California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative 2014 Continues Gathering Signatures and Momentum
Recent Study Says Californians Want Legalized Marijuana and Support Initiative
SANTA CRUZ, CA — A survey released in Dec. 2013 by the Field Poll, an independent public opinion survey company found that 55% of California’s residents are in favor of legalizing marijuana, making it the first time a majority of the state has support legalization. The study also reported that 56% of Californians would vote for the California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative if it were to make the ballot. California Attorney General Kamala Harris said this week that the initiative would greatly reduce enforcement costs and increase state revenues.
In Sept, the 2014 California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative (CCHI 2014), which is endorsed by the California Green Party, was cleared for signature gathering by California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen. The organization has until Feb 24, 2014 to gather 504,760 signatures to place the CCHI 2014 on the November 2014 ballot.
The organization needs financial donations to help pay for signature gathering and promoting the initiative. Statewide volunteers are also needed.
Michael Jolson, one of the organization’s proponent’s said, ” We are a grass roots group that is supported by donations and not big companies or millionaires, we need California citizens who care about this important issue to step up with cash donations that will help help us gather signatures. It will take a group effort to make this initiative a success.” Jolson continues, ” This initiative will save hundreds of millions of dollars, generate hundreds of millions of dollars, create thousands of jobs and create sustainable, ecological industries here in California. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
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FULL TEXT: CALIFORNIA CANNABIS HEMP INITIATIVE 2014 (The Jack Herer Initiative)
TEXT SUMMARY: CALIFORNIA CANNABIS HEMP INITIATIVE 2014 (The Jack Herer Initiative)
AN INITIATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA TO END HEMP PROHIBITION
IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Legalizes cannabis hemp. Creates and funds new cannabis hemp based industries and jobs.
Permits the use of marijuana by adults 21 and older and licenses, regulates, enforces, and taxes recreational marijuana sales just like beer and wine.
Requires that 50% of excise taxes collected from sales of recreational cannabis be made available to be used for the development, promotion, and assistance in the creation of industrial, nutritional, and medicinal cannabis hemp industries.
Prohibits any and all taxation of medicinal cannabis, and expands the accessibility of medicinal cannabis used in accordance with Proposition 215.
Prohibits cities and counties from imposing discriminatory, excessive, or prohibitive zoning requirements and fees on cannabis outlets.
Allows farmers to grow industrial hemp and hemp seed, and allows industries and entrepreneurs to use the crop for the many uses and applications that hemp provides, both historically and modern.
Restricts the use in California of genetically modified Cannabis seeds.
Eliminates the unfair practice of drug testing for Cannabis metabolites, which can be retained in the human body for months. Impairment testing for non-metabolized cannabis, a more effective and accurate measurement for impairment or recent usage, would replace the metabolite test.
Mandates that the state establish performance based standards, similar to those established for alcohol, to determine levels of impairment for safe operation of motor vehicles and other equipment.
Allows for the release and discharge of people currently being punished for non –violent marijuana offenses, saving taxpayers millions of dollars annually and freeing up jail space, judicial and crime fighting resources.
Removes Cannabis from the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act, which currently allows the Federal Government to Regulate Cannabis as a Schedule I drug.
Prohibits California Law enforcement from assisting Federal Drug agents attempting to enforce federal laws that are no longer illegal by reason of this legislation.
Allows for personal use and possession of Cannabis grown for personal consumption.
Caps the excise tax for commercial sales at 10% of retail price. Caps the license fees for commercial production, distribution, and sales at $1000.
Allows a physician to approve or recommend medicinal cannabis without fear of repercussion to all patients, regardless of age.