Will efforts to legalize marijuana in California go up in smoke?
Inside a massive banquet hall, thousands of besuited pot industry people pack the seats, aisles and walls to hear Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom deliver the 11 a.m. keynote.
Newsom—the highest ranking official in California to ever embrace the cannabis users rights movement—didn't just come to honor the National Cannabis Industry Association before him. He came to give it a cold shower.
Proposition 64—the Adult Use of Marijuana Act—has many supporters, but also detractors, even among medical marijuana activists. Progressives worldwide might be ebullient at the idea of a certain win for legalization this November 8, but, “It's not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination. If any of you think this thing is done in California you couldn't be more wrong,” Newsom said by way of opening.