Assembly to weigh Ammiano bill legalizing marijuana

State legislators will debate the implications of taxing and regulating marijuana similarly to alcoholic beverages — an idea proposed through legislation earlier this year by state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

Ammiano, a former San Francisco supervisor who had made marijuana offenses the lowest priority for The City’s police to pursue, introduced AB 390 earlier this year, legislation to decriminalize marijuana statewide and tax it to address California’s budget deficit.

“It is time take to our heads out of the sand and start to regulate this $14 billion industry,” Ammiano said in a press release Tuesday.

Marijuana is currently legal in California for medicinal purposes only, which was approved by voters in 1996.
 

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