Sept 25, 2009 — Pot advocates count on the support of Don Perata, former state Senate president, in their efforts to put marijuana legalization on California’s 2010 ballot. Perata cites the large potential revenue from taxing marijuana as a tempting outcome of marijuana legalization.

Backers begin push to get pot measure on ballot

By MARCUS WOHLSEN (AP) – 3 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO — Pot advocates started their push Friday to get a marijuana legalization measure on California’s 2010 ballot with backing from a prominent state politician.

Former state Senate president Don Perata announced his support for the Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign, which began gathering signatures for the proposal at the annual meeting of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.

Supporters need nearly 434,000 signatures to make the November 2010 ballot.

Though Perata did not appear as scheduled at a news conference launching the signature drive, he said in a statement that taxing legal marijuana was key to easing California’s financial woes.

“In this time of economic uncertainty, it’s time we thought outside the box and brought in revenue we need to restore the California dream,” he said.

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