When Will AUMA Backers Submit Their Petition?

When Will AUMA Backers Submit Their Petition?
This morning, the Los Angeles Times reported that supporters of California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act have collected 600,000 signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

“Honestly? ‘Soon’ doesn’t sound like an answer from a razor-sharp political operative. It sounds like the kind of thing you’d hear from a lackadaisical weed dealer about when he’ll be home from his day job at GameStop.”

That’s almost twice the required amount needed to qualify, so it seems AUMA backers, including Napster founder Sean Parker and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are hedging their bets. Given the total failure we saw in 2010, where boneheaded backers thought putting recreational marijuana use on a mid-term election ballot was a solid decision, it’s a wise move.

But this is just one of many recent stories revolving around the fact that the measure is now “closer” to getting on the ballot. In fact, in an LA Weekly story we referenced last week, the California Attorney General recommended supporters turn in signatures by April 26th.

In case you happened to be super blazed right now, that was almost two weeks ago, and we still haven’t seen any report that the petition has been officially received by the state. Additionally, we haven’t even seen when the AUMA coalition even plans to submit it. Regarding that timing, the best we’ve heard from spokesman Jason Kinney—quoted in the LA Weekly story dated April 20th—was a non-specific “soon.”

Honestly? That doesn’t sound like an answer from a razor-sharp political operative. It sounds like the kind of thing you’d hear from a lackadaisical weed dealer about when he’ll be home from his day job at GameStop. Perhaps it’s time to remind the AUMA folks of the old adage “almost doesn’t count except in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

So while we wait for AUMA to actually make some real progress toward legalizing recreational marijuana in the Golden State, let’s cross our fingers and watch Jimmy Kimmel ask folks on Hollywood Boulevard if the have a medical marijuana card.

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