New Pathways Report Outlines CA Legalization Recommendations
July 22nd, 2015
Policy, Top News
The legalization of marijuana will appear on California November 2016 ballot and has the backing of a growing number of citizens and financiers. In order to prepare for the possibility of legalization, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom assembled a team of experts to create a series of guidelines designed to help lawmakers and officials that would be tasked with implementing the new laws, in what has been called the Pathways Report.
In the report released this week, the group laid out 58 recommendations and goals for implementing the general legalization of marijuana in the nation’s largest state. The report includes both broad strokes – like protecting the state’s youth – and more fine details regarding the collection of data and limiting of advertising. Overall, the emphasis seemed to be on limiting access to children, reducing illegal activity, and tightly regulating sales.
The state would seek to tightly regulate marijuana from the onset, which differs from the approach taken by some other states that have been slow to address issues with legalization. In particular, the report specifies the establishment of licensing and training standards, and a central entity to oversee legalization. Tax revenue would not be the goal of the program, but proceeds would be used for education, public health and public safety programs.
Interestingly, Newsom has been a strong supporter of legalization – the highest ranking government official in California to take such a position, but noted that the report “tempered his enthusiasm” for unfettered legalization as a parent and lawmaker.
Contributors to the report included the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and Stanford University School of Medicine professor Keith Humphreys.
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