California Advocates Turn in Signatures for 2010 Marijuana Reform Initiative

Jan 28, 2010 ,

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California’s Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign announced today that they have submitted nearly 700,000 signatures to qualify their initiative for the November 2010 ballot. The initiative seeks to make personal possession (up to 1 oz.) and cultivation (up to 25 square feet) legal for adults 21 and up. The proposal also gives cities and counties the option to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana sales.

Supporters only needed to collect 433,971 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Submitting such large raw numbers makes the chances very good that this bold measure will be placed before California voters in November.

29 responses to “California Advocates Turn in Signatures for 2010 Marijuana Reform Initiative”

  1. Support any and all cannabis reform. Every American needs to stand up for cannabis reform. It wasn’t that long ago that America was at war with itself over beer. This is wonderful news and I sure hope it passes. Good luck.

  2. State legislators don’t want to touch such a hot topic as evidence from Washington St. It’s all on us to get what we want and fight to defend it. Yes on Tax Cannabis 2010!

  3. Sounds pretty good to me. I just may be heading westward hoe when the weather allows to see if I can help collect signatures.

    Thanks California!

    Freedom, Love, and Peace!

  4. Sounds like they have things under control as far as getting this on the ballot.

    The key part is going to be organizing near the election to people out to vote for it.

    Phone banking, knocking on doors etc.

    I know I’m ready to help. If we all help we might help California get this passed.

  5. Good going, California! Now that you have the minimum required signatures, it will go on the Nov ballot, and then – well, the rest, let’s say, shall be history. I know where my very first 2011 vacation is gonna be!

  6. If your in Cali don’t let anyone talk you out of voting yes for this! Any step toward legalization is a step in the right direction!

  7. One step closer to a concrete example of “Nullification” on the part of a state! The fed is all bark and no bite if a state chooses to enact laws that are contradictory to Un-Constitutional federal statutes.

    Our Founders made damn sure that the States and Republics had the final say on what laws they were going to choose to enforce.

  8. I’m all the way over here in NC, but I’m rooting for you Californians this fall!! Please Please PLEASE pass this initiative. We need to blow this thing open. We need to start calling the bluffs of the old stodgy prohibitionists. Let’s put this stuff right in their face.

    Good job guys, keep it up. By the people, for the people.

  9. Oh, now I see the numbers.

    But I may still be heading westward hoe for Nevadians’ signatures.

    GENESIS 9;3

    Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

  10. There was a time in this country when there was no illegal drug use, in fact the majority of time this country has existed. That wasn’t good enough for some folks. Prohibitionists know that if they control what others put into their bodies, those people exercising their God-given freedoms and liberties become slaves to be exploited. Prohibitionists have imposed a solution to a previously non-existant problem, waging a “war” of choice that has caused exponentially more damage than all now prohibited drugs could possibly ever cause. Leave it to the government to pay someone to dig a hole, pay someone else to fill it in, then pat itself on the back for doing a fine job and keeping two people employeed. Prohibition is not just a massively failed policy that has never, is not now and can never, ever work. It is a violation of God’s will for people to live in freedom with liberty as acknowledged and cited in the Constitution of the United States. Yes, that would be the same Constitution our elected officials swear to uphold and defend, then largely ignore as it best serves their usually short-term ambitions. I do not want to live in the most free country on earth; I want to live in a free country. Our nation’s founders understood this, as do the terrifyingly few true American patriots remaining today.

  11. This is great for marijuana but as a person living in a state that is secondary in consideration for the laws of marijuana reform this bill worries me because the idea that growing marijuana is a thing that is for everyone of all walks of life. To allow this while it is only decriminalized, which is by all means a way to only slap the basic user on the wrist, would add an increase to the D.E.A and federal government by allowing drug dealers to grow their own and move it around the United States. Please I beg make it more like a corporation owns a license to grow, sell, and research marijuana because if it fails in your state it hinders the time it will take for mine

  12. I wish we could get Jerry Brown on board. I emailed his campaign about AB 390 but all I got back was a message that he was “taking under review” though i’ve heard reports he has come out against it :(. Its to bad since if i’m mistaken he took the bold action of making California the first Decriminalized state.

  13. If this passes (and I whole-heartredly believe it will – go sunny Cal!), it can either go badly for the movement, or tremendously well.

    If it goes bad…
    The antis will be able to use arguments like people transporting and selling it in other states, etc. This could give them enough leverage to push the movement back by decades.

    If it goes good…
    The pro-movement will be able to use the same arguments above to get regulation in their own states. Also, the DEA will be able to keep their jobs and feed their greed and egos in the other states, while leaving California alone.

    I foresee the second thing happening, but the bad part, not so much. Especially since several other states want this as well.

  14. @ anon and luke: If this initiative passes as we hope it will, MPP will be pressing for state-level regulations for legal marijuana sales. Regardless of its passage, that’s what ultimately needs to be done and we’ll continue working on that goal. This initiative might just help bring us a step closer.

    @martin: This isn’t the first time in history that a marijuana legalization initiative has been before voters but it is the first time in quite a long time. In 1972, Proposition 19 was on the ballot which legalized personal use but not sales — similarly to TC 2010. Alas, that initiative lost with only 34% of the vote.

  15. @Bo:

    Seriously though… the initiative will not be labeled AB390. It will get a sequential number for the Secretary of State once it qualifies for the ballot. AB390 is an assembly bill (hence the “A.B.”) and is entirely different than this voter initiative.

  16. I’m totally for legalization of cannabis. However, this proposition Tax Cannabis 2010 leaves room for some not so terrific things to happen. If it’s taxed beyond the reach of either those who really need it (medical MJ patients) or low-income recreational users, then it’s not very helpful. If it allows for large companies/corporations to grow and supply, they may be forced into using pesticides as well as growing inferior strains. Leaving each locality to decide whether or not to allow cannabis in their vicinities leaves a lot of people who aren’t able to easily get around without a safe, accessible source. I think when it is finally legalized, all cities and towns should comply with the will of the people of California. We just need to be a little careful and really read and understand what these propositions are actually saying before we are blindly led to vote Yes and wind up so regulated it’s not worth bothering growing, buying or consuming our wonderful herb! I’m not saying there shouldn’t be conditions, of course, just leave it loose enough so we can afford to grow or buy it as we responsibly choose.

  17. i cant believe that my first time voting will be for YES to tax cannabis 2010! i’m so excited i cant wait! i will defiantly be informing all my friends and family!

  18. @POT DEALER – lol Probably the only sector not affected by the recession.

    There are lots of benefits of Marijuana, the only problem is people abusing it and overly acting cool and doped up when under the influence. And probably mixing it up with other drugs. The problem is how to moderate usage once it’s legal.

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