California Marijuana Legalization Initiative Fails

One of two surviving initiatives that would ask voters to legalize recreational marijuana in California has failed to make the ballot, the Secretary of State’s office says. The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI) did not turn in enough qualified signatures. Two others have already dropped out of the running, leaving just one viable possibility, the Marijuana Control, Legalization & Revenue Act, it would seem.

CCHI spokesman and backer Berton Duzy told us it’s not entirely over yet for 2014, but he sounded realistic when we spoke to him via phone:

“We’ll go up against DPA [Drug Policy Alliance] and NORML in 2016,” he said, “and try to get ours to qualify.”

There’s still a small chance for CCHI: Even though it didn’t qualify, the group refiled paperwork so that it could begin gathering signatures anew. Duzy told us he expects the language for signature gathering to be approved by the state this week. 

Organizers would then have until April 18 to turn in a new set of signatures, although that deadline could be stretched by a few weeks in order to qualify for the November, 2014 ballot.

– Read the entire article at Los Angeles Weekly.