Marijuana Legalization Gets Second Try in California
You might get to vote again on full marijuana legalization in California next year.
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The "The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014" has asked the state Initiative Coordinator for permission to circulate a petition. If organizers, including the group Americans for Policy Reform, gather enough signatures, you might be able to weigh in on Nov. 4, 2014:
In 2010 Golden State voters had the chance to legalize it, but you turned down Prop. 19. Barely. And afterward, polls showed that, if given a second chance, California's electorate would probably pass full legalization, Colorado- and Washington-style.
See also: What Killed Prop. 19?
California was the first state in the union to give some legitimacy to cannabis with our 1996 medical weed law.
The folks behind the "The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014" formally asked the state to prepare a "circulating title and summary" over the weekend.
The initiative would, according to a statement of general purpose, grant ...
... Californians the freedom to use, grow, transport and sell cannabis subject to reasonable regulation and taxation in a manner similar to alcohol.
Organizers say the law would prevent minors from getting the drug, unless they are prescribed cannabis by a physician. It's a pretty open-ended stab at legalization, according to the organizers' state filing:
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Using, selling, cultivating, or producing cannabis in any form, including any concentrated form of the separated or extracted resins, whether obtained in crude or purified form, or extracted using any solvents, shall not be prohibited ...
It would also prevent cities like L.A. from banning dispensaries outright or severely limiting their numbers: " ... no city, county, or city and county may ban a cannabis business ... " Dispensaries could operate "in any commercial or industrial zone," under the proposal.
That might nullify the city of L.A.'s own successful ballot initiative that aims to weed out more than 90 percent of our town's marijuana retailers.
The law would tax weed and set up a California Cannabis Control Commission. It's a pie-in-the-sky proposal. Maybe' here's why:
Organizer Dave Hodges, founder of the forum and of All American Cannabis Collective in San Jose, says it was designed by ... nearly everybody.
... We created a Google document that literally anyone can see and contribute to. At each event, we requested specific input, and dozens of key advocates and legal advisers around the state provided recommendations and expertise.