Marijuana Legalization: Could 2014 Be The Year for California?

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Colorado and Washington have done it, and now those looking to make California the next state to legalize recreational marijuana may not have to wait too long.

Supporters say it’s a good sign California, and other states, could see the issue make the ballot soon.

“I hope this is the year for California,” Lanette Davies, of Crusaders For Patient Rights, said.  “I think there’s nine states that have some kind of legalization process going on at this particular time.”

The most recent initiative, The Marijuana Control Legalization and Revenue Act, calls for a 10 percent tax on all products, down from the 25 percent tax seen in Colorado. Supporters say too high a tax could deter consumers from buying in.

“I think when you go too high on taxation, what you do is you bring in a black market,” Davies added. “Don’t open doors to where there is a black market.”

Supporters have a long way to go; the initiative needs 504,000 signatures by November to be put to a vote.

Ben Herrera filed this report.

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