Campaign to legalize recreational marijuana launched in Cali

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Campaign to legalize recreational marijuana launched in Cali

Postby Dave_smith » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:35 pm

The nation’s largest marijuana policy organization announced Wednesday its plans to begin raising money for a 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California.

If successful, it would make California the third state in the country to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana.

“Marijuana prohibition has had an enormously detrimental impact on California communities. It’s been ineffective, wasteful, and counterproductive. It’s time for a more responsible approach,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement Wednesday.

Kampia’s organization announced its plans to file papers with the Secretary of State to establish itself as a committee to begin raising money for the campaign to get the measure on the 2016 ballot.

The Marijuana Policy Project is a coalition of activists, community leaders, organizations and businesses pushing for marijuana laws similar to ones approved by voters in Colorado in 2012, which legalized marijuana for all adults over age 21. The organization was the largest financial backer of the Colorado initiative.

“Marijuana is an objectively less harmful substance than alcohol, and that’s how it needs to be treated,” Kampia said in his statement. “Regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol just makes sense.”
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