California Lt. Governor to Chair Blue Ribbon Panel on Marijuana Legalization

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director October 17, 2013

    Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California, will chair a blue ribbon committee tasked with studying marijuana legalization in the state. This was announced at a joint press conference held this morning with the ACLU of California.

    The panel will “engage in a multi-year research effort to help voters and policy makers as they consider proposals to enact a strict tax and regulation scheme that will enable California to benefit from billions of dollars of potential revenue annually while protecting the health and safety of our children and communities.”

    Joining Newsom on the panel will be “leading legal, academic and policy experts from across the state and nation.”

    The ACLU also released new polling data which revealed that 65% of Californians support legalizing and regulating marijuana, while only 32% were opposed and 3% undecided. You can view the full poll results here.

    “This development is just a further illustration of how the debate over marijuana legalization has moved from the fringe into the mainstream,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “An overwhelming majority of Californians are ready to legalize and regulate marijuana and it is encouraging to see key figures within the state move to address the issue in a forward thinking and serious manner. With a voter initiative likely in 2016, this new survey data also confirms that the people of California are ready to move forward to end their state’s marijuana prohibition, with or without state legislators.”

    NORML will keep you updated as this effort moves forward.

    32 Responses to “California Lt. Governor to Chair Blue Ribbon Panel on Marijuana Legalization”

    1. Roland says:

      You know what would help wth the legalization effort A pot seed BB gun or just throwin yer seeds out the window of yer car into a wooded areas an abandoned factories the more common place the pot plant is the sooner it will become a second nature Item

    2. Mark Innes says:

      Cannabis has been a drug of choice for many throughout the world with no official recognition from the federal govt. A blue ribbon panel of ignorant prohibitionists can waste time and money just as well as health care insurance professionals on the dole.

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