CA Counts Town Hall: The pros and cons of legalizing recreational marijuana
Marijuana has made it onto the California ballot once again. Prop. 64 would legalize recreational use of marijuana and hemp under state law and set the standard for sales and cultivation taxes. But despite the fact that several other states have set an example by legalizing recreational pot, many questions still remain about the pros and cons of legalization, what the economic impact will be, how the marijuana business will be taxed and regulated, and what legalization would mean for law enforcement and the justice system.
Audience members gathered with KPCC’s Larry Mantle, Capital Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak and special guests for a California Counts Town Hall and live taping that dove into the pros and cons of Prop. 64 and what it might mean for the state’s bottom line.
Peter Hecht, senior writer for the Sacramento Bee and author of “Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit”
Lauren Michaels, legislative affairs manager for the California Police Chiefs Association
Anne Marie Schubert, district attorney for Sacramento County
Joel Warner, Denver-based writer and former staff writer at the International Business Times, where he covered the marijuana industry
This event was part of California Counts, a collaboration among KPCC, KQED, KPBS and Capital Public Radio to report on the 2016 election.