Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jun 2016
Source: Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)
Copyright: 2016 Appeal-Democrat


SACRAMENTO (AP)  California voters will decide whether to legalize 
recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said 
Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough 
signatures to place the question on the November ballot.

A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans 
lives in a state with legal marijuana sales, including the entire West Coast.

The initiative is promoted by a wellfunded and politically connected 
coalition spearheaded by former Facebook president Sean Parker.

"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, a campaign 
spokesman, said in a statement.

It asks voters to allow people 21 and older to buy an ounce of 
marijuana and marijuana-infused products at licensed retail outlets 
and also grow up to six pot plants for personal recreational use.

Smoking weed would remain off-limits in places where tobacco use 
already is prohibited, including restaurants, bars and other enclosed 
public places.

Sales of both recreational pot and medical marijuana initially would 
be subject to a 15 percent excise tax. Cities and counties would 
retain the right to prohibit potrelated businesses and to impose 
their own fees and taxes.
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