Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Weed Legalization Headed to the California Ballot

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Gavin Newsom visits with pot growers and local lawmakers in Garberville. - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
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  • Gavin Newsom visits with pot growers and local lawmakers in Garberville.
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (who visited Humboldt County pot farms last year) is launching the campaign for legal recreational marijuana today with support for an initiative that gathered enough votes to be on the November ballot.

The initiative, which will need voter approval of more than 50 percent, has long been considered the most realistic of several proposed and rumored initiatives to pass, given its financial support from bigwigs like ex-Facebook President Sean Parker and political support from many in the establishment. 

The LA Times reports that the Adult Use of Marijuana Act would "allow adults ages 21 and older to possess, transport and use up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes and would allow individuals to grow as many as six plants."

A summary and the full text of the bill can be found online here.

A similar initiative failed in 2010, but polling shows more support for legalization now.

In other weed news, Ryan Burns reports that Lori Ajax, the recently appointed head of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation — the newly formed state agency charged with, well, regulating medical marijuana — will be in Arcata on Wednesday, May 11 for a pair of informational sessions. 

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