A bill to legalize cannabis is probably going to come up on the ballot in California this November, and the state’s largest political party is backing this idea. The California Democratic Party was at its annual convention earlier this month. At the convention, they spoke about the platform backing “the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol.”

The measure was first adopted in 2014, the last time the party changed its platform. But on Sunday, delegates decided to amend the plank by including a clause stating that legalization should put “the health and safety of California’s communities over revenue or profits” over everything else. The rewritten provision shows a growing topic of debate and concern over cannabis’s emerging acceptance and fickle prohibition status. Those who oppose legalization, such as Smart Approaches to Marijuana, state that stopping prohibition will leave a new industry with the goal of making as much money as possible, and even say that it shall be “Big Tobacco 2.0.”

In fact, various legalization supporters and neutral analysts have made it their objective to call for tough regulations that regulate the cannabis industry so that they may not advertise or produce products that may interest those under the age of 18. Although there are many cannabis proposals collecting signature for the ballot in November, only one seems to have the funding and professional organizing muscle that will give it the ability to qualify.

That measure is the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA); it would allow for adults aged 21 or older to have up to an ounce of cannabis and group up six plants in their houses. It would also establish a system to tax and regulate cannabis sales. Aligned with the Democratic Party’s recently adopted platform clause, the bill would not allow cannabis advertisement near schools or aim at any minors.


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