Marijuana Reform News and the next State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana:
Does California have the best shot at legalizing marijuana in 2016 for recreational use? Some believe it does, especially because one big initiative push is being bankrolled by tech billionaire Sean Parker and other big investors. The marijuana reform process in the U.S. is big money these days. The industry has already formed into a billion dollar industry already and this was done with less than half of the states legalizing marijuana. Currently, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana and only four of the states legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Big business interest is becoming a part of the reform process due to the infrastructure that needs to be formed once the legalization process happens. This is where corporate interests come into play. Will big money and corporate interests help to decide what marijuana legalization reform looks like in California? It appears inevitable.
California Marijuana Initiative for 2016:
There are many potential marijuana legalization initiatives being pushed by individuals and groups seeking to get on the 2016 ballot in California. 2016 could definitely be the year of change regarding marijuana reform in the state of California.
One reform coalition includes the founder of Napster Sean Parker. Their proposal seeks to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and the sales would be taxed at 15 percent. Parker is a billionaire and his money will help to power the initiative push in California. He has said that he seeks to establish a strong framework for responsible adult use of marijuana and one that will yield economic benefits for all Californians. Along with having a boat load of money to push the reform process along in the state, Parker has also gained the respect and support of others in high places. Parker’s group also has the support of California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom also relays that the initiative to legalize marijuana is one that he supports.
California could be the next state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana use and big money from backers like Sean Parker could have a lot to do with the initiative’s success. Moving forward, it is not unreasonable to anticipate that those with significant financial backing will push reform along and manipulate agendas as a result. It is likely an unfortunate by-product of the reform process. Reform will happen in the United States, but there will be more Sean Parker’s to come and they will all have a say in how the reform happens.