she is running in District 3 due to redistricting). Sen. Wolk voted “yes” on a resolution calling on the federal government to refrain from interfering with medical marijuana (SJR 14, 2009-2010). In addition, Sen. Wolk voted “yes” on reclassifying marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil citation (SB 1449, 2010).
  • Frank Miranda (R): Mr. Miranda is the challenger and did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 5

  • Cathleen Galgiani (D): Ms. Galgiani is the current assemblymember for District 17. In her time in the Assembly, she’s been hostile towards marijuana policy reform, voting against a bill to provide for state regulation and clear legal recognition of marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), as well as against a bill that would have given judges and prosecutors discretion in charging certain marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Bill Berryhill (R): Mr. Berryhill is the current assemblymember for District 26. In his time in the Assembly, he’s been hostile towards marijuana policy reform, voting against state regulation and clear legal protections for medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), as well as against a bill that would have given judges and prosecutors discretion in charging certain marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). He also opposed a resolution calling on the federal government to stop interfering in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).

Senate District 7

  • Mark DeSaulnier (D): As the incumbent, Sen. DeSaulnier has generally been good on marijuana policy he’s voted on. He voted “yes” on reclassifying marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil citation (SB 1449, 2010) and has supported efforts to regulate and provide clear legal protections for medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), as well as efforts to provide employment protections to medical marijuana patients (AB 2279, 2008). He also voted in favor of a resolution calling on the federal government to stop interfering in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Mark Meuser (R): Mr. Meuser is the challenger and did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 9

  • Loni Hancock (D): As the incumbent, Sen. Hancock has generally been good on marijuana policy she’s voted on. She voted yes on reclassifying marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil citation (AB 1017, 2011) and has supported efforts to regulate and provide clear legal protections for medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), as well as efforts to provide employment protections for medical marijuana patients (AB 2279, 2008). She also voted in favor of a resolution calling on the federal government to stop interfering in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Mary McIlroy (Peace and Freedom Party): Ms. McIlroy is the challenger and did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 11

  • Mark Leno (D): Sen. Mark Leno, formerly of District 3 but running for re-election in District 11, is a very strong and vocal supporter of reforming California’s marijuana laws. Sen. Leno has sponsored legislation to reclassify marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil citation (SB 1449, 2010) and to provide patients with employment law protections (SB 129, 2011-2012), supported and sponsored efforts to improve legal protections for medical marijuana collectives (SB 1182, 2012), and has been the California Senate’s most vocal opponent of federal interference in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Harmeet Dhillon (R): Ms. Dhillon is the challenger and did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 13 (no incumbent running)

  • Gerald Hill (D): A former assemblymember, Mr. Hill has a mostly positive voting record on marijuana policy reform. While he voted “yes” to regulate and provide clear legal protections for medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), he opposed efforts to give judges and prosecutors discretion when it comes to charging a marijuana cultivation violation (AB 1017, 2011). Hill also opposed federal interference in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010), and he voted for Asm. Ammiano’s landmark bill to regulate and tax the legal sales of marijuana for adults (AB 390, 2010).
  • Sally Lieber (D): Ms. Lieber is the former Speaker pro Tempore of the California Assembly. She voted “yes” on a bill that would have prohibited employment discrimination against medical marijuana patients (AB 2279, 2008). She voted “yes” on SB 420, a comprehensive medical marijuana bill (2004), and she also voted “yes” on a bill to make possession of a small amount of marijuana punishable by an infraction only (SB 131, 2004).

Senate District 15

  • James Beall, Jr. (D): Mr. Beall served in the Assembly where he was a strong supporter of marijuana policy reform, having voted for state regulation and clear legal recognition of medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), as well as supporting an effort to give judges and prosecutors discretion when it comes to charging a marijuana cultivation violation (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Joe Coto (D): Mr. Coto served in the Assembly from 2004-2010. He is on the record as opposing federal interference in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010) and supporting reclassifying marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil citation (SB 1449, 2010).

