Clear Signs in Favor of California Marijuana Legalization

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marijuana budWhile the push to legalize marijuana in several states is reaching a fevered pace, California in particular is seeing considerable momentum in just the past few weeks. Recently, California Democrats voted unanimously to approve a platform of all-out legalization.

Newsom’s strong words are a welcome for advocates in the state, where a legalization effort first failed several years ago. Now, many are hoping they’ll make theirs the third state (after Colorado and Washington) to allow adults to possess and purchase pot.

At the state’s Democratic Party convention, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the vote to make marijuana legalization a platform issue came on the final day. There was no debate, only a unanimous result and cheering from the few hundred gathered.

Newsom spoke to the gathering, urging support for legalization.

“This is not a debate about stoners,” said Newsom. “You can be pro-regulation without being an advocate for drug use.”

His comments were particularly apt in the wake of recent remarks by Gov. Jerry Brown who voiced reluctance in legalization.

 “How many people can get stoned and still have a great state or nation?” he asked, according to the San Francisco Gate. “I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.”

Comments like those from Gov. Brown are growing outdated among the rapidly changing marijuana landscape. People are coming to the realization that legalization will happen across the country and the states that handle it the best, could benefit incredibly, as we’ve seen in Colorado’s multi-million dollar tax revenues already rolling in after just a few months.

Medical marijuana is already operating in California and stepping to a recreational marijuana industry could only further benefit the state.

“The industry is here,” said James Araby of the Western States Council of the United Food and Commercial Workers. Now we just have to “legalize it and regulate it.”

In early 2013, the state’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom took to HuffPost Live to reveal he supports legalization.

“I am sick and tired of politicians saying one thing in private and saying another in public,” said Newsom. “It’s time to tax and regulate [marijuana]. The consequences of this war on drugs is an abject failure; it has disproportionately hurt the African American and Latino communities. It’s time for politicians…to do the right damn thing on this.”