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Report: Pot Legalization In California Presents Trade-Offs

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) - A blue-ribbon panel says curtailing the illegal marijuana market in California should be the primary goal of legalizing the drug's recreational use in the state, and not developing another tax source.

In a 93-page report released Wednesday, the panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom presents a wide range of choices and competing interests involved as advocates work to bring a recreational use initiative to voters next year.

Chief among the issues will be to determine how to structure licenses that growers and others in the industry will need.

The country's most populous state already has a well-established medical marijuana industry as well as a thriving black market with ties to Mexico.