Following an analysis that determined the state would get revenues from
sales taxes on marijuana, Secretary of State Debra Bowen gave permission
Thursday for an initiative petition to circulate.
found there was potential net annual tax revenues in the low hundreds of
millions of dollars related to the production and sale of marijuana and
industrial hemp, a portion of which is required to be spent on
marijuana-related research and other activities.
If approved, the initiative would allow hemp and marijuana use and its possession, cultivation, transportation and distribution.
measure would also require the Legislature to adopt laws to license and
tax commercial marijuana sales, allow doctors to approve or recommend
marijuana for patients, regardless of age, limit testing for marijuana
for employment or insurance purposes and bar state or local aid to
enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
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 Feb. 24 to
qualify the measure for the November 2014 ballot.
measure to legalize marijuana, Proposition 19, was rejected by voters by
a margin of 53.5 percent-46.5 in the November 2010 election.