California Repeal of Marijuana Penalties Initiative (2008)

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The Repeal of Marijuana Penalties Initiative (07-0064) was shooting for the November 2008 general election ballot in California as an initiated state statute. Its supporters would have had to turn in 433,971 valid signatures by April 21, 2008 in order to make the November ballot.[1] It did not meet this deadline.

The objective of the initiative was to decriminalize the possession, cultivation, transportation, distribution, and use of marijuana or hemp. The initiative also:

  • Provides persons convicted or serving time for non-violent offenses involving marijuana be immediately released from prison, jail, parole, or probation, and be eligible to have their convictions erased.
  • Provides no permit, license, or tax be required for non-commercial cultivation, transportation, distribution, or consumption of marijuana.
  • Allows doctors to prescribe or recommend marijuana to patients, regardless of age.
  • Prohibits testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes.
  • Bars state from aiding enforcement of certain federal marijuana laws.

Estimated fiscal impact of the measure

Fiscal impact estimate as provided by California's Legislative Analyst office:

Savings in the several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments, which would no longer incur the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. A potential increase of a few million dollars annually in the cost of the state’s Drug Medi-Cal substance abuse treatment program.

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