The physician who wrote the California Medical Association's background paper on marijuana in 2011 is one of the official proponents of the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, filed Monday with the California Secretary of State's Office.
In filing the measure, Dr. Donald O. Lyman said in a written statement that "the physician community and the people of California in general have increasingly voiced support for ending marijuana prohibition and bringing greater control, oversight and consumer protections to our marijuana policies.”
“This is the most comprehensive and carefully-crafted measure ever introduced to control, regulate and tax responsible adult-use of marijuana anywhere in America -- and it will make California healthier, make our streets and communities safer and better protect our children," he added.
The proposed measure attempts to address some of the issues voters have expressed concern about in the past, including access for children and public safety. It would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of pot at a time, and grow up to six plants. Cities and counties could still ban marijuana sales, but could not disallow personal cultivation in homes. The act would limit public smoking, and treat open containers of pot like alcohol.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has come out strongly in favor of legalizing marijuana, immediately threw his support behind the measure. He said it follows the road map he and other members of a commission laid out this summer.