Californians will once again have the chance to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The Sacramento Bee reports that the Secretary of State’s Office yesterday verified that supporters had turned in the required amount of signatures to place the measure on this November's ballot. If approved, the measure making it legal for adults to buy, smoke, and grow recreational marijuana in the country's most populated state will likely have impacts felt across the country.
Jason Kinney, a spokesman for California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act, put it succinctly in a statement. “Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself.”
Under the law, KRON 4 reports that individuals 21 years of age or older could grow up to six plants and also buy an ounce of weed at a time. People would still be prohibited from smoking pot in places where cigarettes are banned — so, sorry, no blazing at the local art-house theater.
Californians last had a chance to vote to make recreational pot legal in 2010. That measure was, of course, defeated. Well, thanks to the backing of Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (who promises he doesn't smoke himself) and rich-person Sean Parker, we all get another shot at it.
A host of different organizations came out in favor of the new measure, including, perhaps surprisingly, the California Medical Association. "[We] believe that the most effective way to protect the public health is to tightly control, track and regulate marijuana and to comprehensively research and educate the public on its health impacts, not through ineffective prohibition," the group announced in a press statement.
If passed, growers and dispensaries will likely be regulated in a manner akin to breweries. Puff, puff, regulate. Oh, and don't forget to vote.