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Danny Glover, Melissa Etheridge and other stars to speak about marijuana legalization in Hollywood

October 19, 2010 |  6:52 pm

The debate over Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana in California, will acquire some celebrity glitter on Thursday.

Actors Danny Glover and Hal Sparks, and musician Melissa Etheridge are scheduled to speak in favor of marijuana legalization at a news conference in Los Angeles.

The three will join supporters of the initiative, including former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. The measure would allow adults 21 and older to grow and possess marijuana, and would authorize cities and counties to approve cultivation, sale and taxation.

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"We have politicians and top-notch celebrities who are going to talk about the need for change," said Brian Roberts, publisher of THC Exposé magazine, who helped organize the event at Cafe Was in Hollywood. "If we vote yes, it changes the entire world view."

The news conference was organized to promote the initiative and draw attention to Buddha Fest, which aims to raise awareness about marijuana. The festival, with entertainment on 10 stages, starts Saturday at noon and lasts until 2 a.m. at Los Angeles Center Studios in downtown L.A.

-- John Hoeffel