Senate District 17

  • Bill Monning (D): Mr. Monning served in the Assembly where he was a strong supporter of marijuana policy reform, having voted to allow the state to regulate and extend clearer legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), as well as supporting an effort to give judges and prosecutors discretion when it comes to charging a marijuana cultivation violation (AB 1017, 2011). He is also on the record as opposing federal interference in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Larry Beaman (R): Mr. Beaman did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 19 (the incumbent is running for U.S. Congress)

  • Hannah-Beth Jackson (D): Ms. Jackson was an assemblymember from 1998-2004. She voted in favor of allowing collectives and cooperatives (SB 420, 2004) and also supported funding medical marijuana research (SB 847, 1999). She also supported a bill to reclassify first offense marijuana possession as a misdemeanor (SB 131, 2004).
  • Mike Stoker (R): Mr. Stoker, a former member of the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors, did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 21

  • Star Moffatt (D): Ms. Moffatt did not respond to our survey.
  • Stephen Knight (R): Mr. Knight is the current assemblymember for District 36. In his time in the Assembly, Asm. Knight has been hostile toward medical marijuana, voting against regulating and offering clear legal protections to dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). He also voted against a bill that would have given judges and prosecutors discretion in charging certain marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011) and opposed a resolution calling on the federal government to stop interfering in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).

Senate District 23

  • Melissa O’Donnell (D): While she has no voting record, Ms. O’Donnell took the time to respond to our candidate survey and replied “agree” to all five questions. Ms. O’Donnell agrees the state should explicitly allow and regulate medical marijuana cultivation and sales, that medical marijuana patients should have civil protections for their medical use of marijuana, that judges and prosecutors should be allowed discretion when charging marijuana cultivation violations, that marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, and that marijuana policy should be determined at the state level. 
  • Bill Emmerson (R): Sen. Emmerson is an incumbent formally representing Senate District 37 but running in 23 because of redistricting. Sen. Emmerson has previously opposed giving medical marijuana patients employment protections (AB 2279, 2008) while supporting efforts to further restrict where medical marijuana patients can have access to their medicine (AB 2650, 2010). 

Senate District 25

  • Carol Liu (D): Sen. Liu currently serves Senate District 21 but due to redistricting is running to represent Senate District 25. Sen. Liu has previously voted for more clear recognition of medical marijuana dispensaries (SB 1182, 2012), has supported reclassifying possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction (SB 1449, 2010), and is on the record as opposing federal interference in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010). 
  • Gilbert Gonzales (R): Mr. Gonzales did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 27

  • Fran Pavley (D): Sen. Pavley currently serves Senate District 23 but due to redistricting is running to represent Senate District 27. Sen. Pavley has previously voted “yes” to reclassify marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction (SB 1449, 2010). She also supported a resolution urging the federal government to refrain from taking action against individuals engaged in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Todd Zink (R): Mr. Zink did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 29

  • Robert Huff (R): The incumbent, Sen. Huff, has been hostile to sensible marijuana policy. In his time in the Senate, he opposed reclassifying the punishment for marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction (SB 1449, 2010). He also opposed efforts to grant employment protections to medical marijuana patients (AB 2279, 2008) and to call on the federal government to stop interfering in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Greg Diamond (D): The challenger, Mr. Diamond, responded “agree” to all five questions. His platform includes the need to tax and regulate marijuana. He also agrees that the state should explicitly allow and regulate medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries, that medical marijuana patients should be given employment protections, and that marijuana policy is best left for the states to dictate.

Senate District 31

  • Richard Roth (D): Mr. Roth did not respond to our survey.
  • Jeff Miller (R): Asm. Miller has served in the Assembly since 2008. In that time, he has opposed sensible state regulations and clear legal protections for medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), voted “no” to reclassify the possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction (SB 1449, 2010), opposed efforts to ask the federal government to refrain from interfering with the state medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010), and voted “no” on a bill that would have given judges and prosecutors discretion on how to charge a marijuana cultivation violation (AB 1017, 2011).

Senate District 33

  • Ricardo Lara (D): Asm. Lara has served in the Assembly since 2010. This past session, Asm. Lara voted “yes” on a proposal that would have regulated and extended clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries on the state level (AB 2312, 2012). However, he failed to vote on a bill that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Lee Chauser (Peace and Freedom): Mr. Chauser did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 35

  • Rod Wright (D): Sen. Wright currently serves District 25 but is running for re-election in District 35 due to redistricting. While serving District 25, Sen. Wright voted “yes” to reclassify possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a civil violation (SB 1449, 2010). In addition, he supported efforts to formally ask the federal government to refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Charlotte Svolos (R): Ms. Svolos did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 37

  • Mimi Walters (R): Sen. Walters currently serves District 33 but is running for office in District 37 due to redistricting. In her time in the Senate, Sen. Walters opposed efforts to expand employment protections to medical marijuana patients (AB 2279, 2008). In addition, she voted “no” to reclassifying possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction (SB 1449, 2010) and opposed a resolution asking the federal government to refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Steve Young (D): Mr. Young did not respond to our survey.

