Californians will likely get a chance to vote on fully legalizing recreational use of marijuana this November.
A coalition of legalization supporters gained 600,000 signatures petitioning the state government to put the Adult Use of Marijuana Act on the ballot, the L.A. Times reports. With voters’ support, the legislation would legalize possession, transportation and use of up to an ounce of marijuana for anyone over age 21, and people could grow up to six plants for recreational use. Retail sales would be taxed at 15%.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who supports the measure, said in a statement, “This November, California voters will finally have the opportunity to pass smart marijuana policy that is built on the best practices of other states, includes the strictest child protections in the nation and pays for itself while raising billions for the state.”
Once the signatures are turned in on Wednesday, it will be up to elections officials to verify the initiative and add it to the ballot.
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