Ammiano Reintroduces Bill to Tax and Regulate MarijuanaFile photo of Assemblymember Tom Amiano testifying before an LGBT Health hearing in the Assembly

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has reintroduced his landmark marijuana regulation bill (AB 2254) today, building on the momentum from the Assembly’s first formal consideration of marijuana legalization in American history in early January.

The Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act (AB 2254) would create a regulatory structure similar to that used for beer, wine and liquor, permitting taxed sales to adults while barring sales to or possession by those under 21.

 

 

"Just look at what is happening in our state and it’s obvious that the existing model of prohibition has been a tragic failure,” said Ammiano “Our prisons are overflowing and it’s easier now for teenagers to get marijuana than alcohol. Yet we continue to spend our limited resources on a failed war on drugs instead of education, health care or job training.”

In California, where 56 percent of the public supports legalizing marijuana, proponents of an initiative to tax and regulate marijuana have recently gathered sufficient signatures to place it on the general election ballot this year.

“This bill (AB 2254) is the most innovative and expansive approach to regulating marijuana in the country today,” said Stephen Gutwillig, California state director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “More and more states are following California’s lead and seriously considering alternatives to failed marijuana policies that waste billions of dollars and needlessly criminalize millions of Americans. Assemblymember Ammiano is at the front of the reform pack, demanding a meaningful conversation about ending marijuana prohibition.”

“With this bill, California can finally have a policy towards marijuana that reflects reality," said Ammiano. "We simply cannot afford to continue keeping our heads in the sand and pretend that everything is fine. It’s time for California to regain control of this issue by taxing and regulating marijuana.”

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