Source: LA Weekly, By Dennis Romero Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Legal marijuana isn’t hard to get in L.A. Just go to a doctor who advertises in certain weekly publications (ahem), tell her you have back pain, get a piece of paper, show it to the dispensary nearby, and buy some bud.
But pro-marijuana activists in California have been envious of the full, recreational legalization seen in states like Colorado and Washington.
While there are more pot shops in L.A. than in those two states combined, Washington and Colorado have been getting all the attention this year. And California pioneered the legalization of medical weed way back in 1996. Enter the Marijuana Policy Project:
It has registered a California campaign committee so it can start accepting donations for an effort to put legalization on the Golden State ballot, which will also include candidates for U.S. president.
Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, says:
Marijuana prohibition has had an enormously detrimental impact on California communities. It’s been ineffective, wasteful, and counterproductive. It’s time for a more responsible approach.
The Project will likely see a competing effort to get legalization on the ballot by the financially potent Drug Policy Alliance, which dropped a 2014 California initiative, apparently in favor of taking advantage of greater turnout during the 2016 election cycle.
The Drug Policy Alliance’s proposed initiative was one of four this year that were either withdrawn or failed to gather enough signatures to make it to the ballot this year.
The other efforts just didn’t have the millions of dollars needed to gather signatures.
Hopes are high, however, for 2016, with momentum from Colorado and Washington serving as the wind beneath the wings of legalization proponents.