California voters will officially have the chance to legalize recreational cannabis this fall. On Tuesday, California’s Secretary of State announced that the Adult Use Marijuana Act (AUMA) initiative had gathered enough signatures to be placed on November’s ballot.
The act would allow adults age 21 and older to possess, transport and purchase up to an ounce of cannabis and grow up to six plants for recreational use.
“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,”
stated Jason Kinney, spokesman for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.
According to the Sacramento Bee, AUMA has risen $3.53 million to support their efforts, almost 31 times more than opponents of the bill.
According to a statement from the California Secretary of State, local and state governments cost savings from reduced enforcement on cannabis relates crimes would exceed $100 million annually. These funds would “be required to be spent for specific purposes such as substance use disorder education, prevention and treatment.”
In 2010, California voters narrowly rejected a similar legalization bill, Proposition 19. Advocates say AUMA has a much better chance at passing because it allows the state to have more control over regulations.
A poll conducted last month by the Public Policy Institute of California concluded, “a majority (60%) of likely voters say that, in general, marijuana use should be legal, and 37 percent say it should not be legal.”