Another Marijuana Legalization Measure Qualifies For Signature Gathering In California 420Times / Joe / 11,25,2011 A new marijuana legalization measure â€“ at least the fourth this year â€“ has qualified to begin the long process of signature gathering in California. This most recent measure needs more than 504,000 valid signatures from registered voters by April 19, 2012 to qualify for the ballot. It would decriminalize the use, possession, cultivation, distribution and transport of cannabis for those 19 years of age and older. Beyond that it would create a commission to oversee the regulation of the cannabis industry and exempt up to three pounds of personal possession from taxation. According to the Legislative Analyst and the governor's Director of Finance the state could see considerable law enforcement savings from marijuana legalization, not to mention the potential of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues. The harder the federal government pushes in California, the harder advocates in the state are going to push back. Marijuana legalization is inevitable in CA and one has to wonder how the federal government will react to that turn of events. Will they continue to try to hide behind their â€œthese businesses aren't following state lawâ€ defense of their actions â€“ even though state authorities didn't see a reason to intervene in the state's medical cannabis industry? Or will they simply come out in the open and assert federal law over state law? Or will they just back off? 2012 is a pivotal year for California and for the marijuana law reform movement as a whole. It remains to be seen whether it's a good year or not. - Joe Klare And be sure to check out our Open Letter on Behalf of 30 Million Cannabis Users and join us in our fight! I wonder if medical marijuana users/providers have realized yet that the only way to get the Feds off their back is legalization? No more should have,could have would have,,,please!