Calif. voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana

California voters will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana, according to The Associated Press.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that proponents of the measure turned in more than the required amount of signatures needed to place the question on the November ballot.


“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,” Jason Kinney, a spokesman for California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act, said in a statement, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The initiative asks voters whether they think people aged 21 and older should be allowed to buy an ounce of marijuana and marijuana-infused products at licenses retail outlets, according to the AP.

It also asks whether people should be allowed to grow up to six pot plants for personal recreational use.

It is backed by Napster cofounder and former Facebook President Sean Parker and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Los Angeles Times reported.

People would not be allowed to smoke in places where tobacco use is not permitted, such as restaurants, bars and other enclosed public areas.

The leading campaign for the initiative has raised $3.7 million so far.

If passed, the measure could raise as much as $1 billion per year in revenue, state officials estimated. It could also decrease public safety costs.