California Marijuana Control & Legalization Act Officially Filed For November 2014 Ballot

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Jay Brockman
Shortly after 4:20 p.m.--when else would it be, haha--last Friday, Oct. 11, California's first open-sourced ballot initiative (read it here: MCLR.pdf) officially filed its paperwork for the November 2014 electoral ballot. In other words, despite the lack of leadership by state lawmakers, we're officially one step closer to California's era of legalized recreational marijuana. 

Although thousands of voters apparently lent their hand to shaping the language of the ballot proposal, its proponents are a handful of marijuana activists: John Lee, Dege Coutee, Bob Bowerman, and Dave Hodges, the latter of whom runs a dispensary in San Jose and spread word of Friday's filing in an email today calling the initiative a "breakthrough change for Californians."

"By using a public open source document, we were given great insight into what the real issues were and how to solve them," Hodges wrote. "The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014 leaves no details out. It not only legalizes cannabis, but it also shows how it will be governed in an acceptable way that the majority of Californians can endorse. In addition, the Act is in compliance with new guidelines from the US Attorney General office."

Those guidelines, recently announced in the so-called Cole memorandum, would allow state residents to smoke, grow and sell marijuana, providing that such activity is well-regulated and satisfies the following areas of concern:

*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

In doing so, however, the proposed law would also have the following consequences, Hodges argues:

*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 

Sounds pretty worthwhile, given both the state's current potpocalypse, which is helping nobody except the cartels, lawyers, and cities that are receiving federal assistance (in the form of asset forfeiture funds) to fight pot clubs.

Hodges perhaps puts it best: "With this filing," he says, "we start the final stages toward ending cannabis prohibition in California."

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We wish this crew would have jumped on board with the Jack Herer Initiative, we begged them to! I was talking with them when their 4 page initiative based on the California Hemp Act  (Jack Herer's attempt to fairly regulate Cannabis/Hemp) seemed a little convoluted...30+ pages later it's a mess. I suspect it wouldn't stand against many legal challenges dues to  it's wildly over-regulating naturel and many sub sections within subsections. 

The beauty of good law is it's simplicity, not that that's easy...Jack spent 20 years honing the CHA, carefully placing CLEAR INTENT into the laws language.  It limits taxation at 10%, considering Colorado is looking at a 90+% tax rate in the new year this seems important and fair.  The CHA realistically addresses the DUI issues and keeps the licensing fees reasonable ($1000 max).  It's what most Herb loving folks in CA want and deserve. 

The CHA frees all pot prisoners, that's the heart of it...frees the herb but frees all pot prisoners...resolving a long running human rights violation being committed by the State Of California.  Ironically at the same time the Feds are insisting CA free 10,000 prisoners (but not Drug criminals) so this would be a big Win-Win for Gov, Brown and the whole state. 

Plus we get our signatures at a fraction of the price other Initiatives pay (thanks Jack!) so we're a deal at it!

The future looks bright, if California does it RIGHT!


So, are we going to have a repeat of 2012, where multiple legalization initiatives factionalized support to the point where none of them even made it onto the ballot?

Any comments from CCHI2014 supporters?

paullucas714 topcommenter

That thing is 35 pages long. Good luck not going cross eyed.

paullucas714 topcommenter

Is there al in to the text of the initiative?

PS Typo in 2nd paragraph last line. Initiate should say Initiative


@DrMesmer I am a petition circulator  for  CCHI 2014 and wonder why this group would want to compete with CCHI except to confuse the public and watch both defeated.  The Marijuana Control, Legalization and revenue act is flawed with too much bureaucracy and cost.  Imagine having to pay an annual $500. fee to the state just to sell it. They don't do that with tobacco. CCHI is straightforward and benefits everyone from the State down to the user. The bad news is Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom has recently set up a panel to write legislation for legal cannabis in 2016 which will be a much harsher legalization closer to the Washington and Colorado models. The race is on.  Until the Feds legalize there will be disparities between the states when it comes to marijuana laws. The majority of the voting population wants the end of prohibition and like alcohol served no legitimate purpose.


@DrMesmer   Is there anywhere here in OC folks can sign a petition?

nschou1 moderator editor

@paullucas714 Thanks, you should be able to click a PDF of the initiative in the first line of the story.

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