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Legal Pot Could Bring California $2 Billion

California could raise $2 billion

Legalization of marijuana is a great idea in California, and not just because it would make life easier, cheaper, and safer for pot smokers (and everyone else). It could also make the state quite a bit richer than it already is. The office of the state’s Legislative Analyst reported in August that two propositions on the November ballot – including ...

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California Pot Activists Sue Legalization Opponents

Vote to legalize on Election Day 2016

The group behind a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreation in California sued opponents of the measure in July, saying they were trying to put misleading scare language on the ballot to discourage “yes” votes. Backers of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), a ballot initiative that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to buy, possess, ...

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Could Legalization Opponents Outspend Supporters?

Chris Sabet

So far, at least, the numbers are stark: Activists pushing to legalize marijuana for recreation in California have raised more than $9 million to fund their ballot campaign. Opponents, meanwhile, haven’t come close to that number. But now a national anti-cannabis group says that’s about to change. Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a national lobbying group run by longtime ...

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Big Medical Group Backs Legal Marijuana in California

Medical Group Supports AUMA

Activists pushing to legalize marijuana for recreation in California scored a major endorsement in July, as the state’s second-largest medical association gave its support to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). The AUMA is a proposed law that will appear on the statewide ballot in November. It has strong public support, and if it passes – as expected – ...

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Newsom to Lawmakers: Don’t Dodge Legalization Fight

Gavin Newsom

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, one of the most prominent supporters of efforts to legalize marijuana in November, urged his fellow political leaders to support the cause and stop trying to avoid a fight. In an interview with The Huffington Post during the Democratic National Convention in July, Newsom, a Democrat, said lawmakers and other politicians need to take a ...

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How Will Legal Marijuana Change California

Marijuana Legalization in California

Legal marijuana is coming to California, one way or another. It will probably arrive Nov. 8, when voters are expected to pass a ballot initiative legalizing the drug for recreation. If not, reform will get here soon enough. But what would that mean for the Golden State and its residents? How much would full cannabis legalization actually change California in ...

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Here’s Why You Should Vote Yes on Legal Marijuana

Prop. 64. That is now the official name and number of a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in the November election. California elections officials announced in June that backers of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) had gathered enough signatures to put legalization before voters Nov. 8. If Prop. 64 passes, it would make it legal for adults over ...

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Newsom: Marijuana Legalization Could Still Fail

California legalization

Legal marijuana is destined to appear on California’s statewide ballot in November, but big-name supporters of the proposal warn it’s still far from a sure thing. “It’s not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told a meeting of legalization advocates in June. “Any of you think this is done in California, you couldn’t ...

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Legalization Made the Ballot in California

AUMA legalization proposal in California made the ballot

It’s official: California voters will decide in November whether they want to legalize marijuana. State election officials cleared a legalization petition for the Nov. 8 election, declaring in June that the initiative was backed by enough valid voter signatures to make the statewide ballot. Support for the idea is high, meaning legal cannabis is now highly likely in the Golden ...

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Congressman Backs Legal Marijuana

Jared Huffman Supports AUMA

The push to legalize marijuana in California gained an important ally in June, as a Marin County congressman endorsed a public initiative that will likely appear on the ballot in November. U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, a San Rafael Democrat, announced June 9 that he would back the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a proposed law that would allow cannabis for ...

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