California Eyes Legalization of Cannabis in 2016
March 4th, 2015
Policy, Top News
California’s voters may have shot down Proposition 19 by a 3.5% margin in a 2010 statewide ballot, but activist groups in the largest U.S. state aren’t deterred in planning their legalization push for 2016.
The cannabis legalization movement has gained a lot of ground since 2010, with Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC all implementing their own programs to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana. Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and several other states are expected to push for the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2016, alongside California – which will be the most-watched state.
Efforts to legalize marijuana in California are being led by the Drug Policy Alliance, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform. The united front has been much more successful in garnering support among Californians for the initiative, while the precedent set by at least four other states has help calm nerves. Many analysts believe that the combination of these factors could lead to a successful push in 2016.
Despite these favorable developments, there are a number of headwinds that could derail the process. Many Republicans remain highly opposed for any such legislation – particularly in the country’s largest state – and they may put up a strong fight to prevent passage. Several possible presidential candidates could also voice opposite to the drug’s legalization, which could discourage some voters on the fence, particularly on the Democratic side.
In the end, the cannabis industry will be keenly focused on these 2016 efforts in California, since the state may very well set the stage for the rest of the nation. If passed, legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana could spur the federal government into taking action to ultimately device a cohesive national policy framework.
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