WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A group of former law enforcement officials Monday endorsed a November ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in California.

Members of the group say legalizing pot would unclog court dockets and allow police to focus on more serious crime.

The group supporting Proposition 19 is largely comprised of former or retired police officers, judges and prosecutors. Among them are former San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan and ex-San Jose police Chief Joseph McNamara.

Supporters said keeping pot illegal props up drug cartels and overburdens the state’s court system.