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.

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Newsom Legalization Panel: Battle Banditos Before Mining Cannabis Taxes

The academics, activists and policy experts assembled by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom — the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy that seeks to influence cannabis legalization initiatives in California — released its report today. The 93-page document contains 58 recommendations. Chief among them:

Curtailing the illegal cannabis market in California should be the primary goal of legalizing the botanical drug’s recreational use in the state, and not developing another tax source.

“This industry should not be California’s next Gold Rush,” Newsom’s commission said.
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