Another Marijuana Initiative Bogarted

An initiative that would have capped punishment for possession, cultivation, transportation or sale of up to two ounces of marijuana at either a $250 fine or community service failed to secure the 504,760 need to make the ballot.

The measure proposed higher penalties for those under 21 years of age: A maximum of  six months in county jail and/or a $500 fine.

It’s the second marijuana related initiative to fail to reach the ballot in April.

Earlier in the month, an initiative to decriminalize marijuana sales, distribution, possession, use, cultivation and transportation and allow the noncommercial production up to 24 flowering plants per household failed to win the signatures needed to qualify.

Yet another marijuana decriminalization initiative faces an April 19 deadline to submit 504,670 valid signatures. Its decriminalization age threshold would be 19. It  would create a California Cannabis Commission to regulate commercial cultivation and smoking in public, but doesn’t prevent  local governments from creating ordinances that are more lax than state law. Up to three pounds for personal use would be exempt from regulation or taxation.



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  1. My sense is that there will not be a marijuana initiative on the November ballot.

    Comment by John Lovell — 4.19.2012 @ 12:43 pm

  2. Do people have any idea on the damage done to the adolescent brain? The brain isn’t fully installed until sometimes the mid 20’s. Look at the science and make informed decisions before we legitimize something so caustic to the developing brain, not to mention the smoke and second hand smoke.

    Comment by Elsbeth Prigmore — 4.19.2012 @ 12:58 pm

  3. Dave’s not Home: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/814854d4ca/daves-not-home-from-cheechandchong

    Comment by Let It Bleed — 4.19.2012 @ 3:31 pm

  4. just couldn’t resist that title!

    Comment by JoAnn Anglin — 4.19.2012 @ 10:47 pm

  5. Would love to see a study on the effects of MJ on peoples initiative to get a job. My guess is that the folks using this stuff are so mellow that they are willing to let the 1% provide for their health and welfare.

    Comment by management slug — 4.23.2012 @ 12:03 pm

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