Golden in California: Adult Use of Marijuana Act Qualifies for Ballot

Golden in California: Adult Use of Marijuana Act Qualifies for Ballot

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On June 28, 2016, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, had enough signatures to qualify for the 2016 November ballot.

“Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself,” said campaign spokesman Jason Kinney in a statement.

If passed, the initiative would legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, allow for the home cultivation of up to six plants, and levy a 15 percent tax on both medical and recreational marijuana.

According to the Associated Press, the measure would generate up to $1 billion in annual revenue and would provide one out of six Americans legal access to marijuana.

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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