Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Approved by California Secretary of State

calProponents of theĀ Responsible Use Act of 2016, an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in California, have been given the go-ahead by Secretary of State Alex Padilla to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to place the measure on next year’s November ballot.

Advocates now have 180 days to collect 365,880 signatures from registered California voters. If they’re successful in doing so, the initiative would be put to a vote during the 2016 presidential election. If passed by voters, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis would be legalized for those 21 and older, with cannabis retail outlets authorized to distribute the plant.

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Comprehensive Legalization Initiative Filed in California

Alegalize2016 broad coalition of California proponents have filed the open-source voter initiative, the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2016 (MCLR).

According to a press release; “MCLR was developed in 2014 as the first “open-source” method for advocates and experts everywhere to contribute directly to the language of California’s marijuana legalization law. In early 2015 the AFPR team and a group of activists, cannabis club operators, and attorneys began working on the 2016 language. To date the MCLR project has been the most inclusive approach ever created for marijuana legalization in California. The AFPR team will continue to take input from the community during the new public comment period and make any necessary amendments.”

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Weedmaps.com Donates $1 Million to California Legalization Campaign

Weedmaps.comweedmaps, a website that connects people with medical cannabis dispensaries and doctors, has contributed $1 million to a campaign looking to place a recreational cannabis legalization initiative on the 2016 general election ballot.

The money, donated by Weedmaps Media, LLC (formed in 2008), was given to Californians for Sensible Reform. It’s unclear exactly what the language of the proposed initiative will be, but it’s expected to be revealed in the coming days.

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California to Hold Public Forums on Legalizing Cannabis

By Daniel Wallis, Reuters

(Reuters) – CaliforniaWhite-Berry-Marijuana-Bud officials will hold forums starting next month across the most populous U.S. state to seek public input on proposals to legalize marijuana under a strict tax and regulatory system, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday.

California became the first U.S. state to allow medical marijuana at a ballot in 1996, and it was followed by several other states, some of which also later legalized recreational use of the drug by adults.

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Poll: 55% of California Voters Support Legalizing Recreational Cannabis

New polling conducted by the Publiccali1 Policy Institute of California has found that a majority of California voters support the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes.

According to the poll, 55% of likely voters support legalizing cannabis, slightly higher than the amount of support found among all California adults (53%).

The survey found support for legalizing cannabis to be at its highest point since the polling firm began asking the question in 2010.

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