The Dietary Supplements and Food Medical Expense Initiative
(07-0072) did not appear on the November 4, 2008
statewide ballot in California
as an initiated state statute
. Supporters needed to turn in a minimum of 433,971 valid signatures
by April 21, 2008 for that to happen, but they did not reach this goal.
would have allowed Californians to deduct the cost of dietary supplements or foods used for special dietary needs, from their state income tax returns. Dietary supplements, as outlined by the measure are:
tablets, capsules, powder, and measured doses of liquid that contain vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, or dietary substances, but do not include conventional food products. Foods for special dietary needs are those consumed due to a medical condition, for supplementing the diet, or as the sole item of the diet. Medical condition includes disease, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, food allergy, overweight and underweight.
Bryan Tallman, a Bay Area operator of an online nutritional supplements (and other health products) site.
The circulation deadline was February 7,2008, the initiative needed 433,971 signatures to qualify, which it failed to do.