Lungren: Stop Selling Marijuana Trading Cards
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Attorney General Dan Lungren is urging a producer of trading cards that feature marijuana plants to stop making and selling those cards.
In a letter to the president of In Line Trading Cards and Magazines, and released Wednesday, Lungren stressed that the ``Classic In Line Hemp Cards'' are marketed to children in retail stores.
``Obviously, children are the most common consumers of trading cards and using slick, full-color cards to glamorize marijuana is an overtly cynical attempt to promote marijuana use to children while turning a profit for yourself,'' Lungren wrote in a letter signed by 21 other state attorneys general.
Officials for the San Francisco-based trading card company could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The company's home page on the Internet says, ``We believe that the secular laws banning a natural, God-given plant are morally and philosophically indefensible.''
Lungren, a Republican who is running for governor, has previously called on manufacturers of violent video games to withdraw their products. Lungren also was a leading opponent of Proposition 215, a successful ballot initiative that legalized using marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The California Citizens Compensation Commission, which sets the salaries and benefits of elected state officials, was scheduled Thursday to hold the first in a series of meetings on a variety of pay-related issues.
The issues include the extra pay provided to legislative leaders, the relationship between state officials' salary levels, living expense payments for legislators, possible guidelines for future cost-of-living increases and whether legislators' salaries should be based in part on whether they pass a state budget on time.
The commission said it will accept public testimony at the meeting, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the first-floor auditorium at 400 R St.
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