Some issues seem destined to come to a head in this year’s election. One of them is loud with red hair, and it’s not that one guy. We talking about weed. As a matter of fact, we’re not the only ones talking about it.
There’s also the California Medical Association, the largest organization of doctors in the state. The CMA (not the Country Music Awards) announced this week its endorsement of a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to make recreational cannabis legal in California.
Though there about a trillion such proposals in the works, the one the CMA is getting behind is also the one that probably has the best shot of making it onto ballots this November. The very same one that billionaire Napster guy Sean Parker is heading, and that’s received support from WeedMaps founder Justin Hartfield.
The “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” as it’s called, proposes a legal market for recreational marijuana where users 21 and over could buy up to an ounce of bud. There would be a 15% excise tax for both recreational and medical marijuana, though medical would be spared a state sales tax. Residents could still grow their own, but only up to six plants for their own use. Those convicted of a cannabis-related crimes in the past would be able to request their record be expunged.
In its press release, the CMA said it supports the medical community being able to control and monitor marijuana usage, instead of the “ineffective prohibition” the state now enjoys. A CMA spokesperson, the aptly named Molly Weedn, elaborated. “We feel that this initiative specifically is in line with the concerns we had for better monitoring and research of cannabis,” Weedn said.
The proposal requires 366,000 supporter signatures if it’s going to find itself on the ballot this election.