Californians will vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The secretary of state’s office certified yesterday that a proposed initiative had qualified for the ballot. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act would authorize the state to license, regulate and tax marijuana. Backed in part by venture capitalist Sean Pearker, the initiative will be the second in recent years to go before California voters asking if they want to legalize recreational use of the drug for people 21 and older. A similar measure was defeated in 2010.
Proponents for six other ballot measures are waiting for word on whether their initiatives will make the already crowded November ballot. These include prison sentencing reforms and expedited executions for death row inmates. If the measure on speeding executions qualifies, it would become the second initiative on the ballot related to the state’s use of the death penalty. A ballot measure to abolish the death penalty and instead sentence those inmates to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole has already qualified to appear on the November ballot.