Hopes for California pot legalization in 2014 grew a little bit brighter Friday with word that a team hired by the late Peter Lewis has started the process of getting an initiative on the ballot. Progressive Insurance chairman Lewis was a noted marijuana law reformer in his life and apparently continues to be one in death. The initiative would legalize one ounce of marijuana and four plants for personal use, but otherwise leaves existing MJ penalties intact. It makes no change at all in current medical marijuana laws, but would establish a statewide regulation system for adult use sales with a 25% supplementary retail tax. Here is a copy of The Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana Act.
Head of California NORML Dale Gieringer writes that that the initiative's sponsors have not decided yet whether to circulate it for the ballot. It could cost a million dollars to get the signatures to put the Lewis Act on the ballot. Then $5-$10 million more to run a winning campaign, watchers say. A couple of other groups are also seeking signatures for their own long-shot bids to legalize pot in the 8th largest economy in the world in 2014.