The marijuana initiative CCHI2016, vetted and recommended by the LPC, has not been successful in obtaining the required number of signatures for the ballot. One of several proposed initiatives, the California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative stood out for its call to release and clear victimless offenders, to free doctors from the fear of prescribing marijuana and to support the growth of industrial hemp in this state.
But there is still hope. The initiative deemed most likely to qualify for the November ballot—indeed, it already has more than double the signatures needed—is the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. This initiative has enjoyed the support of the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project among others. Proponents claim they took the “best practices” from previous proposals from other states to create this measure. There are still some opposition initiatives pending but those will not likely make the ballot.
If for no other reason but to release innocent persons convicted of marijuana violations, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act will be worthy of your vote. It is so very sad that we still incarcerate for such a victimless crime. Of course much of that is fear based. The Just Say No campaign and other movements over the years have left our young people brainwashed and believing the lies about the plant’s properties. We saw just recently how all our county’s city councils felt the moral need to “protect” their citizens when they frantically rallied to meet a March 1st state imposed deadline to preserve their options to regulate marijuana locally. Let’s move out of the stone ages and get this act passed once and for all.