Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

It's official: an initiative legalizing recreational use of marijuana will appear on the California ballot in November. On Tuesday, the Secretary Of State's Office confirmed that the measure had acquired the necessary number of signatures to qualify.

"Today marks a fresh start for California as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it right and completely pays for itself,” said Jason Kinney, a spokesman for California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

The initiative would allow use, possession, and transport of up to one ounce of cannabis for people 21 and older. Growing up to six plants would also be permitted.

A previous legalization initiative failed in 2010 but, since then, public opinion had shifted. The states of Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon have already legalized cannabis for recreational use. Eight other states will see similar measures on their ballots.

Read more about the ballot initiative here.