Initiatives and Referenda Cleared for Circulation



The Attorney General prepares a title and summary of the chief purpose and points of an initiative. Initiatives are cleared for circulation on the day the title and summary is sent to the initiative proponent(s). No petition may be circulated for signatures before it has been cleared to do so by the Attorney General.

Please note: Counties have 8 working days after an initiative's circulation deadline (Elections Code section 9030 (b)) to notify the Secretary of State's Office if any petition signatures were received. If no signatures are submitted, an initiative will fail on the 9th working day after its circulation deadline.

1658. (14-0008)

Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 03/21/14 | Circulation Deadline: 08/18/14 | Raw Count Deadline: 08/28/14 | Signatures Required: 504,760

Berton Duzy (805) 402-1212 bduzy@prodigy.net

Legalizes under state law marijuana and hemp use, possession, cultivation, transportation, or distribution. Requires case-by-case review for persons currently charged with or convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses, for possible sentence modification, amnesty, or immediate release from prison, jail, parole, or probation. Requires case-by-case review of applications to erase records of these charges or convictions. Requires Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial marijuana sales. Allows doctors to approve or recommend marijuana for patients, regardless of age. Limits testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes. Bars state/local aid to enforce federal marijuana laws. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced costs potentially exceeding $100 million annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Potential net additional tax revenue of a few hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana and industrial hemp, a portion of which is required to be spent on marijuana-related research and other activities. (14-0008.) (Full Text)

1657. (14-0002, Amdt. #1S)

Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 03/13/14 | Circulation Deadline: 08/11/14 | Raw Count Deadline: 08/21/14 | Signatures Required: 504,760

Ed Rosenthal (510) 533-0605

Legalizes under state law marijuana use, cultivation, possession, transportation, processing, distribution, and sale by persons 21 years and over. Erases prior convictions for certain marijuana-related offenses two years after conviction. Requires Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to regulate and license commercial marijuana cultivation, transportation, sales, and testing. Imposes 6% tax on nonmedical marijuana sales at cultivation, wholesale, and retail stages. Permits local governments to impose additional 5% sales tax. Exempts personal gardens or up to three pounds of marijuana from regulation or taxation. Requires voter approval for local governments to enact certain marijuana zoning requirements. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced costs potentially exceeding $100 million annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Net additional tax revenues of potentially several hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, a portion of which is required to be spent on specified purposes including education, marijuana-related research, and drug treatment and education programs. (14-0002.) (Full Text)

1656. (14-0007)

Online Privacy. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 03/11/14 | Circulation Deadline: 08/08/14 | Raw Count Deadline: 08/20/14 | Signatures Required: 504,760

Jamie Court c/o James C. Harrison and Harry A. Berezin (510) 346-6200

Requires certain providers of Internet services or mobile applications to comply with a user's instructions not to track user's personal information, including contact information, government issued identification, financial information, online history, method of access, or location. Prohibits all providers from selling, sharing, or transferring user's personal information after receiving instructions not to track. Prohibits requiring user's consent to track personal information as a condition of access to online service. Provides for fines and civil claims. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased costs potentially reaching millions of dollars in some years to state and local governments primarily from additional or more costly civil actions and increased court workload. Increased penalty revenue potentially reaching tens of millions of dollars in some years to state and local governments resulting from new civil penalties authorized by the measure. (14-0007.) (Full Text)

1655. (14-0006)

Online Privacy. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 03/11/14 | Circulation Deadline: 08/08/14 | Raw Count Deadline: 08/20/14 | Signatures Required: 504,760

Jamie Court c/o James C. Harrison and Harry A. Berezin (510) 346-6200

Requires certain providers of Internet services or mobile applications to comply with a user's instructions not to track user's personal information, including contact information, government issued identification, financial information, online history, method of access, or location. Prohibits all providers from selling, sharing, or transferring user's personal information after receiving instructions not to track. Prohibits providers serving public entities or private educational entities from using personal information for any purpose other than providing the service. Prohibits requiring user's consent to track personal information as a condition of access to online service. Provides for fines and civil claims. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased costs potentially reaching millions of dollars in some years to state and local governments primarily from additional or more costly civil actions and increased court workload. Increased penalty revenue potentially reaching tens of millions of dollars in some years to state and local governments resulting from new civil penalties authorized by the measure. (14-0006.) (Full Text)


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