California may become the fifth state to legalize pot for pleasure. That is if a new marijuana legalization coalition, ReformCA, is successful in it’s aim to legalize marijuana for adults in California.
The coalition just announced a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of cannabis in 2016. After the group files its initiative with the Attorney General’s office it can begin gathering the tens of thousands of signatures required to reach the ballot—something coalition chairwoman and executive director Oaksterdam University’s Dale Sky Jones says she’s confident they’ll pull off. “We have been working on the plan to make a strong run at the ballot box,” she said.
According to the San Jose Mercury news the group intends to create a framework for controlling, taxing and regulating recreational marijuana. The initiative will also include language to regulate California’s medical marijuana industry.
Along with Sky Jones several other major names are a part of the ReformCA supergroup—including director of California National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Dale Gieringer, California congressman Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), Alice Huffman, President of the NAACP and Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson.
Sure there are other legalization ballots currently running throughout CA, but with such huge names attached to ReformCA—this is the one organization that’s said to have the best chance of passing. And we hear that Veteran political consultant Joe Trippi, the guy who ran Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, will lead the group’s political strategy.
“Too often, people wait too long to build their digital army,” said Trippi, speaking about the list of supporters he plans to solicit for small donations. “Our legalization effort will be a well thought out, disciplined campaign.”
All across the country, but especially here in California, Americans are saying loud and clear that trying to control what people personally consume is an utter waste of limited law enforcement resources, Rohrabacher says on ReformCA’s website. “We the people, can control our own lives, thank you.”
Next steps? The group now plans to gather signatures before presenting their draft for legalization in the next few weeks.
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