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CA Counts Town Hall: The pros and cons of legalizing recreational marijuana

The Guild Theater
Free
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 22:  A marijuana plant is displayed during the 2016 Cannabis Business Summit & Expo  on June 22, 2016 in Oakland, California. Policy makers and innovators gathered for the three-day long Cannabis Business Summit & Expo.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 22: A marijuana plant is displayed during the 2016 Cannabis Business Summit & Expo on June 22, 2016 in Oakland, California. Policy makers and innovators gathered for the three-day long Cannabis Business Summit & Expo. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Marijuana has made it onto the California ballot once again. Prop. 64 would legalize recreational use of marijuana and hemp under state law and set the standard for sales and cultivation taxes. But despite the fact that several other states have set an example by legalizing recreational pot, many questions still remain about the pros and cons of legalization, what the economic impact will be, how the marijuana business will be taxed and regulated, and what legalization would mean for law enforcement and the justice system. 

Join KPCC’s Larry Mantle, Capital Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak and special guests for a California Counts Town Hall and live taping as we dive into the pros and cons of Prop. 64 and what it might mean for the state’s bottom line.

Guests: 

Kimberly Cargile, director and CEO of A Therapeutic Alternative, Inc., a medical marijuana dispensary located in Sacramento

Peter Hecht, senior writer for the Sacramento Bee and author of “Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit”

Richard Miadich, managing partner with the Sacramento-based law firm Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP

Lauren Michaels, legislative affairs manager for the California Police Chiefs Association 

Anne Marie Schubert, district attorney for Sacramento County

Joel Warner, Denver-based writer and former staff writer at the International Business Times, where he covered the marijuana industry

KPCC and Capital Public Radio want to hear from you. Share your insights – before or after the town hall – with our mobile recording booth in the lobby.

This event is part of California Counts, a collaboration among KPCC, KQED, KPBS and Capital Public Radio to report on the 2016 election.