California Legalization Initiative Poised to Qualify for 2016 Ballot


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On May 4, 2016, organizers behind the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in California, announced that they had collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

The group, which includes the likes of California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Facebook president Sean Parker, has reportedly collected 600,000 signatures, exceeding the threshold of 365,000 signatures.

“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,” Newsom said in a statement.

The signatures still need to be validated by the Secretary of State’s office, but it is widely expected to qualify, considering the excess of signatures.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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