Is California going to be the next legal state?
Posted on July 04 2016
California will once again get to go to the polls and decide on the legalisation of medical marijuana this November. ‘The Adult Use of Marijuana Act’ which aims to legalise and tax the cannabis trade in the state has been cleared for the November ballot after supporters of the bill managed to gather over 402,000 verified signatures from residents of the state.
Voters rejected a very similar proposal almost 60/40 back in 2010. That was before the legalisation of marijuana in Colorado and other states however, and thus supporters are this time hoping to show that the sky doesn’t fall down as soon as a state legalises marijuana.
There is also objection from marijuana advocates who feel the initiative isn’t true legalisation and are therefore fighting against this particular proposal. The campaign for the AUMA had branded those reactions a step in the wrong direction.
"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," AUMA spokesman Jason Kinney said in a statement.
California would join Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon as states that allow recreational use of marijuana. Eight other states also have marijuana measures on their ballots this year.
The opposition is mostly led by the Coalition for Responsible Drug Policies, made up of law enforcement and health groups including the California Police Chiefs Association, the California Hospital Association and the California State Sheriffs' Association. The groups warn legalisation will lead to more drug-driving and allow dealers of harder drugs to have a role in the new industry.
Voters go to the polls on Nov 8 in California to decide on the issue, perhaps once and for all.