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California To Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Legalization Posted Jun 28 2016

It's official, California voters will have their chance to vote for recreational marijuana this November after supporters have raised $3.53 million towards the initiative. If Californians vote YES in November, adults over 21 will be able to purchase and carry up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to 6 plants at home for recreational use. The announcement comes this week from the California Secretary of State where she mentioned that recreational legalization would save up to $100 million annually in local and state governments, not to mention the huge potential for tax revenue in the state projected at nearly $1 billion. Tax revenue will be used primarily for substance abuse disorder education, prevention, and treatment.  Californians failed to pass a similar bill in 2010, but the status of marijuana around the country was much different as multiple states have now successfully legalized marijuana.

"Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself," Jason Kinney, spokesman for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, said in a statement.

Original article: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/29/483999326/california-to-vote-on-legalizing-recreational-marijuana

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