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Calif. Assembly Weighs Legalizing Marijuana, 1st Time Since 1913

SACRAMENTO — On Wednesday, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee will hold a historic hearing on the implications of taxing and regulating marijuana similarly to alcoholic beverages.

The informational hearing marks the first time California’s legislature has considered ending marijuana prohibition since California first banned marijuana in 1913.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), chair of the committee, is author of AB 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act. A press conference will precede the hearing.

The following people will speak at the press conference: Assemblyman Tom
Ammiano; Aaron Smith, Marijuana Policy Project; Stephen Gutwillig, Drug Policy
Alliance; and Dale Gieringer, California NORML.

Available to answer questions at the news conference and testifying at the hearing will be: Terence Hallinan, former district attorney, City and County of San Francisco; Dan Macallair, executive director, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice; Jim Gray, retired
judge, Orange County Superior Court; Rev. Canon Mary Moreno-Richardson, Episcopal priest, Hispanic Ministries at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego; Tamar Todd, staff attorney, Drug Policy Alliance Network; Allen Hopper, counsel, American Civil Liberties Union.

The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. inside Room 126 at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The 9 a.m. press conference will be held in Room


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