MPP Files Committee in California to Support 2016 Initiative to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

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The Marijuana Policy Project filed a committee with the California Secretary of State’s Office today to support a 2016 statewide ballot initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use.

The new committee, the Marijuana Policy Project of California, will start raising funds immediately to help place a measure on the ballot.

According to a statement from MPP Executive Director Rob Kampia:

Rob Kampia

“A diverse coalition of activists, organizations, businesses, and community leaders will be joining together in coming months to draft the most effective and viable proposal possible. Public opinion has been evolving nationwide when it comes to marijuana policy, and Californians have always been ahead of the curve.”

The announcement has generated quite a bit of media interest, which began with a mention in a Washington Post story summarizing the statewide efforts currently underway to end marijuana prohibition.

It noted MPP has filed committees in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Nevada for 2016, and it plans to focus on making marijuana legal through state legislatures in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont over the next few years.

16 responses to “MPP Files Committee in California to Support 2016 Initiative to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana”

  1. Run them out California! Don’t let them over tax/ over regulate the safest therapeutic substance known to man the way they did in Colorado…..fake legalization that comess with 700 some pages of new pot laws that need extortion taxes to enforce prohibiton on steroids–and not an end to the war on people who use plants to heal themselves or feel better……

  2. Absolutely! We need it to be legalized and a small tax like we pay now at the dispensaries. They will earn plenty from that. Make it legal to 18 and over with no smoking and driving. But not some dumb thing like Colorado where you can’t have smoked for days or longer before you drive.

  3. I wish it was legalized in Virginia so bad cause it helps me a lot gets me through the day and night makes everything better

  4. Medical Cannabis helps me deal with all the traumatic nerve pain I am in day and night, which helps me move and be some what functional daily. So, why can’t I grow my own medician in a secure location?

  5. Regulating cannabis like alcohol in California is common sense. The main people opposed to legalization are law enforcement and drug dealers. This law would protect the liberty of California residents. Everyone who has legal access to cannabis now would still have access, but many more adults would get a safer alternative to alcohol.

  6. Any polititian standing for cannabis prohibition show themselves to be ignorant of the overwhelming evidence for the use of cannabis, that it is tantamount to political suicide…well, ignorant knowingly, willfully for greed or of coarse just plain stupid.

    With evidence of cannabanoid affinity with the hippocampus, and its resultant empathic character/behavior; these same self politicos should legalize it, toke up; and lay down the war mongering and dance! With proud and humble deference to Robert Nesta! Lee

  7. It sure as hell would be nice to add Pennsylvania to that list of states on the cusp of legalization. Legal cannabis in Pennsylvania would redeem people, put us on the right side of the law, and make going home for the holidays a much more pleasant experience. We are already on the right side of history. Time just hasn’t gotten that far along, yet. Gotta get Governor Corbett out of office, get Wolf in, and get Wolf to legalize cannabis, teach the prohibitionist politicians it pays to legalize and give up prohibition.

  8. Would be nice to be able to purchase Cannabis without having to pay a club $150 a year for a medical license. I had to let mine lapse a couple of years ago because I couldn’t afford it and have been suffering since. Since I weaned myself off the Vicoden, I suffer insomnia at least twice weekly, not to mention my breathing is compromised. GO California!!!

  9. @Dawn: Agree in principle, but I suggest the initiative not directly address either DUID or a right not to be fired for using, because it will likely prevent the measure from passing. We can campaign on those issues from a position of strength after it passes.

    I *would*, however, want the initiative to limit the total tax bite enough so that buying from legal stores is cheaper than the existing black market price. CO and WA have very noticeably failed to do this and it has kept most of the market underground in those states.

  10. If you’re going to legalize and regulate “just like alcohol”, you better make it legal to consume in public places “JUST LIKE ALCOHOL” ! Colorado and Washington make pot smokers hide in their homes…. You BETTER make it legal to smoke in bars, nightclubs, restaurants, some parks… and SPORTING EVENTS ! If you have to designate areas to smoke so as not to “offend” people’s sense of smell, fine… but I want to enjoy a toke while at the beach, or at an NFL or MLB game !

  11. I’m not associated with MPP or know anyone who works for them, but why do people feel there will be a bunch of taxes?? I understand taxes were high in Colorado and Washington state, but there must be a learning curve. Going forward, I’d say yes, have much lower taxes. I’d also suggest, we must be reasonable. I sure as hell don’t want tax money going into the bottomless pit of government either. The California legislature has ignored this so long, that people feel the need to write their own initiative. Therefore, any initiative can be written anyway you want, including many, few, or no regulations, high, low, or no taxation, high, low, or no fees, etc. And I would only allow the legislature to mess with it in the areas you really don’t care about, otherwise they might mess up the whole point of the initiative.

  12. If I could, I’d like to be involved in writting this initiative. I’m hopeful the people who do write it will start with a blank sheet of paper. The basic framework just needs to be written well, then the blanks can be filled in. I’m also hopeful a better initiative can be written by learning from Colorado and Washington.

  13. Kathleen and Dawn if u don’t live IN CO LIKE I DO U TRULY do NOT KNOW. I don’t know where Dawn thinks this about not having to have smoked for days before driving but THAT IS FALSE!

    I AGREE with jdgalt. Good on ya man.

  14. Until LEAGALIZATION IN 2016:


    DOCTORS/LABS/UNIVERSITIES need to help ALL PATIENTS in determining the proper dosages for THC, THCa, CBd, CBn, CBg and all other compounds which act differently PER EACH PATIENT.
    Meaning – should a PRESCRIBED small framed 120 pound female, needing “Relief from past trauma” require the SAME DOSAGE as a male with “PTSD” who weighs more, and therefore, might need more?
    What’s right for either patient?
    What’s the proper dosage?
    What’s the best method?
    For Now, it’s learn as you go for most patients, with not much for guidelines. It’s Patients helping Patients with information about Relief from Seizures, Insomnia, Pain (acute and chronic), Appetite, and also high CBd’s having huge value in the news lately. Indica’s at night and Sativa’s for daytime use. Hybrids are everywhere, so even determining day or night use again is based on EACH PATIENT.

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