Newsom: California Will Legalize Cannabis in 2016

Declaring, “I’m leading the effort,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Californians will legalize, tax and regulate cannabis for adult use in 2016.

“As some folks may know, we’re very likely to have a ballot initiative in 2016 and we have strong confidence that we’ll win,” Newsom said Friday on Real Time with Bill Maher. “We gotta to do it right and be thoughtful and deal with the legitimate concerns folks have about our children, and not allowing Big Tobacco come in and do Big Marijuana. So we want to do it in a very thoughtful way and we want to have that opportunity next year.”

Hoping to influence potential legalization initiatives ahead of his 2018 run for the governor’s office, Newsom established a commission of academics and activists to study the political and social ramifications of legalization. The commission released its report last month.

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