Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Makes California Ballot

Legalize Marijuana

It’s about damn time. On Tuesday, an initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California made it on the November 8th ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that it received the 365,880 signatures needed to qualify for the measure.

If green-lit by voters come Election Day 2016, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act will allow California residents 21 and older to possess an ounce of cannabis, own 8 grams of concentrated cannabis, and grow as many as six plants. Former Facebook President Sean Parker and Weedmaps, with headquarters in Irvine, Calif., have backed the initiative.

The Green Golden State would join Colorado, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon on the list of states where you can legally toke on recreational marijuana.

So what’s on the line come November? Here’s what initiative hopes to make legal:

  • You won’t be able to smoke a spliff while walking down the street, but you will be allowed to consume weed in your own home and/or a space that has a license to do so.
  • Marijuana sales would be taxed at 15 percent of retail price and up to 10 percent of wholesale price.
  • The tax for marijuana flowers will be $9.25 per ounce; leaves will be $2.75) per ounce.
  • Counties and cities will be eligible to apply their own tax laws.
  • Smoking off duty won’t jeopardize your employment (theoretically).
  • A physician-approved use of medical cannabis won’t jeopardize an adult’s parental rights or justify the removal of a child from the home.

Photo Courtesy: Katheirne Hitt