California attorney general says cannabis legalization `inevitable’

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris said cannabis legalization in the state is “inevitable” as advocates prepare to put recreational marijuana on the 2016 ballot.

Legalization in Colorado and Washington are good test subjects for California, where use of medical cannabis has been legal since 1996, she told Buzzfeed News.

Harris said that as attorney general, the state’s “top cop,” she still has concerns about law enforcement and public safety, including how to determine if someone is driving under the influence of marijuana, according to the report.

She said she’s also watching how Colorado sets its rules with regard to edibles.

“We have seen in the history of this issue for California and other states; if we don’t figure out the details for how it’s going to be legalized the feds are going to come in, and I don’t think that’s in anyone’s best interest,” Harris said. The California medical marijuana market remains unregulated, despite pressure on lawmakers to rein in the industry.