California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (2014)

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A California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (#14-0008) has been approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated state statute.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Legalizes under state law marijuana and hemp use, possession, cultivation, transportation, or distribution. Requires case-by-case review for persons currently charged with or convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses, for possible sentence modification, amnesty, or immediate release from prison, jail, parole, or probation. Requires case-by-case review of applications to erase records of these charges or convictions. Requires Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial marijuana sales. Allows doctors to approve or recommend marijuana for patients, regardless of age. Limits testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes. Bars state/local aid to enforce federal marijuana laws."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Reduced costs potentially exceeding $100 million annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Potential net additional tax revenue of a few hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana and industrial hemp, a portion of which is required to be spent on marijuana-related research and other activities."


A Field Poll found that 52 percent of likely California voters said they would vote for the measure:[1]

The Field Poll -- which surveyed 1,002 registered California voters from Nov. 14 through Dec. 5, with an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points -- also asked voters whether they would support the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative. That proposed ballot measure would decriminalize marijuana and hemp use, possession, cultivation, transportation and distribution for those over age 21, and would require the Legislature to license and tax commercial sales. After hearing a summary of the initiative's official ballot description, 56 percent of voters said they would support it, 39 percent would oppose it and 5 percent had no opinion.

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
Note: April 18, 2014 was the deadline for initiative and referendum proponents to submit collected signatures to county election officials, as suggested by the California Secretary of State.[2] The deadline, however, has operated in the past as a date of assured consideration. Signatures for initiatives, such as 2012's Proposition 30 and Proposition 31, have been submitted upwards of eighteen days after the deadline and still qualified for the general election ballot for that year. Proponents of initiatives who submit their signatures after the April 18 deadline for 2014, but by their initiative's petition circulation deadline, and have their initiative qualified, will have their initiative placed on the 2016 ballot.
  • Berton Duzy submitted a letter requesting a title and summary on January 28, 2014.
  • A title and summary was issued by the Attorney General of California's office on March 21, 2014.
  • 504,760 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters had until August 18, 2014 to collect the required signatures. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would not have allowed the initiative to compete on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014 ballot was April 18, 2014.

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