California had its chance to fully legalize pot before Colorado did. But in 2010 voters shot down Proposition 19, which would have allowed those 21 and up to legitimately use recreational marijuana even without a doctor’s recommendation.

Next year we’ll probably have a second chance.

The group ReformCA, part of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), announced recently that its legalization initiative could be ready to filed with the state in a matter of weeks.

If the Attorney General approves the circulation language of ReformCA’s petition, the coalition can start to gather signatures. It needs to turn in a certain number of valid signatures from registered voters to make the 2016 ballot.

And the 2016 ballot is a big deal, what with an open seat in the president’s office up for grabs.

The coalition behind the initiative includes California NORML, the Drug Policy Alliance, Americans for Safe Access, the Marijuana Policy Project, the Emerald Growers Association, the NAACP and other groups.

This is the big one.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be other legalization initiatives on the same ballot. In fact, the people behind the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2016 have already submitted language to the Attorney General.

Dale Sky Jones of the coalition told reporters that ReformCA will soon have $4 million in the bank to back its signature gathering efforts, which often take a few million to be successful.

It doesn’t sound like you could say the same for the competition.

The initiative would regulate and tax marijuana for adults. Cross your fingers.

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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