Senate District 39

  • Marty Block (D): Asm. Block served in the Assembly where he voted “yes” on a bill that sought to regulate and provide clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries on the state level (AB 2312, 2012). Asm. Block failed to vote on a bill that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a felony or misdemeanor for marijuana cultivations violations (AB 1017, 2011) and on a resolution calling on the federal government to stop interfering in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • George Plescia (R): Mr. Plescia is a former member of the California Assembly. Mr. Plescia voted “no” a bill that would have prohibited employment discrimination against medical marijuana patients (AB 2279, 2008). He voted “no” on SB 420, a comprehensive medical marijuana bill (2004). He also voted “no” on a bill to make possession of a small amount of marijuana punishable by an infraction only (SB 131, 2004).

The California Assembly

Assembly District 1

  • Rick Bosetti (R): Mr. Bosetti, a former Redding City Councilmember, supported a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in November of 2011. He did not respond to our survey.
  • Brian Dahle (R): Mr. Dahle, a Larssen County Supervisor, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 2

  • Wesley Chesbro (D): Asm. Chesbro currently serves Assembly District 1 but is running for re-election in Assembly District 2 due to redistricting. Asm. Chesbro has been supportive of sensible marijuana policy reform during his tenure as an assemblymember. He voted “yes” on state legal protections and regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and supported legislation that would have given judges and prosecutors discretion when charging for a marijuana cultivation violation (AB 1017, 2011). Asm. Chesbro also voted “yes” on a resolution to formally ask the federal government to refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Tom Lynch (D): Mr. Lynch did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 3

  • Dan Logue (R): The incumbent, Asm. Logue, has been hostile towards sensible marijuana policy reform. Asm. Logue voted “no” on a proposal to have the state regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), voted “no” on allowing judges and prosecutors to use their discretion to charge either a felony or a misdemeanor for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011), and voted “no” on a resolution to formally ask the federal government to refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Charles Rouse (D): The challenger, Mr. Rouse, responded to our candidate survey. While Mr. Rouse believes medical marijuana patients should be allowed to have safe and reliable access to their medicine, he finds for-sale cultivation of medical marijuana “questionable” (question 1). He agrees that judges and prosecutors should be able to use their discretion to charge either a felony or a misdemeanor for marijuana cultivation violations (question 2). He agrees that medical marijuana patients should not be denied employment and parental rights, or denied medical care, simply because they are patients (question 3). He agrees marijuana should be regulated and taxed and that the state is better to set marijuana policy than the federal government (questions 4 and 5).

Assembly District 4

  • John Munn, Jr. (R): Mr. Munn did not respond to our survey.
  • Mariko Yamada (D): Asm. Yamada has served District 8 since 2008 but is running for re-election in District 4 due to redistricting. Asm. Yamada has a mixed voting record on sensible marijuana policy reform. She voted “yes” to the state regulating and extending clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and voted “yes” to change the penalty for possession of a small amount of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction (SB 1449, 2010). However, she did not vote on a bill that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a felony or misdemeanor for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 5

  • Frank Bigelow (R): Mr. Bigelow, a current Madera County Supervisor, did not respond to our survey.
  • Rico Oller (R): Mr. Oller was a member of the California Assembly from 1996-2000. He opposed funding medical marijuana research (SB 847, 1999). At a candidates’ forum in April, he said voters were wrong to approve Prop. 215, the state’s medical marijuana law, saying it let people who aren’t sick use marijuana. He did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 6

  • Beth Gaines (R): Asm. Gaines has previously served Assembly District 4 but is running for re-election in Assembly District 6 due to redistricting. Asm. Gaines voted “no” on a bill to have the state regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). She also voted “no” on a proposal that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a felony or misdemeanor for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Andy Pugno (R): Mr. Pugno did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 7

  • Roger Dickinson (D): Asm. Dickinson currently serves District 9 but is running for re-election in District 7 due to redistricting. Asm. Dickinson has previously supported efforts to have the state regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). He also voted “yes” to granting judges and prosecutors the ability to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Jonathan Zachariou (R): Mr. Zachariou did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 8

