California: 2014 Marijuana Legalization Initiative Given Green Light for Signature Gathering

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Last Friday, CA A.G. Kamala Harris put the States pot smokers on notice, letting them know how she feels about the 2014 Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act (MCLR) by releasing her summation of the final version of the MCLR. Firing up the first of California’s 2014 marijuana legalization initiatives, clearing it for signature gathering. Allowing the MCLR and its proponents to now try and qualify for the November 2014 California ballot.

With the newest polls indicating that well over 50% of California’s voters favor marijuana legalization, and President BHO publicly stating last week that, “I don’t think [marijuana]is more dangerous than alcohol,” its never been more obvious…the time is now for California to legalize marijuana.

In Harris’ fiscal analysis of the ballot measure she notes that the MCLR will, “Reduce costs potentially exceeding $100 million annually to 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.” The analysis also states, “Potential net additional tax revenues of a few hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana,” would be realized.

The MCLR campaign has a commitment of $500k dedicated to signature gathering, yet it may take an additional $2M to make the dream of legal marijuana in California come true this year. To make 2014 a reality, donations are needed from everyone who supports marijuana reform.“We are calling on all marijuana users & supporters to help make 2014 happen,” said proponent Dave Hodges. Donations to MCLR can be made here.

For over a year Americans for Policy Reform (AFPR), the group behind MCLR, has been working with thousands of Californians on a grassroots, “open source” document to legalize Marijuana for medical, industrial and adult social use. Through its open, inclusive process, MCLR has the support of dozens of attorneys and thousands of marijuana activists.

With a comprehensive structure based on the needs of the California community, and the US Department of Justice guidelines, the MCLR Act of 2014 provides equally for supporters of marijuana and those who are still concerned about the effects of legalization.

In summary, the initiative would:

  • The initiative measure will:
  • ● Comply with the Attorney General guidelines
  • ● Prevent the distribution of marijuana to minors
  • ● Prevent the growing of marijuana on public lands
  • ● Prevent the profits from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels
  • ● Prevent the violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
  • ● Prevent “drugged driving” and other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use
  • ● Clarify California’s medical marijuana laws
  • ● Generate millions of dollars in new revenue for California
  • ● Save law enforcement millions of dollars and provide them time to fight real crime
  • ● Separate legitimate cannabis businesses from drug dealers

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