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California May Be Down to Just One Marijuana Ballot Initiative

And then there was one.

That’s the way things look, anyway.

Multiple marijuana legalization efforts were competing to get on the 2016 ballot in California. Two of them appeared to have the backing and, more importantly, the money to make it.

But that wasn’t such a good thing for the cannabis community: The last time Californians had a chance to legalize recreational weed, in 2010, the measure did not pass, by a relatively close margin. Two initiatives trying to do the same thing could dilute support and ensure defeat.

Legalization backers set out from the beginning to unify behind one initiative for 2016, but it didn’t turn out that way. ReformCA represented a coalition of legalization supporters and came out of the gate with the most well-organized effort.

But last month a majority of its board members voted to suspend the ReformCA initiative. It was reported that the group endorsed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a legalization effort endorsed by Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, after its drafters inserted language to appease the ReformCA majority. [Read more at LA Weekly]

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