Proposition Summary

Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. • Designates state agencies to license and regulate marijuana industry. • Imposes state excise tax of 15% on retail sales of marijuana, and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. • Exempts medical marijuana from some taxation. • Establishes packaging, labeling, advertising, and marketing standards and restrictions for marijuana products. • Prohibits marketing and advertising marijuana directly to minors. • Allows local regulation and taxation of marijuana. • Authorizes resentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions. • The size of the measure’s fiscal effects could vary significantly depending on: (1) how state and local governments choose to regulate and tax marijuana, (2) whether the federal government enforces federal laws prohibiting marijuana, and (3) how marijuana prices and consumption change under the measure. • Net additional state and local tax revenues that could eventually range from the high hundreds of millions of dollars to over $1 billion annually. Most of these funds would be required to be spent for specific purposes such as youth programs, environmental protection, and law enforcement. • Net reduced costs potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments primarily related to a decline in the number of marijuana offenders held in state prisons and county jails.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 6026466; A: 56.2; N: 4688238; B: 43.8

Election Type

General Election

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Initiative Statute

For Author

DR. DONALD O. LYMAN, Former Chief of Chronic Diseaseand Injury ControlCalifornia Department of Public HealthGRETCHEN BURNS, Executive DirectorParents for Addiction Treatment and HealingSTEVEN DOWNING, Former Deputy ChiefLos Angeles Police Department

Against Author

DIANNE FEINSTEIN, United States SenatorDOUG VILLARS, PresidentCalifornia Association of Highway PatrolmenC. DUANE DAUNER, PresidentCalifornia Hospital Association

Rebuttal Author

KATIE DEXTER, Past PresidentSan Diego County School Boards AssociationJOHN QUINTANILLA, Board MemberRosemead School DistrictCYNTHIA RUIZ, Board MemberWalnut Valley Unified School District

Rebuttal Against Author

REP. TED LIEU, Former Military ProsecutorMARSHA ROSENBAUM, Ph.D., Co-ChairYouth Education and Prevention Working Group,Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana PolicyDR. LARRY BEDARD, Former PresidentAmerican College of Emergency Physicians