In a strange turn of events, the national board of NORML recently voted to endorse California’s surviving major legalization initiative while the state chapter remains on the sidelines.

NORML announced that it’s giving the recreational cannabis measure backed by Lt. Gavin Newsom and tech billionaire Sean Parker its full blessing.

The initiative, which is its signature-gathering stage, would allow adults 21 and older to have up to an ounce of marijuana. Sales would essentially be regulated under California’s current medical marijuana regime.

It’s called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).

When the board of ReformCA voted to put its own initiative on ice, it left AUMA as the sole remaining major legalization measure aiming for the November ballot.

NORML says AUMA is the only game in the Golden State.

“The board took this action aware there are other proposed initiatives in California that include provisions that are even more consumer-friendly, but those alternatives have little chance of qualifying for the ballot or being approved by a majority of the state’s voters,” NORML said in a statement.

Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of NORML, said, “On the matter of ending marijuana prohibition in America, as
California goes, so too goes the rest of the nation.”

AUMA’s backers say the Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, California Cannabis Industry Association, California Medical Association and California, and the NAACP have also backed the initiative.

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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:

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