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California’s 2016 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Finally Kicks Off

The campaign to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over officially gets under way this week. The largest, best-funded group of marijuana legalizers — they call themselves ReformCA — announced Friday they had taken a long-anticipated major step: filing their initiative language with the California Secretary of State.

If the initiative passes as written, it would:

  • legalize possession of up to one ounce by adults 21 and over. You could grow up to 100 square-feet.
  • license commercial farms and stores through the state.
  • allow cities and counties to ban pot shops by popular vote.
  • tax commercial pot at $2 per square-foot of cultivation; $15 per ounce (excise); plus 10% retail sales tax (which would go to state and local coffers).
  • leave alone Prop 215 rights for patients and caregivers

Cannabis is already all but legal in California — just totally unregulated. Thanks to 2010 decriminalization authored by Sen. Mark Leno and signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger, pot arrests are at their their lowest level since 1966. [Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle]

 

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