Lt. Governor Newsom visits Humboldt County for Public Forum on Marijuana Policy


(Garberville) - California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom joined Rep. Jared Huffman (D - San Rafael) at a public forum in Southern Humboldt County on Friday, May 29 to discuss the policy challenges related to marijuana legalization and its impact on California's North Coast.

Newsom and Huffman met with the public, marijuana advocates, environmental advocates, local government officials, and law enforcement.

Lt. Governor Newsom seeks to contribute the information gained from Friday's visit to the so-called "Emerald Triangle" to the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy.

The Blue Ribbon Commission, chaired by Lt. Governor Newsom and formed in partnership with the ACLU of Northern California, aims to inform voters and policymakers on the key challenges related to marijuana legalization in California, in anticipation of a likely 2016 ballot initiative.

Three key areas were identified by the Blue Ribbon Commission for further analysis in a report released in March, following 18 months of research and analysis on the myriad policy issues that California faces if it chooses to tax, legalize and regulate marijuana. The Commission has since hosted public forums in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and plans to meet again in Fresno on 3 June 2015, before releasing its final report this summer.