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Newsom's Marijuana Commission To Hold First Forum At UCLA

Jeff Chiu / File / AP

This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.

Jeff Chiu / File / AP

(AP) - A panel established by California lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is scheduled to hold its first public forum.

Newsom's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy will have an open meeting at UCLA on Tuesday, and the public is encouraged to contribute either in person or online.

Newsom, who was re-elected as lieutenant governor last year and has begun raising money to run for governor in 2018, has announced his support for the legalization of marijuana in California.

His commission seeks to inform policymakers and voters on issues related to legalization.

It includes experts in health, social sciences and law enforcement.