NAACP Backing of Pot Legalization Outrages Pastor, Parishioners

NAACP Backing of Pot Legalization Outrages Pastor, Parishioners

Published June 30, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento preacher is outraged that the California chapter of the NAACP has endorsed a November ballot initiative that would legalize recreational use of marijuana.

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The California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is announcing Tuesday that it supports Proposition 19. Group president Alice Huffman says it's backing the initiative to counter marijuana arrest rates she says unfairly target blacks.

International Faith-Based Coalition president Ron Allen is stunned. His Sacramento coalition represents 3,600 congregations.

Allen says most African American pastors are disappointed with the California NAACP endorsement, saying illicit drugs have a negative impact on the black community.

Written by <P>By the Associated Press</P>

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