The initiative, The Control, Regulate, and Tax Marijuana Act, would legalize the possession of up to an ounce by persons 21 or over and allow people to grow up to four plants. It would leave the rest of the state’s marijuana laws and its medical marijuana laws unchanged, but would create statewide regulation of adult sales and commercial cultivation, with a 25% retail sales tax.
The initiative is backed by the Drug Policy Alliance, which says that, given impressive recent poll numbers, it wanted to have something ready for 2014 just in case.
Another initiative, The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative of 2014, was submitted in August and is now in it’s signature gathering phase. It has until the end of February to come up with 504,000 valid voter signatures, but it has not received big money backing, making the effort to get on the ballot an uphill battle.