California Moving Toward Legalizing Marijuana for Recreational Use

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on February 8, 2015 · 0 comments

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This week, a marijuana advocacy group began fundraising efforts towards a 2016 campaign to make recreational marijuana use legal in California.


The Marijuana Policy Project hopes to get the initiative on the 2016 ballot. Their goal is to pass something similar to recreational use laws in Washington State and Colorado. Those states have legalized commercial sales to all adults over the age of 21.


California attempted a similar recreational use initiative in 2010’s Proposition 19, but failed due to resistance from law enforcement, elected officials, medical marijuana users, and growers in California’s Emerald Triangle. Marijuana Policy experts say that legalization of marijuana for recreational use in California could change the national conversation on marijuana and legalization.


California law currently allows marijuana only for medicinal use with a doctor’s recommendation. Because marijuana is still illegal under federal law, doctors cannot legally prescribe marijuana for any condition. The American Medical Association currently recommends additional studies on medical marijuana and reclassification of the substance from the schedule 1 list.


Schedule 1 substances are considered highly dangerous, highly addictive, and have no known medical use. Other schedule 1 substances include LSD, heroin and ecstasy. Meth and cocaine are considered schedule 2 substances.  Attorney General Eric Holder has indicated that he would be willing to work with congress to reschedule marijuana, however, policy experts say any changes there would be mainly symbolic and wouldn’t affect legalization in a meaningful way.


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