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California gets green light to vote on legalizing marijuana

29 June 2016, 15:33

Los Angeles - Voters in California will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana in November, after the necessary signatures to put the measure on the ballot were garnered, officials said Tuesday.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla said proponents had turned in more than the nearly 366,000 signatures needed for the bill to qualify.

The measure, backed by Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker, would allow those over the age of 21 to buy an ounce of marijuana and marijuana-infused products or to grow up to six plants for personal use.

Also read: Smoke weed in college and your grades may go to pot

"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," Jason Kinney, spokesman for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, said in a statement.

State officials say the measure would raise up to $1 billion in tax revenues annually.

Several other western states including Colorado, Oregon and Washington have already legalized recreational marijuana use, while others across the country have legalized cannabis for medical purposes.

Voters in California rejected a measure to legalize pot in 2010, but surveys show that attitudes have since shifted more in favor.



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