Heavy-hitting ReformCA releases 2016 legalization initiative

The largest and best-funded group seeking to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis in California has filed the first draft of its long-awaited voter initiative.

As currently written, ReformCA’s Control, Regulate, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016 would, among other provisions, legalize possession of up to one ounce by adults 21 and over; license commercial farms and stores; allow for public consumption in licensed facilities; allow cities and counties to ban cannabis businesses by popular vote; prevent stoned driving; prevent cannabis money going to criminal cartels; and protect medical cannabis patients and caregivers.

ReformCA joins a crowded field of 10 initiatives jockeying for attention and possibly even the 2016 ballot — from bare-bones statements to fully-lawyered language.

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Nevada City Attorney Burke Explains Craft Cannabis Initiative

protectingccannabisNevada City attorney Heather Burke says the California Craft Cannabis Initiative she and Sebastopol attorney Omar Figueroa submitted this week is not competing with the larger unified public effort being planned for the November 2016 ballot. Instead, she says, its purpose is to get a rough draft out in the public domain to display some sample language, and to provide a “historical record” and a template.
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