So ReformCA was supposed to be California’s big winner when it came to recreational marijuana initiatives this year – and as it turns out they are actually dropping their campaign to partner with Sean Parker for one united initiative. Honestly, I was worried a while back about how having multiple initiatives could affect California’s chances at legalizing – so to me this looks like a big step in the right direction.
“It’s important that we all get together to support one initiative,” Richard Lee, one of board members, said in a recent interview with Tom Angell of the Marijuana Majority.
“We have carefully reviewed amendments submitted by the proponents of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, and we’re convinced it’s time to endorse that initiative and unite everyone behind a single, consensus measure to achieve a legal, regulated system, which a majority of voters have consistently said they want,” David Bronner, a board member, said in a statement.
So as of early last week, ReformCA’s “The Control, Regulate and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016” initiative is no more. Instead the single initiative known as “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” will be the one that all Californian’s in favor of recreational legalization should be keeping an eye on.
Between Sean Parker and everyone that was supporting ReformCA, I think this initiative has a great chance at passing. It might have taken a little bit for them to decide to come together, but now that they have, I don’t think much is standing in their way – with the multiple other initiatives and even if more initiatives pop up at this rate it won’t have nearly the funding that the Adult Use of Marijuana Act has behind it.
I honestly think that California will be legalizing recreational use of marijuana very soon – if not in 2016 than most definitely by 2018. The biggest thing that was standing between them and the voters was the chance at splitting the vote – too many people who were indecisive on which initiative had the better wording and which one was more capable of getting their message out.
Now, with a combined effort, there is a much stronger chance to have this act pass. Since both of these initiatives have been successful up to this point and both have had a large amount of exposure, there is little to no chance that marijuana activists in California haven’t heard of them.
So joining forces – it was definitely for the best and I wish their campaign much success!