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Signature-Gathering Starts Today for 4th Measure to Legalize Pot

The initiative would legalize possession, use, cultivation, transportation and distribution of marijuana and hemp. Backers have until Aug. 18 to collect 504,760 valid signatures.

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Originally posted at 8:50 a.m. March 25, 2014.

Backers of an initiative that would legalize possession, use, cultivation, transportation and distribution of marijuana and hemp have until Aug. 18 to submit enough signatures to qualify the measure for the state's November ballot.

If approved by voters, the measure would also require the Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial commercial marijuana sales.

The initiative also would require case-by-case review of people charged or convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses for possible sentence modification, amnesty or immediate release from prison, jail, parole or probation.

The initiative's other provisions include:

  • Allowing doctors to approve or recommend marijuana for patients, regardless of age
  • Limit testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes
  • bar state or local aid to enforce federal marijuana laws

The measure would also exempt medical marijuana collectives from licensing and regulatory requirements and allow local governments to ban or limit the number of marijuana businesses.

The initiative would result in reduced costs potentially exceeding $100 million annually for 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, according to an analysis prepared by the Legislative Analyst's Office and Department of Finance.

The analysis also found that passage of the initiative would generate potential net additional tax revenues of a few hundred million dollars related to the production and sale or marijuana and industrial hemp, a portion of which would be required to be spent on marijuana-related research and other activities.

Valid signatures from 504,760 registered voters -- 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 general election -- must be submitted by Aug. 18 to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Backers of the initiative received permission from Secretary of State Debra Bowen Monday to begin gathering signatures.

Signature-gathering is underway for three other initiatives that would legalize marijuana.

--City News Service


Shripathi Kamath March 26, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Michelle Wang March 26, 2014 at 04:03 PM Whoever wants to legalize pot have no idea what this will do harm to the people and to this country, just ask any doctors if it is good for the healthy people. The voters should not use their precious right to agree to the product that does harm to our society. ______________________________________________________ Dr. Sanjay Gupta and medical studies do not corroborate your fears. Why do you think that is? Besides, the use under medical direction is not going to be compulsory, and given that it is not contagious, what medical reasons are you talking of?
Libi Uremovic March 26, 2014 at 07:58 PM
'... just ask any doctors if it is good for the healthy people....' ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ any honest doctor will tell you that the two drugs that are the most dangerous and cause the most harm to self and society is booze and tobacco.... --------------------------------------------------------------------------- it's a plant ....the bible says to use all green herbs for their healing power ..... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- '....Dr. Sanjay Gupta and medical studies do not corroborate your fears. Why do you think that is?...' -------------------------------------------------------------------------- because it's no longer politically correct....he lied about weed until too many people refused to accept the lie.....now he's 'seen the light', but the reality is that there has never been any documentation or history showing weed causes harm....he just lied and went along with the lie because it was 'fashionable' ....
Libi Uremovic March 26, 2014 at 08:12 PM
if we're going to criminalize products based on harm to self and society then the 'top 5' would be booze, tobacco, processed sugar, red meat, and processed foods.... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- people have forgotten that in this country laws are supposed to be enacted based on harm to self and society, not whatever voodoo god the masses are worshiping at the time ....there are many countries in this world where dictatorships and corrupt governments are acceptable....but this is not one of them.... --------------------------------------------------------------------------- you don't have to live in this country if you don't want independent rights and to allow the free market to prosper.........weed and gays are banned in countries like china, russia and the middle east .... maybe that's a better choice for you than living in a democracy...
Michelle Wang April 21, 2014 at 05:32 PM
No way.
Brainwashed_In_Church April 21, 2014 at 07:42 PM
"if we're going to criminalize products based on harm to self and society then the 'top 5' would be booze, tobacco, processed sugar, red meat, and processed foods.... " I'd throw religion and polluted water in there too.

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