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Where California politicians stand on pot legalization

Here’s a rundown of what top officials are saying about legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Marcos Breton

Farmworkers give up day’s pay to see leaders say ‘no se puede’

On Thursday, the California Assembly was supposed to vote on the bill to grant farmworkers overtime pay, but put it off, disappointing those who left the fields for a day to see history made. Instead they witnessed a process that shows their time and money aren’t valued yet. Strong leadership will make it happen. A lack of leadership delayed it.

Capitol Alert

Money and marijuana: Donors with ties to industry give to legalize pot

A web of campaign committees, nonprofits and wealthy individuals has funneled at least $6.6 million so far to the main yes-on-64 campaign committee. The pro-legalization effort involves eight fundraising accounts, at least three of which are linked to corresponding organizations. Among the donors are those with obvious existing ties to the issue who could profit immensely from a legal marijuana marketplace.

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Videos

'We have waited eight decades': Assembly leader promises farmworker overtime vote

After the California Assembly failed to hold a planned vote on a bill expanding overtime pay for farmworkers, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, emerged with his caucus and vowed to pursue the measure. In Sacramento on August 25, 2016.
Jeremy B. White The Sacramento Bee
'We have waited eight decades': Assembly leader promises farmworker overtime vote 1:05

'We have waited eight decades': Assembly leader promises farmworker overtime vote

Farmworker Luis Altamirano shares how overtime pay would change his life 1:18

Farmworker Luis Altamirano shares how overtime pay would change his life

United Farm Workers protests at Capitol 0:33

United Farm Workers protests at Capitol

California teachers' union protests its employer 1:02

California teachers' union protests its employer