Proponents of an initiative to legalize cannabis in California will begin collecting signatures next week in an attempt to put the proposal to a vote this November.
Advocates of the Marijuana, Control Legalization & Revenue Act will need to collect roughly half a million signatures by June 30th to put their initiative on the ballot.
“[The initiative] stops putting 20,000 people a year in jail in California for low level offense”, says John Lee, Director of Americans for Policy Reform, the organization running the initiative.
Under this proposal, the possession and private cultivation (up to 12 plants) will be legalized for those 21 and older, and authorizes cannabis retail outlets which would be regulated by a seven-person Cannabis Control Commission, which will consist of members appointed by the state’s governor.
A poll released in October by the Americans Civil Liberty Union found that 65% of those in California support the legalization of cannabis.