WASHINGTON (AP) -- A nationwide coalition of 34,000 minority churches is condemning the California NAACP for supporting a state ballot initiative that would legalize recreational use of marijuana.
The California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced support for the November ballot measure, saying current laws unfairly target non-whites.
But the Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative, says drugs have "ravaged" the black community with too much violence and death to consider legalization.
Evans says his church will no longer contribute to the NAACP because of its position on marijuana.
A California coalition of black churches also has denounced the NAACP for endorsing legalization.
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