  • Ken Cooley (D): Mr. Cooley, a city councilmember from Rancho Cordova, did not respond to our survey. In 2010, during the Prop. 19 campaign to make marijuana legal for adults' use, the Rancho Cordova City Council put a measure on the ballot imposing an exorbitant $600-900 per square foot annual tax on indoor marijuana cultivation. Then-mayor Cooley supported the proposal.
  • Peter Tateishi (R): Mr. Tateishi did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 9

  • Richard Pan (D): Asm. Pan currently serves District 5 but is running for re-election in District 9 due to redistricting. While Asm. Pan did vote “yes” on allowing the state of California to regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), he opposed efforts to allow judges and prosecutors to use their discretion to charge either or misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Antonio Amador (R): Mr. Amador, a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 10

  • Michael Allen (D): Asm. Allen currently serves District 7 but is currently running for re-election in District 10 due to redistricting. Asm. Allen replied that he agrees with the five statements in the survey we sent, including that marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol. In addition, Asm. Allen voted “yes” on state regulation and clear legal recognition of medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). He also voted “yes” to allow judges and prosecutors to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Marc Levine (D): Mr. Levine also responded to our survey. Like his opponent, he agrees with all five statements on our survey, including that marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol.

Assembly District 11

  • Jim Frazier (D): Mr. Frazier, the former Mayor of Oakly, did not respond to our survey.
  • Mike Hudson (R): Mr. Hudson, the former vice mayor and member of the Suisun City Council, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 12

  • Christopher Mateo (D): Mr. Mateo, the former vice mayor and member of the Lathrop City Council, did not respond to our survey.
  • Kristin Olsen (R): Asm. Olsen currently serves District 25 but is running for re-election in District 12 due to redistricting. As a member of the Assembly, Asm. Olsen voted “no” on allowing the state to regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). She also voted “no” on a bill that would allow judges and prosecutors to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 13

  • Susan Eggman (D): Ms. Eggman has advocated for a balanced approach in regulating medical marijuana dispensaries as a member of the Stockton City Council. She did not respond to our survey.
  • K. Jeffrey Jafri (R): Mr. Jafri, a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 14

  • Susan Bonilla (D): Asm. Bonilla is running uncontested. She currently serves District 11 but will be running for re-election in District 14 due to redistricting. In her time in the Assembly, she voted “yes” to allowing the State of California to regulate and provide clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). She also voted “yes” to allow judges and prosecutors to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 15

  • Nancy Skinner (D): Asm. Skinner currently serves District 14 but is running for re-election in District 15 due to redistricting. Asm. Skinner voted “yes” to allow the state to regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and supported a resolution opposing federal intervention (SJR 14, 2009-2010). In addition, as a member of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Asm. Skinner voted “yes” to allow California to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol (AB 390, 2010). However, Asm. Skinner failed to vote on a bill that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Eugene Ruyle (Peace and Freedom Party): While Mr. Ruyle has no voting record, he did respond to our survey. Mr. Ruyle agreed with our survey statements. He thinks that marijuana cultivation should be neither a felony nor a misdemeanor and fully supports legalizing marijuana.

Assembly District 16

  • Joan Buchanan (D): Asm. Buchanan currently serves District 15 but is running for re-election in District 16 due to redistricting. In her time in the Assembly, she chose not to vote on a bill to have the state regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), and she chose not to vote on a bill to give prosecutors and judges discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). She also failed to vote on a resolution calling on the federal government to stop interfering in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Al Phillips (R): Mr. Phillips did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 17

  • Tom Ammiano (D): Asm. Ammiano currently serves District 13 but is running for re-election in District 17 due to redistricting. Asm. Ammiano is a strong and vocal supporter of marijuana policy reform. He champions patients’ rights (sponsoring AB 2279, 2008) and has introduced legislation that would provide for state regulation and clear legal recognition of medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). In addition, Asm. Ammiano introduced legislation to end California’s marijuana prohibition by taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol (AB 390, 2010). Mr. Ammiano responded to our survey agreeing with all five statements.  
  • Jason Clark (R): Mr. Clark did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 18

  • Rob Bonta (D): Mr. Bonta, the vice mayor of Alameda, did not respond to our survey.
  • Abel Guillen (D): Mr. Guillen did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 19

  • Michael Breyer (D): Mr. Breyer did not respond to our survey.
  • Phil Ting (D): Mr. Ting did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 20

  • Jennifer Ong (D): Ms. Ong did not respond to our survey.
  • Bill Quirk (D): Mr. Quirk has been a vocal supporter of medical marijuana on the Hayward City Council. He also responded to our survey, saying he agrees with all five statements, including that marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, and claims the endorsement of the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance.

