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Marijuana legalization measure qualifies for November ballot

SF Gate – By Melody Gutierrez – Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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SACRAMENTO — Californians will vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use, after the secretary of state’s office certified Tuesday that a proposed initiative had qualified for the ballot.

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act would authorize the state to license, regulate and tax marijuana. Backed in part by venture capitalist Sean Parker, the initiative will be the second in recent years to go before California voters asking if they want to legalize recreational use of the drug for people 21 and older. A similar measure was defeated in 2010.

Proponents for six other ballot measures are waiting for word on whether their initiatives will make the already crowded November ballot as the deadline approaches.

The pending initiatives include a $2-per-pack cigarette tax increase, prison sentencing reforms, expedited executions for death row inmates, extending an income tax, capping pay for hospital executives, and reserving any funds raised by the sale of retail and grocery bags for environmental spending.

State law requires county election offices to verify signatures turned in by ballot measure proponents through a random sample, with Thursday marking the deadline for initiatives to qualify for the November election. Besides the marijuana initiative, seven other ballot measures have qualified for the November ballot.

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