Los Angeles County Lawmakers Vote to Help Homeless with Cannabis Tax

potThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted 3 to 2 to give approval to an initiative that would establish a 10% tax on cannabis sales that would go towards homeless services, the Cannabist reports. The proposal now goes to a vote of the people this November.

The initiative would establish 10% tax on the gross receipts of businesses that grow or sell cannabis. This tax would apply to medical cannabis sales, but would also apply to recreational cannabis sales if voters approve the Adult Use of Marijuana Act this November. That initiative would legalize the possession and licensed distribution of cannabis for everyone 21 and older.

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California’s Cannabis Legalization Initiative to be on November Ballot as Proposition 64

proposition 64It’s official: The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) will appear on the November presidential election ballot as Proposition 64, six years after the appearance of Proposition 19.

According to its official state summary, Proposition 64; “Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law”, “Designates state agencies to license and regulate marijuana industry”, and “Imposes state excise tax on retail sales of marijuana equal to 15% of sales price, and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves.”

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California Democratic Party Endorses Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

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Today, the campaign in support of the California Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), a cannabis legalization initiative that will appear on the November 2016 statewide ballot, announced that it has received the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party. This is the first time the California Democrats have endorsed a citizens initiative to legalize cannabis.

“This landmark action by the California Democratic Party underscores the responsible and consensus approach of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act and strengthens what is already the largest, most enthusiastic and most diverse coalition ever assembled in support of a marijuana legalization effort,” says Brian Brokaw, AUMA’s Campaign Manager.

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Poll: 60% of California Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

A new PPIC Statewide Survey has found that 60% of voters in California support the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, an initiative to legalize cannabis for adulteveryone 21 and older that advocates are currently attempting to place on this November’s presidential election ballot.

According to the poll, the initiative is supported by 69% of Democrats, 65% of independent/decline to state voters and 45% of Republicans.

“Prohibition is an abject and expensive failure”, says Jason Kinney, spokesperson for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. “It’s time for California to lead with a new approach that better protects our children, our local communities and the public health”.

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Enough Signatures Collected to Put Cannabis Legalization on November Ballot in California

califlagAdvocates of an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in California for everyone 21 and older have collected over 600,000 signatures, well more than the 365,000 needed to put the measure to a vote of the people this November.

“This November, California voters will finally have the opportunity to pass smart marijuana policy that is built on the best practices of other states, includes the strictest child protections in the nation and pays for itself while raising billions for the state”, says Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, one of the measures most prominent supporters.

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Poll: 60% of Likely California Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

californiaA strong majority of those in California who are likely to vote in the upcoming election say they would vote “Yes” on an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis if given the chance. This is according to a new Probolsky Research poll.

According to the poll, 59.9% of likely California voters support legalizing cannabis for everyone 21 and older, compared to just 36.7% who are opposed to the move. Of those in support, 42.7% would “definitely vote yes” on a legalization initiative, compared to just 29.5% who would “definitely vote no”. 15.5% say they would “probably vote yes”, compared to 6.5% who would “probably vote no”.

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California NAACP Endorses Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

california naacpProponents of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) have announced today that their cannabis legalization initiative  has been formally endorsed by the California State NAACP, which is comprised of 52 branches and more than 30 youth chapters statewide. The NAACP is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.

The California NAACP – which voted to endorse the initiative over the weekend — joins a rapidly-growing broad-based coalition of support, which already includes physicians, environmental leaders, business owners, small farmers and social justice advocates.

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California: Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Gains Approval From State to Begin Circulation

californiaProponents of an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in California announced today that they have received an official title and summary for their proposed measure, have been cleared for circulation and intend to “hit the ground running” to place their initiative on the November ballot. The proposal is being referred to as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Proponents also announced the formation of an official political committee in support of the measure: Californians to Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana while Protecting Children. The growing coalition in support of this measure includes business, physicians, farmers, environmental leaders and social-justice advocacy organizations.

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Legalizing Cannabis Would Result in $1 Billion in Annual Tax Revenue for California

marijuana-money-live-trading-newsLegalizing recreational cannabis in California would result in roughly $1 billion in extra tax revenue for the state, according to a new analysis released by the California Department of Finance.

The report, conducted by Department of Finance director Michael Cohen and legislative analyst Mac Taylor and reported to Attorney General Kamala Harris, states that California stands to gain around $1 billion in tax revenue if voters approved an initiative to legalize cannabis that advocates are hoping to place on this November’s ballot.

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Here Comes the Big One: ReformCA Files its California Cannabis Legalization Initiative

reformcaBy Phillip Smith, StopTheDrugWar.org

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, also known as ReformCA, has filed a draft marijuana legalization initiative with state officials, the group announced Sunday. The long-anticipated move means the campaign best-placed to bring legalization to the Golden State can finally get underway.

The Control, Regulate and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016 would allow people 21 and over to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana and it would set up legal marijuana commerce overseen by a pair of new state agencies, the California Cannabis Commission and the Office of Cannabis Regulatory Affairs.

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