Lt. Gov. Newsom: California Will Legalize Cannabis In 2016

CALIFORNIA:  Californians will legalize, tax and regulate cannabis for adult use in the 2016 general election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told Real Time with Bill Maher Friday.

The statement amounts one of to the most strident predictions — from one of the world’s highest ranking politicians — about the success of such an initiative.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday, Aug. 7, and during a question and answer segment said:

“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. 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.”


Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Releases Report On Guidelines For Marijuana Legalization

CALIFORNIA:  A panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes to guide the debate on the legalization of marijuana in California with an emphasis on limiting children’s access to cannabis, reducing illegal activity and tightly regulating the drug’s growth and sales.

In a report released Wednesday, the group lays out 58 recommendations and goals for implementing general legalization — an issue expected to go before voters next year.

The document offers broad principles –“protecting California’s youth” — as well as nitty-gritty suggestions for collecting data and limiting advertising.

Newsom said in an interview that he hopes the report offers guidance to proponents of a legalization initiative aimed at the November 2016 ballot, as well as to help lawmakers and officials who would have to implement it if it passed.

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.


Newsom On Pot: I Don’t Smoke It, But It Should Be Legal

CALIFORNIA: Gavin Newsom is out front on another controversial social issue. Nearly a decade ago, it was same sex marriage. And for a while — like at the 2004 Democratic convention — he was political uranium. Back in the day, Barack Obama didn’t even want to have his photo taken with Newsom. Of course, that was before the president “evolved” on gay marriage. [Read more…]

Marijuana Legalization: California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom To Head ACLU Panel

CALIFORNIA: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will head the American Civil Liberties Union’s new panel studying marijuana legalization in California, with an eye toward drafting a measure for 2016’s presidential-year ballot.

“The prohibition of marijuana has had an enormous human and financial cost in communities across this state,” Newsom said in a statement Thursday. “It is far past time for Californians to take a serious look at smarter approaches to marijuana, and it is imperative that happen before any marijuana ballot initiative gets underway.” [Read more…]