Gavin Newsom Chairing Pot Legalization Panel

A blue-ribbon panel chaired by Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom is being created to study marijuana legalization in California, officials with the American Civil Liberties Union of California said today.

Details about the panel, which will include various legal, academic and policy experts from around the state and nation, will be announced at a news conference at ACLU’s Northern California headquarters in San Francisco on Thursday.

The panel will study legal and policy issues related to marijuana legalization as voters and policymakers consider proposals to regulate and tax the drug.

At Thursday’s news conference, poll results will be released showing growing support among California voters for legalizing marijuana, according to the ACLU, which has been a supporter of that movement.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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