Marijuana Legalization In California Races Toward Ballot

CALIFORNIA:  Two initiatives that would fully legalize marijuana were approved for signature gathering (“circulation”), the California Secretary of State’s office announced this week.

A would-be initiative by Americans for Policy Reform, backed by San Jose pot shop operator Dave Hodges, got the green light from the state to start gathering signatures. Also approved was a proposal from the Drug Policy Alliance. A third legalization submission got the thumbs up from the state way back in fall. A new, fourth player, the Cannabis Policy Reform Act of 2014, had yet to be approved for circulation.

However, The Drug Policy Alliance resubmitted its language recently after “slight revisions based on outside input,” the group’s deputy executive director, Stephen Gutwillig, told us. [Read more…]