By Peter Banys and Timmen Cermak – Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. One or more marijuana legalization initiatives will be on the California ballot in November 2016. The most carefully crafted and best funded is 15–0103, The Control, Regulate and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016, informally known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) (State of California Department of Justice 2015a). AUMA incorporates most, but not all, of the recommendations of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2015 Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on Marijuana Policy’s Youth Education & Prevention Work Group Report (BRC 2015). If passed, recreational marijuana possession will remain illegal only for minors under age 21. This editorial reviews core issues related to young marijuana users and makes independent recommendations for rational implementation of AUMA. Although the authors are members of the BRC, the following recommendations do not necessarily represent BRC consensus.

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