The California Secretary of State has approved a recreational marijuana ballot initiative that will be decided by voters this November. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act would allow those 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Qualifying adults would also be permitted to grow up to six plants for personal use.
A system to license, tax and regulate marijuana sales would be put in place, The New York Times reports. California cities would have local control over commercial distribution within city borders, or cities can choose to disallow distribution.
Jason Kinney, Adult Use of Marijuana Act spokesperson, said, “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.”
Since recreational legalization took place in Colorado, teen-use is reportedly down. California hopes to see the same results. The most recent polls show widespread support for regulated, legal recreational marijuana.