Assembly District 21

  • Adam Gray (D): Mr. Gray did not respond to our survey.
  • Jack Mobley (R): Mr. Mobley did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 22

  • Kevin Mullin (D): Mr. Mullin, the Mayor of South San Francisco, supported allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to be licensed in his city saying, “There is a need in South San Francisco for ill patients. I don’t want those patients to have to go to San Francisco or Oakland.” He did not respond to our survey.
  • Mark Gilham (R): Mr. Gilham did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 23

  • Jim Patterson (R): Mr. Patterson, the former mayor of Fresno, did not respond to our survey.
  • Bob Whalen (R): Mr. Whalen currently servers as a Clovis City Councilmember. He has supported efforts to restrict indoor medical marijuana cultivation. He did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 24

  • Richard Gordon (D): Asm. Gordon currently serves District 21 but is running for re-election in District 24 due to redistricting. As a member of the Assembly, Asm. Gordon voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), but opposed a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Chengzhi Yang (R): Mr. Yang did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 25

  • Bob Wieckowski (D): Asm. Wieckowski currently serves District 20 but is running for re-election in District 25 due to redistricting. As an assemblymember, Asm. Wieckowski voted “yes” on state regulation of and clear legal protections for medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “yes” on reforming marijuana cultivation charges to allow for some discretion on the part of judges and prosecutors (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Arlyne Diamond (R): Ms. Diamond did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 26

  • Connie Conway (R): Asm. Conway currently serves District 34 but is running for re-election in District 26 due to redistricting. Asm. Conway voted “no” on state regulation of and clear legal protections for medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), “no” on reforming marijuana cultivation charges to allow for some discretion on the part of judges and prosecutors (AB 1017, 2011), and “no” on a resolution urging the federal government to refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Jonathan Sosa (D): Mr. Sosa did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 27

  • Nora Campos (D): Asm. Campos currently represents District 23 but is running for re-election in District 27 due to redistricting. Ms. Campos voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and provide clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), but opposed a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Roger Lasson (R): Mr. Lasson did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 28

  • Paul Fong (D): Asm. Fong currently represents District 22 but is running for re-election in District 28 due to redistricting. Asm. Fong voted “yes” on state regulation of and clear legal recognition for medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), “yes” on reforming marijuana cultivation charges to allow for some discretion on the part of judges and prosecutors (AB 1017, 2011), and “yes” on a resolution urging the federal government to refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Chad Walsh (no party): Mr. Walsh did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 29

  • Mark Stone (D): Mr. Stone, a Santa Cruz County Supervisor, did not respond to our survey.
  • Tom Walsh (R): Mr. Walsh did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 30

  • Luis Alejo (D): Asm. Alejo currently serves District 28 but is running for re-election in District 30 due to redistricting. Asm. Alejo voted “yes” on state regulation and clear legal recognition of medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). However, he failed to vote on a bill that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Robert Bernosky (R): Mr. Bernosky did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 31

  • Henry Perea (D): Asm. Perea is the incumbent serving District 31. He voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • James Bennett (R): Mr. Bennett did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 32

  • Rudy Salas (D): Mr. Salas did not respond to our survey.
  • Pedro Rios (R): Mr. Rios did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 33

  • John Coffey (D): Mr. Coffey did not respond to our survey.
  • Tim Donnelly (R): Asm. Donnelly currently represents District 59 but is running for re-election in District 33 due to redistricting. Asm. Donnelly previously voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). He failed to vote on a bill that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 34

  • Mari Goodman (D): Ms. Goodman did not respond to our survey.
  • Shannon Grove (R): Asm. Grove currently represents District 32 but is running for re-election in District 34 due to redistricting. Asm. Grove voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 35

