Pot bill won't be introduced this spring

SACRAMENTO Speaking with reporters in Sacramento Monday, /*Tom Ammiano*/, a San Francisco Democrat, said he expects the bill to receive its first hearing in the fall.

In the meantime, he is working with fellow legislators to try to build support for the proposal.

He admitted he still doesn't have a co-author for his bill that he said would bring in more than $1 billion per year to the state. The bill would add revenue for the state by taxing marijuana sold legally.

Ammiano has received national attention for his proposal to make California the first state in the nation to legalize and regulate /*marijuana*/ sales to adults.

During Monday's interview, Ammiano said, "We're feeling that people are becoming more reassured, particularly legislators, as they look at what the political will is and the tone of the discussion. I think a lot of people too are going to be waiting for after May 19th to see exactly where the budget situation is, and I'm looking forward to continuing the public policy aspect of this issue."

Monday, April 20, is celebrated as kind of a drug culture holiday as "4/20," with students on a number of college campuses holding public pot-smoking rallies.


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