California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative Requests Donations to Place Initiative on 2014 Ballot
Grass Roots Organization Continues to Collect Donations, Signatures and Momentum
SANTA CRUZ, CA — The 2014 California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative (CCHI 2014), a grass roots organization endorsed by the California Green Party,
needs financial donations to pay for signature gathering and to promote the initiative. Volunteers are also needed. The California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative permits the use of marijuana by adults 21 and older and regulates, enforces and taxes recreational marijuana sales like beer and wine.
The organization has until Feb 24, 2014 to gather 504,760 signatures to place the CCHI 2014 on the November 2014 ballot. The organization hopes to collect donations of $5, $10 and $20 as well as large donations to allow Californians to be able to vote on the initiative in 2014.
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 2014 California Cannabis and Hemp Initiative was cleared for signature gathering by California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen.
Michael Jolson, a CCHI 2014 proponent said, ” We are a grass roots group that is supported by donations and not by big companies or millionaires. We desperately need donations to pay for signature gatherers. Every dollar raised will be spent to gather signatures for this very important initiative, which is supported by 56% of Californians.” Jolson continues, ” We need donations urgently. This initiative will save and generate hundreds of millions of dollars, create thousands of jobs and create sustainable, ecological industries here in California.”
For More Information on CCHI 2014 or to volunteer: www.cchi2014.org
TO DONATE: www.cchi2014.org
CCHI 2014 State Coordinator
FULL TEXT: CALIFORNIA CANNABIS HEMP INITIATIVE 2014 (The Jack Herer Initiative)
Summary of the 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.