Will California legalize marijuana in 2010?

(In 2006, Colorado Amendment 44 went up in smoke–excuse the pun. Has anything changed? – promoted by Colorado Pols)

Looks like legalization is headed to the ballot in 2010 in California:


Supporters of an initiative that would legalize marijuana in California say they have collected enough signatures to ensure that it will be on the November 2010 ballot.

The petition drive, which was run by a professional signature-gathering firm, collected more than 680,000 signatures, 57% more than the 433,971 valid signatures needed to put it on the ballot, said Richard Lee, the measure’s main proponent.

“It was so easy to get them,” Lee said. “People were so eager to sign.”

The initiative would also allow cities and counties to adopt their own laws to allow marijuana to be grown and sold, and the localities could impose taxes on any aspect of marijuana production and sales. It would make it legal for adults over 21 years old to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and to grow it in a 25-square-foot area for personal use.

Support for legalization has polled at 56% in California.

What will happen if the vote succeeds? Do you think that the Obama Administration will support the vote — like they’re now doing regarding medical marijuana? Or will it call in the Army (so to speak, if not quite literally)?

And will Colorado follow California’s lead? (Which would probably happen, if it happens at all, following the states of Oregon and Washington legalizing after California, if past trends are any indicator.)

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. allyncooper says:

    It will be interesting if the biggest state in the Union votes to end prohibition.  I think prohibition will start to be repealed in other states as well, including Colorado.

    The initiative in Colorado which failed a few years ago was promoted from a “stoner” type of view and subsequently a lot of people didn’t take it seriously. If CA ends prohibition and another initiative is made in CO on a more practical and  rational appeal and regulated and taxed the stuff, I think it would pass.

    Don’t know what the feds are going to do. Maybe CA can secede from the Union like the Baggers have suggested.  

  2. Canines says:

    Just a couple of weeks ago I heard the Drug Czar say just that on the radio.

    Well, guess who’s coming to dinner?

    I expect the Obama administration will not be taking a hands-off approach, leaving the legalization of marijuana as a states’ rights issue; they’ll be flat-out opposing the initiative.

    Whether they’ll be able to convince Californians to oppose the initiative, though, is quite another matter.  

  3. Gray in Mountains says:

    or some definition of area allowed for growing. It eliminates cops having to determine if plants are ready for harvest, etc.

  4. DavidThi808 says:

    My bet is Hawaii will do so next – at least for export.

  5. Ray Springfield says:

    All prohibition ever gave the USA is organized  crime and stock car racing

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