Petition Drive to Legalize Marijuana Approved
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The regulation of marijuana will benefit the People of the State of California by reducing criminal gang activity, promoting agriculture, creating jobs by creating a new hemp industry in the State of California, and reduce the fiscal and overpopulation burdens on the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.This time around, backers plan to also pitch the idea that pot is like beer and wine. They seem to be saying that, since marijuana, like beer and wine, makes you dizzy, it should therefore should be regulated by the same agencies.
Under the proposal pot sales would be overseen by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the California Health and Safety Code would be modified so as not to outlaw marijuana. Like it's 2010 predecessor, the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act seems to propose a federal-state jurisdictional quagmire. Federal law prohibits marijuana sales, but the proposed ballot measure aims to solve this problem by making it illegal to follow or abide by federal anti-marijuana laws.
Regardless of jurisdictional arguments, all state, local, elected, appointed, hired employees, officers, and officials shall refuse to and shall not cooperate with or assist federal, state, or local officials or employees who would eradicate marijuana, act for seizure or forfeiture, or defeat any liberally construed purpose of this Act, or to operate under any contract or arrangement to repeal or circumvent this Act directly or indirectly, or to follow or to abide by any federal laws or regulations that are in conflict with this Act.