Humboldt supervisors endorse pot legalization

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2010 6:04 PM
Humboldt supervisors endorse pot legalization

Lawmakers in the heart of California's pot country have reluctantly thrown their support behind the state's November ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use.

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to endorse Proposition 19. One member abstained from voting.

The proposition has faced unexpected opposition from outlaw growers who worry legalization could lead to plummeting marijuana prices.

But supervisors backing the measure said they could not ignore marijuana's role in the county's economic future.

Humboldt's reputation as a marijuana mecca began in the 1970s, and its name has since become a selling point for marijuana sold across the country.

The California State Association of Counties has come out against the measure.