California: Secretary of State Clears Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016 For Collecting Signatures


Grassroots Organization Mobilizes Volunteers and Fundraising Efforts to Collect Donations and Signatures

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla this week announced that the organizers of the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI) 2016 can begin collecting signatures to qualify the initiative for the November 8, 2016 California state election.

The grassroots organization has 180 days to circulate petitions and collect 365,880 registered voters' signatures, which must be submitted to county elections officials by April 25, 2016. The CCHI 2016 plan allows for the legalization of cannabis in the state of California by citizens 21 years or older.

To raise the funds for this effort, the CCHI 2016 is launching a pledge drive to solicit funding from businesses and individuals to help fund the Initiative that legalizes cannabis in the state of California. The campaign has set a goal of $900,000 in pledges that needs to be raised to fund professional petition gathers across the state. Every dollar raised will go to hire the professional petitioners.

"We are confident that we can qualify the CCHI 2016 with this grassroots effort with both a mass mobilization of volunteers and an infusion of financial support to hire professional petitioners," said CCHI 2016 proponent and activist Michael Jolson. "With the re-legalization of Cannabis Hemp, we can help restore our number one renewable resource on Earth as we create a billion dollar economy through the emergence of Cannabis and Hemp industries. There are over 10,000 uses for Cannabis Hemp of which 50,000 commercial products can be made."

Highlights of the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2016

• Permits the use of marijuana by adults 21 and older and licenses, regulates, enforces, and taxes recreational marijuana sales like beer and wine.
• Allows for personal use and possession of Cannabis grown for personal consumption. Caps the excise tax for commercial sales at 10 percent of retail price.
• Allows for the release and discharge of prisoners currently being serving time for non–violent marijuana offenses, saving taxpayers millions of dollars annually and freeing up jail space, judicial and crime fighting resources.
• Permits farmers to grow industrial hemp and hemp seed, and allows industries and entrepreneurs to use the crop for the many uses and applications that hemp provides, both historically and modern. Restricts the use in California of transgenetically-modified Cannabis seeds.
• The CCHI 2016 will fund medical Cannabis and industrial hemp research.

The full text of the CCHI 2016 can be found at

Click here to read the announcement by Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

For more information, to read the full text of the CCHI 2016, or to donate or volunteer, please go to the CCHI 2016 website at