2 marijuana measures filed for 2016 ballot in California

A pair of proposed 2016 ballot measures tied to cannabis have been filed with the California Secretary of State’s office, with at least one more likely on the way.

One, the “Compassionate and Sensible Access Act”, seeks to protect and expand access to medical marijuana, in part by prohibiting local governments from interfering with the MMJ industry.

The other – dubbed the “California Craft Cannabis Initiative” – calls for the legalization and regulation of recreational cannabis. A third measure that also calls for marijuana legalization is in the works.

After the Secretary of State signs off on ballot measures, backers will have to gather at least 585,407 signatures of registered voters in California to qualify for the 2016 election.