ReformCA Likely to Throw in Towel, Won’t Gather Signatures for Legalization Initiative

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By John Schroyer

A high-profile marijuana legalization campaign in California spearheaded by Oaksterdam University’s Dale Sky Jones has decided not to gather signatures for its proposal and appears ready to throw in the towel.

If the group does indeed back down, it will help solidify support for a competing measure backed by billionaire Sean Parker.

Jones – who is behind the ReformCA campaign in California – indicated to Marijuana Business Daily on Thursday that her group’s bid for a full legalization ballot measure next year is all but over.

“We’re still hashing out the last few details with respect to how much support and if ReformCA will support” the Parker initiative, she said. “We have a board meeting on (Dec. 18) that will determine whether or not we are standing down and will endorse (Parker’s proposal). I’m going to let my board speak for itself.”

When pressed on whether she expects the board to side with Parker’s group, Jones replied, “I would say they got at least half the board.”

That means at least one additional member of the 14-person board has apparently switched sides, as it was revealed earlier this week that six had already defected.

Jones also said that ReformCA won’t be spending any extra time or resources on gathering signatures, even though the group’s ballot measure was formally cleared for circulation on Wednesday by the secretary of state’s office.

“(The Parker camp) made amendments that satisfy enough of my board to not move forward on signatures in the spirit of avoiding mutually assured destruction,” Jones said.

The common political consensus is that if there is more than a single legalization ballot initiative put forward next year, it will almost certainly split the vote and end in defeat for both.

Several other groups are trying to get different legalization measures on the ballot, but observers say the odds are slim they will succeed.

Jones said authors of Parker’s proposal – dubbed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) – made enough concessions for her and others to accept what they still view as a flawed initiative. Those concessions came in the form of amendments that were revealed the first week of December.

“We’re not going to achieve all of our policy goals through the AUMA,” Jones said. “They made just enough changes to take out the poison pills for us, and that is why we are swallowing that version of legalization. But whether we decide to carry it to the rest of the folks, that’s still yet to be decided.”

The changes made to the AUMA based on what Jones and ReformCA board members wanted include mostly consumer-centric amendments, such as allowing consumption on boats and raising the concentrate possession limit from four grams to eight. But Jones said there will be more work to be done through the legislature if the AUMA is ultimately approved by voters next year, especially on personal rights and protections.

The bottom line for Jones is that even though she and ReformCA helped improve the Parker initiative, the fight is not over when it comes to appropriate marijuana-related laws.

“Does (the AUMA) get us another first down? Yes, it does. Does it get us all the way? No,” Jones said. “The touchdown is yet to come.”

John Schroyer can be reached at [email protected]

3 comments on “ReformCA Likely to Throw in Towel, Won’t Gather Signatures for Legalization Initiative
  1. Michael Jolson on

    The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative is the Touchdown she is speaking of and is totally attainable and doable here in California.
    Response has been overwhelming positive in the streets in support of totally ending the prohibition of Cannabis Hemp in California.
    We currently have around 500 petitioners across California working on our all grassroots effort . We have no major funding currently . We aren’t backed by the Billionaire Culture turned Cannabis. We are out to end the prohibition of Cannabis Hemp completely and restore our Number One renewable resource on Planet Earth!
    Our campaign is growing at rapid speed and more information can be found at : http://www.cchi2016.org
    We are hardworking activists concerned about the state of our Planet and its demise! We don’t want to hand the Cannabis industry off to the corporate elite! We don’t want the government telling farmers they can only grow low THC strains for industrial purposes ? Why five that kind of power to our State governmen? What if high THC plants yield better biomass fuel, better fiber, better paper , etc? Are we trying to give large corporations the Key to controlling the emerging hemp industry ?
    Are we trying to give Monsanto the green light to control Hemp in California? After all, George Soros, who still has major investment in Monsanto, is a backer of the Sean Parker Initiative. George Soros funds the Drug Policy Alliance, which back the Parker Init.
    For a free market approach to truly ending the prohibition of Cannabis Hemp in California, please help at : http://www.cchi2016.org

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    • Seth Tyrssen on

      Sorry for the computer burp, there — Thank you for a most enlightening comment, Michael. We are in COMPLETE agreement with your sentiments; and have railed against the “corporatization” of our Sacred Herb for some time. Sure, there are obviously financial aspects, here, but we’re not talking about corn, wheat, or sow bellies — we’re talking about something far more special, for many reasons. You’d be most welcome to stop by our Facebook site, the Temple of Ankh’n’Abis/Church of the Sacred Herb; we’d love to have you keep us posted on your efforts. The Hell with George Soros and the whole damn gang.

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  2. JIMMY LIMO on

    @Michael Jolson… Brother, I honor your dream (and Jack’s) and your hard work to free the cannabis plant from the bonds of prohibition, but now is the time for CCHI2016 to step back, NEGOTIATE with AUMA and have a united front for the 2016 election. Their initiative has a 5 year ban on large corporate involvement, giving the small growers, manufacturers and retailers time to establish. Please, Michael, don’t let THIS election devolve into a pissing contest like the last one, which ended disastrously. The fatal flaw with CCHI2016’s proposal is allowing everyone to grow 99 plants and possess 12 POUNDS of dried buds. That will be a DEAL KILLER for the voters in California. Let’s start smaller and we WILL have our larger home grows soon enough. Politics is the art of compromise (and patience). When Cali legalizes next year, the rest of America will follow quickly. THEN you make your move… Please, Michael, follow ReformCA’s lead… we WILL have our day soon.. Peace…

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