California Cannabis Supporters Push for November Ballot
February 3rd, 2014
Policy, Top News
The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act for California could legalize recreational marijuana use for adults over 21 years of age if it’s passed into law. The proposed ballot measure would also strengthen existing medical marijuana laws and legalize hemp production in the state.
The law is structured similar to the marijuana legalization in Colorado, but would be regulated by a seven-member Cannabis Control Commission appointed by the governor. Supporters believe that the law could keep tens of thousands of people out of jail for low level offenses while opening the doors to research.
The ballot measure will begin collecting signatures over the next few days. A September poll showed that the majority of Californians supported recreational legalization for the first time, with the percentage being even higher among likely voters compared to those that are unlikely to vote.
The poll from the Public Policy Institute of California found that 52% of California residents supported recreational legalization with 60% of likely voters supporting the measure. Experts believe the change in sentiment is due to more experience with medical marijuana being available.
The state also benefits from the precedent set in Colorado, where recreational marijuana has been legal and on the market since January 1, 2014. With the exception of traffic stops, there have been no incidents involving the drug that could be reason for federal intervention in enforcement.
These dynamics suggest that California could join Colorado and Washington as states where recreational marijuana has been legalized.
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