  • Gerald Manata (D): Mr. Manata responded to our survey. He agrees with all the statements in our survey and strongly believes that taxing and regulating marijuana is better policy than the current marijuana prohibition.
  • Katcho Achadjian (R): Asm. Achadjian currently serves District 33 but is running for re-election in District 35 due to redistricting. He voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 36

  • Steve Fox (D): Mr. Fox has did not respond to our survey.
  • Ron Smith (R): Mr. Smith, currently the vice mayor of Lancaster City, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 37

  • Das Williams (D): Asm. Williams currently represents District 35 but is running for re-election in District 37 due to redistricting. He voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “yes” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Rob Walter (R): Mr. Walter did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 38

  • Edward Headington (D): Mr. Headington did not respond to our survey.
  • Scott Thomas Wilk (R): Mr. Wilk did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 39

  • Richard Alarcon (D): Mr. Alarcon has no previous voting record in the legislature and did not respond to our survey. Mr. Alarcon is currently an L.A. City Council member, where he voted on July 24 to ban dispensaries. The same day, he voted to ask the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would allow a limited number of dispensaries in the city. Councilman Alarcon has been absent for other medical marijuana-related votes.
  • Raul Bocanegra (D): Mr. Bocanegra did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 40

  • Russ Warner (D): Mr. Warner, a former candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, did not respond to our survey.
  • Mike Morrell (R): Asm. Morrell currently represents District 63 but is running for re-election in District 40 due to redistricting. Asm. Morrell voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 41

  • Chris Holden (D): Mr. Holden, who is currently serving on the Pasadena City Council, did not respond to our survey.
  • Donna Lowe (R): Ms. Lowe did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 42

  • Brian Nestande (R): Asm. Nestande currently represents District 64 but is running for re-election in District 42 due to redistricting. Asm. Nestande voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). Additionally, he opposed a measure to formally request that the federal government refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Mark Orozco (D): Mr. Orozco did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 43

  • Mike Gatto (D): Asm. Gatto is running for re-election in District 43. Asm. Gatto voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). Additionally, he opposed a measure to formally request that the federal government refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Greg Krikorian (R): Mr. Krikorian did not respond to our survey.         

Assembly District 44

  • Jeff Gorell (R): Asm. Gorell currently serves District 37 but is running for re-election in District 44 due to redistricting. Asm. Gorell voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and failed to vote a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Eileen Macenery (D): Ms. Macenery did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 45

  • Bob Blumenfield (D): Asm. Blumenfield currently represents District 40 but is running for re-election in District 45 due to redistricting. Asm. Blumenfield did not vote on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), nor did he vote on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). However, he supported a measure to formally request that the federal government refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Chris Kolski (R): Mr. Kolski replied to our survey. Mr. Kolski agrees with all five of our survey statements, including that marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol and states that he is a liberty republican.

Assembly District 46

  • Adrin Nazarian (D): Mr. Nazarian did not respond to our survey.
  • Jay Stern (R): While Mr. Stern has no previous voting record, he did respond to our survey. Mr. Stern agrees with all five statements on our survey and believes that taxing and regulating marijuana will do more good than the blanket prohibition.

Assembly District 47

  • Joe Baca, Jr. (D): Mr. Baca previously served in the California Assembly in 2005-2006. When in office, he voted “no” on a bill to change the penalty for possession of a small amount of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction. He did not respond to our survey.
  • Cheryl Brown (D): Ms. Brown did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 48

  • Roger Hernández (D): Asm. Hernández currently serves District 57 but is running for re-election in District 48 due to redistricting. Asm. Hernández voted “yes” on a bill to provide for state regulation and clear legal recognition of marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), but failed to vote on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). He also failed to vote on a resolution calling on the federal government to stop interfering in California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Joe Gardner (R): Mr. Gardner did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 49

  • Edwin Chau (D): Mr. Chau, a former candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, did not respond to our survey.
  • Matthew Lin (R): Mr. Lin did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 50

  • Betsy Butler (D): Asm. Butler currently serves District 53 but is running for re-election in District 50 due to redistricting. Asm. Butler voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and provide clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), but failed to vote on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Richard Bloom (D): Mr. Bloom, the current mayor of Santa Monica, told the Santa Monica Press that he supported legalization of marijuana for those 21 and older. He did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 51

  • Jimmy Gomez (D): Mr. Gomez did not respond to our survey.
  • Luis Lopez (D): Mr. Lopez did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 52

  • Norma Torres (D): Asm. Torres currently serves District 61 but is running for re-election in District 52 due to redistricting. Asm. Torres voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), but failed to vote on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). In addition, she voted “no” on a resolution to formally ask the federal government to refrain from interfering with California’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Kenny Coble (R): While Mr. Coble has no previous voting record, he did respond to our survey. He agrees with all five of our survey statements, including that marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol.

