Declaring, “I’m leading the effort,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Californians will legalize, tax and regulate cannabis for adult use in 2016.
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.
Stoned drivers, pesticides in crops, the black market and the political risk of California’s presumptive next governor are just some of the challenges cannabis legalization sponsors face in getting on next year’s ballot, according to those who addressed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy at UCLA today.
“The war on drugs has been one of the worst policy debacles in our nation’s history. We incarcerate too many people for nonviolent offenses, spend too much money doing it and ruin too many lives — especially among the poor and communities of color — all without enhancing public safety.”
A group led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling for a public disussion to prepare the ground for an expected 2016 ballot measure that would legalize cannabis.