Breaking News! California Set To Vote On Recreational Marijuana This November
June 28, 2016 – Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, announced that the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) has qualified for the November 8, 2016 California ballot.
The AUMA initiative needed 365,880 valid petition signatures to be eligible for the ballot. A sampling done of the petition signatures projected at least 402,468 were valid. The AUMA originally turned in more than 600,000 signatures.
The AUMA initiative would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to a single ounce of marijuana. The initiative would also allow adults to grow up to six plants for personal use. If passed, it would regulate and tax the production, manufacture and sales of recreational marijuana. It would also impose a 15% sales tax on all marijuana products.
This would potentially raise up to one billion dollars in revenue per year for the state of California.
“Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself,” says Jason Kinney, spokesperson for AUMA.
It should be stated that 60 percent of Californians support marijuana legalization in general, with only 37 percent saying it should not be legal, according to a May 25 survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.
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