30 June 2016

AUMA is go as they might have said in Thunderbirds

Reuters report…

Californians are set to decide whether to make recreational marijuana use legal, as other Western states have done, after the California Secretary of State’s office said on Tuesday the issue could be put to voters in the November ballot.

The proposed so-called “Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” which is supported by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom among others, would allow people aged 21 and older to possess as much as an ounce of marijuana for private recreational use and permit personal cultivation of as many as six marijuana plants.


Online reaction is coming in thick and fast… here are a few reactions so far and as time moves forward we will do our utmost to keep you up to date with the ding dong battle that this is going to become between now and November

And in Fresno the discussions begin  ABC 30 News reports


Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says she would still try and enforce their local moratorium on marijuana to try and prevent pot use locally even if it’s legalized.

We did talk to some medical marijuana users who said they will be heading to the polls this November to throw their support behind the legalization of marijuana in California.

For the second time since 2010, voters in California will decide whether the most populous state in the United States should legalize recreational marijuana.

“I think it’s a good idea,” a medical marijuana user who did not want to be identified said. “So, we won’t have too many of the neighborhood drug dealers.”

The Fresno resident says she just got her medical marijuana card Wednesday to help her relax and relieve pain.

She thinks it’ll create a safer environment for people who want to smoke or ingest marijuana and cut down on crime.

“And I don’t vote,” she said. “This time, I will vote.”

The proposed new law promises lower crime rates and increased revenue from the taxes placed on legal pot.

Mims, though, doesn’t think the measure will pass, adding if people have learned anything from Colorado and Washington where marijuana was legalized in 2012, they’ll vote against it.

“Now you have a whole new set of regulations and that says people under 21 can’t smoke marijuana but they do,” she said. “You can’t smoke it in public but they do. You can’t do a lot of things but they are and law enforcement are busier than ever dealing with marijuana areas.”

KSBY ( San Louis Obisbo Country) reports


Local law enforcement agencies weigh in on recreational marijuana legalization

Following the announcement that enough signatures were gathered to place the legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot, local San Luis Obispo County law enforcement officials are speaking out.

Capt. Chris Staley with the San Luis Obispo Police Department is concerned about the legalization.

“I think, from a law enforcement point of view, it’s going to have a significant impact,” Staley said Wednesday.

Recently, law enforcement agencies gathered in Paso Robles to discuss that impact. Staley says state officials from Colorado provided data and statistics on how the state has been impacted since the legalization of recreational marijuana. According to the San Luis Obispo Police Department, one of those impacts Colorado saw was an increase in  DUI incidents involving marijuana. In 2013, the Denver Police Department saw 33 DUIs involving marijuana, which doubled to 66 in 2014. 

Staley says the police department will use Colorado as an example if voters decide to legalize the drug.

“It’s one of those things where they’ve had some time to see what those impacts are, so we’re seriously concerned that we’re going to experience those same impacts here in California if it’s legalized,” Staley said.

Lt. Ty Lewis with the Paso Robles Police Department says he’s concerned, not only with people smoking the plant, but other variations of the drug.

“It’s really the enhancement of the marijuana,” Lewis said. “So you got the dabs and the honey oil and all of the items that are now almost 100% THC that are causing problems in communities.

If you still need a simple overview on  the AUMA proposal – Civilized’s piece published  (29 June 2016)  is a good start. Link for the full article

California Will Vote On Sean Parker’s Legalization Initiative


California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot.

A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana sales, including the entire West Coast.

The initiative is promoted by a well-funded and politically connected coalition spearheaded by former Facebook president Sean Parker.

It asks voters to allow people 21 and older to buy an ounce of marijuana and marijuana-infused products at licensed retail outlets and also grow up to six pot plants for personal recreational use.


We’re thrilled to let you know that the Adult Use of Marijuana Act is officially on California’s November Ballot! 

With this news, the campaign officially begins. To win, however, we must make sure voters know why they should support the campaign and vote YES.

AUMA will bring enormous revenue to California—over $1 billion—and save the state hundreds of millions in unnecessary prison sentences and law enforcement costs. 

Criminalizing marijuana has hurt you and your family: it creates a thriving underground market, fuels cartels, strains the criminal justice system, and costs hundreds of millions of dollars better spent on our kids, our environment, and many other critical state needs. 

Thank you!

-Lynne Lyman
Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform

AUMA FACT SHEETS PAGE  http://www.legalizeca2016.com/facts

Fact Sheet #1: Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA): Frequently Asked Questions (en Español)

Fact Sheet #2: It Advances Social Justice and Criminal Justice Reform 

Fact Sheet #3: It Protects Our Youth 

Fact Sheet #4: It Protects Public Health 

Fact Sheet #5: It Protects Patients Who Use Medical Marijuana (en Español)

Fact Sheet #6: It Protects California’s Workers (en Español)

Fact Sheet #7: It Protects California’s Environment and Natural Resources (en Español)

Fact Sheet #8: It Protects Small Businesses and Small Farmers in California (en Español)

Fact Sheet #9: It Preserves the Independence of Local Governments