In 1996, the Compassionate Use Act identified marijuana as an alternative medical treatment. Since that time, local jurisdictions across California have passed regulations that have, in some cases, denied access to patients.

Taking the logical position that marijuana will eventually become decriminalized in California, and understanding the need to protect patient’s rights, five groups have come together to propose an amendment to California’s constitution titled “The Compassionate and Sensible Act.”

If it makes it on the ballot for 2016, the amendment will seek to protect the medical community and their patients, as well as local businesses that seek to provide medical marijuana by decriminalizing the process to “obtain, transport or cultivate cannabis.” In effect, the bill would end 80 years of marijuana prohibition in California.

The proposed amendment now requires several hundred thousand signatures to get on the ballot for November 2016. You can sign on here.