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AM Alert: Cannabis event fires up for possible 2016 legalization

Tracey Lampe stakes cannabis plants at a medical marijuana growing facility in Denver, Dec. 6, 2013.
Tracey Lampe stakes cannabis plants at a medical marijuana growing facility in Denver, Dec. 6, 2013. The New York Times

Need some weed? Legalization of pot in California is in the works, with multiple proposals developing.

But perhaps the most collaborative approach is one by the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2016 (MCLR), an open-source way for supporters and legislators to add to the language of a marijuana legalization law.

While polls show that a majority of California voters support legalizing pot, an initiative’s success can depend on the right timing and language. In 2010, Proposition 19 failed to get enough votes for legalization. Among other factors, analysts ascribed its failure to overreaching language.

That’s where Americans for Policy Reform, the group behind MCLR, says it has an edge. It already has a measure cleared for circulation, but today will submit an updated version with input added since its previous filing. It will also host an educational event promoting marijuana legalization at 10:30 a.m. on the north side of the state Capitol.

DROUGHT-FREE STATE: A summit sponsored by Natural Resources Agency, government officials, and others will focus on optimizing water technology to make California “drought resilient.”

State officials have turned to cuts in urban water consumption to battle the four-year drought. More efficient water technologies can help cities and water agencies get there with less pain. The summit will feature panel discussions of legislators and experts as well as a technology exposition.

Speakers include Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, Assemblyman Marc Levin, D-San Rafael, and Secretary Karen Ross of the Department of Food and Agriculture.

The summit is at 9 a.m. at Cal/EPA, 1001 I Street.

COMPETITIVE PORTS: A shutdown in February at West Coast ports caused nervousness for Northern California growers who rely on timely shipping.

Lawmakers and Port of San Diego employers today will overview port operations, talk about the importance of niche ports, review future projects, and discuss a climate action plan.

Speakers include Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia. The informational hearing is at 2 p.m. at Port of San Diego Administrative Building, 3165 Pacific Highway in San Diego.

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