This week California Secretary of State cleared one more marijuana ballot measure to begin gathering signatures, bringing the number of marijuana measures up to six and the number of circulating measures to 70. No marijuana ballot measure has yet qualified for any upcoming election.
Each of the measures must gather 504,760 signatures by circulation deadline with enough extra signatures to remain qualified following the signature verification step to qualify for an upcoming election.
The newest pot measure to join the party is called the Medical Marijuana, Patient Associations, Initiative statute.
It “provides that patients qualified to use marijuana for medical purposes shall have the right to form an association for purposes of cultivating, processing and distributing medical marijuana within their association, and to recover reasonable costs incurred. Provides that neither the state nor any local government may prohibit operation of a medical marijuana patient association, including a storefront, unless a court finds it is an actual nuisance.”
The measure must gather signatures by August 16. The measure was brought forward by a noted marijuana attorney from Bakersfield, Philip Ganong.
Another pot related initiative circulating for signature includes the Marijuana, Regulation and Taxation of Medical Use Industry, Reduced Criminal Penalties Initiative statute must gather its signatures by July 13. This initiative, “Establishes new government agency to regulate medical marijuana cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale.
Imposes fees and a 2.5 percent tax on medical marijuana retail sales. Allocates new revenues to agency administration, any remainder primarily to medical marijuana research and grants.
Preempts local regulation of medical marijuana, except for zoning of medical marijuana dispensaries. Requires one dispensary per 50,000 residents unless limited or banned by local initiative.
Bars state and local assistance to federal enforcement against medical marijuana. Reduces criminal penalties for marijuana possession, cultivation, transport, or sale.”
There are three Marijuana Legalization Initiative statutes. The one sponsored by Mendocino County pot advocate Pebbles Tribbett has a circulation deadline of April 19.
It “Decriminalizes marijuana use, possession, cultivation, transportation, distribution, or sale for adults aged 19 and older. Creates California Cannabis Commission to regulate commercial cultivation, processing, testing, transport, distribution, sale, facilities for on-premises consumption, and smoking in public, but authorizes local governments to permit conduct otherwise prohibited by state law and regulations.
Exempts from regulation or taxation up to three pounds of marijuana for personal use. Retains laws prohibiting marijuana-related conduct that contributes to the delinquency of a minor and driving while impaired by marijuana.”
This legalization initiative with a June 4 deadline would, “Decriminalize marijuana and hemp use, possession, cultivation, transportation, or distribution.
Provides persons arrested or serving time for non-violent marijuana offenses shall be immediately released from prison, jail, parole or probation, and arrest records and convictions for non-violent marijuana offenses shall be erased.
Authorizes Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial marijuana sales. Allows doctors to approve or recommend marijuana to patients, regardless of age.
Limits testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes. Bars state from aiding enforcement of federal marijuana laws.”
The earliest legalization statute must complete its signature gathering by Monday. This statute is commonly known as the “regulate cannabis like wine statute.” This initiative, “Decriminalizes marijuana sales, distribution, possession, use, cultivation, and transportation.
Dismisses pending court actions inconsistent with its provisions. Retains laws forbidding use while driving or in workplace. Establishes regulation of commercial marijuana trade to match regulation of wine and beer. Allows noncommercial production up to 24 flowering plants per household, or more with local approval.
Authorizes retail sales of marijuana with THC level of .3% or more to persons 21 or older; if less, no age limit. Directs state and local officials to not cooperate with federal enforcement of marijuana laws. Bans development of genetically modified marijuana.”
The Reduced Marijuana Penalties statute has an April 5 deadline. It would, “Limits punishment to $250 fine or community service for possession, cultivation, sale, or transportation of up to two ounces of marijuana; limits punishment to six months in county jail and/or $500 fine if violator is less than 21. Retains existing penalties for marijuana offenses on school grounds and for offenses involving sale to a minor, employment of minor in criminal marijuana enterprise, or driving under influence of marijuana.
Makes property forfeiture laws inapplicable to marijuana offenses involving two ounces or less. Retains laws regarding marijuana in the workplace, driving under influence, and medical marijuana.”
News Hawk – 420 Warrior 420 MAGAZINE
Source: The Willits News
Author: Linda Williams
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