Marijuana Legalization Statute Enters Circulation

by Natalie Jacobs July 8, 2015


marijuanaToday, the office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that a new marijuana legalization petition is approved to collect signatures. As of July 7, husband-and-wife accidental activists Jason Porter Collinsworth and Lara Marie Collinsworth, have 180 days to collect 365,880 signatures from registered California voters (five percent of the total votes cast for governor in the November 2014 general election) in order to qualify it for the November 2016 ballot.

I spoke briefly with Jason Porter Collinsworth this afternoon about their next steps. As former teachers, novelists and medical cannabis breeders, Collinsworth notes that they’re still figuring out how best to gather the signatures, but he was “very confident” that they’d be able to do it. That’s partially because they have already started receiving phone calls from investors, and they’re looking into the process of gaining nonprofit status in order to raise the necessary funds to get boots on the ground.Collinsworth also noted that at least three other initiatives are working their way onto the ballot for November 2016, and they touch on various aspects of legalization. For their part, the Collinsworth’s initiative will legalize pot for recreational use in addition to medical uses, and will institute specific tax laws to “protect California,” Collinsworth says.

While they work on the specifics of how they’ll gather signatures, you can get your name on the list by emailing

Here is the specific language of the statute:

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Legalizes cannabis plants and products under state law, including hemp. Releases nonviolent marijuana offenders from prison and erases their criminal records. Designates Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to regulate and license recreational marijuana industry. Imposes 15% tax on nonmedical marijuana and 3% tax on medical marijuana, and additional temporary taxes. Applies general retail sales taxes to nonmedical marijuana. Prohibits local governments from enacting taxes, fees, or bans targeting marijuana. Allows personal use of five pounds of dried marijuana, one pound of concentrated, and three gallons of liquid extracts; and private cultivation of 500 square feet per adult (1,500 per parcel). Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net reduced costs ranging from tens of millions of dollars to potentially exceeding $100 million annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Net additional state and local tax revenues of potentially up to several hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, a large portion of which would be required to be spent for specific purposes such as education, public safety, and regulation of commercial marijuana activities. (15-0027.)

As a coincidence, a few other marijuana articles are up on the Internet today. If you still have some pot curiosities, check out CityBeat’s first-hand account of what it’s like to work in a pot shop in San Diego. Then see how you feel about this argument that ending the drug war is a Jewish imperative.

I know you’ve got opinions on this one, so let’s hear it in the comments!


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