Californians may soon have the freedom to grow, buy, sell, transport, and, of course, use all varieties of marijuana and cannabis hemp products in their state, thanks to the committed efforts of a vast network of grassroots activists that are right now seeking to re-legalize the natural plant species on the upcoming 2014 ballot.
On August 5, 2013, California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014 (CCHI) filed The California Hemp Act 2014 (CHA), also known as the Jack Herer Initiative, with the state’s Attorney General. This amendment to California’s Health and Safety Code would prohibit the arrest or prosecution of any person who possesses, cultivates, transports, distributes, or consumes cannabis hemp marijuana in any form within California.
Furthermore, the initiative would prohibit the state from penalizing industrial hemp farmers, manufacturers, processors, distributors, medicinal collectives, and retailers by slapping them with special zoning requirements, for instance, or by requiring that they be specially licensed and taxed. Unlike decriminalization initiatives in other states, CHA would simply legalize marijuana and get the state off the backs of people that grow, use, buy, and sell it.