California Lt. Gov. Will Back Legalization Of Marijuana

CALIFORNIA:  California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has made no secret of his overall support for marijuana legalization, he now says he is prepared to campaign for a ballot measure in Y 2016 to permit Recreational Marijuana (RM) use in the Golden State.

During a luncheon meeting for the Marin County Bar Association last week, Mr. Newsom said he would back a Marijuana legalization measure “if it is the right initiative.”

“The ‘right initiative’ would be one that addresses age limits, one that addresses advertising, driving under the influence,” Andrea Koskey, communications director for Mr. Newsom, said. “He’d like to see questions answered on taxation, whether there are different taxes for Medical Marijuana or recreational use –- banking, whether it can be used in the home, and the kind of restrictions for use in public, as some among many more questions that we don’t have answers to yet.”

Ms. Koskey added that Mr.  Newsom is closely watching Colorado and Washington State, both of which legalized RM sales beginning this year, to learn from the implementation of their historic laws.


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