Assembly District 53           

  • John Pérez (D): Asm. Pérez currently represents District 46 but is running for re-election in District 53 due to redistricting. He is the speaker of the California Assembly. Asm. Perez previously voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “yes” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). In addition, Asm. Pérez voted “yes” on a resolution to make a formal request to the federal government to refrain from interfering with the state’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Jose Aguilar (R): Mr. Aguilar did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 54

  • Holly Mitchell (D): Asm. Mitchell currently represents District 47 but is running for re-election in District 54 due to redistricting. Asm. Mitchell previously voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “yes” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Keith McCowen (R): Mr. McCowen did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 55

  • Gregg Fritchle (D): Mr. Fritchle did not respond to our survey.
  • Curt Hagman (R): Asm. Hagman currently represents District 60 but is running for re-election in District 55 due to redistricting. Asm. Hagman previously voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations. In addition, Asm. Hagman voted “no” on a resolution to make a formal request to the federal government to refrain from interfering with the state’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010). He also voted against a bill to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol (AB 390, 2010).

Assembly District 56

  • V. Manuel Pérez (D): Asm. Pérez currently represents District 80 but is running for re-election in District 56 due to redistricting. Asm. Pérez has a habit of skipping marijuana policy reform votes. He failed to vote on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012). He also failed to vote on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011), and he did not vote on a resolution calling on the federal government to stop interfering in California’s medical marijuana program  (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Corky Reynaga-Emett (R): Ms. Reynaga-Emett did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 57

  • Ian Calderon (D): Mr. Calderon did not respond to our survey.
  • Noel Jaimes (R): Mr. Jaimes did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 58

  • Christina Garcia (D): Ms. Garcia did not respond to our survey.
  • Patricia Kotze-Ramos (R): Ms. Kotze-Ramos did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 59

  • Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D): Mr. Jones-Sawyer, the former deputy mayor of Los Angeles, did not respond to our survey.
  • Rodney Robinson (D): Mr. Robinson did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 60

  • Eric Linder (R): Mr. Linder did not respond to our survey.
  • Jose Perez (D): Mr. Perez did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 61

  • Jose Medina (D): Mr. Medina did not respond to our survey.
  • Bill Batey (R): Mr. Batey, a Moreno Valley councilman, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 62

  • Steven Bradford (D): Asm. Bradford currently represents District 51 but is running for re-election in District 62 due to redistricting. Asm. Bradford previously voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and provide clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “yes” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). In addition, Asm. Bradford voted “yes” on a resolution to make a formal request to the federal government to refrain from interfering with the state’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Mervin Evans (D): Although he has no previous voting record, Mr. Evans responded to our survey. Mr. Evans says he somewhat agrees with question 1. He commented: “Seniors and gravely ill individuals should have access to medical marijuana, but only via county clinics or from the state directly.” He disagrees that judges and prosecutors should have discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or felony for a marijuana cultivation violation (question 2), does not think that medical marijuana patients should have employment protections (question 3), does not think that taxing and regulating marijuana is preferable to prohibition (question 4), and finally disagrees that the state is in a better position than the federal government to determine marijuana policy (question 5).

Assembly District 63

  • Anthony Rendon (D): Mr. Rendon did not respond to our survey.
  • Jack Guerrero (R): Mr. Guerrero did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 64

  • Isadore Hall, III (D): Running unopposed, Asm. Hall currently represents District 52 but is running for re-election in District 64 due to redistricting. Asm. Hall previously voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “yes” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 65

  • Sharon Quirk-Silva (D): Ms. Quirk-Silva, the current mayor of Fullerton, did not respond to our survey.
  • Chris Norby (R): Asm. Norby currently represents District 72 but is running for re-election in District 65 due to redistricting. Asm. Norby has a strong record of supporting medical marijuana, including being the only mayor of an Orange County municipality to endorse Prop 215. While he failed to vote on a recent bill to have the state regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), he has stated on many occasions that there needs to be state regulation. He also voted “yes” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). Finally, Asm. Norby supports the idea of regulating and taxing marijuana, making it available to some similar to our current alcohol models.

