Pot legalization backers discuss next steps in San Francisco

Feb 13, 2015 2:51 PM by News Staff

Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear how about the unfolding campaign to have California join the four other states where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.

The International Cannabis Business Conference taking place on Sunday and Monday is expected to draw about 1,000 investors, entrepreneurs and activists for an overview of the legalization landscape now that advocacy groups are drafting a 2016 ballot initiative that could make California the global center of state-approved recreational weed.

Conference organizer Alex Rogers says that given the size of and few restrictions on the state's existing medical marijuana industry, persuading all the relevant players that complete legalization would be a step forward will take some doing.

Backers have until late August to submit a proposed initiative to the secretary of state.

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