It’s been called the big player in the race to get a unifying marijuana legalization initiative on California’s 2016 ballot.
As we recently reported, ReformCA’s initiative was filed with the state attorney general, and it’s being supported by NORML, the California NAACP and other decriminalization groups.
The main goal is to legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, doctor’s note not necessary, for Californians older than 21.
Collective operators, delivery services, distributors, producers, and growers would all have to obtain state licenses. Collectives would also have to get local licenses, which are available in cities like San Francisco, but unavailable in Los Angeles.
The ReformCA language says fingerprinting for criminal background checks “may” be required. It will be up to the government officials in charge of regulating medical marijuana.
Who are these government officials?
The Control, Regulate and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016 would create the California Cannabis Commission to make serious decisions and “administer and enforce” key provisions of the law.
It would also create the Office of Cannabis Regulation, an Alcohol Beverage Control-like agency that would operate under the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
Cities that want to prohibit the retail sales of medical pot will have to put it the vote of the people, according to the language:
Any prohibitions on the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products must be approved by a majority of voters residing in such cities or counties.
Medical delivery would be fully legalized.
The initiative says, “No city or county may ban the delivery by licensed providers of medical cannabis to qualified patients for their personal medical use.”
Taxes would include five percent for retail sails, $2 per square foot for grows, and up to $15 per ounce for producers. All tax revenues would be collected by a new Cannabis Safety Fund.
The proceeds would benefit “community restoration programs, health services, and environmental mitigation,” the language says.