Those of us in California will actually be voting to legalize marijuana in this year’s November election. Tom Ammiano’s Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act (also known as AB 2254 and formerly AB 390) will allow all adults 21 years of age and older in California to possess up to one ounce of cannabis.
The law will also allow local government to tax the sale of cannabis to said adults, thus generating an estimated $1.4 billion a year or more.
While medical marijuana is legal in California, it’s believed that cannabis is also a $14B black market in the Golden State (more than grapes and vegetables combined, and around 30% of dairy production), and that legalizing it will both help California realize otherwise lost revenue, as well as effectively take real power away from the larger Mexican drug cartels.
One organization staunchly behind California’s legalization efforts is NORML, who has a special 420 Money Bomb site set up today where those of you supporting the cause can get some cool NORML T-shirts, learn about the cannabis movement, and play a quiz game that tests your weed knowledge. (Click on the trees for clues.)
Happy 4/20, everyone.