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MC_POTFARM_04.JPGSince going into effect a week ago, Colorado's legalization of marijuana has been a smoking success in at least one sense: recreational pot shops have seen extremely high demand, with hour-long lines on opening day and supplies already running low.

Could this be a preview of what's to come in California? A Field Poll last month revealed that, for the first time, a majority of voters in the state support legalizing marijuana. And with possible ballot measures collecting signatures, that question could be put to the test as soon as this November.

Sacramento Bee reporter Peter Hecht—who has covered pot issues in California extensively and has written the upcoming book Weed Land—will offer his thoughts during a live chat today at 11:30 a.m. Readers can join in with questions and comments at

VIDEO: The legislative leadership broke with budget tradition in a big way this year, Dan Walters says.

HELPING HAND: After shelving the legislation last spring, state Sen. Joel Anderson has revived his bill that seeks to prevent the state from taxing income lost to criminal fraud such as Ponzi schemes. The Alpine Republican will be in Room 113 of the Capitol at 9 a.m. to discuss the proposal before heading across the hall for a hearing of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, which is scheduled to consider the measure. Anderson will be joined by state Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Solana Beach, and victims of investment fraud.

MAKING THE GRADE: A new scorecard from the California Food Policy Council, which advocates for healthy food and sustainable agriculture, focuses on the Legislature's action on food- and farm-related issues in 2013. The report will be released following a press conference on the north steps of the Capitol at 11 a.m., where representatives from the organization will be joined by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento.

PHOTO: Marijuana plants at an illegal grow site off Interstate 5 and the Twin Cities exit on August 30, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Manny Crisostomo


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