06.29.2016
policy

Recreational Marijuana Added to California's November Ballot

Golden State Voters will decide if weed should be legal, finally.

California voters will decide if cannabis should be legal in the Golden State, this November. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), an initiative that would legalize recreational weed consumption, was added to the November 8 ballot.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"The initiative would allow adults ages 21 and older to possess, transport and use up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational purposes and would allow individuals to grow as many as six plants. "

A California medical marijuana program has been in place since voters approved the Compassionate Use Act in 1996, and other legalization initiatives have failed, such as 2010's Proposition 19.

Advocates for AUMA, which is backed by a coalition that includes Sean Parker, of Napster and Facebook fame, are reportedly more optimistic this time around, as the regulatory steering wheel will be helmed by the state rather than individual municipalities. The initiative also breaks down the barriers to entry into the legal weed world, for aspiring entrepreneurs that previously couldn't partake in the California medical marijuana industry, which only saw its first comprehensive regulations just last year.

From LA Times:

"Under current law, convicted methamphetamine and heroin dealers are banned from being involved in the medical marijuana industry, but the initiative overturns that ban and lets those felons obtain licenses to sell recreational marijuana."

A coalition in opposition to AUMA is said to be really salty about the last part, and has raised more than $125,000 to fight the initiative. Team AUMA has raised more than $3 million.

If passed, California would be the fifth state to legalize cannabis, while eight others will also decide on the herb's legal status, and what that means to them, in November.

What a time to be alive. 

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