Today, California Attorney General Kamala Harris released her summary of the final version of the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act (MCLR). The first of its kind grassroots, open source, community-based document is now approved and cleared for signature gathering. MCLR can now attempt to qualify for the November 2014 California ballot.
With polls now showing that well over 50% of voters favor marijuana legalization in California, and the President of the United States stating publicly that, “I don’t think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol,” the time is now for California to legalize marijuana.
AG Harris’ fiscal analysis states MCLR will, “Reduce costs potentially exceeding $100 million annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders.” The analysis also states, “Potential net additional tax revenues of a few hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana,” would be realized.
The MCLR campaign has a commitment of $500k dedicated to signature gathering, yet it may take an additional $2M to make the dream of legal marijuana in California come true this year. To make 2014 a reality, donations are needed from everyone who supports marijuana reform. “We are calling on all marijuana users & supporters to help make 2014 happen,” said proponent Dave Hodges. Donations to MCLR can be made at http://mclr.us/donate.
For over a year Americans for Policy Reform (AFPR), the group behind MCLR, has been working with thousands of Californians on a grassroots, “open source” document to legalize Marijuana for medical, industrial and adult social use. Through its open, inclusive process, MCLR has the support of dozens of attorneys and thousands of marijuana activists.
With a comprehensive structure based on the needs of the California community, and the US Department of Justice guidelines, the MCLR Act of 2014 provides equally for supporters of marijuana and those who are still concerned about the effects of legalization.