California Can’t Blow it This Time

California Can't Blow it This Time

Nationally, the idea that the Golden State will turn green after the November is a foregone conclusion.

California advocacy groups are currently jockeying for position, hoping to get their fingerprints on the type of regulation they think will be best for the state, and farmers in historic Humboldt County are already voicing concerns that big business could muscle them out of an industry they created.

“It was a complete bonehead move to attempt to legalize marijuana during mid-term elections, and given the chaotic, surreal nature of the ongoing presidential campaign, it’s a solid bet turnout will deliver a win for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.”

But as of today, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act isn’t even on the ballot yet. That requires submitting 365,880 signatures to the state’s Attorney General, which is expected to happen sometime this week.

Obviously, there’s a lot riding on the bill. California is the eight-largest economy in the world. Billions of dollars are on the table. Yours truly currently resides in Los Angeles.

Seriously, it’s difficult to overstate the impact full legalization will have in this country and around the world.

That makes it all the more important for activists in California to buckle down and ensure the overwhelmingly popular measure makes it all the way into law. Because they were basically here, just six years ago, and that attempt failed. The official URL for the AUMA serves as a kind of cautionary tale. It reads: LetsGetItRightCA.

Of course, there’s a lot going for California’s second try. It was a complete bonehead move to attempt to legalize marijuana during mid-term elections, and given the chaotic, surreal nature of the ongoing presidential campaign, it’s a solid bet turnout will deliver a win for the AUMA.

At this point, it’s not clear what kind of opposition the measure will face. But given its high-profile, out-of-state groups blowing up California airwaves—like what happened with Proposition 8—is a real possibility.

Fortunately, AUMA spokesman Jason Kinney recently told LA Weekly “We have confidence we will be well-funded and able to communicate our message to every corner of the state.”

Let’s hope he’s right.

[ via LA Weekly, image via Universal Pictures ]

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