The Marijuana Policy Project, the advocacy group that helped pass legalization in Colorado, has announced that it will file paperwork today with the California secretary of state to form a campaign committee in our own state. The committee will start fundraising immediately to get a measure for marijuana legalization on the November 2016 ballot as soon as possible.
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The Project already has committees working toward legalization in 2016 for Nevada, Massachusetts, and Arizona and has mentioned plans to focus its efforts in Maine, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire in the coming years.
“A diverse coalition of activists, organizations, businesses, and community leaders will be joining together in coming months to draft the most effective and viable proposal possible,” said Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Rob Kampia in a statement about the California committee. “Public opinion has been evolving nationwide when it comes to marijuana policy, and Californians have always been ahead of the curve.”
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana back in 1996, and as of last December 55% of California voters said they would vote to legalize marijuana.
Let’s hope the numbers are right and that our state proves the liberal, weed-loving reputation we've spent so many years building to be true.