Proposition Summary

LEGALIZES MARIJUANA UNDER CALIFORNIA BUT NOT FEDERAL LAW. PERMITS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO REGULATE AND TAX COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND SALE OF MARIJUANA. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production, distribution, and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using in public, or smoking it while minors are present. Maintains prohibitions against driving while impaired. • Limits employers’ ability to address marijuana use to situations where job performance is actually impaired. Summary of Legislative

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Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Intitiative Statute

Code Sections Affected

Health and Safety Code sec. 11300 et sec.; Penal code sec. 272; Vhicle Code 23152

For Author

JOSEPH D. McNAMARA, San Jose Police Chief (Ret.) JAMES P. GRAY, Orange County Superior Court Judge (Ret.) STEPHEN DOWNING, Deputy Chief (Ret.) Los Angeles Police Department

Against Author

DIANNE FEINSTEIN, United States Senator LAURA DEAN-MOONEY, National President Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Rebuttal Author

STEVE COOLEY, District Attorney Los Angeles County KAMALA HARRIS, District Attorney San Francisco County KEVIN NIDA, President California State Firefighters Association

Rebuttal Against Author

JOYCELYN ELDERS, United States Surgeon General (Ret.) ALICE A. HUFFMAN, President California NAACP DAVID DODDRIDGE, Narcotics Detective (Ret.) Los Angeles Police Department