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The "Tax and Regulate Cannabis Act" Will Go to California's Voters

In California, the initiative process lets the voters create laws without the support of the governor or legislature. If you have a proposed law...

In California, the initiative process lets the voters create laws without the support of the governor or legislature. If you have a proposed law you can get it on the ballot just by collecting a certain number of signatures of support from people who've voted recently.This allows for some exciting legislative curveballs. To wit: The folks behind the so-called "Tax Cannabis" campaign (nice framing there!) have easily collected enough signatures to get their "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010," on the state's ballot. The legislation would essentially legalize marijuana in California and "allow the Legislature to adopt a statewide regulatory system for a commercial cannabis industry." You can read the whole text of the law here.The act will be on the ballot in either June or November and voters will decide whether California becomes the first state to legalize pot. Given the poll results below, and California's early acceptance of medical marijuana, and the fact that the state could really use some tax revenue right now, it seems likely to pass.


Either way, this will certainly be good for young voter registration.