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Bold Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure Proposed in California

Elizabeth Renter
September 7th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 6:19 pm
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marijuana trim 263x164 Bold Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure Proposed in CaliforniaAttitudes towards marijuana are changing across the nation, and subsequently, so are the laws. But none have been as bold as the newly proposed California Hemp Act 2014 (CHA) recently filed by the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014 (CCHI). The CHA would essentially legalize all marijuana and hemp, but unlike laws in a select few states, it would go so far as to stop the California state government from taxing marijuana ‘too much’ and will make it so half of the excise tax revenue is put toward marijuana research and development. Marijuana will also be less-than regulated with the passing of the bill.

Cannabis activists and supporters are ultimately hoping to get the CHA on the 2014 ballot. On August 5, the paperwork was filed with the state Attorney General. Now, we wait to hear just what sort of requirements will have to be met before the initiative goes before voters. As reported by NaturalNews, it will likely be hundreds of thousands of petition signatures.

The proposed CHA is remarkable for several reasons. Firstly, it would bar the state of California from passing any laws restricting any aspect of the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana. It would also bar them from regulating or taxing the manufacturing, production, sale or use of the plant in any form.

Here is a bit from the California Cannabis Hemp and Health Initiative 2014:

“Place an excise tax on commercial sale of cannabis hemp euphoric products, analogous to California’s wine industry model, so long as no excise tax or combination of excise taxes shall exceed 10% of the retail price of the products. Fifty percent of the excise tax revenues collected shall be made available for the research, development and promotion of industrial, nutritional, and medicinal hemp industries in California.”

Within the last year, we’ve seen firsthand just how much a state can regulate the recreational marijuana trade in the states of Washington and Colorado, both of whom legalized recreational marijuana late in 2012. With the changing tides of marijuana attitudes, we’ve also been given more information than ever on why marijuana should not only be approved for medicinal reasons, but as a matter of principle and personal rights.

In addition to telling state officials to back off marijuana, the CHA bars any actor of the state to assist the federal government in enforcing their marijuana laws. In other words, no California law enforcement would be participating in federal raids or investigations. And, for those who stand in the way of Californians and their marijuana—misdemeanor charges could be brought. Yes, the CHA criminalizes marijuana enjoyment interference.

So what are the chances of this law passing? As it stands, pretty slim. But it’s not impossible. Depending on the requirements set by the state Attorney General’s Office, the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative is going to need all the support they can get—in the way of signatures, petitioners, and town criers. In other words, we can all do something to give it a better chance.

To read more about the CHA, check out the CCHI’s official website:

You can also volunteer to help get the measure on the ballot here:

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  • Michael Jolson
  • DrMesmer

    Now there’s an article we’re glad to see! And pretty slim is better than no (0%) chance at all….which is how much chance we have of shedding our petroleum chains and having sustainable industry in California if we don’t do this. And really at the forefront of issues here is the human rights issue with 10,000′s of citizens entangled within the criminal justice system over what we are quickly learning is a super safe and hyper effective medicine for dozens of common issues. The CCHI is worth a Good read through!

  • Guest

    We do love the press coverage and the sharing by Prison Planet is nice, yet Jolson is correct, your headline and assertion that the CHA disallows taxation is simply wrong. It limits taxation, something we are very proud of, but we understand a trillion dollar natural resource will be taxed and that is part of Jack Herer’s (the author) acceptability factor with this Act. Please help us promote progressive politics by getting the crucial facts correct, check in with members of the campaign, read the initiative carefully yourself, and respond to corrections with haste.

  • greysurfer

    I’m not in the USA but have always been puzzled as to why there is so much demand to legalise what is effectively a hallucinogenic drug.
    I understand the genuine medicinal aspect and the problems that have been created for hemp as a material; but I don’t see why we should be encouraging people to actively use drugs for recreational purposes. Smoking anything, surely, is bad for the brain and body’s health? Are we now going to see the human race hooked further on drugs because certain things have been legalised?
    Sorry but I’m lost on this. I don’t see what all the excitement is about.

    • DrMesmer

      “You just have to do your homework Mr. GraySurfer, actually the smoking of Cannabis is good for you in SO many ways! It prevents cancer of the lungs as well as other cancers. It aids relaxation which is one of the most important medical co-factors to all disease, it regulates the metabolism and hormonal systems. Plus it produces a sustainable food, fuel and fiber that could rival Petroleum, Trees and Beef. I suggest checking out Jack Herer’s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” for all the amazing details! Cannabis Culture is Human Culture, we’ve been lied to for a hundred years.

    • Michael Jolson

      The purpose for the zest and excitement is that this plant can save the Planet and Economy!
      Please Google Jack Herer and the Emeperor Wears No Clothes”

  • Michael Jolson

    Thanks for the article but PLEASE NOTE that we do tax commerical sales of Cannabis! This is REALLY important to win the vote in California!
    Please read the entire text and u will see that your article misses a crucial point- taxing and regulaitng the commerical sales!

    • David “Lefty” Schlesinger

      You’d better get that out there loud and clear, if that’s the case — starting with a correction to this story, with a full and accurate clarification. This is getting shared all around Facebook, and undoubtedly elsewhere as well.

      A referendum that actually insisted that cannabis be legal but untaxed and unregulated would go absolutely nowhere.

      • Michael Jolson

        Cool- now that that point is over, let’s get this on the ballot!
        We have only 150 days to gather 750,000 signatures begging Oct 1, 2013!
        We need mass support and financial backing !
        This article was corrected ,now its time for Mobilization!