SACRAMENTO, April 7 (UPI) -- A California trade association said Wednesday it opposes the legalization of marijuana because it would jeopardize public safety and drug-free workplaces.
The California Bus Association issued a written statement opposing the November ballot measure that would virtually decriminalize pot possession and sales on grounds it would put bus passengers in peril.
"This initiative would eviscerate all efforts on the part of federal, state and local officials to protect the general public including motor coach riders from drug impaired drivers and maintainers of bus equipment," the statement said.
The potential impact of legalization on employer drug testing will likely be a cornerstone of the campaign to turn back the measure.
The legalization proposal has been certified for the November ballot and has already generated opposition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the California Police Chiefs Association.
Proponents, however, argue that legalization will generate new tax revenues for cash-strapped California and free up law enforcement resources. The state currently allows so-called medical marijuana sales by licensed outlets to individuals who obtain a special permit from a physician.