Widely-Supported Adult Use of Marijuana Act Qualifies for California’s November 2016 Ballot

CA voters will have opportunity to replace costly, ineffective prohibition with safe, legal & responsible system that pays for itself

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, the campaign in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), applauded the announcement by Secretary of State Alex Padilla that the measure has officially qualified for the November 8, 2016, General Election ballot in California.

“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, Spokesperson for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

“This measure reflects years of hard work, diverse stakeholder input and broad, bipartisan public support. A growing majority of Californians support a smarter approach to marijuana and we’re gratified that voters will finally have the opportunity in November to pass comprehensive, common-sense policy that protects children, local control, public health and public safety, saves state and local taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, funds critical local programs, and serves as a model for the rest of the nation.”

Already, the diverse coalition of endorsers in support of AUMA is the largest ever formed in support of marijuana policy reform in our state. Respected public polls over the past two years have repeatedly shown growing support among California voters for statewide marijuana legalization – most recently by the Public Policy Institute of California (May 25, 2016).

AUMA has been endorsed by:

  • Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
  • U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach)
  • U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)
  • U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael)
  • California Medical Association
  • California Council of Land Trusts
  • California Cannabis Industry Association
  • California NAACP
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Marijuana Policy Project
  • National NORML
  • ACLU of California
  • California Democratic Party
  • California Young Democrats
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • Los Angeles Community Health Project
  • Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Blacks in Law Enforcement of America
  • National Latino Officers Association
  • William C. Velasquez Institute

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is a consensus measure based on recognized best practices and recommendations from hundreds of engaged citizens and organizations. It includes strong safeguards for children, workers, local governments and small businesses and strict anti-monopoly provisions and the toughest warning label and marketing-to-kids laws in the nation.

It also closely adheres to the Lieutenant Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy and the new medical marijuana laws recently passed by a bipartisan majority of the Legislature and signed by Governor Brown (SB 643, AB 266 and AB 243).