Lt. Governor's Expert Panel on Marijuana Policy to Hold Public Forum in Oakland


(Oakland) - The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, chaired by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, will host its second public forum at the Youth Uprising Center in Oakland tomorrow, 10:30am, May 19, 2015.

Experts in the fields of law enforcement, health, and social sciences will examine key youth policy issues related to marijuana legalization in California, in anticipation of a likely 2016 ballot initiative.

The public is invited to contribute to the conversation in person or online at

- WHEN -

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 10:30am


Youth Uprising

8711 MacArthur Blvd.,

Oakland, CA 94605

(Parking instructions for credentialed media: park in Lot P23 or P24, enter from Barstow Avenue to Campus Drive. Display media parking credentials in unmarked vehicles.)

The public is invited to contribute to the conversation in person or online at

Despite cannabis' classification by the federal government as a Schedule 1 illegal substance, the National Institute on Drug Abuse's annual survey for 2014 found that 34 percent of 10th graders had used cannabis, making the substance more prevalent among this age group than tobacco (23 percent). Nearly half (44%) of the surveyed 12th graders had used cannabis.

The Commission aims to inform voters and policymakers on range of issues related to cannabis legalization in California. Three key areas were identified for further analysis in a report released in March, including youth safety, which will be the focus of tomorrow's forum. The report advises that many of the issues it is exploring need to be considered with the goal of preventing children's access to marijuana.