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AM Alert: New cannabis legalization initiative to be filed soon

Marijuana plants grow on a residential property in a vegetable garden in Lake County on August 7, 2014 in Clear Lake, California.
Marijuana plants grow on a residential property in a vegetable garden in Lake County on August 7, 2014 in Clear Lake, California. Los Angeles Times

Attempts to legalize weed for recreational use have long been in the works, and a new ballot initiative will soon join the mix of several proposals aiming for the 2016 ballot.

Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that bans hospitals from denying organ transplants based on a patient’s marijuana usage. A prevalent 4/20 culture – the landmark date and time of cannabis connoisseurs – is developing a more mainstream presence in California in the wake of other states’ marijuana legalization.

ReformCA, a part of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), will announce today a ballot initiative filing with the Attorney General’s office in the next few weeks to legalize marijuana. The organization has held statewide roundtables and meetings with legislators and experts in order to drum up support and advice on a marijuana legalization initiative.

The CCPR Board of Directors include Dale Sky Jones, an advocate and prominent spokesperson supporting Proposition 19, and Dale Gieringer, the state coordinator of California National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

ReformCA hopes to legalize medical and recreational marijuana along with creating regulations and taxation on cannabis. A Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll this year showed more than half of voters favor legalization.

ACADEMIA ACADEMIC: UC Davis Professor Martin Kenney, who studies higher education, will argue that the UC system has been essential in making California a knowledge-based economy. The University of California Center lecture is at noon at the center’s K street headquarters.

SUMMER VACATION: The offices of Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León have invited interns, lobbyists, advocates and the media celebrate the beginning of summer recess. The event is from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. at KBar on K Street

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