March 24th, 2010
03:11 PM ET
8 years ago

Pot legalization measure headed to California ballot, advocates say

(CNN) - California voters will be able to decide this fall whether their state will be the first in the nation to legalize the possession of marijuana for nonmedicinal uses, advocates claimed Wednesday, saying they have the needed signatures for a ballot initiative.

The proposed ballot initiative legalizing adults' possession of up to one ounce of marijuana has collected almost 700,000 signatures, according to a statement from the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based organization.

Roughly 434,000 signatures are required to place an initiative on statewide ballot in California this year, the statement said. State election officials are expected to validate the signatures Wednesday, it said.

City and county governments would be allowed to imposed a sales tax under the proposed statute. They also would be allowed to establish local ordinances relating to distribution.

California first enacted a law allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana in 1996, according Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Steve Fox. Fourteen states now allow medical marijuana, he said.

- CNN's Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. John

    It's about time!

    March 24, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Annoyed

    Yeah, just what we need. People making themselves more lazy and burning brain cells.

    March 24, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    Hope so. Half the people in this state are high at any given time. If all that weed were taxed we might start digging ourselves out of this financial hole.

    March 24, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Ender

    Its about time.

    Thanks to CA for helping lead us back to freedom

    March 24, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Chalk one up for the will of the people! I am 35 years old with a PhD in finance, a loving wife, and two beautiful daughters. I have been gainfully employed since I was 23 and have smoked pot for 15 years. Take that, naysayers!

    March 24, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. El Gordo

    Pot smoking Americans are providing the cash, guns, and ammo that is destroying Mexican society. Legalizing it would cut off the flow of money to Mexican drug gangs and American drug gangs. It would cut off their ability to buy guns and bullets in Texas and Arizona.

    Look at it from the Mexican side. The USA is a gun-pusher. The USA sells illegal guns to Mexican criminals who the murder rivals and lots of innocent Mexican citizens – like one of my former students whose picture you have all seen on CNN. She was a sweet girl who had a husband, a family, a good job, and a baby on the way. The bullets that passed through her pretty body were bought with US marijuana dollars in US gun stores. Shame on us.

    March 24, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Ken

    long over due

    March 24, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Jai-hoe

    Great! Get Pelosi a dubee. Maybe she will listen to the American people stoned!

    March 24, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    Well if ya gonna go broke, you might as well go happy and feeling good about it.

    March 24, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Dulmage

    Isn't marijuana still illegal in federal law? It won't matter if California legalizes it, because it's still illegal, right?

    March 24, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    If you can not keep drugs out of prisons, than how in the world even with billions of taxpayer dollars being spent on enforcement do you expect to keep it out of a free society?
    When will the US Government stop doing the same failed policy over and over, continue to escalate this “war on drugs” and begin to look for other solutions? When alcohol was legalized the policy wasn’t changed because the use and or abuse of alcohol were a good thing for personnel behavior. Alcohol was not declared safe it was regulated. The policy and the laws were changed because the criminal gangs, the violence and the corruption were unacceptable damage of the policy of prohibition.
    Now is the time to legalize marijuana, regulate it, and control it and contain the use above the black market drug gangs. IMHO take the profits away and remove the teeth of these criminals, save thousands of innocent victims and give the people back the safety that every neighborhood in America deserves.

    March 24, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. ToughLove

    All of you Sarah Palin-haters are really just feminist pigs when the woman in question disagrees with you. I've read comments calling her a bimbo and saying her best attributes are "her legs". Talk about sexist!! Unbelievably shameful.

    March 24, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. James

    These TEA party people are the lowest of the low...they are representative of the most vile, hateful, ignorant and dangerous that this country has to offer...sad, sad people!

    March 24, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    legalize it, tax it and regulate it.

    March 24, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Jefe

    LEGALIZE AND TAX!!! But don't give it away to the tobacco companies to add weird chemicals and reap billions in profits. Marijuana should be naturally-grown, and sold through government-licensed shops, and heavily taxed. The cost to produce is incredible small. All we need to do is replace the "black market markup" with tax. People will buy legally instead, killings will be reduced drastically, we'll stop dumping as much money into the prison and court system, and we'll be raising revenue from willing payers. You'd have to be high not to do it (sorry, couldn't resist.)

    March 24, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    This should be fun.

    March 24, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. frank

    What the heck, another cash crop they can grow in state instead of importing from Mexico. Get all those Okies in Bakersfield off the booze and meth. Maybe mellow out some of those anal Republicans, and in Orange county, they are anal.

    March 24, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. inofritzn

    This up to an ounce stuff is garbage. They need to legalize the whole process, and regulate from the supply, distribution and retail side. Nice tax revenue increase on all levels, and many jobs created.

    March 24, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. JES

    What a joke. I know most people out there are stupid anyway but to let people get stoned at work, driving, or just about anything because it's legal is just plain STUPID.

    When are you going to wake up and see that all this is doing is finding more legal ways to get stoned.

    I bet only about 5% or less need it for medical reasons.

    March 24, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Legalize & I'll Advertise

    Legalize it already. If you want to protect our southern border, legalization is the number one way to do that.

    March 24, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Jon

    No wonder California's economy is in the toilet and the government is bankcrupted. Once the flagship golden state envied by other states, it is now becoming a socialist state of America. Rather than creating jobs, its government spreads welfares around, so people don't have to work. Instead, those people lie idle so that they smoke pots at home. They should trade their experience with Obama. It won't take long that the United States of America will follow California's ways into a socialist country.

    March 24, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. sonay

    It's about time!!! I don't use maijuana, but....... I believe ALCOHOL is much more dangerous than pot. Why hasn't the government imposed a use ordinance on alcohol? WHY? We all know why......because of the money they rake in and the lobbyest!!! I hope this wins in California, and other states follow. I'm is Wis, and they are just now soon to vote to allow medical marijuana. WOW, it will prob. take ten more years or so to allow it's reg. use here. Good for you residents of calif. for working so hard to make pot legal.

    March 24, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Mark L.

    That's the number one problem with this country – There are WAY TOO MANY POTHEADS out there !! I grew up in the 1960's / 1970's !! THANK GOD and PRAISE THE LORD that I NEVER got hooked on all this JUNK !! Lord only knows how many people I went to school with that were hooked to marijuana, alcohol, PCP, LSD, heroin, etc. That's why nothing good ever comes out of our lawmakers – Too many people in this nation of ours are just plain WASTED !! They're more concerned with where they're going to get their next 'hit' or 'fix' from vs. important matters such as healthcare reform legislation !!

    March 24, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Pass it , then Tax it !

    March 24, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. jeff jackson, alabama

    Looks like California's tourism may pick up
    big time.

    March 24, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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