UCSF professor on whether or not to legalize marijuana

KRON Channel 4 Bay Area News
By Vince Cestone, KRON and Maureen Kelly

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Californians are just months away from having to decide whether or not to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Medicinal pot has been legal in California for 20 years.

On Wednesday night, KRON4’s Maureen Kelly talked to a long-time public health advocate who believes that Prop 64 was written for more for big business interests than the people in this state.

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Money and marijuana: Donors with ties to industry give to legalize pot

The Sacramento Bee
by Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller

Justin Hartfield, former chief executive of a company called Weedmaps, two years ago discussed his plans to legalize marijuana nationwide and make his company the Philip Morris of pot.

“Prohibition is about to pop,” he predicted in The Wall Street Journal. “And the people that were here before, if they’re positioned intelligently, will reap a profit. I think we’re positioned really well.”

Proposition 64’s passage would create a burgeoning new economy in California, from growing operations to delivery services, and those who stand to profit are pitching in to ensure it succeeds. Weedmaps, which helps connect cannabis users with dispensaries, delivery services and doctors, has given $1 million to the fall effort to legalize marijuana in California.

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