STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Newsom supports marijuana ballot measure aligned with Commission's policy recommendations


11-02-15

(Sacramento) - California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, released the following statement in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a ballot measure filed today by official proponents Dr. Donald O. Lyman, MD, and Michael Sutton:

"I am pleased that this thoughtful measure is aligned with the Blue Ribbon Commission's recommendations, and presents California its best opportunity to improve the status quo by making marijuana difficult for kids to access. It is backed by the broadest coalition of supporters to date and I believe that Californians will rally behind this consensus measure, which also serves to strengthen law enforcement, respect local preferences, protect public health and public safety, and restore the environment."

BACKGROUND

In July 2015, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy chaired by Lt. Governor Newsom released an extensive report detailing the complexities of marijuana regulation in California.

The report includes fifty-eight recommendations for policy makers and the public to consider to promote public health and safety, protect youth, consumers, workers, the environment, and reduce the size of the illicit market. The report explores in great detail the complexity of moving a large, developed, and largely unregulated multi-billion-dollar industry out of the shadows and into a regulated mainstream to improve public health and safety, and protections for youth.

The Blue Ribbon Commission also highlights that legalization would not be an event that happens in one election but rather, it would be a process that unfolds over many years requiring sustained attention to implementation.

The goal of the Blue Ribbon Commission is to provide expert research and analysis to help the public and policymakers understand the range of policy issues and options to consider when drafting proposals to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana. Neither the Commission nor its report makes the case for or against legalization, nor does the Commission itself endorse ballot measures.

The Commission's work has been recognized by the Editorial Boards of the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Orange County Register, and the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, among others.

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