California: Measure to Legalize Pot Headed for November Ballot

 California voters will decide again this November whether to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, calling the looming vote a "pivotal moment" in the national debate around pot legalization and the 45-year-old war on drugs.

Newsom and other leaders of a coalition behind the Adult Use of Marijuana Act announced they have collected enough signatures to place on the Nov. 8 ballot a measure that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, sell or transport up to an ounce of pot. California voters rejected a similar measure in 2010.

At a news conference Wednesday in San Francisco, members of the coalition -- including the California NAACP and a former deputy chief with the Los Angeles Police Department -- offered several arguments for the measure, from crime and racial justice to the environment and personal liberty.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,...

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