Why recreational pot legalization won’t end the black market overnight

KPCC Southern California Public Radio
By Take Two

If California’s Prop 64 passes, recreational marijuana would become legal. But legalization still won’t eliminate the black market.

That’s because new regulations will likely make marijuana more expensive and pot will still be illegal for many of California’s neighbors.

Jon Caulkins, Professor of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and the co-author of ‘Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know,’ explained more about what recreational pot legalization would— and wouldn’t— change in California.

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Would more teens smoke if recreational pot were legal?

KPCC Southern California Public Radio
By Rebecca Plevin

It’s illegal for teenagers to smoke marijuana, but 15-year-old Michael Esqueda of Brea says it’s all around him.

“I really just see it as whatever,” says Michael, who will be a junior at Whittier High School. “Like, not as a bad thing or a good thing. It’s there. I know a lot of people at my school that do it, there’s always that big group and you know, individuals.”

As Californians prepare to vote on Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, many are asking if teenagers’ pot use would increase if recreational marijuana were legal.

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Driving while stoned? California critics of pot initiative focus on impaired motorists Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article98944567.html#storylink=cpy

The Sacramento Bee
By Christopher Cadelago

Opponents of the fall measure to legalize recreational marijuana for California adults argued Tuesday that broader marijuana use would endanger motorists.

Speaking to The Sacramento Bee editorial board, Doug Villars, president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, criticized Proposition 64 for lacking an established standard such as what exists for alcohol. It’s illegal for those with 0.08 percent or more of alcohol in their blood to drive.

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Latest Poll Shows Trouble for Prop 64 – Marijuana Measure

August 22, 2016
Contact: Andrew Acosta
(916) 505-3069

Voters show serious concerns over television ad language

SACRAMENTO, CA – A new poll on Proposition 64, the latest attempt at marijuana legalization, shows soft support of the measure and highlights how quickly support drops once voters hear just one fact — Proposition 64 will allow marijuana smoking ads in prime time, and on programs with millions of children and teenage viewers. The poll of 500 likely California voters was conducted August 17-19,2016, following a ruling by the Sacramento Superior Court that Proposition 64 opponents could include arguments outlining the possibility of television ads promoting marijuana smoking and edibles. First, voters were read a neutral description of the major provisions of Proposition 64.

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If California legalizes pot, will TV ads be far behind?

The Sacramento Bee
By Jeremy B. White

California was the first state to allow medical marijuana. Now, two decades later, voters are expected to be asked whether to legalize recreational use of the drug. The legalization measure headed for the statewide November ballot is the product of months of negotiations between drug-law reformers, growers and distributors, famous financiers and politicians. Here’s a primer.

As the marijuana company conceived it, the ad for pot vaping pens would have beamed into the living rooms of Coloradans watching Jimmy Kimmel one night last July.

The spot depicts people partying in a nightclub and backpacking as a voiceover suggests people are “always finding new ways to relax” and could use a way to “recreate discreetly this summer.”

But vape vendor Neos’ plans for reaching customers collided with the television network’s nervousness about recreational pot.

In legalizing recreational adult use via a 2014 ballot initiative, the people of Colorado had thrust the state into a nebulous and unprecedented legal middle ground. Voters established a new industry under the shadow of federal prohibition. With a federally granted broadcasting license at stake, the ABC affiliate planning to run the ad balked.

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