Californians’ November ballot will include an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, with the coming campaign likely to reverberate nationwide given the state’s size and implications for similar efforts elsewhere.
A random sample of more than 606,000 signatures turned in by supporters last monthcleared the required threshold, according to an updated tally posted Tuesday by the Secretary of State’s Office.
“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.
The fall measure comes six years after the narrow defeat of Proposition 19, another pot legalization initiative. Unlike that effort, the latest initiative has the support of multiple groups and officials, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, with major financial backing from billionaire entrepreneur Sean Parker.