California Likely to Approve Recreational Use Soon

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 6, 2014 · 0 comments

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So far, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, but only two states, Washington State and Colorado, have made recreational use of marijuana illegal, even though many states have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.


According to a recent Gallup poll, support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high: 58 percent of Americans favor it. In California, that number jumps to 65 percent. So what’s holding California back from legalizing marijuana for recreational use? So far it’s lacked support in the capitol—but that might be coming in the form of Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.


In October 2013, Newsom began putting together a panel of experts that will be researching the implications of completely legalizing marijuana for adult use. The panel of law and policy experts, doctors and political analysts are spending the next year monitoring the efforts in Washington State and Colorado. They will also hold town hall meetings and conduct research to help solve the most difficult problems that legalization for recreational use faces in preparation for the 2016 election year.


The proposal has made it clear that marijuana would still be illegal for minors, and that there would be penalties for DUI, which it already is currently the law. Under California law, driving under the influence of drugs is covered under laws governing and penalizing DUI.


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