Assembly District 66

  • Al Muratsuchi (D): Mr. Muratsuchi did not respond to our survey.
  • Craig Huey (R): Mr. Huey, a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 67

  • Melissa Melendez (R): Ms. Melendez, while mayor of Lake Elsinore, helped institute a medical marijuana dispensary ban. She did not respond to our survey.
  • Phil Paule (R): Although he has no previous voting record, Mr. Paule took the time to respond to our survey. He agrees with all five statements, including that marijuana should be regulated and taxed like alcohol.

Assembly District 68

  • Christina Avalos (D): Ms. Avalos, a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, did not respond to our survey.
  • Donald Wagner (R): Asm. Wagner currently represents District 70 but is running for re-election in District 68 due to redistricting. Asm. Wagner previously voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 69

  • Tom Daly (D): Mr. Daly, the former mayor of Anaheim, did not respond to our survey.
  • Joe Moreno (R): Mr. Moreno did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 70

  • Bonnie Lowenthal (D): Asm. Lowenthal currently serves District 54 but is running for re-election in District 70 due to redistricting. Asm. Lowenthal previously voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), but failed to vote on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). In addition, Asm. Lowenthal voted “yes” on a resolution to make a formal request to the federal government to refrain from interfering with the state’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).
  • Martha Flores-Gibson (R): Ms. Flores-Gibson did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 71

  • Brian Jones (R): Asm. Jones currently serves District 77 but is running for re-election in District 71 due to redistricting. Asm. Jones previously voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Patrick Hurley (D): Mr. Hurley did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 72

  • Travis Allen (R): Mr. Allen did not respond to our survey.
  • Troy Edgar (R): Mr. Edgar, the former mayor of Los Alamitos, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 73

  • James Corbett (D): Mr. Corbett did not respond to our survey.
  • Diane Harkey (R): Asm. Harkey is running for re-election in District 73. Asm. Harkey previously voted “no” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011). In addition, Asm. Harkey voted “no” on a resolution to make a formal request to the federal government to refrain from interfering with the state’s medical marijuana program (SJR 14, 2009-2010).

Assembly District 74

  • Robert Rush (D): Mr. Rush did not respond to our survey.
  • Allan Mansoor (R): Asm. Mansoor currently represents District 68 but is running for re-election in District 74 due to redistricting. Asm. Mansoor did not vote on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and voted “no” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).

Assembly District 75

  • Matthew Herold (D): Mr. Herold responded to our survey. He agreed with all five statements and commented that he is in favor of full legalization and regulation.
  • Marie Waldron (R): Ms. Waldron, a current member of the Escondido City Council, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 76

  • Rocky Chavez (R): Mr. Chavez, a current member of the Oceanside City Council, did not respond to our survey.
  • Sherry Hodges (R): Ms. Hodges did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 77

  • Ruben “RJ” Hernandez (D): Mr. Hernandez has no previous voting record and did not respond to our survey.
  • Brian Maienschein (R): Mr. Maienschein, a current member of the Rancho Penasquitos Town Council, did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 78

  • Toni Atkins (D): Asm. Atkins currently serves District 76 but is running for re-election in District 78 due to redistricting. Asm. Atkins previously voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and provide clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012) and “yes” on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Ralph Denney (R): Mr. Denney did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 79

  • Shirley Weber (D): Although Ms. Weber has no previous voting record, she did respond to our survey. Ms. Weber agrees with all five statements on our survey, including that marijuana should be taxed and regulated as opposed to prohibited.
  • Mary England (R): Ms. England, a current member of the Lemon Grove City Council, supported a proposal to study the effects of medical marijuana dispensaries. She did not respond to our survey.

Assembly District 80

  • Ben Hueso (D): Asm. Hueso currently serves District 79 but is running for re-election in District 80 due to redistricting. Asm. Hueso previously voted “yes” on a bill to have California regulate and extend clear legal protections to medical marijuana dispensaries (AB 2312, 2012), but did not vote on a measure that would have allowed prosecutors and judges to use their discretion to charge either a misdemeanor or a felony for marijuana cultivation violations (AB 1017, 2011).
  • Derrick Roach (R): Mr. Roach did not respond to our survey.
 

 

 

 



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