Revenue Decreases – January 10,2019.  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deep in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new budget is a figure that says a lot about California’s shaky legal marijuana market: The state is expecting a lot less cash from cannabis taxes.  The Democrat’s proposed spending plan, released Thursday, projects the state will bank $355 million in marijuana excise taxes by the end of June. That’s roughly half of what was once expected after broad legal sales kicked off last year.  Industry experts say the diminished tax income reflects a somber reality: Most consumers are continuing to purchase pot in the illegal marketplace, where they avoid taxes that can near 50 percent in some communities.

CA Couple Arrested

A California couple is behind bars in Texas after they were caught traveling with a U-Haul trailer full of marijuana, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

State Schools Chief Torlakson Announces School Resources Following Legalization of Recreational Marijuana  SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that the California Department of Education (CDE) is offering resources aimed at preventing those under 21 from using marijuana, something even more important now that Proposition 64 has taken effect.  “This is an excellent time to remind parents, students, educators, administrators, and the public about the detrimental effects of marijuana, especially to the developing brains of children,” Torlakson said. “In this new environment we need to be even more vigilant in making certain school-aged children understand the importance of making healthy decisions. We are committed to making sure that new resources will effectively support schools, families, and communities in this charge.”

Marijuana and Teens

Impact of marijuana legalization in California on teens uncertain. Now that California has legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 years old and older, one pressing public health question is whether legalization will contribute to greater use of cannabis among younger users, especially teenagers. An editorial last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association asserted that, like alcohol and tobacco, “products that are legal only for adults inevitably find their way into the hands of adolescents…to a significant degree.”

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