Here's how recreational pot could be regulated in California

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom released a policy primer that outlines how recreational marijuana could be regulated after it is legalized. Newsom, a blunt advocate for legal pot, opened an exploratory committee last month for a 2018 gubernatorial run.

Here are five highlights from the report by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, a group co-chaired by Newsom and sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union.

  1. Scale for cultivation — Policymakers need to decide whether they want to encourage large or small-scale marijuana cultivation. A push for small marijuana businesses could increase the cost of inspections, because so many sites would need to be inspected.
  2. Taxes – A high tax rate could be appealing because it would fund government programs and reduce consumption. But overtaxing could open up an underground market.
  3. Industry supply chain – Lawmakers would need to determine if they wanted a vertically integrated market, in which farmers also sell and
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