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California’s voters to decide… will the weed be legal?

Will marijuana be legal in California?
Will marijuana be legal in California?
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For a plant that is already so widely consumed, sold, traded and transported throughout California, sometimes one has to remember that marijuana is in fact still illegal. But if a group has its way, and California voters approve of the idea in November, pot just might be a fully legal commodity. The secretary of state’s office certified today that the petitions seeking to place the question of marijuana legalization on the November ballot had enough voter signatures to qualify. If approved the initiative would allow those 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of pot and to freely cultivate the plant. While California would ostensibly become the first state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana, federal laws would still classify pot as a class I drug. Even if California’s voters are feeling a little stony, will the Feds allow us to legalize it?


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