California voters: will you legalize marijuana?

This event took place on:
Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Medical Marijuana

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Marijuana plants for sale at Studio City's Perennial Holistic Wellness Center.

Supporters say it’s safer than alcohol or tobacco and improves quality of life. Detractors call it a gateway drug rife with health risks. This November, California voters will get to decide if marijuana should be legalized for recreational use in California. Would marijuana tax revenues help balance the state budget? Would a legal trade in marijuana reduce the influence of cartels or blight neighborhoods with storefront pot shops? And could the ballot measure stand up to a federal challenge?

On the evening of June 16th at 6:30pm Larry Mantle moderated the discussion live from the Crawford Family Forum.

Panelists for this discussion included:

Hon. Jim Gray, Judge of the Superior Crt. (ret.) -- Pro Initiative

Hon. Lee Baca, Sheriff, Los Angeles County -- Anti-Initiative

Hon. John Russo, City Attorney, Oakland -- Pro Initiative

Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, Director, Drug Policy Analysis Program, UCLA -- Anti Initiative

To listen to the audio, please visit the AIRTALK website.

Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images.

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